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How Bail Bonds Work
Contributed by: Orange County Bail Bonds

If you're arrested, the judge will often arrange a bail hearing. During this hearing, a variety of factors are taken into account, including the crime committed, your previous convictions, your current employment standing, and your ties to the community when determining if bail will be granted and how much it will cost.

After the bail amount is set, you'll try to find a friend or family member to post bail. The problem is that bail is usually set at a high amount, as this makes it more likely that you’ll arrive at your next court appearance.

In situations where you can't afford the bail amount that the judge has decided on, you'll need to hire a bail agent to come up with the money for you. This agent will then, for a fee, take care of everything required to get you released from jail until your next court appearance.

When you contact your bail bond service provider, you'll want to give them as much information as possible. This information includes the name of the arrested party, which jail he or she is currently in, the booking number, a list of the exact charges, and any other information provided at the hearing.

From there, the bail bond provider will head to the jail to make arrangements with a relative or friend for your release. These arrangements often involve your family member signing over some collateral, which ensures that you show up for the court appearance and don't leave town. The security provided could be a car or some property, as it is usually significant enough to motivate this family member to keep you close while awaiting trial.

If you fail to show up for court, your friend or family member could lose this collateral, so you’ll want to make sure that you do everything that you’re told while out on bail. Your bail bond service provider will also make you check in periodically to make sure that you’re still in the area.

For example, you might be arrested on suspicion of theft and have your bail set at $5,000. If you don't have $5,000 in cash available for you, either from your bank account or friends and family, you will have to contact a bail bonds service to assist you.

The service provider might ask for 8% of the bond amount up front and will then pay the remaining bail money owed. In this case, you'd have to come up with $400. The bail bond provider might also ask for collateral that is equal to the $4,600 you are borrowing from you or your family.

As long as you show up for court, however, the collateral is returned, and all you're on the hook for is the $400, which the bail bonds company keeps as a service charge.

Overall, this is a service that allows you to get out of jail and handle your affairs while you wait for your day in court. No one wants to be in this position, but it’s nice to know that you don’t have to spend weeks or months in jail as you wait for your court date, especially if it’s a minor charge. Article Contributed By: Orange County Bail Bonds

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