Bail Bondsmen and women provide a valuable service to both the community and to law enforcement by monitoring defendants and ensuring that they attend their court mandated appointments without putting further stress on law enforcement officers and individual tax payers.
Additionally, the bail process itself serves as a powerful motivation for a defendant to return to court. No one wants to lose tens of thousands of dollars, nor would a defendant want to be the reason that their friends and/or family lost money by his or her not returning to court. Bail provides defendants a financial incentive, along with the family or friends that cosign on the bail bond.
When someone is arrested and taken into custody, generally, the first stop they will make is the local police or sheriff station in the area where they were arrested. They will go through the booking and processing procedure, which includes having their fingerprints recorded, photograph taken, and a comprehensive national background check is conducted to check for any outstanding warrants. Once all of these processes are complete, bail will be set for those who are eligible, depending on the nature and severity of the crime they have been charged with. A bail bondsman can help to administrate all of the details post-arrest, giving the defendant important information and guidance they’ll need to get through the court process in a smooth, trouble free way.
A bail bondsman doesn’t have to go through the court system to bail someone out of jail; they can bail someone out of just about every police station, sheriff station, jail or any time of day or night, including weekends and holidays. They can also bail out people directly from court.
When people work with a bail bondsman, they choose to not have to pay the full amount of bail set by the judge. For example, if an individual wants to bail someone out who has been charged with a $20,000 Felony, they would only pay 10 percent or less, instead of the full twenty-thousand dollars. This makes it easier for families to help their friends or loved one deal with their charges from the outside, not from the inside of a jail cell. Additionally, working with a bail bondsman allows people to choose to finance the bail bond at low monthly payments, instead of paying it all in one lump-sum. No taxes, interest, fees, or other charges are levied when a bail bond is financed.
The way the bail process currently stands, if a defendant does not fulfill all of their court-related obligations, it is the bail bondsman – not the police, or already over-worked staff of law enforcement in charge of locating a defendant and bringing them back to jail. The bail process via a bondsman has never cost the tax payer any money, and is a sound part of criminal justice system that has worked well for many, many years.