When law enforcement arrests a person, that person is taken to jail and a judge will assign them a court date to set bail, an amount to get out. The judge will determine the amount depending on the circumstances of the crime. For instance, the amount set by the judge for a small crime may be $2,500. The defendant or his family or friends can pay this amount to get the defendant out of jail. If no one can afford to pay it, the defendant or a relative can enlist help from a bail bonds specialist. The agent will, for a fee, cover the amount quickly in order to get the defendant out of jail.
Once free, the defendant is not exonerated of his crimes. Paying the bail removes the need for the defendant to wait in jail for all of his court dates. However, the court still strictly requires that the defendant meet all of his court dates once released. Once the defendant attends all of the court dates and the trial ends, the court will refund the full amount to the agency. In the event the defendant does not meet the court dates, law enforcement will arrest the defendant again and the court will keep the money.
In most cases, a licensed bail bondsman will cover the defendants bail for a fee. This fee varies, though in many circumstances it is 10% of the total fee. If the bail is $2,500, a typical fee would be $250. The bond agent will keep this money as a reimbursement for their services. Sometimes the agent will also ask that the defendant or the ones acting on his behalf sign over collateral. Collateral can include a number of valuable items, including a home or a vehicle. This may be seized to cover the cost of the bail should the defendant fail to meet the court dates.
Should the defendant fail to meet the court dates, the court will not refund the bail amount to the bonding agency. If this happens, the law grants that company the right to locate the defendant and return him to jail. Often times the bond agent will enlist the help of a bounty hunter, mostly in states where it is legal, to track down and return the defendant to jail. Most agencies have a special kind of insurance, known as blanket bonds, which cover the amount of the bail lost when the defendant does not meet the court dates. This protects them from losing money when this occurs. They also may seize the collateral if it was part of the contract, and sell or auction it to cover the lost bail amount.
Here at the Rick Zimmer law firm, we represent a number of people who are rearrested after being slapped with a failure to appear bond. This is why it is extremely important to hire a professional to help you if you are ever arrested. Since we are a local Law Firm in North Carolina, we have developed relationships with a number of companies over the years, mostly in Charlotte. So, if you or someone you know ends up getting arrested and needs help getting out of jail, call our friends at The Bail Pros. Located in Charlotte, they are the firm to call to get help with any arrest. They also have locations across the state and are willing and able to help anyone they possibly can. With the combined forces of The Bail Pros and the Rick Zimmer Law Firm, we’ve got you covered!
For more info on bail bonds and how you can get help from The Bail Pros:
The Bail Pros
401 N Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202