A bail bondsman is a person who is normally hired by someone who is accused of any kind of crime and he or she wants to bail out of the court by paying a certain amount of money. These bail bondsman or bail agents are normally found in the United States. These agents make a deal or make a bond for the accused person that they will pay bail money to get them out of court and the accused person has to pay money to them in cash or periodically complete the money payment over a certain amount of time. Now there are some processes of hiring a bail bondsman and make your way out of court. These are
- Normally state laws have different bond amounts for different kind of crimes. Judges can also apply different terms and conditions for a bail given the nature of the crime done by the accused person. Sometimes the bail amount is very low like $1000 and the family of the accused person can easily pay that amount of money. But sometimes, due to the nature of the crime, this amount becomes more than $10000 and sometimes it is very difficult for the accused person to pay that much amount of money at a time. For this reason, the bail bondsman is hired by the accused to pay that money and afterward the accused person has to pay the full amount of money bail bondsman has paid for him to certain conditions.
- Bail bondsman agencies normally work with the court. When a defendant hires a bail bondsman, he or she has to sign a certain bond that if they are not able to pay the money amount, to the bail bondsman for some reason, the defendant will be re-arrested by the bondsman or the agent. This is mainly done to protect the investment made by the bondsman because they won’t get the refund of the bail if the defendant don’t appear in the court for bail.
- There is another way of paying up the amount of the bail to the bondsman. The bondsman might charge 10 to 20 percent of the total bond fee to the defendant for his service. If the defendant is not able to pay that amount of money, then the bondsman will take other means of getting paid up and these other means might be a valuable property of the accused person such as cars, stocks, even the mortgage on a house. Of course, a bondsman is always limited by how many bonds he might cover by his insurance. He must continue to pay from which the lost bails are paid if any of his defendants flees. He might even be out of business if a number of lost bails reaches a certain amount.
These bail bondsman can be found online, or there is certain institution who provides agents for becoming the bail bondsman of a defendant. An accused person should be crystal clear about all the documents and terms of hiring a bail bondsman because any lack of knowledge can create a huge collateral damage to both defendant and bondsman.