If you get arrested, whether for a serious traffic violation or other offense, you may have to post bail or purchase a bail bond. DexKnows listings for bail bonds offices can connect you with a provider, but understand the process fully before taking this route. Remember: Posting bail is not a “get out of jail” free card. You must comply with the court’s orders or the collateral could be lost.
In more serious cases, such as DUI and DWI violations, a bail amount is set by the court or administrative judge. If you do not have the money or have no collateral to post bail, or if you choose not to use your own resources, a bail bond provider can do it on your behalf for a fee. Local law sets that fee, which can vary by bail amount and type of court, such as city, state or federal. The bond provider also may charge other fees associated with bailing you out of jail if allowed by law.
When you secure the bail bond, you typically do so with collateral and/or a co-signer. You and/or the co-signer must meet certain qualifications, but many bond providers allow flexible payment plans and options for those without collateral. You will end up forfeiting the collateral if you fail to show up for court. In the case of a co-signer, that person must pay the full amount of bail to the bond provider.
If you miss your court appearance (known as jumping bail) and you do not quickly make arrangements for a new date, the judge can issue a warrant to arrest you. A forfeiture hearing will be held, which means that the collateral that was put up for the bail could be lost. The bail bond provider also tries to find you through your co-signer, friends and family members (that’s why a lot of that information is sought from you when you are trying to post bail). The bails bond company may hire a bounty hunter to track you down. If found, you probably will stay in jail until your trial date. If not found, your co-signer must pay the bond provider the full amount of your bail.
A bail bond provider must hold proper licensing in order to legally do business. DexKnows listings for bail bonds can connect you with a reputable provider, no matter the charge, including for serious drug crimes.
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