Bail bonds are ways of getting a person out of jail who is waiting for his or her trial in a court of law for the criminal charges filed against him or her. The accused is released from the custody of the law enforcement officials in exchange for money that the court holds onto until all the trials, hearings and legal proceedings are complete. If the accused fails to be present at the court during his or her hearings, the sum of money given to the court for the release of the accused gets forfeited.
Now, most of the times it comes to pass that the family of the accused are unable to get the bail money all by themselves. This is the point where a bail bondsman comes into the picture. The bail bondsman pays the bail money on behalf of the accused in exchange for a fee of 10% or more of the amount being deposited as the bail money. This is a risky business as the bail bondsman might incur a huge loss if the accused doesn’t show up at the court at the predefined date and time. To be safe, the bail agent seeks guarantee from the accused in the form of property papers, jewellery, written guarantees by credit-worthy people known to the accused and the like.
What happens after the bail has been posted
After the bail bond has been posted on behalf of the defendant, the court officials issue a release document or a bail ticket which is provided to the police in order to inform them that they can release the accused from their custody. The liability of a bail bond gets terminated when the accused turns up for his or her trial on the specified date and time as per the written agreement with the court. The same happens if the accused dies or is re-arrested on some other charges in the same or in some other jurisdiction.
Now, if the defendant fails to turn up for the trial on the specified date mentioned in the bail bond, the court issues an arrest warrant for the accused for jumping bail. The money given to the court as bail money gets forfeited. If the bail agent finds that the accused is unlikely to return to the court for the trial after the bail, the former has every right to deny the latter a bail bond. In other cases, if the accused has not committed any criminal offences in the past and has a good reputation in the community, the chances of his or her getting such a bond is much higher.
A point to be noted is that chesterfield bail bonds are illegal in some states as bail agents earn profits for posting bails on behalf of the defendants.