Most Common Bail Bonds Myths Debunked
23 Aug, 2016//Posted by : aebbvelocityloca//Category : blog
Faced with a crime charge, most of us do not know what to do. If you are told you can be released on bail, you may get some vague ideas what it means and how it works. But thanks to the multitude of TV series and films as our primary sources of information, most of us have a bit skewed notions of it. There are some typical myths connected to the bail bonding system which this article hopes to debunk and set straight.
A good bail bondsman can lower my bail at the court
Sorry to disappoint you, but the bail is set by the judge. Once the bail is set, you have the option to either pay the sum or stay in prison. The only person who can lower the bail is the judge who set it in the first place.
I have to pay the whole sum set by the judge
Not at all. That’s what bail bonding agencies are for. All you need to provide is a fraction of the sum, as a fee for hiring a bail bondsman, and the agency provides the rest of the money to the court. The fee paid to the bail bonding agency is non-refundable.
Once I have paid the fee to the bail bondsman, I am free to go
Well, technically no. Bail only allows you to leave the prison until the date set by the court. If you miss your day in court, the bail bonding agency loses the entire sum (of which you had only paid a fraction). This means that you now owe the bail bonding agency the full sum of your bail. Oh, and you are a fugitive and can be arrested again. That’s probably not a good idea.
I need to pay the bail in cash
It may depend on the agency, but it is common that the agency will accept some sort of collateral if you can’t produce the cash. A collateral may be a car or a house or anything else you have. It can even be a credit card.
If I am jail, only my family can bail me out
There are no such rules in place in California. You can be bailed out by anyone who wants to help you. Whether it’s a family member, a friend or a coworker, it makes no difference to the court. They are interested in getting the bail money.
You have to pay the bail in person at the jail where you have been taken
It is not necessary to do this. In the modern age, a lot of the process can be done remotely, via the internet or by phone.
You need to visit the bail bonding agency in person
Again, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you may not even need to meet with your bail bondsman. Everything can be done remotely. You just need to provide your personal information to us, and we can start the process for you.
Bail bondsmen are the same thing as bounty hunters
This is by far the wildest of myths. Bail bondsmen are office workers who essentially invest in your ability and willingness to make it to your court date. Bounty hunters are a whole different story. They are sometimes hired by the bail bondsmen in cases when the person who was bailed skips the court day and owes the bail bonding agency the full sum of the bail bond.
These are just some of the most common misconceptions. There are probably some more. If you ever need bail bonds in Maricopa or anywhere else in San Diego county, contact Affordably Easy Bail Bonds agency. Help is also available in Spanish for the Hispanic community.