What is the bail bond process?
Have you received that phone call? You know, the one from a friend or relative asking for help. They come in all different forms. "Can you help me fix my car?" "Can you watch my dog?" "Would you be able to take me to school?" There are endless questions that people we care about ask us everyday. But there is one questions we hope to never hear, but there are those times when the phone rings and we have to answer, "Can you bail me out of jail?" But what does that really mean? How is somebody bailed out of jail? Well it takes a few steps, all starting with their arrest.
Arrest & Arraignment
After a person is arrested they will booked and placed in a holding cell. They will wait there until their arraignment, which depending on the jail, time of arrest and court policies, could be in a few hours to more than a day. The arraignment is where the defendant will hear the charges against them and learn what their bail amount is set at.
Defendant calls you and you notify a bail agent
At this point, or in some cases, prior to arraignment, the defendant will have the opportunity to reach out to a loved one via a phone call. Most people use that call to ask someone to post bail for them. If you're asked you should then contact a bail bond agent to expedite the process.
Bail bond is posted
After connecting with a bail bondsman and providing the necessary information and payment they can post bail for the person who has been detained. Once the bond is posted it can take anywhere from an hour to several hours for the person to be set free.
Defendant is released
The defendant will be released under the condition that they will appear at each and every single court date that is scheduled for their case.
Defendant attends court
The defendant will show up at each scheduled court date. If they do not they may be returned to jail. A person who skips bail will have a warrant placed for their arrest.
Bond is extinguished following case outcome
Regardless of the outcome of the case, as long as the defendant appears at each court date until the case is resolved, the bond will be forfeited, meaning there is no money owed to the agency.
Since this is a brief rundown of the process you're encouraged to call a professional agency for further information if you need a bail bond. For fast bail bonds in San Rafael and throughout California get in touch with 5 Star Bail Bonds. Our team is available 24 hours a day to help when you need a bail bond. Give us a call at (415) 969-6119 to learn more about how we can help or to request a bail bond in San Rafael today.
5 Star Bail Bonds Blog
Written By Brian Corey
Published By MORBiZ
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