Immediate bail bonds allow a defendant to be released from jail quickly, usually within hours of being arrested. While bail bonds may seem like a lifesaver for those in need, there are some important things to know about them and the parties involved.
First, it’s essential to understand that immediate bail bonds are a business, and those who provide them are in it to make money. Expect the bail bond company to charge you a fee – often a percentage of the total court-set bail amount – for their services.
It’s a non-refundable fee, even for dismissed cases or if the court finds the defendant not guilty.
It’s also important to note that immediate bail bond companies often work closely with bail bond agents or “bondsmen.” These individuals are licensed and authorized by the state to write bail bonds on behalf of the bond company. They typically charge a fee, usually 10% of the total bail amount, and may require collateral, such as property or valuables, to secure the bond.
Immediate bail bond companies may also work with bounty hunters. These individuals are hired by the bail company to track down and capture defendants who fail to appear in court or violate their bail conditions. Often, bounty hunters are paid a percentage of the bail bond amount as a fee for their services.
Remember to carefully review all terms and conditions before signing any agreements.