Setting bail is done by a judge in order to secure, or attempt to secure, an arrested person's compliance with orders to stay within a specific geographic area and return to court as ordered. Bail will vary based on several factors including the severity of the charges, the arrested individual's status in the community, and prior issues with bail or failing to appear in court. Before the individual can be released from jail he or she has to post bond, or provide the dollar amount required to the court. This is where bail bond companies come into the picture. An arrested individual, or someone acting on their behalf, posts a percentage of the ordered bond amount. The bond company agrees to cover the outstanding amount should the arrested person fail to appear for court as ordered. Oftentimes the party posting a percentage of the overall bond will secure property as an added insurance to the bail bondsman for your return to court.
For most people and their families the court ordered amounts can be excessive, especially when you are talking about several thousands of dollars for bail. That's why companies across the country provide the courts assurance that the fees will be paid and the clients show up for all court dates as ordered. The clients then pay a small premium to the bond companies for guaranteeing this bond amount. In the event that the arrested individual fails to appear for court, the individual that took out the bond is then responsible to the bond company for payment as indicated in the agreement or contract.
The bail bondsman can also help with several other issues besides just arranging for bond. Although bondsmen are not attorneys and do not practice the law or provide legal advice, they can be helpful in clarifying the charges and helping you understand the process for bail. Bondsmen can also provide information on the bond process as well as provide up front information on fees associated with the bond, coordinating and reminding you of court dates as well as providing referrals for legal services.
When receiving any type of services from a bail bondsman or company it is important to make sure that you receive a copy of your contract or guarantee. This information should all be in writing with the dollar values, interest rates and percentages all clearly outlined in the information. If you are working with someone that doesn't provide this information or seems hesitant to put things in writing, look for other sources. Orange County, like other areas across the state and country, does monitor these services and they have specific guidelines and professional standards to uphold.
Finally, be sure to talk to your bondsman about any questions that you may have before signing the contract and agreeing to use the bail bond service. The last thing you want to deal with is trying to get out a contract you signed in a hurry, therefore asking as many questions as possible will be beneficial to you. Whether you're in your home state or out of state you can always get help with bail bonds Orange County and beyond.
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Article Added on Monday, November 24, 2008
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