When you’re arrested, you’ll be brought before a judge for a bail hearing and depending on the crime and circumstances, you will likely be allowed to post bail so you can be released and return home. Bail is designed to incentivize someone who has been arrested and allowed to be released to return to court for their scheduled court dates. If they don’t, the money that they had given the court will be forfeited and a warrant will be issued for their arrest. For most, it’s a worthwhile incentive.
However, for many people, bail is simply too much money. This is why we have bail bond agents, to allow more people to be released from jail while awaiting trial. For a 10% non-refundable premium, a bondsman will get you out of jail and back home to your loved ones.
A bail bond agent can be used whether or not you have the cash to pay the full amount of the bail. Should you? Even if you have enough cash, should you use a bail bond agent to post a bond?
Yes. For several reasons.
Your cash will be used for fees.
Before your bail money is returned to you, the court will most likely take money for court costs and any fees that may have been accrued. Because a bond cannot be used for anything other than securing bail, nothing can be paid for with it and this will also make it easier to set up installment payments with the court to pay court costs and fees.
It could cost you a court-appointed lawyer.
If you put up cash for bail, it may be more difficult to prove that you can’t afford a lawyer and that you need a public defender.
Courts are notorious for moving cases from one department to the next without notification. If you went to the wrong place or you got a flat tire and missed your court appointment, your cash bail would be forfeited. If you use the services of a bail bond agent, you are more likely to be able to make arrangements (with the help of the bond agent) to appear at a later time without losing money.
It ties up your money.
If you pay cash for your bail, you won’t be able to access that money until after the trial. If you or your family need the money before then to pay bills, they’re out of luck.
It’s more discreet.
If you post cash for your bail, it all becomes a matter of public record. If you use a bail bond agency instead, the agent pays bail with a bond on your behalf.
At 1st Knight Bail Bonds, our fully-licensed agents understand that you’re going through a stressful time and will guide you through the entire bond process from start to finish. They’ll get your loved one out of jail and back home as quickly as possible. If you or a loved one is in jail, call 1st Knight now at (727)538-7727. We’re open 24/7 to help you.