24 hour bail bond servicesIf you’ve been arrested, looks like you could be arrested, or know a close relative, friend, or associate who may be arrested, then it’s time to consider how Adams County Bail Bonds work and whether a professional bail bondsman Denver may be able to get you or a loved one out of the slammer. Let’s face it, not everyone knows what bail is (think of it as is the amount the accused or someone on his or her behalf pays to get the person out of jail, or a form of insurance for the judicial system to make sure a defendant show up for scheduled court appearances) or how a bail bondsman works (an individual or company who posts bail for a defendant in return for a fee), so it’s time to learn.

General Bail Bondsman Services

For a defendant in the Denver city jail or any other detention center in Colorado, the best option may be to hire a bail bondsman. A bail bondsman or company provides many services to someone who’s been arrested:

  • 24 hour or emergency bail bonds. Most professional bail bondsman have staff who work around the clock, or employ an answering service that can take down information and have a bail bondsman respond promptly.

  • Easy payment plans, which allow the defendant or someone else to pay for the bail bond amount in installments. As a word of caution, it’s advisable to ask up front about interest rate and fees, and get everything in writing.

  • Works with a defendant without requiring collateral. In some cases, collateral is personal or other property that is put up to secure the bail and ensure the defendant appears in court. If the defendant flees, any collateral put up is lost. More and more professional bail bonds companies have begun working with collateral.

  • When it comes to Colorado Bail Bonds, most bail bondsmen or companies will work with any jail or court in the state.

  • Multi-language services. An immigration bondsman Denver has years of experience working with defendants who don’t speak English and has staff that speaks different languages, or works with third-party translation services as necessary.

  • Private investigative services. A bail bondsman may have a private investigator on staff to provide surveillance services, or collect and analyze information that may be useful to clients. Providing as much information up front to a bail bondsman will help determine whether their investigative services are necessary.

  • In setting a bail amount, a judge or magistrate could decide the defendant needs electronic tethering. This would allow the defendant to go to work, school, counseling, or other appointments required by the court. Professional bail bond companies sometimes provide electronic monitoring services (radio frequency, global positioning system, transdermal alcohol monitoring, breathalyzer monitor, ignition interlock).

  • A bail bonds company also may work with a fugitive recovery agent (sometimes referred to erroneously as a “bounty hunter”), whose job is to make certain a defendant out on bail or awaiting trial doesn’t jump bail or flee. The job description also could be to make sure the person out on bail pays the bond and fees in full, tracking down a defendant who has fled, and arresting the accused if necessary and returning the person to custody.

Finally, if a defendant is thinking about hiring a professional bail bonds company, it’s also important to understand what the company can’t do. A bail bondsman is not like a children’s board game and can’t give out a “get out of jail card” or other guarantees. A bail bondsman isn’t a lawyer and can’t give legal advice to defendants.