Bail Bonds Blog and Resources

Bounty Hunters: The Other Side of the Bail Coin

Bounty hunters, or “fugitive recovery agents” as they are often called these days, work for or with bail agents. They are empowered by the bondsman to track down and recover an accused criminal who has violated the terms of their release. Although controversial, they play an important role in safeguarding the public and helping the bail agent avoid being ripped off by those intent on avoiding justice.

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How to Get Your Cash Bail Money Back

In most cases when a person has been arrested they call a friend or, more likely, a loved one and ask them for help making bail. The loved one then contacts a bail bonds agent, puts up collateral to secure a bond for the full bail amount, signs a contract indicating they accept responsibility for the person being bailed out and then the bail agent posts the bond. If the person who was bailed out meets all the conditions of their release and is cleared of the charges, or the charges are dropped, then the bond is cleared and any lien against assets is removed. But what if you pay the full cash amount yourself? How do get that back? Do you get that back?

How to Get Your Cash Bail Money Back

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Am I Allowed to Travel if I’m Out on Bail?

The bail system is one way our country reinforces the presumption of innocence. Because a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty he has the right to be released from custody and resume his life while awaiting trial. Bail is used as an incentive to make sure he shows up at court on the appointed date to face the charges against him. If he doesn’t, he stands to lose a lot of money. While the concept seems straightforward enough many people are still confused about what they can and can’t do after the bondsman secures their release. One of the most common questions they have has to do with whether they are allowed to travel after being bailed out.

Am I Allowed to Travel if I’m Out on Bail?

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8 Common Reasons You Might Be Denied Bail

When a person has been arrested one of the first things they’ll want to do is contact a bondsman and arrange bail. If the crime they were arrested for was something like disorderly conduct they’ll likely be informed of the bail for their particular offence once they’ve been charged. If they were arrested on suspicion of a more serious crime they’ll probably need to wait a day or two until they have a bail hearing before a judge. While most jurisdictions have recommended bail amounts in place judges are given quite a bit of leeway when it comes to setting or even denying bail. The following are 8 of the most common reasons why a person may be denied bail.

8 Common Reasons You Might Be Denied Bail

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How do I Know I’ll Get My Bail Money Back?

A lot of people who put up money and/or collateral in order to bail out a loved one or friend do so without thinking the entire process through. They either put up the entire amount in cash or put down the 10% bail fee and the necessary collateral, and then they wait. Even if the bondsman did his duty and explained the entire process to them they may have been so involved emotionally in trying to free their loved one that they weren’t really listening all that well. Later, after the drama of coming to the rescue has faded away, they invariably start thinking about the implications of what they’ve done and start wondering at what point they’ll get their money back. Or if indeed they will get it back at all.

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Demystifying How Bail is Set

A lot of people who follow the news are often mystified when they hear that one person was released after posting minimal bail for a particular crime while another was held without bail for something similar. Who makes these decisions? Is it all up to the judge to decide bail or are there other unseen forces at work driving the equation? Does the bail bonds agent have anything to do with setting the bail amount? And is there anything that can be done to change the amount once it’s been announced? These are all great questions we’re going to look at below.

How Bail is set

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