The criminal justice system plays a central role in the control of crime in society and the local economy. Great precision and care must be taken so that none of the dangerous criminals escape from the law, while still giving forgiveness to those who have just made a poor decision. This is where a bail bondsman agency comes into play. If the judge at the initial hearing determines that the crime committed is not too dangerous for the general public, the accused will be released on bail.
Many people do not have the up-front cash available for the bail bond, especially in cases where the bail is set to a large amount (this can be $1000-$100,000+). Most people turn to a bail bond company in this difficult situation to help them come up with the cash necessary to get their loved one released from prison.
Why is a criminal let out of jail on bail? Its a controversial topic. The person(s) detained for a crime cannot necessarily be proven guilty until the court of law decides otherwise or when the full investigation proceedings are up. In this common situation, it is sometimes less beneficial to detain the person for the entire period of trial; this of course would be the infringement of his civil rights pertaining to life and personal liberty. Not to mention, the cost of keeping the accused in a prison cell is sometimes not worth the money to the court system. The bail bondsman will act as a cushion and allows for setting the person free till he or she is convicted by the court of law.
Reasonable Restrictions –
You are restricted from using a bail bond company only in extreme or rare circumstances. For example, if the crime the accused is charged for is too severe (like rape or murder), or if the offense is a federal offense (drug related). In these rare cases, there is no bail set by the judge so the accused has no other choice but to wait inside of a jail cell until their court date.
Additionally, some states in the US do not allow bail bonds at all, or have more strictly enforced laws regulating the ability to qualify for a bail bond. Here are some quick resources for surety bond law in different US states:
Employing Professional Bail Bond Company / Agencies
There are literally hundreds of bondsman out there who will be willing to post bail for you or a close friend. The trick is finding the one who will do it at a fair price, and one who you are qualified for. Bond rates vary based on your credit score and amount of personal collateral you may or may not be able to offer as security for the bond.
Keep in mind that as long as the defendant appears at all his/her court dates, the total amount of the bond will NOT need to be payed back. The only cost is a small fee that is payed to the bail bondsman for putting up the cash up front. This fee is usually around 10%, sometimes as low as 5% and in situations with very poor credit, as high as 20%.