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What A Bondsman Can Do For You In The Event You Go To Jail

When you go to jail and have to stay overnight, you will have to agree to a bail bond before you are released. A bail bond is a certain amount of money — this amount varies depending on the nature of the assumed crime or the individual involved — that must be paid before you can be let out. In other words, you will be stuck in jail until your court date unless you pay your bail money.

If you can't afford to pay your bond, or you want your money to go to something else, like a lawyer, you'll want what is called a bail bondsman. This is a person who represents the bond amount for you and becomes, essentially, your loan officer. You pay a portion of your bail bond to your bondsman and they help you achieve your goal of getting out of jail.

What can a bondsman do for you in the event you go to jail? Here are just a few of the things they can help you achieve.

Get you out of jail sooner

If you go to jail and you are expected to have a court date several weeks or months away, your bail bondsman can assist you in getting out of jail. They do this by charging you a small percentage of your bond payment upfront, then they help you pay the rest. The sooner you get out of jail, the sooner you can get your things in order, such as arranging for childcare, getting back to work, securing a lawyer, and doing other things as you prepare for your court date.

Remember: a bail bond is a refundable so long as you show up at court. Your bail bondsman puts up the money for you for a fee, and so long as you show up to your court dates, the money will be refunded to the bail bondsman, who keeps the fees for their services as their pay.

Keep you from asking someone else to pay

You may not know someone who is able to pay your bail, or you may not be comfortable asking someone to do this for you. In this case, you can use a bondsman instead, who will help you in paying your bail bonds and will keep friends and family out of your legal issues. Keep in mind that it's your responsibility to pay all your bondsman dues, so keep track of your legal finances as you undergo the parts of your case.