When you or a loved one has been taken into custody, the likelihood is that you’ll want a quick solution for getting out of jail. The first and foremost option that comes to mind is usually to contact a local bail bondsman to secure an immediate release. Although this is a great option, it isn’t necessarily your only option.
Do I need to use a bail bond to post bail?
The short answer here is no— it isn’t necessary for you to hire a bail bondsman to post bail.
The most important thing you need when figuring out the logistics of posting bail is the actual bail amount that the judge has set in your or your loved one’s case. Unfortunately, the dollar amount tends to be very high— upwards of $20,000 or more. If you happen to have that amount, then you can post cash bail directly with the jail. To officially do so, you’ll need that amount in cash or check to pay the jailer for the defendant’s release. Later on, when the court case has been settled, your money will be returned without any fees.
The main question here is, however, do you have $20,000 or more to spare on a case that might take several months or more to deliberate?
If the answer is no, then you’ll probably want to contact a bail bondsman as soon as possible.
The fees for using a bail bond
Bail bond companies typically charge 10% of the total bail amount as their fee for posting bail on your behalf. So if your bail is set at $20,000, it’ll cost $2,000 to bail you or your loved one out using a bail bond. This fee goes to the bondsman for assuming your liability with the court.
Bail bondsmen provide a much-needed service to the average citizen who doesn’t have exorbitant amounts of cash lying around. Although 10% of the bail may seem a steep fee to pay, it’s still much more affordable than paying the full bail amount.
Not all bail bondsman companies offer flexibility in paying the bail and the 10% fee, but we here at JR’s Bail Bonds are happy to accommodate your and your loved one’s financial needs by offering a multitude of payment plans so that you can easily finance your freedom.
We know spending time behind bars can be traumatic, and we want to do everything in our power to help you or your loved one in expediting the release process. Contact us today, tomorrow, or any other time— day or night, rain or shine, and even on holidays. We’re here for you.