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Bail Bond Laws

What is a bail bond?

A bail bond is one way that a person can have a defendant released that is waiting for a trial date when dealing with criminal charges from the law enforcement. The defendant, the defendant’s family and possibly friends and even professional bail bondsmen will complete a document that assures to forfeit the money that is decided by the court that is equal with the importance of the suspected offense if the defendant does not return to the court house for their trail date.

How does a bail bond work?

When someone is placed in jail, often times neither the person nor the family have the money to bond this person out. That is when the bail bond method comes into play. When a bail bondsman is working with the bail bonding agency, the bail bonds man will put up the money in order to release the defendant out on bail. The bondman will charge normally a 10% of the total amount of money that is required for the whole bond. This fee is normally not refundable, even if the case is thrown out in the court. A bail bondsman will take a security from the defendant’s possessions to cover the bail money. If the defendant does not have enough possessions, then in many situations the bondsman will take out securities from others that are willing to help out. When this security is taken out, a bondsman will want 10% cash to add to the mortgage of the person’s home that will often times equal the amount of the bail boney money that is owed. If the defendant does not show up for their court date, the bondsman has the right to not only hire someone to track this person down, but also to sue for the money that is owed. The bail bond company can also claim any unpaid money that were owned from this person, or other people that has signed the contracts. A bail bonds can help many individuals for more information pertaining to bail bond information and bail bond rules, contact the Experts.

In the state of Ohio if someone co-signed on a bail bonds and then called to be removed why would this person have to pay the bond?

In these types of cases, the rulings can vary all depending on the terms of the contracts as to whether a person can or cannot be released from paying the bond. In most bond contracts, the bondsman company will not allow the co-signer be released from the bond unless they person has another person take their place as the co-signer. When signing as a co-signer one person will need to pay close attention to the bond document that they have signed regarding their rights to be released from the bond.

What is the procedure in order to have a bail bond revoked since the person that they agreed to bond out violated their court orders?

Normally, only a judge can revoke a bail, and it is normally done when a prosecutor or pretrial supervision services request it. The person can send a letter to the judge stating that the person had violated the court orders after being released; make sure to send a copy of this letter to the prosecutor. After that, they can ask that the court schedule a bail hearing before the court date. After this, it will be up to the prosecutor and/or the judge to follow a revocation. If the judge does decide to not schedule a court hearing before, then they will have to show up on the trial date and talk to the prosecutor and request that the prosecutor make a motion in order to revoke the bail.

In the state of Texas can someone pay cash for a bail bond and then once the person is released from jail revoke it?

A bail bond is a promise from the bondsman to pay the court a certain amount. If the person charged does not show up for their court date, any and all paperwork and liability is assumed by the bail bond company. If the person paid the bondman a certain percent of the bail amount in order to take responsibility of the paperwork, liability, failure to pay bond and re-arrest. The bond is then held until the end of the case. The amount that will need to be paid to the bail bond is a small percentage of what is actually the cost to the court in order to secure that the person is released from jail. So, in other words someone cannot revoke the money that they have paid to the bondsman to get the person out of jail. The money is in fact paid as the fee that is charged by the bondsman in order to get that person released from jail.

The process of dealing with bail bonds and bail bond companies can often leave a lot of people confused especially if they have never been in this situation before, or if the bail bond rules vary from county to county or state to state. For more information on the bail bond laws, contact the Experts.
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