Handling an arrest is a stressful situation.
Trying to figure out bail can put strain on your finances, making an already difficult time worse. A good bail bondsman can make all the difference in these trying times, and we’re here to take the guessing out of the bail bonds process!
Types of Bonds
You may already know how bail works, but did you know there could be different types of bonds offered? The two most common types are a cash bond, where the entirety of the bond needs to be paid in cash, and a surety bond, which is where finding a great bail bondsman is so important.
Other types of bonds include:
- Property bonds
- Immigration bonds
- Release on personal recognizance
- Release on citation
You’ve made it to a bondsman. Now what?
Before you meet with a bondsman, know what you have available to you as collateral and what the approximate value of these resources are. Going in prepared will take the strain off of you, and will make the entire bonding process smoother.
Different bondsman accept different assets as collateral but can include varying degrees of value, such as:
- Real estate
- Stock holdings
- Bank accounts
- Credit cards
Terms of the Agreement
When a person makes bail, it is important to know both the court’s requirements surrounding the bond agreement as well as that of the bondsman who you now have a contract with. If the party who was bailed out misses a court appearance, there could be repercussions, including those that affect your collateral. It’s important to note that, even though one person was arrested and the other posted the bond, the person who arranged for the bail bond could be held accountable for the failure to appear of the other party.
If you have any questions about the terms of either your bond agreement or that of the court’s conditions, be sure to ask your bondsman; often they will be able to walk you through the complexities and give you the peace of mind you need!
What Happens to Your Collateral
Depending on what happens throughout the process, a few different things could happen. If everything goes as it should, your collateral should be returned to you within 2 weeks of you completing your repayment obligations. If things go wrong, and the bonded individual misses a court date, your collateral could be forfeit and sold for the bondsman to pay fees. The bondsman can also at this time hire a bounty hunter to find the person who skipped out on the posted bail.
Local Bondsman Hours
Nothing is worse than finding the location of a bail bondsman only to arrive and discover that they hold set office hours…and you needed assistance outside of them. Some bondsmen hold standard office hours, some close for certain days; it’s always good to do a quick double-check so that you don’t have an unpleasant surprise in the middle of an already unfortunate situation!
Astro Bail Bonds is available 24/7, 365 days a year. We’re here for you when you need us most, any time, and we have bail bonds locations available in Boise, Meridian, and Nampa for your convenience! Our clients are like family, and family shouldn’t wait. Contact us for all of your Treasure Valley bail bonds needs, and we will help make sure your bail bonds experience is a positive one!