What Are My Options
1) Do nothing and let the defendant stay in jail until the judge says otherwise.
2) Pay the full amount of the bond to the court directly.
3) Work with a bail bondsman who will put up the full amount of the bond. With more than 120 years in business, 1 Bail Bond Agency can take less money up front than anyone else.
What is Bail
Bail is the temporary release of an accused person awaiting trial. It guarantees that the defendant will return to court on their appointed court dates. If the accused person does not appear at court until completion of the case, the bond will be forfeited and the full amount of the bond will be due.
What Is A Bail Bond
A bail bond is a financial guarantee that the defendant will appear in court until the completion of their case. By law, bail bondsmen are required to charge a 10% fee of the full bond amount. However, the law does not state we need all the money up front. Nobody can accept less money up front than 1 Bail Bond Agency of Michigan.
What Is The Responsibility Of The Co-Signer
The co-signer ensures the defendant appears in court every time until completion of the case so the bond is not forfeited by the judge. If costs are required to locate the defendant and take him into custody, the cosigner is responsible for reimbursing all costs incurred.
Can I Get My Bail Fee Back
No. This is the service fee the bail agency charges; it is called the premium. Bail bond agencies are insurance agencies. Just as you don’t get your money back from a car insurance company because you don’t have an accident, the fee paid to a bail bondsman is not refunded just because the defendant appears in court.
What Is A Property Bond
Property bonds can be useful in cases where cash is not an option. A property bond is done directly with the court, not a bondsman. A property bond utilizes the equity people have in their house, commercial building, or vacation home to assure the court that the accused person will be present on their scheduled court dates. The court will determine is a property is acceptable. If the accused individual does not appear in court, the court will place a lien on the property.
What If I Don't Have The Money
With a minimal down payment, 1 Bail Bond Agency will work with you to create an acceptable payment plan within your budget.
What Determines Bail Amount
The bail will be determined by the judge using a variety of criteria about the defendant including prior criminal history, roots to the area, employment status, etc.
After Posting Bail, How Long To Get Out
The amount of time can vary depending upon the day and time posted at the jail. Mondays are the busiest day for the jail and release times can be slower.
Can You Leave The State
1 Bail Bond Agency does not require a defendant to stay within Michigan or any other state as long as we are notified and the individual appears for all of their court dates. The only restriction would be if a judge does not allow the defendant to leave the state.
What If The Bond Is Forfeited
If the bond is forfeited and the bondsman is unable to locate the defendant, the bondsman will be responsible to pay the full amount of the bond to the court. The cosigner is responsible for reimbursing the bail bondsman of money lost to the court.
What Happens When Defendent Doesn't Go To Court
If a defendant does not appear at their court date, a warrant is issued for their arrest. The bail bond company will be issued a “show cause” hearing regarding forfeiture. The bail bond company will attempt to locate the defendant to stop the forfeiture proceedings.
If the bond is forfeited, the judge is required by law to give the bondsman between 45 and 60 days to locate the defendant and have them appear in court.
What Information Is Needed To Start Process
The defendant’s legal name and the facility holding the defendant is all that is needed. The bondsman would then contact the facility and inquire about charges and bond amount. We would also inquire if the defendant has any holders in other jurisdictions that would possibly impede the defendant’s release.