Having your loved one behind bars is frightening enough, let alone trying to find the money you need to post bail so they can return home.
Before you can understand your bail bond options, there are a few things you need to understand about bail.
How Is The Bail Amount Determined?
Determining the bail amount requires a few different factors to be taken into consideration. Factors such as the nature of the alleged crime, the person’s criminal history, and their likelihood of appearing for their court date are all taken into consideration to set bail and the amounts can range vastly.
In North Carolina, you can often find the court systems having pre-set bail amounts that depend on the suspected crime. Still, other factors can still cause those amounts to be higher or lower than the average amount.
Typically, most bonds are set by the magistrate within a few hours of the arrest, but it can sometimes be set 48 hours or more after the actual crime had been committed. In these cases, the bail bond hearing will have been scheduled for a judge to determine and set the bail amount. During this hearing, the factors mentioned earlier will be taken into account.
What Is The Purpose Of Bail?
Bail is used by the courts as a type of insurance to ensure that the accused will arrive for their court date. By posting bail, you have stated that you are responsible enough to come to all your court dates without needing to be held in jail during that time. However, if you choose not to post bail then you must stay behind bars until your court date.
Unfortunately, it may be a while before the court date, therefore, you or your loved ones may be in jail longer than you expected.
3 Bail Bond Options
Now that the bail has been set, the first thing you want to do is to post it and get back home to your loved ones. However, you have a few options to choose from:
1. Paying Cash
This sounds like the easiest plan right? However, paying cash in order to get out of jail can be somewhat expensive. When you pay for your bail in cash, you will be responsible for paying the entire amount which can be anywhere from $1,000 to $1,000,000. Not exactly the kind of money most people have just lying around for just such an emergency. Even if you do have the money, it probably needs to be used for more important things such as for bills or food.
However, if you do manage to pay for your bail in cash then you will receive most of the payment back as long as you appear at all of your court dates. If you pay bail and fail to appear, you will not be eligible to receive any of the bail money back.
2. Putting Up Property As Collateral
If the accused individual owns property, such as a house or a piece of land, then you can put that up as a bond in order to be released from jail. However, the collateral will need to be equal or more than the amount of bail in value. A lien will be placed on the property and stay in place until the court case is over and you have appeared for every court date.
3. Help From Amistad Bail Bonds
Here at Amistad, we do everything we can to make this process go as smoothly as possible for you and your loved one. We understand that everyone makes mistakes sometimes and that’s why we offer flexible payment plans and services for your unique needs:
– 0 percent interest rates
– 2 percent down with flexible payment plans (must qualify)
– Free consultations
– Zero credit checks
– Highly flexible payment plans for bonds over $10,000
No matter what your situation may be, we are dedicated to helping you or your loved one get out of jail as soon as possible. We also believe in making this process as affordable as possible so that you don’t have to go in debt in order to bring your loved one back home. Additionally, all of our paperwork is done digitally so that you can get through the process quickly and without having to wait around.
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