BAIL PROCESS FAQS

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Bail Process FAQs

The process of obtaining a bail bond may seem intimidating, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the justice system. For those dealing with law enforcement for the first time, getting in touch with a bail bondsman can feel unnerving.

Most of the people who call us for bail bond assistance are first-timers. When you reach out to us for help, we want to make sure that you don’t feel empty-handed. We walk you through the process and equip you with critical information in posting bail for your loved one.

Our friendly and dependable services make obtaining a bail bond much easier. Find our detailed, six-step process of how bail bonds work here.

Below we have outlined a few of the most commonly asked questions regarding the bail bonds process.

If you feel that you have additional questions that have not been covered here, we encourage you to give our Raleigh, NC office a call today. Amistad Bail Bonds is your most trusted Wake County bail bonds service and we are available 24/7 for you!

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What is The Purpose Of Bail?

When someone is accused of a crime, a bail amount may be set for the said person to be released from custody prior to their hearing date. Paying bail to the court guarantees that the defendant will appear in court as scheduled. Bail allows an arrested person to remain free until their conviction and ensures their presence at all pre-trial hearings.

Bail serves neither to punish a defendant nor raise money for the state. Rather, it functions as an agreement that secures a defendant’s presence at required legal proceedings.

How is the Bail Amount Determined?

Bail amounts are determined within about 48 hours after an arrest. Discussion and determination of the bail amount are made during what is called the bail bond hearing. During this hearing, a judge looks at a number of different aspects including the nature of the alleged crime committed and the flight risk they present and determines the amount of the bail.

Some courts settle bail by algorithm. For these jurisdictions, the court inputs pertinent information about the defendant (such as their age, current charges, criminal history, and record of failing to appear) and enter them into a program. In turn, the tool provides a score or recommendation that measures the tendency of a detainee to commit another crime or fail to show up at court. Judges then weigh these evaluations when granting a pre-trial release.

In general, the court system has standard amounts to be used in cases of specific crimes, which are called bail schedules. These suggest the bail amount for common crimes. However, the judge is not obliged to go by the standard amounts.

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How Can Bail Be Paid?

There are typically four ways someone can pay their bail. This includes:

  1. Cash payment or checks worth the full amount of the bail
  2. Secured bail bonds or the payment of money or bail property to secure release
  3. Unsecured bail bonds or a surety bond that involves paying an amount of money if the defendant breaks their bond conditions
  4. Own recognizance or no-cost bails where a defendant signs a written promise to appear in court as required.

If a bail cannot be paid in full, a bail bonds service will be required.

How Long Will it Take to Get My Loved One Out Of Jail?

Release times vary due to several factors: the time it takes to book a defendant, the day of the week, the jail system’s backlog of arrests, pending releases during the time of bail, and more. But in general, release times could range from between twenty minutes to twenty-four hours.

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How Do Bail Bonds Work?

In short, bail bonds services provide courts with the up front and full amount of bail for clients. For a bail bonds service to provide bail, however, the defendant must pay 15 percent of the full bail amount up front.

Once the bail bond is posted the defendant may be released from jail, on an assumption that upon their release they will still show up to court for their scheduled court hearings. Bail bonds services require an indemnitor
or co-signer to guarantee that if the defendant does not appear in court, that the bail amount will be paid in full.

Co-signing a bail bond comes with certain requirements. Qualifiers must be 25 years of age or older, have a valid and working checking account,
have worked in the same job for at least one year with a verifiable salary of at least $4,000 monthly.

What is the Standard Down Payment to Post Bail?

The standard premium is 15 percent of the bond amount set by the court. Some individuals may qualify for a lower rate. Amistad is dedicated to providing the lowest rates in the area! We offer flexible payment options that allow you to make down payments as low as 5%.

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When Do I Need Collateral?

Defendants can offer collateral in place of or in addition to their bail bond to secure the release of a detained loved one. While cases may vary, collateral is usually required for very high bail amounts. Collateral can be anything with equivalent resale value, such as property, jewelry, or stocks to pay for the bail amount. Often, people use the equity in a piece of real estate as collateral.

Will It Cost Me More If They Don’t Appear In Court?

Defendants who are not present during pre-trial hearings after bailing out may face more than just a forfeited bond. If a defendant fails to appear in court there are usually court costs. These can be anything from $75 to hundreds of dollars.

In addition, if a defendant who has taken out a bail bond does not appear in court, a failure to appear or bench warrant will be issued for their arrest. When this happens, a defendant could face serious consequences, including additional charges, license suspension, and bail bond denial. Moreover, they will be required to pay back the bail amount in full, and the initial 15 percent they paid will go toward bond service and not the repayment of the bond amount.

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Who is Responsible for the Defendant After he Gets Out on Bail?

The bail agency is responsible for seeing to it that the defendant appears in court. If they fail to appear, a warrant for their arrest may be issued.

What Happens If The Person I’m Trying To Get Out Of Jail Gets Re-Arrested?

Call us immediately so we can make sure you are protected. Communication is very important, and we’ll walk you through the steps of getting your loved one bonded out again. Our licensed agents will inform you if the second
arrest will have an impact on the court date.

Call (919) 790-6887 today to get your loved one out of jail; Amistad can help!

When you are in need, Amistad Bail Bonds is here. We offer quick, efficient and professional bail bonds services in the Wake County area, and we are determined to help you! We provide services for defendants charged with drug, traffic, DUI/ DWI, abuse, violence, prostitution, solicitation, felony, misdemeanor, and immigration-related offenses.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When you pay your money directly to the court, yes, it is refundable, but when you proceed through a bail bondsman, the fee is non-refundable.

Regardless of whether you are found guilty or not, if you show up to all your court dates, including the ones that include possible sentencing, you get your bail money back.

Yes, we can help you with the crests and troughs of bail bonds in North Carolina.

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