What Is Bail?

Bail is an easy concept to understand, although it is surrounded in something of a mystery. When a friend or loved one is arrested and detained, bail can be thought of as a promise. This promise is one that says “If my loved one comes home, he or she will appear in court to follow up on their case”, and bail allows a person to return home on the premise of the promise made. With a bond, the premium charged will be returned when the defendant appears before the court, but this premium may not be returned for several reasons.

At Amistad Bail Bonds, we get a ton of questions as to the reasons why a premium may not be given back to the defendant, and in order to clear these questions up, we want to provide a few answers! A few reasons why a person may not have their premium returned are:

  1. Failing to pay premium to surety – Failing to pay the premium owed timely to the licensed agent under the agreement in GS 58-71-167 will not allow a person to have any kind of premium already paid returned.
  2. Hiding from the surety – Hiding from the surety will create cause to wonder if the defendant will appear before court, and this will cause the premium to be kept.
  3. Leaving the state – On bail, a person cannot leave their state, and doing so will place them in a situation to not have the premium returned.
  4. Violating a court order – In order to have the premium returned, all court orders must be upheld while awaiting trial. Should any of these be violated, the premium will not be given back.
  5. Failing to disclose information – In order to have the premium returned, all information regarding the case and anything involved with it must be disclosed.
  6. Providing false information – If one wishes to have the premium returned, they must provide accurate personal information such as their ID physical address or other information. Nicknames and aliases are not accepted.

Bail is a simple concept to understand, and we at Amistad Bail Bonds want to make understanding bail even simpler. When a loved one is arrested in suspicion of a crime, it’s important to get them back home again, and that is what a bail bond can provide. If you have a loved one who has been arrested on suspicion of a crime, or you’d simply like to know more about the bail bonding process, check us out at AmistadBailBonds.com today.