If a relative or loved one has been arrested, one of the first things they will need is help securing bail bonds service. Most people have heard of the term bail bonds, but they may not understand all of the bail bond rules.
At Charlotte Bail Bonds, we go the extra mile to secure the release of our clients or our clients’ loved ones. To help our clients better understand the sometimes complicated system of bail bonds in North Carolina, we offer this overview.
What Are Bail Bonds?
Criminal courts have an interest in ensuring that defendants show up to court when ordered. Bail bonds are collateral that courts keep to ensure that this happens. The monetary amount is set by a judge and is based on the severity of the alleged crime and other factors like the defendant’s criminal record.
If someone’s bail is set at $1,000, that person can pay that amount out of pocket or they can work with a bondsman to pay a percentage of that amount (15% in North Carolina). Once the court process is complete, that individual can recoup the bail if the amount was paid out of pocket. Fees paid to a bail bond company are not refundable.
When the bail bondsman pays the bail, the defendant has posted bail. Once that step is complete, the jailers release the defendant from jail.
Many people opt to work with a bondsman. Now that we’ve explained what are bail bonds, let’s look at how that process works.
Do I Need a Bail Bondsman?
If you are interested in seeing that your family member or loved one is released promptly, you will need to work with a bail bond company like Charlotte Bail Bonds.
Our agency handles bonds for a variety of arrests that could include felonies, misdemeanors, and failure to appear.
Our bail bondsman works directly with area jails to quickly and effectively secure the release of clients or relatives of clients.
How Does the Process Work?
The process of securing bail begins when a relative or loved one of the defendant contacts our agency. We will then work quickly to gather basic information like the detainee’s location and criminal charges.
Once the defendant or his or her relative agrees on the conditions of the bail bond, they sign the requisite documents. The defendant then pays 15% of the full bond amount. In some cases, defendants or their relatives must post collateral, such as a home, in order to protect the bail bond.
Our agency then works quickly to finalize the paperwork and get the detainee out of jail. Please note that we can only begin the bail bond process once the booking procedures are done.
Benefits of Working with a Bondsman
Having a loved one in jail can be a stressful or even traumatizing experience. A bail bond agency helps defendants regain their freedom so they can return to life and work and prepare their defense. Beyond helping our clients return to everyday activities, working with Charlotte Bail Bonds offers important benefits.
Lower Out-of-Pocket Costs
Bail amounts can easily reach into the thousands. Most people do not have $10,000 readily available to post bail. Working with a bail bond company allows your family to pay a small fraction of the overall bail amount.
By working with Charlotte Bail Bonds, you simply pay 15% of the bail amount. We cover the rest.
A Quick Release
Jails are no fun to be in. The cramped quarters are uncomfortable and each passing hour can seem like an eternity.
We understand that time is of the essence when seeking the release of your relatives or loved ones. This is why we offer 24-hour bail services. We accept digital payments or payments by email.
Once everything is set on our end, it can take up to several hours for North Carolina jails to release the detainee.
If you post bail on your own, you will be responsible for following court dates and complying with the conditions of your bail. In other words, no one other than your lawyer will be available to ensure that you are complying with your bond conditions.
Once our bondsman posts bail, he or she will ensure that our clients know about court dates and other important matters. We want the same thing you do — a swift resolution to your charges.
Defendants who are free to prepare for their trial also experience better outcomes in our criminal justice system.
Lower Risk of Being Arrested Again
Failure to appear in court can lead to a warrant being issued. Many times, people miss court for unintentional reasons. Part of our responsibility is ensuring that our clients do not miss court dates.
A missed court date is something to be taken very seriously. The issuance of a failure to appear warrant could result in a higher bond amount and new bond conditions. To ensure that you or a loved one remains free from jail indefinitely, you should consider working with a trusted bail bond service.
Choose Affordable Bail Bonds in Mecklenburg County
Bail bonds allow detainees to quickly regain their freedom following an arrest. Working with a bail bond company allows you to save potentially thousands of dollars while ensuring that you or a family member remain in compliance with court procedures.
No case is too big or too small for our team that has 40 years of combined experience in the bail bond industry. We look forward to serving your family. Contact our office today to get the process started.