After a person has been arrested and taken to jail, they usually have a few options to be released until their case is set for trial. A bondsman, or bail bond agent, can act as a surety for them by pledging property or money as a guarantee the accused will appear for their trial at a time and place decided by the judge. A bail bond company in Easton CT is often able to secure the release of defendant within a few hours by using cash, property, own recognizance, or a surety bond.
Using a bond has historical beginnings as old as 4,000 years ago in the area of Mesopotamia where property such as livestock or currency would be provided as a show of faith the defendant would return to court. Today, bondsmen make security agreements with court officials to pay the court if any defendant the bondsman is responsible for does not appear for their court hearing. Depending on the type of criminal charge, a person’s release can be secured by release on pretrial services, or own recognizance (signature bond), a cash bail, property bond, or a surety bond.
Since any bondsman of a bail bond company Easton, CT has a financial interest in the defendant coming to court when ordered, having the person not show (skip), may cause them to lose substantial amounts of money, especially with an all cash bond. If the defendant fails to appear at any of the court hearings, the bondsman is allowed by law to bring the missing person to the court to recover the money paid for their bond, usually by means of a bounty hunter. Not all states allow bounty hunting, so the bondsman may have to try to apprehend the fugitive on their own. By not appearing at the court hearing, the defendant causes their bond money to be forfeited to the court, and additional charges are placed against them for failure to appear at their trial.
A typical fee imposed by the bondsman to post bail for the defendant is 10% of the bail amount. If a person does not have sufficient cash to give the bondsman, they will often take other types of collateral such as jewelry, houses, credit cards, boats, or other valuable equipment. Visit us to learn more about the bail bond process.
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