People with bail bonds are more likely to show up for their court date.
It’s true. Think of it as an accountability partner to motivate someone to follow the rules.
Have you ever wondered how to get bail bonds? Or how they work? Who to call for help?
Here are three important questions to ask your bail bonds provider:
1. Do You Have the Experience Needed to Handle the Case?
In a sensitive situation like this, you want to work with someone you can trust to help you.
Bail agents are usually monitored and licensed by the state and must adhere to the guidelines in place. Checking if they are listed on the Better Business Bureau or have positive reviews to their name is a good place to start.
Calling a bail bonds provider to ask how bail bonds work and explaining the situation can help you gauge if they have the right experience and resources to handle your case. Being accessible to you at all hours and a history of efficiently helping others with their cases is something to look for.
2. If I Choose You as My Bail Bonds Provider, How Long Will the Process Take?
The timing of the bail process is starts with how soon that you call the bail agent. Notifying us at the time of the arrest (before bail is set) and completing the forms can help speed up the process.
If you are out of town, there are ways to complete the process without coming into the office. We have online forms that can be electronically signed and we accept payment through major credit cards.
We strive to have a quick response time and can help the process move efficiently to get the bail to jail. Once it has been delivered, the time will depend on the detention staff at the facility and how quickly they are able to process the bail.
3. What Are My Bail Bond Options?
There are several different types of bail and depending on the situation, the requirements change. Here are a few of the most common types:
- Cash Bond
- Surety Bond
With cash bonds, the full amount of the bond must be paid in cash. This can be returned if all court appearances and court fees are completed.
Surety bonds require a down payment, along with future monthly payments. The amount can vary depending on the situation. In the State of North Carolina, the bond fee limit is set at 15%. This is a non-refundable charge for the services provided.
We offer competitive rates & flexible payment arrangements within the greater Raleigh area.
Collateral is sometimes used by bail agents as a guarantee for the bond and further motivate the defendant to appear in court. Collateral could be a variety of valuable assets, such as: property, vehicles, real estate, jewelry, cash, etc. Our most common form of collateral is a signed Indemnity agreement.
Having your bail bond options explained to you will help you figure out what combination of cash, payments, and/or collateral you will need to use.
Trying to understand the bail process can be confusing in a stressful time. If you would like to learn more about what we offer as a bail bonds provider, contact us today for a free consultation.