Dealing With Bail Bonds

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If you have a family member or friend who is in jail and who you want to help get out until the person has to go to court, consider talking to Pennsylvania bail bonds offices who can often get inmates released for a percentage of the bail amount that is ordered by the judge. There is bail amount that is set with almost all people who have been arrested. The amount of the bail depends on the type of crime that was committed. Sometimes, there is no bail set, and the person can sign a release statement without paying anything to get out of jail, but if the person doesn’t go to the court date, then there is an order for arrest. Once the bail amount is set by the judge, the inmate can stay in jail until the court date or try to find a bondsman who will take a percentage of the bail amount to have the person released. In most cases, this amount is between 10 and 15 percent. The amount required for bail depends on the crime and the person’s history in the community. There are some bondsmen who won’t offer any kind of assistance if there is a chance that the person could leave the state.

When you go to talk to the bondsman, you will need to have the facility information as well as the cash that is required or a credit card. Debit cards are also accepted by most offices. If you don’t have the money on hand, some offices can take a car title or a property deed. However, if the person doesn’t go to court, then the title or deed would be used as collateral, and you would likely lose that property. The same thing goes for any money that you would use for the bail amount. The money that you put up would not be returned, and you would likely be responsible for the entire bail amount. Once the money has been paid, the bondsman will go to the facility to sign the proper documents to have the inmate released.