Bail bonds are confusing and a fairly vague subject to many people who have not had to use them. However, it is important to have a solid understanding of the bail bonds process in case you ever find yourself or a loved one in need of bail. Today, we’ll take a moment to explain 3 common misconceptions about bail bonds, and explain the facts!
It is commonly believed that most bail bonds agencies will only accept cash as payment. However, this is not the case. If the first agency you call claims to only accept cash, you may want to call another agency! Many agencies will accept credit and debit cards for your convenience.
Another common misconception is that your bail fee is refunded after you have attended your court date. However, the 10 to 20 percent of your bail that you pay to us is a service fee. You are not, however, responsible for the remainder of the bail, which we pay to the courts for you. The only time money is refunded in full is when you pay the total sum of the bail money to the courts directly, and they return the money if you attend your court date.
Sometimes, clients ask us to negotiate the amount of bail. However, not a single person has the ability to negotiate your bail amount. The judge, and the judge alone, has a say in your bail amount, and the county you live in sets the range according to the crime. While we can help you in many ways, bail bondsman are unable to change the bail amount.
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