Michigan bail bonds can feel like an overwhelming and complicated process, and we understand that most people do not have enough experience with the legal system to understand the ins-and-outs. Therefore, to help you understand the bail bond process as well as the services provided by our company, we have compiled a list of six things you should understand.
1. What is a Bail Bond?
A bail bond, in its purest form, is an agreement between the court, defendant and bail bondsman that promises the defendant will appear for their court date or pay the full set bail amount. This agreement is also referred to as a surety bond. Essentially, the surety, or bondsman, guarantees that the principal, or defendant, will abide by the rules set forth by the obligee, or court.
2. Determining Factors for Bail Amount
While the bail amount determined by the court might seem high, every crime has a standard bail value, and while a judge has some discretion over the value, bail amounts tend to stick to suggestions. However, every case and defendant is unique. Therefore, while a crime may have a standard value expectation, if the accused has an extensive criminal record or history of not showing up for trial, then an increase in the usual amount is likely.
3. Types of Bail Bonds
While there are a variety of bail types, they are all likely categorized under two headings: (1) misdemeanor bail bonds and (2) felony bail bonds. Misdemeanors typically include cases for controlled substances, suspended license, reckless driving and DUIs/OWIs/DWIs. Felony cases can consist of robbery, arson, assault or any other violent crime. Beyond the broad scope of a misdemeanor and felony bonds, you can break categories down further into appeals/appearance bonds, 10% bonds and surety and property bonds.
4. Reducing the Cost of a Bail Bond
While it is possible to file a motion for a bail reduction, it is not an easy process, and you should hire an experienced attorney to better your chances. For a court to reduce a bail amount, your lawyer will have to prove why you need a reduced amount, and they will need to show that you are not a flight risk. However, any such motion is risky because the judge can increase or deny the bail altogether if adequate proof is not provided. Therefore, it might be better to work with a Michigan bail bondsman, only paying a fraction of the bail amount.
5. A Bail Bondsman Can Help You
Bail bonds companies understand that not everyone can afford the cost of bail. Therefore, they provide a service for a percentage of the bail amount. A bail bondsman essentially becomes the middleman between the defendant and the court, promising the defendant cooperation. However, if the defendant flees, then the bondsman is on the hook for the full bail amount, which they will collect from those who signed for the bond. Also, the bond company will hire bounty hunters to find the defendant and return them to police custody.
6. 10 Percent and Collateral
To enter into a bond agreement, the defendant or their friends and family must provide a service fee of 10% of the bail amount. Also, they must show that they have the ability to cover the bail if the defendant flees. Therefore, the defendant or those signing the agreement must provide collateral that is of equal or higher value to the bail amount. Collateral can be anything from vehicles to real estate, jewelry, bank accounts, stocks and even credit cards.
If you are looking for a bail company in Michigan, then look no further than the All American Bail Bond Agency. We have been servicing Michigan’s bail bond needs for nearly ten years. Contact us today by calling 586-770-7411.