Getting arrested can be a harrowing experience. Both the arrestee and their loved one may feel anxious or scared. Either party may have no clue what their first step should be when they want to get out of jail and back home safely. If you or a loved one are in this position, you may wonder what you can do to help.
What Is Bail?
Unfortunately, life doesn’t have a handy get-out-of-jail-free card. The key to getting yourself or your loved one released from jail is usually paying the bail set by the judge. Bail is a set amount of money one must pay before an arrestee is released. This amount is determined based on several factors, including the crime’s severity and the arrestee’s criminal history.
Bail may take anywhere from a few hours to 48 hours to post. This time depends on the severity of the offense. With many charges, you are often still expected to serve some time before you are eligible for bail. However, once that time is up, a judge will set a bail amount.
Often, the judge may set bail to an incredibly high amount, to the point where the average person will not be able to pay the bail amount out of pocket. However, in such cases, there is no need to worry that your loved one will have to remain in jail until their hearing.
What Are Bail Bonds?
If the defendant cannot afford bail, a bail bond can be arranged through a bail bond company and that company will post the bail amount for the defendant. This agreement guarantees that the defendant will appear in court and guarantees payment for all fines and penalties. These bail bonding services allow you to have your loved one released from jail without paying the entire bail amount.
You can get your loved one out of jail by paying a bail bond agent a non-refundable portion of the bail. The bail bondsman will then promise to pay the bail in your place. Much like what might happen when you would pay bail out of pocket, the arrestee must return to court for every hearing, or the signer of the bail bond will have to pay the total collateral.
Bail Bonds at your Service 24/7
Our experienced, courteous bail bond agents at 24/7 Bail Bonds are always available to help you and your loved ones secure immediate release from jail or detention centers. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.
Call us if you need a bail bond in Bulloch, Bryan, Candler, Effingham, Evans, Jenkins, Montgomery, Toombs, Tattnall, or Wheeler County. You can also learn more about the bail process at our Bail F.A.Q. page.