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Understanding Bail Bonds
The process of getting arrested is never easy. If you or someone you know has recently been in trouble with the law, the bail bond processes may be a bit confusing. Read more in this article to find out about bail bonds and your options.

What is a Bail Bond?
Bail bonds enable a friend or family member to put up money to get someone free from jail, without posting the entire bail amount. Bail bonds are typically used by those who cannot afford the bail amount set by a judge. When you need a bail bond, you will go to a bail bond agency. The agency collects a portion of the bail amount from you and then arranges to have the person released from jail. In most cases, this process takes approximately an hour.

Typically, the amount you will pay for a bond is about 10% of the actual bail amount. This fee is required by law and varies from state to state. When you pay the bail bond, the agency is also guaranteeing the Court that the person in jail will appear to all hearings and court proceedings required.

When you speak to a bail bond agency, you'll need to be prepared with some specific information:

Full legal name of the person in jail.
Person's date of birth.
What county, city, and state the person is being held in.
The booking number and booking charge.

Once you have all of this information, you are prepared to get a bail bond.

What's the Difference Between Bail and Bonds?
A bail bond is simply a portion of the cost of the bail set by a judge. Bail bond companies have excellent reputations with the Courts. If a bail bond is posted, the Court will allow the person to go free, on the word on the bail bond agency. For example, if bail is set at $10,000, you would pay $1,000 to the bail bond agency to get someone out of jail.

Is Any of My Bond Refundable?
Unfortunately, if you get a bail bond, none of the money is refundable. The fee the bond agency receives is required by law. It's also how the bond agency makes a profit. If you use the convenience of the bail bond, you will lose the money you put up. It's a small price to pay for the freedom of your friend or family member. Remember, if you post bail, the entire amount is refundable and you do not need to purchase a bail bond.

Bail bond rules and regulations do vary by state, so be sure to check with your state for more specific information. Some states do not accept private bail bonds, like the state of Illinois, so you'll want to be informed before you begin the process of helping your loved one out of jail. As always, if you use a bail bond, the person being freed from jail is required to show up for any Court dates or legal proceedings. It's important to abide by the terms of the bail bond in order to stay out of future trouble.

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