If you’ve been arrested and charged with committing a crime, the judge will likely provide you with a bond amount. You can post the bond amount, in full, to get a release from jail. A secondary option is using the services provided from a Beaver County bail bonds company.
Using a bail bond company allows you to get out of jail by paying 10% of the bond amount plus a small bondsman fee. For example, if the judge sets a bond $10,000, you need to pay this amount when posting a full bond, or just $1,000 (plus fees) when using a bondsman services.
The crime you’ve been charged with is irrelevant when you need a bond, except in a few circumstances. For example, if you are charged with Failure to Appear (FTA) finding a bondsman to entrust you enough to get you out of jail is difficult in many cases.
Upon signing a bond, you agree to appear in court on the date and time indicated. If you fail to appear at the appointed time, the bondsman will revoke the bond and you will be arrested. If someone signed the bond for you, they are also at risk if you fail to appear as promised.
Although cash is preferred for bonds, alternatives might be available if you do not have the cash or have only a partial amount. You might be able to post a bond using items of value as surety. Some people use electronics, others use jewelry, and for larger bonds, many people post the deeds to their homes or property.
Did we mention there is also a third option when you’ve been arrested? You can sit behind bars, awaiting your time to go to court. This can take weeks, months, or even years in some cases. You want a bond and you need a bondsman to make thins easier.