The reality of bail is that it’s a simple, clear-cut process you can use to get someone out of jail. However, there are a lot of misleading myths out there about bail and the bail bond process. We’d like to take a little time to dispel 3 myths about bail bonds.
Bail Bonds Are Cash Only
Sometimes, bail bonds, or the bail bond process, are referred to as “cash bail,” which sometimes leads to the common misconception about the bail industry is that bail bonds must be paid in cash only. This is actually not the case, and bail bonds can be paid for using a variety of means, including major debit/credit cards, money orders, checks, bank account transfers, and more.
You Have to Pay the Full Amount of Bail
Bail is typically set at several thousand dollars, making it difficult to pay all at once. While it is possible to obtain someone’s release by paying the full amount of bail to the court, it isn’t really feasible for most people. When you work with a bail bondsman, you pay only a fraction of the full amount of bail as a service fee to the bail bondsman to secure a person’s release from custody.
You Can Do Whatever You Want While Out on Bail
Someone released from custody via bail bond will not necessarily be able to enjoy all of the freedoms that the rest of us do. Depending on the circumstances of the case and the crime that an individual is being charged with, it isn’t uncommon for a judge to set certain conditions that a defendant must follow while they are out on bail. Some common conditions include refraining from contacting a certain person (or people), staying away from a certain place, or remaining alcohol-free while out on bail. If any condition set by a judge is not followed, a person’s bail can be revoked, landing them back in custody as they await their day in court.
Bailing someone out of jail isn’t hard, and doing so can greatly improve a person’s life. If you have any questions about bailing someone out, contact us any time 24/7.