First and best options for defendant: Post Cash Bail
Example if defendant's bail is $10,000 and a friend or relative can come up with $10,000 in cash or certified check and take that money to the jail where defendant is being bailed the defendant will be released immediately. Jails typically don't accept personal checks.
If the defendant makes all court appearances on time after the case is concluded the money ($10,000 in this example) will be returned to the person who posted it. One should allow up to a couple of months after the case is concluded for the money to be returned. In this example a bail bondsman is not needed.
Stay in Custody
The judicial system requires a defendant to appear within 72 hours excluding weekends and/or holidays. By waiting to appear in front of a judge it opens up an opportunity to get the bail lowered or be released on one's own recognizance. A promise to appear does not require a bail bondsman or bond to be written. In this example a bail bondsman is not needed if released under one's own recognizance and the cost for the bond would ultimately be lower if the bail is lowered.
When You Need a Bail Bondsman
If you do not have the money to post cash bail or do not want to wait to appear in front of a judge, Scott Steven Bail Bonds will post a bail bond.
Bail Bond Costs - Flexible Payment Options
The fee is 10% of the total bail required. This is not refundable even if the charges are not pursued in the judicial system.
When a friend or loved one is in jail, the last thing you want to worry about is how you're going to pay for their release. We believe everyone is entitled to the right to bail and money, or immediate lack there of, should not be the only determiner as to whether your loved one must remain in custody.
For information on flexible financial arrangements, please click here.