If you’ve ever watched cop or court shows on TV, you have probably heard the terms “bail” and “bond” tossed around casually, as if they mean the same thing—but they’re actually two different concepts. Many people will never need to know the difference, but if you or a loved one has been arrested, you’ll benefit from understanding what each term really means. Read on for an explanation from a bail bonds agent in Angleton.
How bail works
The bail system is a way to allow defendants to return to their own homes while holding money or property as collateral, in order to guarantee the defendant will show up to trial. If the defendant leaves town or violates the terms of their release, they’ll be taken back to jail to await trial.
Bail can be set at a certain dollar amount, which is often determined by the bail “schedule.” That is a list of various crimes and severity, along with the corresponding standard amount of bail. Depending on how much your bail is set at, you may have trouble paying that amount. At that point, you can either ask the judge to reduce your bail to a more reasonable amount, or seek the help of a bail bonds agent.
How bonds work
Have you heard the phrase “my word is my bond”? That is the essence of bonds: a promise. In this case, the promise is either to pay money directly to the court with the idea that the court will give the money back after trial (a secured bond) or a promise that if you break the terms of your release, you will pay a specific amount of money (unsecured bond). Most bail bonds agents arrange for the latter, promising that if you skip out of town, they will pay the full amount on your behalf.
Your bail bonds agent will require a deposit from you, and often additional requirements, such as weekly check-ins or other ways they can help guarantee you’re not going to leave them high and dry. If you do leave, you’re responsible for paying the company back (as well as for any additional criminal charges resulting from your flight).
Generally, bonds can be secured with money, but also titles to property like cars and homes. Should you not show up for court, the court or bail bonds agent can claim the property you signed over to them.
Bail bonds agent in Angleton
When you need the help of a bail bonds agent in Angleton, call us! Brazoria County Bail Bonds has over 25 years of experience serving the community. We will sit down with you to explain the bail bonds process, answer any questions you have and, most importantly, help you make bail quickly and easily. Our company accepts multiple forms of collateral and will take into consideration any special needs or limiting factors you might have. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you or your loved one through a challenging time.