Sunday, May 9, 2021
Law

3 Common Myths About Bail Bonds

York County bail bonds are available to you if you don’t have the funds to cover the cost of bail for yourself or a loved one. While this is a convenient service, there are plenty of myths floating around regarding bail bonds. This list can help you demystify bail bonds and get the help you need.

  1. Bail Bondsmen Are Bounty Hunters

In some states, bail bondsmen also act as bounty hunters, but typically that’s not the case. A bail bondsman assesses the risk of the client and provides the money for bail. A good bail bondsman will work quickly and efficiently to get the client released. Ideally, your bondsman can provide reliable support and experience with various bonds, such as immigration bonds, appeal bonds, and surety bonds. You will only have to interact with a bounty hunter if the client misses a court appearance. When that happens, the bounty hunter will search for and return the client to court.

  1. Your Bail Premium Will Be Reimbursed

A bail bond agency is providing you a service. In exchange for posting the client’s bail and assuming the associated risk, the agency will charge you a nonrefundable percentage of the total bond. This percentage will vary depending on the state, but it is often around 10%-20%.

  1. Bail Bondsmen Are Unprofessional

While movies and TV shows can make bail bondsmen seem intimidating, there are many reputable bail bond agencies that want to help you. It’s important to do your research when signing any legal paperwork. So, read online reviews about the agency you’re considering, ask for referrals from lawyers and corrections officers, and when all else fails, trust your gut. If you don’t feel comfortable, find another bail bondsman.

Bail bond agencies can help you or a loved one get released from jail until the court appearances have been completed, which allows you to maintain normalcy during this waiting period. Remember to read reviews about the agency you’re considering to make an informed decision.