Has your loved one been arrested? Are you looking for bail bonds? Are they in the county jail, or are they arrested for immigration bonds? At Southern Bail Bonds, we post bail bonds 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. If you need a Dallas County Bail Bond, give us a call at our Polk St. location at 214-372-2500 or our Coit Rd location at 214-239-9100. We’re ready to help!
Southern Bail Bonds understands the urgency and stress placed on family members and friends looking for a trustworthy bail bonds company to assist them with getting their bail bonds processed quickly and efficiently. We are a professional bonding company and can handle getting your loved one back home quickly.
Bail is frequently imposed at amounts that are beyond most people’s financial means. Most families don’t have the full amount of the bond at their disposal. Or, if they do, that money may be earmarked for other things such as rent or a mortgage, or paying other critical expenses. For example, most bail bond companies charge a fee of between 8 and 15% of the bail amount.
If the defendant fails to show up in court or doesn’t complete their weekly check-ins as required, the defendant runs the risk of having their bond revoked or held insufficient. In other words, they could forfeit their bond and be placed back into custody. If that happens, there is a good chance the co-signer will have to come up with additional funds to cover any forfeiture fees. This could include the full amount of the bond if the defendant isn’t returned to custody in a reasonable amount of time after they have forfeited their bond. Here are some tips to keep in mind before you apply for bail bonds:
First Things First – Call the Bail Bonds Company
Call the company and check if they offer the ability to process your paperwork over the phone. If so, this could save your valuable time because you may not have to make a trip into their office at all. This not only makes it easier for the co-signer, but it may also keep them from having to take time off from work to go sit in a bond office. Or they may have obligations at home that limit their ability to leave the residence without someone providing coverage for young kids, older relatives who may be living in the home or any special needs family members.
Items Needed To Process Your Bail Bond Paperwork
Here are the items you’ll need to have available when posting bail bonds. These items are required whether the co-signer is processing their bond paperwork via phone and email or they are coming into the office. If you know you’re going to post bonds for a family member or loved one, go ahead and start gathering these items now:
– Copy of a current ID
– Proof of residence (copy of lease agreement/mortgage payment stub or other bill that comes to the house in your name
– Proof of income (paystub, direct deposit, copy of bank statement with account details blocked or covered, award letters, etc.)
– References – names, addresses and phone numbers of at least 5 people that can be contacted if the defendant or the co-signer are not able to be found.
And of course, be sure to read all paperwork carefully and ask questions if there is anything you or the cosigner aren’t comfortable with or need clarification on. Basically, make sure you know what you’re signing.
Southern Bail Bonds offers many different payment options. Ask one of our knowledgeable agents about all options available to you and your family.
How does Bail Bond Work?
If you want to help a friend who is in jail, there are various options for obtaining bail, but you should be aware that cosigning for someone’s bail does come with risks. First and foremost, make sure you know the person you will be posting bond for. When we say “make sure you know them”, we don’t mean just as an acquaintance. Make sure you know their character! Just because they may have gotten into trouble does not automatically make them a bad person.
What we’re speaking of is their ability to take responsibility for seeing things through. For instance, do you know them well enough to know whether they will take their case seriously and show up for all court dates? Will they want to get their case resolved as quickly as possible and handle any requests from the courts with urgency? Or are they irresponsible or think the “rules” don’t apply to them? You’ll need to be honest with yourself about their level of responsibility before you co-sign for their bail bonds.
Just remember, if they do not show up for court and are not returned to custody in a reasonable amount of time, the co-signer will be held responsible for the full amount of the bail bonds.
After reviewing the case and understanding the nature of the accused offense, the judge or magistrate will set an amount of the bail. Every state has its own laws regarding bail bond amounts. In fact, some bail amount vary between counties within the same state and jails within the same counties. Then, based on the nature of the offense and the evidence provided by the attending officer(s), the magistrate will determine if a bond should be set. If a bond is granted, then the amount of the bond and any accompanying conditions will be discussed with the defendant at their bail hearing.
Defendants are not guaranteed bail. If the offense is of an egregious nature, the magistrate may deem the defendant to be a danger to themselves or the community and set the bond amount at “No Bond”. If this happens, the defendant will not be able to get out on bond and must wait until they complete their court hearings and the court reaches a decision before either being released or sentenced to stay in jail for an extended period of time.
Most often bail is granted and set at an amount consistent with the related charge and the defendant’s prior criminal history, if any. There may be conditions added as well, such as wearing a monitoring device or having an Interlock (car breathalyzer) installed in their vehicle.
Any non-compliance to the conditions related to the defendant’s bond could and most likely will result in that defendant’s bond being revoked or forfeited.
How Much Do Bail Bonds Cost?
Trying to figure out how much bail bonds cost? Well, as stated earlier, the cost to post a bond is generally between 8 and 15% of the bail amount. Depending on the amount of bail, collateral may be required to secure the bond.