If you are learning about the bail bonds system probably for the first time, it can all sound confusing, like learning a new language. it may feel like those in charge of getting a release for you are speaking an foreign language, and this can understandably add to the tensed situation available on ground. To help you ease the confusion and educate you on how these works, here are basic glossary bail bondsman used in their daily course of work.
Most common terms explained;
Bail: An Amount of money set by the court to make sure a defendant appears in all court scheduled hearings.
Bail Bond: An agreement made between a defendant and the court to appear in all court hearings as stipulated by the presiding judge. A defendant cam pay the bail amount meted out by the court in full, or engage the service of a bail bond company to pay certain percentage of the full bail amount. It can also be called “appearance bonds”
Bail Conditions: These are rules and terms laid down by the court to make sure a defendant makes all the court appearance. Take for instance, the court may seize your international passport or be committed in the community that would ensure your appearance.
Bail Bondsman: Is an agent or company that makes sure a defendant appears in all court hearings. Can also be called “surety agent”. Having a reputable bail bonds agent can make a significant in the bail and release procedure, you can consider to contact, a company like D Pros Bail Bonds to walk you through the process. As they can help your loved ones tp get out of jail as fast as possible and be at home to sort out the situation.
Bench Warrant: This is an issued statement from the court to arrest someone. It’s usually used to make an arrest of a defendant who has failed to honor court appearances.
Bond Premium: This is a part of the total bail amount to be paid by a defendant to get out of jail through a bondsman. Take for instance, if a bail amount set by the court is $10,000 and the bond premium is 10%, the amount to pay a bail bond company will be $1,000 not the total amount of $10,000. It’s usually a non-refundable fee, paid to cover the bail bonds service charge, court appearance reminder and other related expenses.
Collateral: This is a property/asset (not in cash), that a defendant is willing and agrees to forfeit if the scheduled court dates are not complied with. A relative or friends can also agree to put up his/her property as collateral for a defendant. If they can’t meet up with the court appearance, the property used as collateral is forfeited to the court.
Defendant: Someone arrested/accused of a crime.
Exoneration: Cleared of a crime/responsibility, this is when a defendant has met the laid out obligations of the state. They are no more responsible on certain issues concerning a crime.
Forfeiture: This occurs when the court decides to demand the full bail amount when a defendant does not show up for the schedules court hearing from the bondsman. The court can also demand the assets/properties used as collateral should be surrendered.
Indemnitor: A co-signor on the bail bond agreement to ensure the defendant makes all court hearings. He/she will be held responsible for the full bail amount and any other legal expenses during a trial if the defendants did not show up on the schedules court dates.
Pretrial Detention: This is a scenario of a defendants being in jail pending the trial dates. This usually happens when the defendants is not granted bail or fails to meet up the bail requirements or probably did not have enough cash or collateral to hire a bail bondsman.
Skip: Failure to make court appearance intentionally. Probably to avoid an arrest.
Bail Now, Pay Later Funding Option: This is a payment plan used by bondsman for a defendant who could not afford the premium at the time of arrest. The payment can be arranged in such a way, payment can be made later after leaving the jail.
Bounty Hunter: It can also be called recovery agent. They saddled with the responsibility of finding a fleeing defendants. They are usually hired and authorized by bondsman when a defendant could not be found or skipped the bail. Most of the time, bail bondsman will to locate and hear from the person (defendants) before using the service of a bounty hunter.
These glossaries will a long way to help you understand the bail bonds system and jargon properly. If you need the service of a bail bonding service, talk to a professional at D Pros Bail Bonds, they are open and available 24 Hours a day, 7 days a week.