Our Wilmington bail bonding company gets a lot of new business on a regular basis. This also means we receive a lot of confused, frightened and panicked clients who have no idea what they need to do – especially when they or a loved one are ending up in jail. |
One way we assuage those fears is to explain the bail process. This gives them a more solid idea of what to expect and can help calm them down.
It all starts with booking. A person who is arrested is classified as a ‘suspect’ and brought to a police station to be ‘booked’ or processed. The police take down a suspect’s name, address, physical appearance, birth date and other relevant information. Police then run a background check while taking photographs (aka mug shots) and recording fingerprints. The police also seize any personal items the suspect is carrying and will return them once he or she is released. The final step in the whole process is to place the suspect in a jail, which is often a communal one which is shared with other suspects that have been recently booked.
This is where bail comes in.
Bail is payment made to a jail to avoid incarceration while the case is progressing. The majority of this amount, minus miscellaneous fees, will be returned to the party responsible for paying the bail. Bail can be immediately posted for less serious crimes like petty thievery or trespassing, meaning the individual can avoid spending any jail time at all after being booked.
More serious crimes like assault or manslaughter will need the approval of a judge before bail can be posted. The suspect will need to be incarcerated in jail while the judge decides whether to grant bail or not. The judge will also need to decide exactly how costly the bail should be.
There are a lot of factors that come into play in setting bail for a serious crime. The nature of the crime, likelihood of conviction, past criminal records, likelihood of fleeing, the suspect’s mental condition, the suspect’s financial resources and even the threat to public safety – all these are just some of the more common factors that will need to be taken into consideration.
Now there are three ways to pay bail. The first is to directly pay the court, which is an option for those with extensive financial resources. The second is to pledge property, which is ideal for those who have decent equity on their homes. The third is to seek the assistance of a bail bondsman.
This is where we as a Wilmington NC bail bonds company come in.
We bail bondsmen charge a fee of around 10 percent of the total bail amount along with other miscellaneous fees like financing costs. We tend to ask for guarantees like collateral or guarantors for costlier bails. The leverage we provide gives those with limited financial resources a chance to stay out of jail for a fraction of the total bailable amount. Keep all this in mind and the whole process should be a lot easier and less stressful than you think it is!
Visit us : Oxford Bailbonds
Related Articles -
Wilmington bail bonding company, Wilmington nc bail bonds,