Do You Know Your Way Around Bonds?
When it comes to bail bonds, the average person probably has quite a few questions. For the most part, people don’t deal with bonds on a day-to-day basis and, as a result, when it comes time to actually make use of a bond, they are woefully underprepared. Here at Kocian Bail Bonds, we want to make sure that everyone understands the bond process as thoroughly as they can and, in today’s post, we are going to go over some of the most common questions that we receive in relation to our services and bonds in general. Continue reading below to learn more.
Can a Person Leave a State if They Have Been Let Out on Bond?
This question is one of the most common we receive and, unfortunately, one of the hardest ones to give a definitive answer to. Depending upon the crime you have been charged with, specific rules in your state, and the rules of the bond agency that you used, you may or may not be able to leave the state. If the court has given you direct instructions stating that you cannot leave the state, we highly encourage you to heed their words. If you are caught outside of the state by a law enforcement official, you could potentially face some major repercussions for your actions. If you are unsure whether or not you can leave the state, contact the courts or your bondsman to inquire further.
Does a Person Get Their Money Back After the Case is Over?
While there are a few exceptions to this rule, generally a person does not get the premium back that they paid to the bondsman. The fee paid to the bonding office is what allows a person to get out of jail in the first place. Think of this fee as a sort of “retainer” for the services of the bonding office and a sort of assurance to the bondsman that an individual will show up to court when and where they are supposed to. While it’s unfortunate to have to lose any money in relation to an arrest, in most cases it is much cheaper to pay for a bail bond than it is to pay the entire bond amount.
Can A Bail Agent Offer a Discount on Their Premiums
Like most things dealing with state legal cases, the rate that a person pays a bondsman depends on that state’s statutes and regulations as they relate to bonds. In some states, for example, there are bond offices that can charge eight percent of the total amount of the bond, while the allowable premium is actually set at 10 percent. However, it should be noted that if a bondsman allows you to pay less than they would normally charge, they may lose their license if they live in a state that does not allow bond discounts.
If you have any more questions about bail bonds, please do not hesitate to contact us at Kocian Bail Bonds. We have been helping people get out of jail for years and we are certain that we can help you or someone you know as well.