Jail isn’t pretty. The best anyone can do is to get out of there fast or to avoid being sent to jail in the first place. Getting out fast might seem like a miracle, but it’s much more real and doable than most people think. An experienced, affordable bondsman in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, can get anyone out in record time. Here’s how.
How Bail and Bond Work
The court imposes bail before trial to ensure that the defendant returns for trial proceedings. Upon the defendant’s return, the court returns the full bail amount to the person that paid for bail. The full bail amount does not include court filing fees. When a bond agent steps in to post bail on the defendant’s behalf, the agent is actually presenting a kind of promissory note to the court. The note/bond makes the agent legally responsible for covering the full bail amount should the defendant fail to appear for trial proceedings. The bail bond fee is typically 10 to 15 percent of full bail. Called a “premium,” this bond fee is nonrefundable. Unlike most courts, which only accept specific forms of payment, bond agents are more flexible, accepting diverse payment types.
How to Pay for a Bail Bond
Cash, personal/business checks or credit cards are fairly standard, acceptable forms of bail bond payment throughout the Lower 48. Another option is collateral, an object of value that can be liquefied to cover bail or bond costs. Occasionally, bond agents finance bail bonds and extend payment plans to defendants or their family and friends.