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Why Is My Bail More Than My Friend’s?

The authorities may not treat two friends equally if they arrest and book both of them for being involved in troublesome activities.

The booking process is a non-fun-filled process that involves fingerprinting, data entry and bail assessment. A bail assessment is a process of which the police speak to a judge about whether or not to release a defendant on his or her recognizance, or issue a bail amount. The judge considers factors such as each person’s criminal history, crime specifics, flight risk and previous bail-related activity. The assessment may turn up two different bail figures for two friends.

If one friend’s bail amount is higher than the other friend’s is, friend A may have done something in the past that warranted the increase. The judge may think that friend A poses more of a flight risk than friend B does because of some negative information he received from a source. Friend A’s crime may have a harsher nature than the offense that friend B committed. If they both committed the same violation, then one of the other factors most definitely determined the difference. The only thing friend A can do is try to get his or her bail paid and get back to the family, friends and job. Either friend can work with a bail bond company to get this done if he or she does not have the funds at this time.

Who Can Contact the Bail Bond Company?

Either the defendant or someone who has an interest in the accused party’s freedom can contact the bail bond company. Some jails allow inmates to make many phone calls. The defendant can use any one of those calls to apply for bail bond assistance. A relative, spouse, friend or boss may have a particular interest in the person, as well. That individual can contact the bail bond company and state that the bail bond is for someone else. The applicant will have to provide information about the incarcerated person’s crime, place of incarceration and bail amount. The bondsman will ask the applicant for personal information, as well.

How to Get Approved

Qualification may involve telling the bail bondsman about one’s occupation, income level and other details. The bondsman examines the information and lets the applicant know if he or she can assist. An applicant may have to provide some collateral if the approval process involves a credit check, and the applicant’s credit is unfavorable. What bail bond companies accept as collateral may vary from office to office. Usually, home deeds and car titles are enough to satisfy the bond company. Applicants who do not own homes or cars may be able to provide stocks, bonds, CDs or something else for collateral. The person may also have to pay 10 percent of the bail amount before the bond company agrees to bail the defendant out of jail.

After the Jail Release
The bail bond company will pay the bail and have the jail release the defendant until the court date. The defendant is expected to show up for the court date and not disappear. Doing so will result in an issued warrant, a disgruntled bail bond company and a possible bounty hunter capture depending on which state the crime occurs. If the defendant does show up for the court, the bail bond company will release the lien that it has on any property that the defendant offered as collateral. Everything will be fine, and the defendant can ask for help again if necessary.

Contact a Bail Bond Company Today
An interested person can get the bail bond process started by communicating with a reputable company. The individual can use a dedicated phone number to call the office or request help by completing an online form. Alternatively, the help seeker can stop by the office of the bail bond provider in person. The person can complete an application right away so long as the bail bond company doesn’t have an “appointment only” policy. Application time and release time varies depending on the workload and the completeness of the information the applicant gives to the bondsman.

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