Bail Bonds. No, it does not have anything to do with a dashing spy flashing his mug on screen and melting the hearts of millions of women across the globe. Do you have a family member in jail? Are your loved ones involved in an immigration scandal and were unceremoniously tossed in the cooler by the big bad immigration officer? Low on cash and need to bail them out? Then you have come to the right place.
What are Bail Bonds?
Your loved one can be sprung out of jail and in the hands of a good lawyer faster than you can say sayonara with the help of bail bonds. What are bail bonds you ask? Well basically, a bail bonds service is a type of bank where you can take out a "loan" in order to temporarily release someone from jail while they wait for their assigned court appearance with bated breath. Depending on the seriousness of the crime and the assigned bail, which usually amounts to a couple of thousand dollars in the United States, insurance in the form of bail can be pretty handy in a pinch.
Bail bonds services are usually carried out by a bail bondsman who becomes your knight in financial armor if you do not possess any means of bail. A word to the wise. Bail bondsmen require collateral in case the defendant decides to go AWOL and skip his court date altogether. Like banking systems, the collateral can include anything of legitimate value like your home, vehicle or any valuable Bling that you might have.
Things to watch out for
A bail bondsman can shave off 10% to 20% of the original amount of bail. However, all your plans to get pops out of jail so that he can go to his kid's first birthday might crash and burn if the bail is too large for the bondsman to stomach. Also make sure whether you can employ the services of a bail bondsman in your locality since their penchants for profit are frowned upon by some local authorities. You don't want a loved one rotting in jail while he waits for his trial hearing.
Do not, in any circumstances try to skip on paying back the bondsmen since they have a nasty habit of employing bounty hunters to track you down if you do. Just like failing to appear in a court date can get you indicted, trying to "bail" out on a bail bondsman can get the fuzz on your tail faster than you can say home free.
Immigration Bail Bonds
Tired waiting for the judge to hear that you hail from the land of illegal aliens because you wanted a better life for you and your family? Good news for the troubled migrant! Like regular bail immigration, it also gets you a get out of jail card in time for you to see your daughter Tsu Lee being crowned home coming queen, even if it is not free. Be warned! Bondsmen employing bounty hunters to sniff you out should you decide to sleep at the day of your trial is applicable to illegal immigrants as well.