Professional Bail Bondsman have been in existence in the United States since 1898. The very first bondsman could be found in San Francisco, CA.
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Whether you’re in prison or not, you have rights, just like everyone else. All American citizens have basic rights and they don’t go away when the prison cell door closes. No matter how long you’re incarcerated, you will hold these rights. While you’re in jail you may not have the same rights as everyone else, but you do retain some basic rights that are protected under the U.S. Constitution.
Why You Should Bail Someone Out of Jail
You receive a call in the middle of the night from a friend or loved one who’s been arrested and they want you to bail them out of jail. Should you do it?
Collateral: Will I Get My Stuff Back?
When someone is arrested and bail is set for their release from jail, there is the option of offering something as collateral to the court or to a bail bondsman if you don’t have enough money to cover it. Bail is an incentive to ensure that the defendant shows up for his/her court dates. Once the trial is over, no matter if it’s dismissed or the defendant is found innocent or guilty, any bail money or collateral will be returned to its owner. A bail bond agent will charge a non-refundable fee of 10% that will not be returned. It’s the fee for using their services.