Have you ever been in a situation where you or a loved one ended up in jail and needed assistance getting out? Have you ever been confused as to what the next steps were going to be? When an individual is arrested and sent to jail they have to stand before a judge. The judge then decides the terms and conditions of the individual’s bail order. If the individual is considered a threat to society then he or she is denied bail and cannot be released from jail prior to the trial. 

Did you know there is a difference between bail and bond? Not everyone realizes there is a difference between bail and bond. Both of them allow an arrested individual to be temporarily free; however, there is a major difference between the two. 

What is bail?

Bail is the amount of money the arrested individual is expected to pay the court in order to secure their release until they go to trial. The amount of bail is determined by the crime committed, the jurisdiction, and whether or not the individual is considered a flight risk. The money is then returned to the individual as long as they show up to their trial, no matter if they are found guilty or not guilty. The money can also be used to pay any fines or fees that are due to the court. If the individual or their family uses money, then the individual is bailed out of jail. 

What is bond?

Bond is entirely different. If an individual doesn’t have the money for bail, they get in contact with a bond company who then agrees to vouch for their client. The client then pays the bond company ten percent of the bail amount. For instance, if bail is set at $20,000, the client pays the bond company $2,000. This secures the client’s release and is proof that the individual will not flee before their trial and will appear in court. Unlike bail, bond fees are not refundable. If the individual goes through a bond company to help release them from jail, then they are bonded out. If the individual does not show up to court, the bond company is responsible for paying the court the full amount of bail. The bail company will then hire a bounty hunter to track down the individual and take them back to jail.

Here at AAAA Discount Bail Bonds we respect every client we come in contact with. Everyone makes mistakes and we want to help you or your loved one correct those mistakes. To help make things easier and more convenient, E-Bonds are now available and any paperwork can be completed on a smartphone. Simply call us at (936) 539-4444 to get the bail process started. We are here for you!