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Bail Bond Houston – How to Post Bail

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How to Post Bail

After a defendant is arrested, he/she is transported to a holding facility in the jail. The arresting officer then processes the arrest, including, in most cases determining the bail amount. The defendant can then post bail or pay the set amount. If the defendant is accused of a certain heinous crime or, in some states, is a repeat offender, he is not allowed to post bail. The defendant must be present at a bond hearing. Until bail is set, the defendant is required remain in custody.

Once bail has been set, the defendant is allowed minimally one phone call. If the jail allows only one telephone call, the defendant should contact a trusted friend or family member to try to post bail.

This friend or family member will be required to give certain information to the bail bonds Houston agencies.  This information includes the defendant’s full legal name, the they have been crime charged with, holding agency and bond amount, or bounty. The bail bondsman may ask for additional information like the defendant’s birth date, social security number and may ask other financial questions. If bail is granted by the court and a Houston bail bondsman still has the right not wish to write the bail bond.  One of the main reason this might occur is a risk of flight or other reasons.   The friend or family member should call another bail bondsman in Houston to try to get someone to write the bond, if this occurs. If no Houston bail bond agency is willing to write the bond, a cosigner must produce the money to post bail in cash.

Once a bail bond Houston agent agrees to write the bond, the cosigner is required to complete the appropriate paperwork and must pay the bond premium. Bond premiums are generally 10% of the total bond amount. The bondsman then travels to the holding facility to post the bail amount. The bail bonds agent will also have the holding authority fill out the bond paperwork. Once signed off, the defendant is released into the bondsman’s custody. The bonding agent will next submit the completed documents to the surety company.

The paperwork signed by the cosigner is basically a contract guaranteeing the defendant will show up for all of the scheduled hearings and trials. If the defendant jumps bail and cannot be found, the bond is forfeited and the bail bondsman will try to collect the entire amount of the bail bond from the cosigner.

If the defendant attends a bail hearing and bail is denied by the court, the defendant cannot post bail nor get out of jail. He must stay incarcerated while awaiting his criminal trial. One of the most common reasons bail is denied is the risk of flight.

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