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Basics of Bail Bonds

Bail Bond

When a loved one gets jailed, the first thing that comes to your mind is how to get him or her released as quickly as possible. Hiring a Bail Bondsman is often the fastest way to post bail. Bail is the process where money is paid in exchange for the release of a defendant from jail. If the defendant shows up for the court dates, the money will be returned to the person who paid it. However, if the defendant does not show up to the court, the money is forfeited to the state.

It is important to know the basics of bail bonds in order to know what to expect along the way.

Arrest and Booking

Once a person is arrested, they get transported to the detention center for booking. The process will consist of fingerprinting, mugshots, background checks and a nationwide warrant search. Any weapons, contraband or any personal belongings will be collected and held until they are released from jail. After the booking process has been completed, the defendant's bail amount will be set. They will have access to make phone calls to friends, family members and their lawyer or bail bondsman to make arrangements to post bail.

Factors in Determining Bail

The judge will look at several factors when setting the bail amount.

  • Criminal history
  • The severity of the crime
  • Flight risk

Bailing Someone Out

Usually, bail amounts are set high to make sure the defendant comes back to face the charges leveled against them. Most people cannot afford to pay a large amount of money and may have to put up their property or other valuables as collateral. To pay the full bail amount, it can be done by cash or cashier's check directly to the jail or courthouse. If the defendant shows up to court, this money will be returned when the case is completed. However, it may be months or even years before you get your money back. Most people choose to work with a bail bondsman as it is a more affordable solution. Depending on the jurisdiction, the cost of a bail bond is 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount.

Cosigner Responsibilities

  • A cosigner signs a bail bond contract with a bondsman agreeing to be financially responsible
  • A cosigner ensures that the defendant does not miss any of the court appearances.
  • A cosigner will be responsible for the entire bail amount, and any additional court costs and fees if the defendant flees. Any expenses incurred by the bondsman for going after the defendant and the cost of a bounty hunter will be paid by the cosigner

Contact Apple Bail Bonds, We Get You Out Fast!

Apple Bail Bonds in Allentown, Pennsylvania is committed to helping people who have been charged with crimes get released from custody. Our bail bond agent will give you the personal attention you deserve, while at the same time, prepare every available option for your bail. We provide confidential bail bond services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Every bail bondsmen at Apple Bail Bonds promises to keep all information strictly confidential. call us at 484-268-5663/610-432-1222(call collect Free) or email at

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