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Bail is the means by which the U.S.criminal justice system permits the release of a defendant from custody while ensuring his appearance at all required court proceedings. Bail is the legacy of Angelo-Saxon jurisprudence wherein defendants were delivered to their sureties, who gave security for their appearance. Bail bonds initially were put up by people who pledged their own property as security for the bond.
The commercial bond approach is by far the most effective form of bail, as demonstrated in the Bureau of Statistics study that compared commercial bonding with all other pre-trial release methods in getting defendants to court.
When a person is arrested on probable cause of having committed a criminal offense, he or she is incarcerated and booked into a detention facility. Bail is determined by a preset bail schedule or magistrate prior to arraignment. A bail agent is contacted, and he or she arranges to post the defendant's bail, whereupon the defendant is released. The bail agent charges the defendant a premium (usually 10% of the bond) for assuming the risk of the defendant's not appearing. If the defendant fails to appear, the court declares the bond forfeited and the bail agent, usually after getting an opportunity to recover the absconded defendant, has to pay the forfeiture, which constitutes the full amount of the bond.
Most states regard bail as a form of insurance. Hence, bail agents are licensed and regulated like any other insurance producer, subject to certain basic qualifications and pre-licensing and continuing education requirements. Most states also require bail agents to be appointed by an admitted bail insurance company. In addition, some states require that the bail agent be certified by a bail insurance company with a “qualified power of attorney,” the purpose of which is to confer limited authority on the agent to execute bonds.
A professional bondsman performs an extraordinarily valuable public service to law enforcement and accused people alike. The Bail Clause of the Eighth amendment to the Constitution embodies the longstanding Anglo-American tradition of favoring pretrial release of accused people. This frees up crowded jail space and permits defendants to participate more fully in their own defense. Bail agents, backed by financial resources of surety companies, make possible the pretrial release of in excess of 2 million defendants annually, at no expense to taxpayers, by providing assurances to the state that the people charged with crimes will appear as scheduled to answer charges.
(Provided by the State and Local Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement by Larry E. Sullivan, Editor-in-Chief)
Getting someone out of jail does not have to be difficult, but it can be if you don’t choose the right bail agency. Since 1965 A-1 Bail Bonds has handled multiple bond postings. With over 45 years of service A-1 Bail Bonds has made the procedure of getting bail as simple as possible. Our sympathetic and courteous workforce will ease you through the steps of posting bail. If you’re in need of bail please visit us or call us directly at (716) 854-2128.
TYPES OF BAIL BONDS :
A private system of bail, free of taxpayers support. Privately licensed bail agents post bonds with the court, guaranteeing a defendant's appearance. Appearance becomes the sole responsibility of the bail agent and is the most effective bail system.
• Cash Bonds -
A percentage of the bond is posted with the court by the or arrestee or their families. This is a governmental system. While the complete our online court receives 10% of the bond, 90% is forfeited if an individual fails to appear.
This system is a government system in which people who have not been arrested before swear before the court that they will appear on their own accord for all required court dates.
This system is when an individual who owns real property receives a license from a state to use their own property as collateral for clients they post bond for. The courts monitor the liability Written as it cannot exceed a percentage of the property value.
A government operated bail system.
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|45 Years of Experience|
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With over 45 years of service A-1 Bail Bonds has made the procedure of getting bail as simple as possible. Our sympathetic and courteous workforce will ease you through the steps of posting bail. If you’re in need of bail please visit us or call us directly at (716) 854-2128.
|Did You Know?|
|Wed May 01 14:01:00 EDT 2013|
Did you know? Bail bonds initially were put up by
people who pledged their own property as security for the bond. If
you're in need of a bail bond today, please call A - 1
|Thu Apr 04 10:00:00 EDT 2013|
If you have to make arrangements to bail someone out of jail for the first time, you can count on a bail bondsman to handle the situation for you.
|End Of Bond|
|Thu Mar 21 15:00:00 EDT 2013|
A bail bond reaches its legal end after a trial or court hearing has ended.
|Thu Mar 07 12:00:00 EST 2013|
When someone bails you out, he or she signs a document that says you will appear in court at the assigned date. If you violate this, the person who bailed you out will be hit with a penalty.
|Thu Feb 21 14:00:00 EST 2013|
Statistics indicate that one out of every four inmates currently in prison suffers from some kind of mental illness or drug addiction.
|Thu Feb 07 10:00:00 EST 2013|
Although bail bondsman have a negative image, we are here to help you when you need it.
|Thu Jan 24 15:00:00 EST 2013|
Happy New Year! We wish you a great new leaf, but if you need us, we're still here for you.
|What Is Bail|
|Thu Jan 10 11:00:00 EST 2013|
In short, "bail" is the security, cash, or bond given to an accused individual so that he or she can continue to live out of jail while getting ready for court.
|Thu Dec 27 16:00:00 EST 2012|
You can also apply collateral like jewelry and land to a bond in addition to a credit card or cash payment.