Bail Bonds Explained in Layman's Terms
Tulsa Bail Bondsman Angel Alameda will define this in Laymans terms, a Bail Bond is a promissory note between a Bondsman and the district court, that promises that a Defendant will meet all the required dates set forward to them by the District Judge. Once the bail is made the defendant is released out of jail and to the free world. The bondsman will usually obtain a Cosigner or more depending the amount of the bond, to sign and be financially responsible for such defendant in case the person decides to skip town and not take care of their obligation. If the defendant misses a court date, the Judge will issue a bench warrant for the arrest of such person. Did you know bail bonds have been around as early as the 13th century in England. It was a way for the poor people to have the same right to get out of jail as the working people and Wealthy. Back then people used collateral like homes, Land, Gold, Livestock and anything that was worth money. In The United States Bail is actually in the Constitution on the 8th Amendment. Though not all States do not have private bail bonds this like; Massachusetts, Maine, Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C.
What happens now if defendant missed court?
Usually the cosigner will receive a phone call from the bondsman letting them know that they have to locate defendant and fix the warrant. the first option is call Re Endorsing the bond. A re endorsement is when the bail bondsman and the defendant contact the defendants attorney and they all go in front of the judge and remove the warrant and set a new court date. There is only so long a judge will wait before they decide that no re endorsement will be allowed, so timing is very important. The bondsman will only do this if the cosigner agrees to be back on the liability of the bail.
At Alameda Bail Bonds in Tulsa we try hard to resolve Forfeitures in any way that saves the client money. We will try to find the person as long as the Cosigner also steps in and helps us. We capture a large percentage of people because our cosigners do not want to pay for these mistakes the defendant can put them in. Sometime we do charge a small percent in order for us to Pay informants, gas, food, and other expenses that may arise while we are hunting for people.
What if the Cosigner cannot find the Defendant?
Then things will be completely different, if the defendant runs and hides, the bondsman will have no choice to go out and find them. Most bondsmen will try to find the person themselves, while some hire Bail enforcement agents. The cosigner will have to supply as much information on defendant, to aid in the investigation. the bondsman will do all this for recovery fees but this could be way less then saying someone paying $20,000 on a forfeited bond. the bondsman will enter the defendant on NCIC the national database for all wanted people. Saying if the person went to Colorado, got pulled over, when the police runs their name, by law if they are on NCIC they will have to put them in custody until the county they forfeited on comes and get them. The bondsman will promise to pay reasonable transport cost to the county sheriff that such person failed to appear on. The bondsman will then ask the cosigner to pay this, all investigation fees, cost of fuel, and any other expenses that will be used to pick up the defendant.
The Bondsman will usually add the defendant to NCIC which is the federal data bank of Wanted Fugitive. If the defendant is apprehended in another state they will be extradited back to Oklahoma to see the Judge. This is one thing the the Cosigner has to pay the courts as well. We try to let you know of any cost you might accrued when you bail someone out of jail. This is not to scare you but to inform you of the decision you will be making. A lot of the other bail bonding companies will never mention this until after the fact. We feel it is important for the Cosigner to know all of this upfront so they can make up their mins on how to proceed with the bail bond process.
Does it always end up like this doing a bail bond?
Not at all, Alameda Bail Bonds in Tulsa always asked the cosigner, do you know this person? We look out for people cosigning for bail in our agency. Some career criminals figured out that they, can use a friend of a friend, and they will walk out of jail never to have to worry about being seen again. We always try to avoid this from happening at Alameda Bail Bonds in Tulsa. We try to make this as stress free as possible for all parties involved. We hope that this explained this process in a way that you could understand completely before you decide to sign for a Tulsa bond. Our Tulsa agents are up day and night to answer any question you may have.