Posts made in September 2018

Common Bail Bonds Language, Part 2

Bail Bond Company in Allentown, PA

If you or a loved one is under arrest, you need help understanding the court system at the same time you need the assistance of a bail bond company in Allentown, PA, or anywhere in Lehigh County. The last thing you need is to be confused about the language of posting bail or bond. It helps to have clarification about the process so you can be prepared when you hear some of the most common terms used in the bail bonds industry and what they mean.

  • Bail: The bail is the amount of money the accused must pay the court in order to be released from jail until their next court hearing.
  • Failure to Appear: If the accused fails to appear in court on the required date, a “failure to appear” charge can be brought against him or her.
  • Indemnitor: If the accused needs a valid co-signer, this person is known as the indemnitor. The indemnitor guarantees that the defendant shows up for a trial as required.
  • Bail Conditions: When the court orders the accused to follow a set of rules after he or she is released on bail, the bail conditions ensure they will follow these rules. These conditions help ensure a defendant shows up to court. Bail conditions are usually set for defendants that are considered at high risk for failure to show up at their court dates.

Contact Always Available Bail Bonds when you or a loved one has questions about the bail bond process or needs help any time of day or night.

Common Bail Bonds Language, Part 1

24-Hour Bail Bonds in Allentown, PA

In the stress of bailing out a loved one, it helps to understand the language of bail bonds. Those in the legal system may use phrases that are familiar to them but unfamiliar to those involved for other reasons. Often times, lawyers, bail bondsmen, and judges use specialized language and forget that those charged with a crime may need a better understanding of the language being used in their cases.

Some of the most-used bail bond terms—ones that you are most likely to hear or see if necessary—include all of the following:

  • Bond: A bond is a kind of contract to assure that when the person accused is released, he or she will return to court at a date specified by a judge. A bondsman guarantees your appearance by putting up the bond money for you.
  • Bond Premium: The bail bonds agency charges a “bond premium,” which is the amount they get paid for their services. The amount is typically 10% of the total bond amount but varies.
  • Collateral: The bondsman needs a guarantee that the accused will meet the conditions of the bond, so collateral, such as a car or home is forfeited if the conditions aren’t met.

Contact Always Available Bail Bonds for help getting out of jail. We offer 24-hour bail bonds in Allentown, PA, and throughout Lehigh County.