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Bail Bonds in the Media

There have been articles in the recent past that talk about how the Bondsman should be responsible for the actions their clients take while released on bail.

My questions is: Should the Judge also be responsible? Should the DA be responsible? If the judge or District Attorney felt that the defendant posed a risk to anyone or was a flight risk shouldn’t they have held them on a “No Bail”? Why the judge issue a bail amount if he felt the defendant was a risk? And why didn’t the District Attorney argue to keep the defendant in custody rather than issue a bond? [Read more →]

Why do Bondsmen exist?

“What exactly does a bail bondsman do,” one might ask. A bail bondsman agrees to pay an amount of a bond of an offender for a fee, often 10%. For larger bonds, a bondsman might take a mortgage on a homeowner’s house to ensure the payment of a bond. When a bondsman enters into such an agreement, they also consent to ensure that the defendant or offender is present in court on their assigned date. To guarantee the appearance of their offenders, a bondsman will use almost any means necessary. The preferred method of bondmen involves enlisting the expertise of bounty hunters to track down the offenders and bring them to court. Moreover, if a defendant jumps bail, or fails to show up in court, these bounty hunters find the offenders and re-arrest them, bringing them to justice. [Read more →]

How is Bail Determined?

When it comes to bail bonds, every defendant will have a different amount of money to pay in order to get out of jail on bail while waiting for his or her trial. The bail bond is a basic assurance that the defendant will return to court on the day of the trial. Bondsmen and bail bonding agencies that put up the bail for a defendant and responsible for ensuring that the defendant returns to court for the trial. [Read more →]

What is the Purpose of Bail?

Bail is a basic assurance that an accused criminal (a defendant) will show up to court to stand trial for a crime that he or she is accused of committing. When a person is arrested as a suspect in a crime, the person is booked and put into jail to await trial. In many situations, that person may be allowed to post a bail bond, which assures that he or she will return to court. However, there are situations where a person is accused of a violent crime, has a criminal history, or is considered to be a flight risk, in which a judge may not grant bail. [Read more →]

How do Bondsmen benefit society?

As the debate over public versus private bail bond enforcement wages on, it is important to examine the evidence presented to determine the impact that bond enforcement has on society. In an article by Eric Helland and Alexander Tabarrok entitled, “Public versus Private Law Enforcement: Evidence from Bail Jumping,” the authors explore the efficiency of bail bondsmen over public bond enforcement or release on their own recognizance. Helland and Tabarrok compile failure to appear rates (FTAs), and they then compare the rates of surety bonds, which are those bonds that employ the use of a bail bondsmen, to public bonds, or those released on their own recognizance. Helland and Tabarrok affirm that bail bondsmen provide over a 50% decrease in FTAs as compared to release on their own recognizance. This evidence declares the efficacy of bail bondsmen over release on their own recognizance. [Read more →]

Bail Bonds Offer Efficacy in Bringing Offenders to Court

Pre-trial release has a long history rooted in historic English statutes and laws. Bail laws in the United States developed out of these English laws that date back to even the 13th Century. When independence was declared by the colonies in 1776, bail laws took on slightly modified interpretation to more closely represent the ideals of the newly developing American principles. The early state Constitutions of some states, such as Virginia stipulated that, “excessive bail ought not to be required,” however, “if a crime be punishable by life or limb, or it be manslaughter and there be good cause to believe the party guilty thereof, he shall not be admitted to bail.” [Read more →]

Commercial Bail Bonds Provide a History of Success

Pre-trial release has a lengthy history that dates back before the 13th century in England. Methods were used prior to the 13th century to ensure that criminals would appear in court, however, it was not until right around the time of the 13th century that the bail bonds process was introduced. In the United States, bail bonds were the result of the English statutes and policies in the early colonial days. [Read more →]