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August 24th, 2021|1 Comment

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The Bail Bonds Process:

  1. A person gets arrested and booked for a crime and is considered a defendant.
  2. The defendant is held in jail while waiting for an initial court appearance, or “arraignment.” This is a brief hearing where the judge sets a bond amount that must be paid before the person is released from jail.
  3. Once the judge sets the bond, either the defendant, a friend, or a family member can pay the full amount of the bond.
  4. If no one has enough money to pay the full bail amount they can call a bail bondsman. This way, they only need to pay a small percentage of the bond to get their loved one out of jail.
  5. After the bond is paid, the defendant is released from jail.
  6. The defendant must appear at all court dates for the bond to remain active. Failure to appear may result in loss of money, collateral and, most importantly, the defendant’s freedom.

What is a bail bondsman?

What does a bail bondsman do exactly? A bail bondsman is licensed by state governments to provide bail bonds for defendants who are accused of one of a wide variety of crimes ranging from driving citations up to capital murder. In return for a guarantee that the offender will appear in court, the surety bail bondsman puts up the money for the entire bail amount.  In Michigan, surety bail bondsmen are allowed to ask for a percentage of the bail amount as the fee for issuing the bond.  This percentage can range from 10 to 20 percent depending on state laws.

Like other financial professionals who provide loans or bonds, Michigan bail bondsmen jobs involve ascertaining whether a potential client should be issued a bond.  The most common way to earn a bail bond is to provide some sort of security like real estate or valuable property, or to have a co-signer who will guarantee the defendant will appear for their court date.