What is a Bail Bondsman?

A bail bond agent is a licensed agent by the state that insures to the Court that the Defendant will be present to face prosecution on a crime that they are being accused for.  It does not mean that the accused is guilty, but to allow a person the right to be released while pending their trial, the accused must ascertain the services of a bail bondsman.  Call Payment Bail Bonds at 636-797-8222.

Q:  How does bail bonds work?  

A:  Having a bail bondsman can greatly relieve the stress of trying to get someone out of jail.  Although the process has started when a person is arrested, it can take many months (sometimes years) to face prosecution for the accused.  The judge will set a bond and conditions on the bond for the release of the accused.  The accused will then need to find a bail bond agent to post the bond.

Q:  What if I can’t afford the bond?

A:  Many people can not afford the entire amount of the bond.  It is common practice that the Court sets a bond high enough to allow an accused to have to utilize a bail bond agent.  The bail bondsman will charge a fee for posting the bond, many times 10%, but can be more or less depending on the charge and the Court that the accused is in.

Q:  What if I do not have the entire amount for the bondsman? 

A:  If you do not have all of the money you need to post the bond you have several options:

  • A) Payment Bail Bonds refers clients to financial institutions to get the money;
  • B) Payment Bail Bonds allows payment plans to allow the accused to finance the bond over time without INTEREST;
  • C) Payment Bail Bonds accepts all debit and credit cards; or,
  • D) Payment Bail Bonds can accept property to post the accused bond.

Q:  Can the accused pay the bond in cash?

A:  Yes.  The bond can be paid in cash by the accused or another person for the accused.

Q:  Will I get a refund for the bond that I post?

A:  It is a long-time myth that the money you post on a bond you will have returned to you.  A bail bond agent charges a fee for posting the bond and the Court will take monies due to the Court for fees or restitution out of the money that you posted for the bond.  Many times, the amount of money that is posted is equivalent to the amount of the fees that are going to be taken by the Court.

Q:  Why should I use a bail bond agent?  

A:  Although many times the purpose of using a bail bond agent is the lack of money to be able to post the entire amount of bond, there are many attributes when using a bail bondsman that far exceed the lack of money.  The Court is more comfortable with the accused when using a bail bondsman because the bondsman has a duty to make sure the accused appears for Court.  Many families prefer a bail bondsman because it holds the accused accountable for their actions.  Simply posting the bond and returning to the normal activities is not helping the accused, in fact, it is enabling the activity.

Q:  What happens if the accused does not post the bond?

A:  The accused will stay in jail until the disposition of the case.  Sometimes it is quick, but sometimes it is very long and can be from 6 months to 2 years before the disposition.  If the accused remains in jail without posting bond, there is no great benefit for the accused; however, studies have shown that if the accused is released and prepares for their trial adequately, the accused can be represented properly and have a fair trial.  Attorneys highly suggest that the accused be released while awaiting trial.