When you have a loved one who has been arrested, it is likely that they are going to have to be arraigned, and they may end up having to spend time in jail. When your loved one is arraigned, there is a possibility that the judge will let your family member out on bail.
This is a price that you or your loved one can pay that will let them be released from jail while they are waiting for their trial. Being out of jail on bail does come with a certain set of rules, like the fact that they are going to have to appear for their trial or end up back in jail. If you can pay the full bail, that's great, but you may not have that much money available, which is where a bail bond comes into play.
A bond is issued by a bail bonds agent. You go to them and pay a certain percentage of the bail, and then they go to the jail, pay the bail, and get your loved one out of jail. Generally, that percentage is around 10%. You will also have to put something up for collateral. That collateral makes sure that bonds agent that you are working with won't be out their money if your loved happens to jump bail or miss their court date. If that does happen, whatever you put up for collateral is at risk of being lost.
If something does happen, your loved one misses their court date, and they don't go and handle everything on their own, the bonds agent will have to do something about that. One of the things that they may have to do is to speak to a recovery agent. The recovery agent would be the person who would go to your loved one and arrange to have them go back to jail. Hopefully, that will go easily for everyone; otherwise, the recovery agent will have to go find out where your loved one is and then escort them back to the jail so that they can get a new court date.
If you have a loved one who has been arrested, you want to do what you can to help them not have to stay in jail longer than they have to. A bail bonds agent can help you with that.
To learn more, contact a company that offers bail bonds services.