If you, or a loved one, has been arrested and charged with a crime, the judge may elect to set bail. This means the accused will have to remain in custody unless money is paid to assure he or she will reappear in court as directed on the designated date to face trial. Depending on individual circumstances, this could take weeks, months, years, or even longer. If you don’t have the funds to pay bail in cash, bail bonds are a good alternative. There are several options when it comes to bail bonds, with express bail bonds being the fastest way to obtain the money needed to secure your loved one’s release.
How Do Express Bail Bonds Work?
Want your family member or friend to be released from custody as soon as possible? As an alternative to waiting until morning or having to go physically into a bail bond agency, you can opt to apply for an express bond. Filling out the online application enables you to apply for a bond within 15 minutes (or less), 24 hours a day, seven days a week, enabling your loved one to be out of jail sooner.
Do Express Bail Bonds Cost More Than Regular Bonds?
No! Express bonds are treated the same as other types of bail bonds except they are a much faster application option. Collateral will need to be given in exchange for the bail money, along with an estimated non-refundable 10 percent fee; the bond company is responsible to make up the rest of the bail amount. The biggest difference between express and regular bail bonds is the processing time involved. One thing to remember, like any other type of bond, if the defendant skips his or her court date and fails to reappear before the judge, the collateral is rightfully forfeited to the bondsman.
Sounds Great, How Do I Apply?
Companies offering the express bail bond option ensure agents are staffed to help their clients at any time of the day or night, all you have to do is apply online. If you are filing on behalf of the defendant, you’ll need to provide his or her first and last name and date of birth, along with your own information. Once the application is filled out, hit the end button. Once this rapid processing is complete, the process of releasing your loved one from jail begins. The amount of time it takes will depend upon the local jurisdiction but it is usually a matter of hours or within the day.
If you are unsure where your loved one is detained, the bond company can help you to obtain that information and find out the exact bail amount set. If you this or questions about the express application, you can give the office a call.