Unfortunate things happen to good people. Anyone can make a mistake and find themselves behind bars. Getting arrested doesn’t make someone a bad person.
In fact, it’s estimated that over one-third of the U.S. population has an arrest record. People get arrested every day for crimes that never lead to a conviction. But that doesn’t mean getting arrested is an easy process.
Loved ones are stuck in jail face a difficult road. Trails and court dates loom over them, but before that even becomes a reality they’ll likely face bail.
Getting your loved one out of jail using bail bonds means getting them home safe and sound. No one wants to stay in jail, and the psychological tolls are real. After an arrest people need comfort and support to prepare for the road ahead.
It’s important to find the best bail bonds provider to get your loved one home safe.
How Do Bonds Work
Bail bonds are essentially a type of insurance. The judge decides the defendant is a flight risk, and so requires some refundable monetary amount to ensure the defendant will return to court. Unfortunately, the judge sets bail at his or her discretion.
Bail bondsmen work like an insurance broker.
They work with the judge to facilitate the transaction. The broker takes a partial payment (like a monthly insurance payment) and then pays the full bail (like an insurance payout). You offer a non-refundable percentage while the bondsman assumes the rest of the payment, and any lost money if your loved one fails to appear in court.
Finding the Best Bail Bonds
Finding the best bail bondsman means finding someone who’s working for your loved one. Someone who’s taking the job seriously and who’s in it for your loved one’s sake.
It also means finding a bondsman who follows the local laws. So to ensure you’re choosing the best bail bondsman for you, we’re bringing you the top two things to look out for.
First and foremost, bondsmen need licensure by the NC Department of Insurance. Non-licensed bondsmen aren’t legal in North Carolina. This is a non-negotiable. If the bonds person isn’t licensed, don’t ever consider them a viable option.
North Carolina also regulates bondsmen at the county level. Bondsmen can only work (and post bail) within the counties they’re authorized. You can check which bondsmen have authorization in each county on the court system website.
Beyond licensure, the next thing to look at when choosing a bondsman is their deposit fee. Remember, the deposit fee is non-refundable. It’s charged to cover losses in case your loved one skips out on bail.
However, an enormously high fee indicates that that the bail bondsman might not have the best intentions. Someone who’s reputable enough to stake your loved one’s freedom on shouldn’t ask for an unreasonable fee.
Though do remember that deposits vary based on the crime committed and the accused’s personal history. Someone with convictions or who’s skipped bail before will require a higher deposit.
Your NC Bail Bondsmen
If you have a loved one in trouble, you need the best help around. That’s why we’re here to offer our services to get your loved out of jail quickly and affordably.
Don’t wait, get in contact with us now. Let us help bring you peace of mind during a stressful situation.