When an individual is arrested on the suspicion of a crime, the police officer making the arrest informs the individual what offense he is being arrested for and the officer reads the Miranda Rights to the person being arrested. The Miranda Rights specify to the accused what his options are; that he will be given a court appointed lawyer if he cannot afford one and that anything he says can and will be used in court. Once the arrest has been made, the accused is taken to a police station and booked. Once he has been booked, he is placed in a detention cell. It is at this stage when a bondsman in Santa Rosa often comes into the picture.
A Bondsman in Santa Rosa is an integral part of the bail process that the accused is offered. Depending on the severity of the crime, bail will be set; the amount will usually reflect the crime, the circumstances and the criminal history of the accused, if any.
There are five ways to raise bail, one of which requires the intervention of a bondsman in Santa Rosa. The most common type of bail is cash.
A cash bail is when the accused can and does pay the amount set in cash. This is usually the case when the crime is a misdemeanor and the amount of bail is pre-set. Often the form of payment can be credit card or personal check.
A surety bond is often just called a bail bond; this bond can be used for any amount of bail set by the judge. A bond is used when the accused cannot raise the bail amount in cash by himself. Normally, a Bondsman in Santa Rosa is contacted by a family member or friend.
The bondsman is supported by insurance that guarantees to pay the bail amount in the event the accused does not appear in court when instructed. For this service, the bondsman charges a fee of approximately 10% of the face value of the bond. In most cases the bondsman will take collateral to cover all or part of the amount; the collateral can be the title to a car, house, boat or jewelry.
A bondsman is more apt to offer the surety bond when asked to so by the friend o relative. The thinking is that the accused will feel compelled to make his court appearance as scheduled because the friend probably is the one who put up the collateral and paid the fee.
The bondsman’s bond is at stake and if the defendant jumps bail, it is the bondsman who is responsible for paying the entire bail amount. To recover the amount, the bondsman may hire a bounty hunter to find the accused and bring him back to court.
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