The United States Constitution guarantees bail as a right under the Eighth Amendment. Bail is defined as the process in which money or property is given to the court system in exchange for the release of a defendant from jail or lock up pending the trial date. The property or money will be released to the individual who paid the bail bond as long as the defendant appears for his court date. Simply, the bail bond is a type of insurance. If the defendant does not appear for court, the bail bond is forfeited, confiscated by the state. The bail bond system allows defendants who are not looked upon as a “Flight Risk” by the court to remain free while waiting for their trial date.
The amount of the bail is determined by the court. The bail amount, if granted by the court, is based upon numerous factors such as the severity of the charge, the defendant’s background and prior record, and the defendant’s ties to the community. After the court’s decision on bail, the defendant is released if the bail bond has been paid in cash or with assets that are acceptable to the court.
If the defendant or his or her family does not have the money or the assets to satisfy the bail bond, then the services of a bail bondsman is crucial to the release of your loved one from incarceration. The bail bond agent charges a percentage of the posted bond amount as the fee and will post the full bond with the court. The fee charged by the bail bond agent can vary from agent to agent and depends on the state’s regulations.
HOW TO FIND AND CHOOSE YOUR BAIL BOND AGENT
1. You can find a Bail Bond Agent on the internet.
2. If you have an attorney, the attorney can recommend a Bail Bond Agent.
3. Family and friends may know of a reliable Bail Bond Agent.
SELECTING A RELIABLE BAIL BOND AGENT
1. Check the BAIL BOND AGENT’S website for information and experience.
2. How long has the BAIL BOND COMPANY been in business?
3. Does the BAIL BOND AGENT respond quickly to your call or e-mail.
4. Does the BAIL BOND AGENT charge a reasonable fee commensurate with Michigan’s regulations.
More Michigan Information:
1. Michigan has 2 federal prisons.
2. Michigan has 37 state prisons.
3. Michigan has 140 county local jails and prisons
4. Michigan has approximately 44,000 inmates in state prisons.
5. Michigan has thousands of other residents locked up in local jails.