First, What Happens When You Are Arrested?
The timeline may go as follows:
- You (the defendant) are arrested.
- You are taken to the police station and booked.
- After being booked, you may be offered an option to pay bail. If the defendant accepts this option and pays bail, the defendant is released.
- If you are not offered a chance to pay a scheduled bail payment (or choose not to pay), you must wait in jail until a court hearing typically, an arraignment.
- At the arraignment, you can enter a plea and the judge will set bail (or allow release without bail).
- If the arraignment does not occur within 48 hours, you will be given a bail hearing.
Do You Need an Attorney to Get Out of Jail?
No, you do not need an attorney to post bail. Should you call a lawyer or a bail bondsman? The simple answer would be both, but most people can’t afford both. The bondsman can get you out of jail with temporary freedom. Once you are out you can deal with your case. If you are not bailed out of a local jail quickly (within several hours), you will typically be taken to the county jail, which is a worse environment. This is an unfortunate experience for you that can be avoided with the help of a bail bondsman, who can get them out of jail much faster.
If you have been charged with a crime that results in prison or jail time you are entitled to counsel. If you are being questioned about matters relating to the crime you may request an attorney be present. In these situations, if you cannot afford an attorney, the court will appoint one.
What to Know About Bail Bonds
What is Bail?
Bail is security (money or property) that you would post with a court. The payment does two things: it grants the you freedom (at least until the date of trial); and it discourages you from skipping town (or the trial). If you don’t show up as planned, the money or property is forfeited and you are subject to arrest, again.
A Bail Bondsman Will Get You Out Immediately
The benefit of a bail bondsman is that they have the ability to get you out of jail quickly. Normally a bondsman will go straight to where you are being held to get you out.
Most people don’t have $10,000-$50,000 to spend on bail. A bondsman helps greatly with this situation. A bail bondsman will get you out quickly—and it’s more affordable to pay a bondsman than it is to come up with the required cash.
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