Bail affordability is a major issue in the United States, with one recent study pointing out that 70 percent of people in jail haven’t been convicted of a crime. They simply can’t afford to bond out.
The real tragedy of this is that life doesn’t stop while the individual is waiting for his or her fair trial. Their families still have needs. Work requirements don’t ease. In many cases, it can ruin one’s personal and professional life, all without a conviction. So much for innocent until proven guilty!
In the following article, we’ll discuss some of your options if you feel like you can’t afford bail. Let’s begin.
Step One: Reach Out to a Bail Bonds Service
Not all bail bonds services are created equally. You want a company that views you as a client instead of a criminal. At A-EZ Out Bail Bonds, our first priority has always been showing you that respect by finding ways to meet bail requirements without cratering out your finances.
To trigger the terms of a bond, the court demands a certain amount of upfront money. This is usually a low percentage of the total bail amount. But for serious crimes, that “low percentage” can be more than a typical household earns in a year.
We understand that’s a hard pill to swallow. That’s why we offer payment plans that offer terms agreeable to your budget.
Step Two: Seek the Help of Family or Friends
If you’re out-of-work or have zero assets, then you may need to reach out to a friend or family member you can trust — someone who has greater means to pay for the bond premium. Parental figures, siblings, and best friends are good places to start.
Getting help to pay for the bond premium may place a strain on you and your loved one’s relationship, especially if you agree to pay them back and fail to do so or no-show your hearing.
Money arguments can ruin the strongest of relationships. Treat these relationships like fine china, and do everything within your power to meet the terms of the bail so you don’t place your loved one in a more difficult situation.
There’s Always a Way
Whether you’re the defendant or a loved one paying for the bond premium on behalf of them, A-EZ Out Bail Bonds believes in working with you every step of the way to ensure fair and affordable treatment. We primarily work with clients in Dallas, Tarrant, and Collin counties. Click here for contact information or to learn more about our services.
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