After a family member or friend is arrested, there are a few things that have to happen before they will be released. They will be taken to the police precinct where the police will finish the paperwork for the arrest, search them for contraband, and fingerprint them. Then, they will be taken to jail while the court papers are prepared. Finally, they will be arraigned by a judge who will determine whether to set bail.
Bail is essentially collateral given as a promise to return to court. For petty offenses, defendants will almost always be released on their own recognizance, or just by promising to return. On more serious cases, such as cases involving possible jail time, the court will require the posting of bail. Bail is an amount of money the defendant must put up in order to be released. If they make every court appearance, the money will be returned upon conclusion of the case. If they do not, it may be forfeited.
If the defendant cannot afford to pay the entire amount of the bail they can look for Bailbonds Fort Worth. Bailbonds services in Fort Worth are provided by companies that help with the posting of bail. The way it works is that the defendant, their family, or a friend pays the company a percentage of the bail or puts up property as collateral. The company then pays the entire amount of the bail to the court and the defendant is released. In exchange, the company receives a small fee, as well as the return of their portion of the bail money at the end of the case.
Bailbonds are readily available in locations near the local jails and courthouses. It can take as little as an hour to bail someone out of jail from when you first talk to the chosen provider. If you wish to speed the bail process, it’s also possible to talk to the bond company as soon as the defendant is arrested. Although the exact bail amount will not be determined for several hours, you can put down a down payment or collateral immediately. That way, they will be able to pay the bail as soon as the judge sets it and the defendant can immediately walk out of the courtroom.