Call a friend or family member who can locate a county bail bond service or find a phonebook with bail bonds listed. There are several county bail bond services, from attorney-provided ones to local companies to national chains.
Some of the perks offered to potential bail bond customers include: special treatment for students, military and tourists; additional assistance for first-timers; low prices; 24-hour availability; proximity to jail; bail bond fees applying to attorney fees; payment plans; experience in specific nature of accused crime; availability of collect calls; free bail info; check in by phone; amenable waiting rooms for family members; and free and/or lighted parking.
There also are other factors that go into choosing a county bail bond company, the type of things you’d look into for services such as plumbing or painting. These include: availability of Spanish speakers; location served; standardized national service (as opposed to smaller, local operations); and number of years the establishment has existed.
It doesn’t cost more to have an attorney bail you out, and it could have an added benefit. In fact, bail bonds are fixed fees; it is in your best interest not to try to negotiate a discount.
In some cases, especially with in-demand bondsmen on a high-traffic night, expect to have to wait in line for awhile.
Some bail bondsmen will handle any crime. Depending on the state, crimes such as capital crimes cannot be bonded under any circumstances.
If you don’t plan on appearing on the court date assigned, so not keep this from your bailsman; he may be able to make special arrangements for you.
Common crimes included in a county bail bond incluses: any felony or misdemeanor; DWI; probation violation; drug cases; assaults; and thefts.
If someone is bonding you out, they sign a document that says you will appear in court at the assigned date. If this is violated, the person who bailed you out will be hit with a penalty.
In addition to cash and credit card, you may apply collateral for your county bail bond, including: car, home, lots of land, and jewelry.