When a person has been arrested there’s a lot going through their mind and it can sometimes be difficult to take a step back, take a breath and make sound decisions. One mistake a lot of people who have been arrested in Denver County, Golden, and elsewhere in Colorado make is deciding to act as their own bail bond agent by paying their own bail. Certainly, if they have the means it’s entirely legal for them to do so, but just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.
There is nothing that says a person can’t post their own bail. Lots of people who can afford to will do just that and think nothing of it, until it’s too late. “But wait”, you say, “How can posting my own bail be a mistake?” Here are 5 reasons:
If you decide to pay your own bail you’ll need to come up with the entire amount, whether that’s $500 or $50,000. On the other hand, if you work with a bail bondsman you will only have to pay a small percentage of the total bail amount, which is why we use the term “affordable bail bonds”. Typically, you will only pay 10%, maybe a bit more depending on the crime. The bondsman pays the rest in the form of an irrevocable blanket bond, that covers them with the court in case a person they’ve provided bail for disappears. So, if your bail is $500 you’d only pay $50 upfront.
The bondsman is not just someone who helps secure your release from jail, they’re also a fountain of useful information that can help you put your situation in context and determine the right way to proceed after you’ve been arrested. Although they are not lawyers most bonding agents have a great deal of experience with local laws and local courts. They can help you determine your rights in a given situation and provide much-needed perspective that can help you relax a bit.
A good bondsman will help you get out of jail faster than if you tried to bail yourself out. That's because everyone at the local jail and local court are familiar with your bondsman. They trust them and know their record. On the other hand, they probably have no idea who you are and are not particularly motivated to move things along on your behalf. Bondsmen also have the aforementioned blanket bond with the local court, which speeds up the whole process.
If you shell out, say, $50,000 that money is lost to you until the criminal justice process is complete. That means that money will be tied up beyond your reach until you are acquitted or the charges are dropped or there is some other sort of settlement. If, however, you are found guilty of the charge the state keeps the money. All of it. If you only pay 10% of that then you’d only be out $5,000 instead of $50,000.
Let's say you've been arrested and bail has been set at $50,000. You don't personally have that much but you're pretty sure your parents or another family member does. If you ask mom and dad or another family member for the money your personal business will quickly become known to everyone. If, on the other hand, you can provide $5,000 yourself and the bail bond agent pitches in the remainder, your business stays your business as it’s just between you and the bondsman. (Unless of course yours is a crime that attracts media attention.)
No one in their right mind wants to spend one more minute in jail than absolutely necessary, yet when you act as your own bail agent that’s what happens. The process drags on while loved ones worry about your safety. A better way to handle things is to enlist the services of a professional bondsman. To find the best bail bonding company in Denver County keep the following things in mind:
Unless you have been arrested for some heinous crime you should not languish in jail. Working with a proven, professional bondsman should enable you to get out of jail quickly and be reunited with your loved ones. You will then be able to resume your normal life while waiting for your day in court, and that’s the way it should be considering people are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty.
If you have been arrested and are tempted to post your own bail, wait! Talk to the pros at Tayler Made Bail Bonds first. In all likelihood enlisting Tayler Made to handle your bail will pay numerous dividends including getting you released quicker and requiring far less upfront money from you. If you are in need of bail contact Tayler Made at (303) 623-0399.