When someone bails you out of the Maricopa County Jail, it is one of the biggest favors they could possibly do for you. Yet, many of the people that get released each year don’t see it that way. Many people we bail out get in trouble again while out on bond and end right back in jail. Others skip out on bail causing family and friends to lose money or the collateral they put up. Use your head when posting Phoenix bail bonds, not your heart.
Never bail someone out of jail that you have doubts will show up to their hearings.
Don’t bail someone out of jail that can’t drive themselves to court, unless you plan on driving them to court yourself.
Never bail someone out of jail that is always late, unless you plan on babysitting them.
Never post bail with money that is meant to pay your bills.
Don’t post bail on an addict or alcoholic unless they agree to go to rehab; they will let you down every time.
Don’t bail someone out of jail that talks about postponing hearings and expects the courts to work around his/her schedule.
Never bail someone out of jail in an attempt to win their affection (listen up women).
Never bail someone out of jail that says they will never go to prison.
Never bail someone out of jail that is suicidal or wishes they were dead.
These are some of the tell-tale signs of when not to post a bail bond. Everyday I listen to wives, moms, and girlfriends who are motivated by the ORDERS they receive from someone behind bars. Many inmates will demand their friends and family put up everything they own to bail them out of jail.
Two over-riding precepts govern inmates in jail:
Most people in jail have virtually nothing; neither cash or collateral to help themselves bail out.
Most people in jail know EXACTLY what everyone else has and EXPECTS everyone to use it on them.
I rarely tell anyone to post their bond without the aid of a bondsman; there is too much that can go wrong. Without an experienced bondsman to handle your transaction, you can literally lose your entire bond amount. Let’s look at some of the arguments for using a bondsman:
1. The bondsman does all the work of posting the bond. He fights his way through Phoenix traffic and enters a rather scary and sometimes smelly bond out room. People are lined up at the window to post bail bonds, ask questions, get property releases and do visitation. Many people have been waiting a long time for service, they are tense, nervous and angry. A bail bondsman knows what it takes to post bail, he has his paperwork ready and he knows how to converse with the clerk to get the job done. Sometimes the information provided on the bail amount or charges was wrong and needs to be corrected before the clerk will accept the bond; mistakes and changes are the norm.
2. If the Defendant tries to run or fails to show for a hearing, the bondsman can re-arrest him. The Phoenix bail bondsman has full custody of the defendant. The bondsman has investigators and bounty hunters trained to track and find the defendant for you. If you post the bond yourself, you have no authority to arrest; you can only watch your money running down the street.
3. When the case is over, will you know how to get your money back? Most of the calls I get from people who have posted their own bond, tell me they don’t know who has their money. Some people have friends post the bond for them. Legally, the court is required to return the bond to who ever posted it – your friend. How will you know if he got it? How will you know if he will return it to you? If you use a bondsman, the buck stops there.
There are some instances where posting your own bond is a better than hiring a bondsman to do it.
When to Post your own Bail Bond
1. When the bond is for fines, post it yourself. If the bond will be forfeited for fines there is no need to hire a bondsman accept for the shear convenience of use (see #1 above). If your bond will be forfeited for fines, you won’t have to worry about getting your money back, nor will it matter if the defendant doesn’t show for his hearing. Your money is gone as soon as you give it to the bail bond clerk.
2. When the bond is small, post it yourself. Phoenix Bail bond fees are going to run about $150.00, or more on any small bond. If your bond is $300.00, you would spend almost as much to buy the bond as the bond itself and you would still need collateral worth $300.00. Certainly, at some dollar amount it becomes silly to hire a bondsman.
Nevertheless, I have posted a $25.00 bond before. The person lived in Florida and had no other way to get it done. They were forced to use a credit card.
We all want to save money, but when it comes to the law and your lack of experience in a matter, it is cheaper to hire a professional.
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