The amount of bail is the amount of money the court requires someone to pay to get out of jail. The judge’s primary concern is to make sure someone returns to court after they get out of jail. The easiest way is for them to require someone to pay the full amount of the bail in cash, so if they don’t show up to court, the court keeps their money. Most people who put money out of jail are more likely to return to court because they have skin in the game.
However, most people do not have $5000, for example for a DWI. Then they call the bail bondsman in Austin, TX to get their loved one out of jail. Bail bondholders are insurance agents who charge you a percentage of the total bail amount and require you to co-sign for your loved one. This way, you do not have to pay the full amount of bail, and you can still get your loved one out of jail. But insurance agents now have skin in the game and an interest in getting their loved one back in court. If they do not appear in court, the insurance agent will have to pay the full amount of the bail to the court. They don’t want to do this. So, in the event that your loved one does not return to court, the bail agent will come to your loved one’s home or workplace and call the police to arrest them and take them back to jail. And once your loved one is arrested again, the bail bondsman is no longer responsible for the bail amount.
We are the best alternative to bail bondsman. We charge the same amount as the bail bondholder. But we don’t require you to co-sign. In addition, we work with the judges day after day. There are 15 judges working in the prison. We got our clients out of jail with each of those 15 judges. Normally, your loved one has to wait for the prison guards to pull them along with 20 other people to see the judge at the same time to read them their charge and bail amount. During this process, the judge only talks to them and does not give your loved one the opportunity to tell their side of the story. However, once we are hired to get your loved one out, we will see the judge directly to tell you your loved one’s side of the story and advocate for their release.