So you decided to have a little too much fun in Pearland, TX, and now have been arrested. After being processed into the county jail and given a court date, they judge orders you to pay bail before being released, since they think that you’re a flight hazard. ‘Oh, No! There’s no way that I can pay this $1,000 bail price to get out of jail!’, you think to yourself. But that’s where Bail Bonds come into play.
Pearland Bail Bonds services help you out by paying up to 90% of the bail, which means that you only have to pay for 10% or so of it yourself. That’s definitely better than having to come up with a grand all by yourself, but it can still be a little overwhelming. Don’t worry, the Bonding company usually can help you set up a payment plan so you don’t have to stay in jail until your court date. Just make sure that you know what you’re getting into before you sign anything. If you’re unable to keep up with the payments or you default on the payment, the bonding company can repossess your car, your house, electronics, jewelry, and anything else of worth that they can find at your place of residence. Make sure that you talk to your agent to ensure that any payment plan is going to be well within your means once you get out of jail.
Now, just because you’re now out of jail doesn’t mean that it’s going to stay that way. You and you alone are responsible for making sure that you do everything that the court requires and everything that you agreed to with the Bail Bond company. The biggest part of this is your appearance in court. Not only will not showing up to your court date mean that the authorities will issues a warrant for your arrest, but bail bond companies also employ bounty hunters (yes, real, live bounty hunters) to come and find you to ensure that you make your court date. Plus, if you fail to pay back the money that you owe to the bail bonds company, they can take legal action against you in order to recoup their losses at having bailed you out in the first place. So, in your attempt to avoid the legal system, running from the law only ensures that you’re going to be spending a whole lot more time in the legal system then when you first started.
Now, it’s also important to make sure that the person who’s giving you the bail money is legitimate. Make sure that the company that they work for has an active state bail-bonds license. The interest that’s put on the money for your bail will usually be 10-15%, so beware of anyone who asks for more than that. You can also look up online whether the company is approved and monitored by the Better Business Bureau, and it never hurts if a company is open and available 24/7, not just business hours. Hopefully you’ll never have to use this information, but it pays to be prepared.