FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a Bail Bond?
A bail bond is a legal document that allows a person who has been incarcerated (defendant) to leave jail after posting bail, with the agreement that he or she will appear at all subsequent proceedings as required and comply with all the conditions of the bail bond. If the defendant cannot afford to pay the bail amount, a bail bondsman can sign the bond and post the bail on behalf of the defendant for a fee.
What are the Different Types of Release?
Although there are five types of release, if a person is in need of a bail bondsman then the judge has opted for “Release on a Monetary Condition,” which Pennsylvania Rule 524(c)(5) defines as:
“Release conditioned upon the defendant’ s compliance with a monetary condition imposed pursuant to Rule 528. The amount of the monetary condition shall not be greater than is necessary to reasonably ensure the defendant’s appearance and compliance with the conditions of the bail bond.”
Straight Bail Versus Percentage Bail – What’s the Difference?
Depending upon various factors such as the nature of the offense, prior criminal record, age, mental condition, employment status and financial condition the District Magistrate may impose “straight bail” or “percentage bail.” With “straight bail”, the defendant must post the entire bail amount in order to be released. With “percentage bail”, the defendant is permitted to post of a percentage of the total bail, not to exceed 10% of the total amount.
What are the Fees for Using a Bail Bondsman?
If the defendant was granted a “straight bail” amount and cannot afford to pay the total bail amount, Action Bail will post bond for the full amount for a non-returnable fee of 5% to 7% of the total bail. If “percentage bail” was granted, the defendant can either A) pay the Court the percentage of the bail that the magistrate has set, which is returned later, or if this amount is not affordable he or she can B) pay Action Bail 5% of the total bail which is not returned.
What if I Have Questions After I am Released?
Whenever you hire Action Bail, we remain available to discuss any issues you might have throughout the legal process. Whatever questions or concerns you might have, we are here for you 24/7.