Once a friend or family member is accused of committing a crime they are taken to county jail
and are given the opportunity to post bail. All misdemeanor offenses have a statutory bond
amount that has already been pre-set. A felony offense requires the inmate to go in front of a
judge before a bond is set. Depending on the allegations against the defendant and the inmates
prior record as well as the ties the inmate has to the community will be the determining factors
the judge uses when setting a bond.
Once bond has been set, the inmate will be given the opportunity to contact a bondsman or a
loved one to get them out of jail until the court date is set. The bondsman will work with the
family and give them all the options necessary to help the family during this difficult time. A
cosigner is usually required. A cosigner guarantees that the defendant will appear at his/her
court dates until the defendant’s case is resolved through the court process. Most Bond
companies will allow payment plans if the defendant or family is having a difficult time getting
the premium. Monthly payments are usually figured based on the monthly income of the
cosigner as well as the defendant.
The Law Office of Jeffery E. Nona, can refer you to a professional local bondsman with years of
experience. They will walk you through the process and make it as easy as possible for you and
your loved ones.
The purpose of posting bail gives the defendant the opportunity to assist their attorney in the
preparation of their criminal case and any possible defenses they may have. It also allows them
to keep working that way they can continue to provide for their families and not lose their
employment sitting in jail waiting for future court dates.
Devon Wilson, Marketing, PR