Fri 22 Oct 2010
How to Get a Bail Bond in Kansas
Generally, a person accused of a crime in a Kansas court jurisdiction must be held in the custody of the court until he or she is proven innocent. Fortunately, the suspect has the option to be temporarily released before that certain “determination” is made and this is called Bail. Bail is set or established by the judge during the defendant’s first appearance. For some minor bad behaviors (such as driving violations), bail does not need to be set.
Usually, a friend, relative, lawyer or defendant will contact a local bail bonds Kansas company by phone and during the preliminary phone consultation; the company has to collect basic information about the situation. This information should include where the detainee is being held, how long they have been there and of course the charges involved. Personal information such as current residence and occupation also have to be obtained. The bail company or agency will need this information to assess the risk involved in the bail bond.
Should the suspect opt to purchase a bail bond, he or she will have to sign some bail bond documents and that include a bail bond application, bail indemnity agreement and a receipt. Once the paperwork is finalized, an accredited agent will post the bail bond at the correct detention facility or jail and this will result in the release of the defendant. This process can take anywhere between 1 and 2 hours (ideally). Note that the whole process cannot start until all the arrest and booking procedures have been completed.
Bail bonds can be obtained in most areas of the United States 24/7. Bail bondsmen are on an “On Call” basis whenever they are not in their offices. Other countries have a totally different policy when it comes to bailing out of jail. The courts have numerous methods available for releasing defendants on bail and the judge is the one who determines which one of these methods is the most appropriate to use.
Signing the bail bond is a promise or guarantee that the defendant or suspect will appear in the specified date of the court hearing. If the suspect fails to appear in the proceedings, this will cause the signers of the bond to pay the court the designated amount. In general, the amount of bail is calculated depending on the seriousness of the alleged offense or crime. There are some instances that a suspect can be released upon his or her own recognizance which is defined as the latter’s written uninsured promise to return for trial. A release of this sort is granted for somebody with a steady employment, stable family ties and a long history of residence in a certain community. Violation of the terms of a bail bonds Kansas personal recognizance constitutes a crime and is punishable by law.
You can check to see if the bail bonds Kansas company you are dealing with is reputable by checking if the company is a member of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States (Pbus) Association. Another quick check you can do is to look online at the Kansas Better Business Bureau (BBB), but not all bonding organizations are members. Remember, they are putting their companies money on the line for you, so you shouldn’t be to overly concerned.
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