Southwestern Michigan Bail Bonds
There are many bail bond companies to choose from. Please give us a call and we will be happy to refer you to a professional agent that meets your needs.
Skipping Bail or Failing to appear in Court
Skipping bail is the term used to describe a charged individual who fails to make the mandated court appearances. When an accused person skips bail; the court issues a bench warrant for their arrest and court appearance. In this case a Southwestern Michigan criminal defense attorney may be needed. Bail is normally forfeited at a specified time period thereafter.
Once the individual has skipped, a bail bondsman may try to locate them through whatever means possible. This can include hiring the services of a bounty hunter. "Tracking a skip," as it´s sometimes referred to, can involve role playing on the part of the bounty hunter. This deception is legal and can often lead to obtaining information on the location of the accused. However should the bounty hunter causes property damage during the arrest, the bondsman can also be held liable for the costs. If the accused is returned to court prior to the forfeiture date, the bail amount has not been paid and the collateral may be returned.
State law varies on the rights and obligations of bounty hunters in tracking an accused person. For additional information on skipping bail, contact a bail bondsman in your area.
Securing Surety Bonds
Use of surety bond involves a series of contracts with a bondsman, or bond agent, for the bail amount. The bondsman interviews the arrested individual and the guarantor prior to assuring that the accused will appear in court. This information provides the bail agent with a reasonable determination of whether the accused will make the designated court appearances.
Contracts can also contain various conditions of guaranteeing the release, such as completing drug treatment, Bonds are usually written for a premium percentage of the bail´s full amount. Collateral from the guarantor is then used to secure the remaining bail amount. The bond agent is liable to the court for the full bail amount, in the event of the accused´s failure to appear. This guarantee is made by using the assets and property of the bail agent´s insurance, or surety, company.
The surety company is usually licensed for operation by the insurance commission of the state. For additional information on surety bonds, consult a bail bondsman or contact Hills Law Office.
What is a Bail Agreement, and Responsibilites of the Agreement
Bail agreements constitute a contract between the indemnitor of the bail and the bondsman. Generally, the agreement includes the following bail information: the date a bail assigned, the judge assigning the bail, the charge and court with which it´s filed, and the names and contact information for the bond co-signer. The bail amount is also described in the contract.
Upon signing the bond agreement, the cosigners assume the responsibility for the charged individual to appear in court and answer any charge listed. The agreement also states that if the arrested party fails to make the court proceedings, the bond agency will pay the bail amount listed if ordered to do so by the court. In the event of forfeiture, the agreement allows the collateral securing the bail bond to be seized by the bond agency. Frequently the agreement will also site the legal sections applicable to the agreement.
Signatures by the bond agency and guarantor are required for the contract to be binding. Additional information on bail agreements can be obtained from a bail bondsman.
Contact Hills Law Today for Additional Bail Bond Information
For further information about Southwest Michigan criminal defense attorneys and how they can help you with your bail bonds, contact Hills at Law, P.C.