If you or a loved one has run afoul of the law, any mistakes you make could slow down or jeopardize the bail bond process. The longer you stay in jail, the more likely it is that something will go wrong. From illegal interrogations to physical assault by other prisoners, anything can happen behind bars. ABC Bail Bonds is available 24/7 to help you find a way out as quickly as possible! Call us any time, day or night, when you need bail bond services in Houston or the surrounding areas.
Here are five of the most common mistakes people make before, during, and after securing a bail bond.
Mistake #1: Waiting Too Long to Arrange a Bond.
It’s easy to panic when you or someone you care about is arrested, but try to remain calm and call an experienced bail bond agent in the area where the arrest took place. The faster you start the process, the sooner you’ll be able to walk free. Remember, jails can be dangerous places, and every moment spent behind bars is another wasted moment you could be spending with your family — and another opportunity for violence or a violation of your rights. Call a bail bondsman as soon as possible.
Mistake #2: Giving Incomplete or Wrong Information.
To do their job properly, a bail bond company needs accurate information from you. At the very least, they will need to know your full, legal name and date of birth; your booking number; county of arrest or the name of the jail you’re being held in; and your set bail amount. Have this information on hand when you call the bond agent, and resist any temptation to give false information for whatever reason. It will only delay the process and might cause the bondsman to stop working with you.
Mistake #3: Leaving the Area.
You’ve probably seen movies where a prisoner makes bail, but the detective warns them not to leave town. That’s because some courts will order you not to leave the state or the country until your court hearing. If you leave against court orders, you will be re-arrested and your bail bond will be forfeited. You will lose the premium you paid for the bond, and will have to secure a new bond to get free again.
Mistake #4: Missing Your Court Date.
A bail bond is given to you on the promise that you will attend all of your future court dates until the case is resolved. If you miss one of them, you violate the terms of your bond, and you will forfeit it. The money you paid to secure the bond will be lost, and you will have to wait out your time in jail unless you secure another bond — if that’s even a possibility after your missed court date.
Mistake #5: Choosing the Wrong Bail Bond Company.
Now is not the time to go with an unproven bail bond agent. Instead, look for an agent that has been in business in the area for years and knows the ins and outs of the local justice system. Read online reviews to compare companies and find the one that’s best for you. If you’re in Harris County, call ABC Bail Bonds — Houston’s oldest, fastest, and most reliable bonding company!
ABC Bail Bonds: Your Way Out in Houston, TX
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