Is the Money I Pay For a Bail Refundable?
The short and simple answer is NO. The money you pay for a bail bond is notrefundable. However, let me explain why.When you get arrested you have two differentoptions. You either remain in jail or you bail out. If you decide to bail out, you can either frontthe full bail amount money yourself or you can hire abail bondsmanand only pay 10% of thebail amount to secure the release.
Since most people don’t have an average of $20,000 in theirbank accounts to use as bail money, or most people do not have a way to access the money inthe middle of the night, they opt to go through a bailbondsmaninstead. When you put upyourown bail money,you get that money back at the end of the case, but most people do not wantto have such a large amount of money tied up.
When you opt to go with hiring a bail bondsman, the standard rate they charge is 10%of the bail amount. This is the fee you pay to be free and can be seen as the “interest” on theloan because they are lending you the bail bond money to bail out your loved one. For example,if your loved one is being held on a $50,000 bond, you would have to pay 10% of that which is$5,000. The bail bondsmen will put up the $50,000 for you to get your loved one out.
Therefore, the fee you pay a bail bondsmen is not refundable. It is the price you pay to be outof jail or else you can stay in jail. If the money was refundable,then what profit is there for thebusiness to make? It is the equivalent to you asking your car insurance to refund you yourannual premium if you did not get into an accident. They money you pay them is the price youpay to be insured and follow the law.So a good piece of advice is not to ignorant and ask yourbail bonds company for the money back once the case is over with. You will not get your moneyback and most likely get laughed at.
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