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New York Bail Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re arrested and taken to jail, the magistrate or judge might give you an opportunity to get out of jail until your court date. The person who listens to your charges will determine how much your bail will be, which is the amount you are responsible for if you want to get out of jail. Most bail bondsmen will accept a percentage of the amount of the bail as a bond amount so that you can be released.

Can A Bond Amount Be Reduced?
There are times when a bail amount can be reduced, which would often lower the bond amount as well. An attorney from Spodek Law Group can go before the judge to request a reduction if you can prove that you have a job and that you have ties to the community. Your criminal background also plays a part in whether your bond can be reduced.

What Are The Details To Know Before Contacting A Bondsman?
Whether you, a family member or a friend contact a bondsman, there are a few details that the company will need to know. The bondsman will need to know where you are located. If someone contacts an agent on your behalf, make sure you give the name of the jail as well as the city and state because there could be jails in other cities with the same name. The agent will need the full name and usually the booking number of the person in jail. A vital piece of information that the agent will need to know is the bail amount. This will determine the bond amount as a percentage of the bail is calculated that will need to be paid before you are released.

Is An Agent Required To Post Bail?
If you want to ensure that everything is done legally and that you don’t have to pay the entire bail amount, then a bondsman is often the best person to use when you’re trying to get out of jail. However, if the bail is a small amount, then you could have someone pay cash so that you’re released. Some courts will accept a property title, such as one for a house or car, as collateral for the bail amount. If you don’t have a criminal history or if the crime was minor, then the judge might not order a bail amount and let you leave the courthouse by signing your name as a promise that you will be back for your court date.

Will Bond Money Be Refunded?
Bond money usually isn’t refunded. If you know that you can’t make the court date or if you signed the bond for someone else and feel that the person isn’t going to show up for court, it’s important to let the agent know as soon as possible so that a different date can be requested or the issue can be remedied.

What Can Be Used To Pay The Bondsman?
Cash is the preferred method of most bond agents. Many will also accept a debit or credit card. If these sources are not available, then the bond agent might consider a vehicle title or the title to a home or a piece of land.

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