Need a Bail Bond?
When you need the help of fast, affordable Charleston SC bail bonds experts, Charleston Bail Bonds is here for you. Our experienced bondsman understand that the arrest and incarceration of a loved one is difficult on a family, and worries about your loved one’s safety and well-being are the first priority. That’s why we’re here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and will help get your loved one released without delay.
The purpose of a bondsman is to help cover the fee being required before your loved one can be released from jail. In exchange, you post collateral, usually something of value such as property or an automobile, that ensures the defendant will appear in court. If the defendant does not appear on his scheduled court date to face charges, the property will then be seized and a warrant issued for the defendant’s re-arrest.
When you need a bail bond, convenience and affordability is of the essence. At Charleston Bail Bonds we provide low down payments. Call today for quality, compassionate service.
How Bail Bonds Work
A bail bond is a legally binding contract between the bail agent, the court and the co-signer. The bail bondsman and the co-signer agree to be responsible for the total bond amount if the defendant does not appear in court.
Persons responsible for ensuring that the defendant appears in court as and when required. The co-signer must know the whereabouts of the defendant at all times and must immediately notify the bondsman if the defendant has moved. This is very important because the collateral and the co-signer posted for the defendant is at risk if the defendant fails to appear.
Bail Bond Fee
In the state of South Carolina. A bail bondsman may charge anywhere from 0-15% of the stated bond. The bondsman receives this fee up front and will keep that amount regardless of whether the defendant appears in court.
The bondsman then posts a bond for the amount of the bail, and then guarantees to the court that they will pay the forfeited bond if a defendant fails to appear in court for their scheduled court appearance.
Failure To Appear
If a defendant fails to appear in court on the date they are scheduled, immediately a bench warrant is issued. The co-signer is notified of the forfeiture and is expected to pay the total bond amount. In addition to expenses while looking for the defendant.
On cash bonds the only form of bail that the court will accept is cash. Court ordered cash bonds require the total amount of bail to be posted in cash. The court holds the money until the case is over. Cash bonds are typically ordered by the court for the following reasons. When the court believes the defendant is a flight risk, when the court issues a warrant for unpaid fines and when a defendant has failed to appear for a prior hearing.
The accused or a person acting on his behalf pledges real property have a value at least equal to the amount of the bail. If the principal fails to appear for trial the state can levy or institute foreclosure proceedings against the property to recover the bail.