Bail Bonds Out of State

Out of State Bail What can you do when you get a call from some in jail in a different state? Below you will find valuable information on how bail works and what you can do to get someone out of jail, even from out-of-state. How do they get out? When someone is in jail,…

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How Much Does Bail Cost in Washington?

Industry Standard In Washington the standard premium paid on a bail bond is 10% of the total bail amount. Therefore a bail amount set at $500 means a bail bondsman charges a $50 premium. A bail amount set at $5,000 means a bondsman charges a premium of $500. The bail bond agency keeps this premium…

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How to Cover the Cost of Bail

What Are My Options? When you get a call from a friend or family member from jail it can be overwhelming. You might be asking: “Can I afford bail? How can I find out what the bail amount is? Are there bail bonds companies that will work with me when cash is low?” These are…

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Is Posting Bail Worth It?

When a friend or loved one is in jail it’s important to consider all of your options. If someone is unable to post their full bail amount in cash, then using a bail bonds agency is likely the best option. By paying a 10% fee to the agency, the agency pays the court in full…

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Benefits of Bail Bonds Services

Getting Out of Jail If you or a loved on are in jail, the most important thing on everyone’s mind is getting out of jail as soon as possible. The problem is that once the judge sets a bail amount, it’s often challenging to meet the full bail amount in cash at a moment’s notice.…

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Bailing Out of King County Jail

What Happens After an Arrest? If someone you know has been arrested in the Seattle area, it’s likely that they’ll be taken to King County Jail – this jail is located in downtown Seattle. There, the defendant will wait to appear before a judge, who controls when. Once they appear before a judge, the judge…

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What’s happening with bail in California?

What is bail? Bail is used throughout the United States in order to give the court confidence that defendants will appear in court. It is essentially a cash deposit made by the accused to make the court feel comfortable that they won’t skip their court dates. Bail has been a standard practice throughout the history…

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What happens after an arrest?

Arrest Having a family member, friend, or loved one arrested and facing incarceration is a stressful and scary situation. It’s important to understand what comes next  and what you can do to get them out of jail as soon as possible. Immediately after a person has been arrested, they’ll be taken to a police station…

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The Effects of Pretrial Imprisonment

Bail reform has been a major topic recently, with proponents arguing that financial resources should never determine whether someone awaits trial in or out of jail. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington offers a detailed review of how pretrial imprisonment affects defendants, both in terms of case outcomes and other negative impacts on…

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Google and Facebook’s Misconceived Ban on Bail Bond Ads

Google’s director of global product policy announced the company’s decision to prohibit ads that promote bail bond services in a blog post on May 8th. Facebook made a similar claim later that same day, although the company is apparently still working out the details. These decisions come as part of the growing bail reform movement,…

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How Judges Calculate and Set Bail

For those of us with limited experience with the legal justice system, the bail setting process can often be hard to comprehend. How do judges actually calculate and set bail for individuals who are arrested for allegedly committing a crime? This process can seem complicated and arbitrary to those unfamiliar with it, but the truth…

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10 Programs and Projects for Prisoners

While nobody wants to serve time in prison, for those who are incarcerated, there are many resources that allow for enrichment opportunities. These programs often assist with education, counseling, and other services to ensure that individuals in prison and their family members are not left behind. Here are 10 resources that are used to enrich…

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Guide to Bail Bonds in Spokane

The Spokane County Detention Services is located 1100 W. Mallon Avenue in Spokane, Washington. Those who are arrested and brought to jail will go through a booking process. This intake process takes about four to six hours and includes a medical screening, booking process and a classification interview. During the classification interview, it is determined…

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Guide to Posting Bail in Everett

If you or a loved one is arrested and brought to the Snohomish County Jail, there are several things you should know about posting bail or having a bond posted for you in order to be released. Bail is the amount of cash that is paid to the court with jurisdiction over your charges. This…

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Deconstructing the Bail Reform Debate

Freedom comes at a high price for those who are held for bail they can’t afford. This is so much so that many who are innocent of what they are charged with find it a better deal to plead guilty to a crime they didn’t commit rather than waiting in prison for weeks, or even…

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Department of Justice Proposes Bail Policy Updates for Low- or No-Income Defendants

In August, the U.S. Department of Justice filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief proposing an adjustment to pre-trial bail policy for defendants who cannot afford to pay for their release. Following an arrest (but before the first hearing occurs), if an alleged offender is granted bail, said person has the option to pay…

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What the Day-to-Day Life of a Bail Bondsman Is Really Like

Despite the glamorous, action-packed lifestyle of bondsmen portrayed on TV shows like “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” the everyday lives of bail bondsmen are actually fairly straightforward and uneventful. That doesn’t mean it’s not rewarding or interesting work, however – many bondsmen enjoy the flexibility to work from anywhere, utilize their skills gained in law enforcement…

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Prison News: Whatcom County Jail Reduces Arrests, Sends Prisoners to Yakima and Seattle

The Whatcom County Jail in Bellingham, Washington is overcrowded, and cities like Ferndale, Washington (in Whatcom County north of Bellingham) have started reducing the number of people they’re willing to arrest, trying to bring into custody only those “who need to be taken off the streets immediately,” said Ferndale Police Chief Michael Knapp. According to…

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Using Real Estate as Collateral

Not all assets are what we call “liquid,” meaning that they translate to easily-accessible cash. Liquid assets include anything in your checking or savings account, stocks, bonds, or money market funds. Some assets which can easily be sold, such as gold, are also considered liquid. Non-liquid assets include things that are worth money but difficult…

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What’s a Bounty Hunter and What Do They Do?

Some of the more commonly misconstrued terms when it comes to the bail industry is “bounty hunter.” Between the titles of Bail Agent, Bail Bondsmen, and Fugitive Recovery Person, there’s a lot of confusion about the bail industry on the part of inexperienced or unfamiliar outsiders. First, let’s make a distinction very clear: Fugitive Recovery…

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