Knowing the Terms of Securing Your Early Release

When you have been arrested and booked into jail, you have a limited window of time during which you can secure your release. The time frame begins when you are formally arraigned and charged in court and ends when you have to appear in court again for either your trial or sentencing.

Rather than allow this window of time to expire, you can act quickly to raise the cash needed to post bail or bond. Doing so may call for you to use money you have saved in your bank account, borrow money from friends or relatives, or use Union County bail bonds to pay the required amount upfront.

Before Signing the Contract

When you apply for and get bail or a bond, you will be required to sign a legally binding contract. The contract will outline all of the terms to which you must agree before the bondsman will pay the bail or bond for your release. Before you sign the contract, however, you are encouraged to read it thoroughly and ask any questions you might have about it first.

For example, you may want to know how you will pay off the amount of money that the bail bonds agent pays in order to get you out of jail. Will you be required to pay all of it in one lump sum or will you be allowed to make payments on it?

As you may find out when you read the contract, you will be required to make timely payments on the bond or bail amount until it is paid off in full. The amount of the payments may be based on the amount of time you are given to pay off the debt.

For example, if you are given a year to pay off your bail debt, the total amount that you owe will be divided by 12, which will give you the amount of money you have to pay each month. If you fail to make timely payments, you could risk being arrested and put back in jail.