How Bail Works in Connecticut
Chances are, you are familiar with the bail bond process based on crime shows you may have seen on television. But is what you saw on television really how someone is booked and processed by the court? If you are arrested, what will your bail process be like? If this is a reality for you, you should understand exactly what will happen to you and how you can get out of jail on bail. Knowing what to expect from the process can put your mind at ease and help you prepare yourself for the sometimes stressful and frustrating process ahead of you.
What Happens Once You Get Arrested
The first thing that will happen if you are arrested is you will be taken to a police station, booked,and processed. This means that a police officer will gather information about you, including your name, birthday, address, etc. You will be charged with a crime, your fingerprints will be taken, a criminal history check will be run on you, and you will have to take a mug shot. Your personal property will also be taken by the police until you are released from jail. In most cases, you will be allowed to make a phone call. At this time, it is important to contact a lawyer or a friend or family member who can call a lawyer for you.
If the crime you committed is minor, you might be able to post bail immediately and leave the police station. However, depending on the severity of the crime you are charged with and your individual circumstances, you might have to remain in a jail cell along with other people who have recently been booked for a crime.
You Will Go Before a Judge
You should not remain in a jail cell for more than 48 hours. Within 48 hours, you should be able to have a bail hearing, during which a judge will determine if you qualify for bail, and if so, what bail should be set at. The judge will consider your criminal history when determining if you will receive bail and what bail will be set at. If you have previous charges in which you did not show up for your court hearing, bail might be denied for you. Other factors that will determine if you receive bail and how expensive the bond will be are specific circumstances of the crime you are charge with, the crime you are charged with, and the jurisdiction’s recommended bail for the crime you are charged with.
If you are worried about your bail hearing, you should consider hiring a lawyer to represent you in court. If you think that you cannot afford bail on your own, you do have other options which you can consider. One good option is hiring a bail bondsman to post bail for you. If you think that this is the right option for you, you can contact Connecticut Bail Bonds to discuss this opportunity. The bondsmen at Connecticut Bail Bonds can also answer any questions that you have about the bail process that this post did not answer.
The bail bond process can be confusing and stressful, especially if it is your first time being charged with a crime. In some cases, you should be able to get through the process on your own, or with the help of your friends and family. However, there are some circumstances where it is in your best interest to hire a bail bondsman to help you through the process. If you fit the criteria below, you should seriously consider hiring a bail bondsman so that you can pay your bail and get out of jail before your trial takes place.
You should hire a bail bondsman if:
• You can’t pay bail alone: You might find yourself in the situation where you cannot afford to pay the bail that is set for you by a judge. If this is the case, you could borrow money from a friend or family member, or have someone you know cosign your bail bond. However, if this is not an option for you, you should really consider working with a bail bondsman to get you the money you need to get out of jail.
• You need help with the bail process: In most cases, you probably don’t know the ins and outs of the bail process. This can make it overwhelming and frustrating. Instead of stressing out by yourself, you can hire a bail bondsman to walk you through the process, support you, and advocate for you.
• You’re looking for an expert: If you want your bond to be handled in a professional matter, your best bet is to hire a bail bondsman. A qualified, experienced bail bondsman will be able to handle your bail bond smoothly and quickly. Instead of stumbling through the process on your own, you can hire someone who knows what he or she is doing.
• You want the process to be cheaper: Instead of paying the whole bail bond, you will only be charged 10 percent by your bail bondsman. The bondsman will take on the responsibility of paying your bail if you do not show up to court at the appointed time.
Our bondsmen at Connecticut Bail Bonds do not want you to go through this difficult process alone.
We guarantee that:
• We will be available to take your call 24/7, every day of the year
• All of our bondsmen and women are fully licensed and insured
• We offer the lowest price you’ll find anywhere in Connecticut
• You will always get an instant response from one of our team members
• We won’t make you wait to talk to a bondsman
• We offer an easy payment plan
• We accept credit cards
• We will always do our best to get you or your loved one released on bail as soon as possible
If you think you need a bail bondsman, do not hesitate to call us. Even if you are just looking to have questions answered, we are ready to take your call. Give us a call today at 860-420-2245 to speak with a live agent.