Bail Bond Business

Written by Will Baum
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The bail bond business has existed in some form since as far back as medieval England. Today a bail bond agency helps friend or relatives of a defendant post the bail set by the court in order to get the defendant out of jail until their court date arrives. By putting up collateral guaranteeing that the defendant will appear in court, the bail system allows defendants to get out from behind bars within a day or two of their arrest.

History and the Bail Bond Business

Due process slowly emerged in England during medieval times. The 1628 Petition of Right secured due process guarantees similar to those we have today. People could not be legally held against their will without a specific accusation being lodged against them. Today, this boils down to the question so often asked at arrest: "What am I charged with?"

The reforms brought by the Petition of Right were largely ignored or sidestepped by sheriffs and courts. In response, the British Parliament issued the Habeas Corpus Act of 1677. The Habeas Corpus Act of 1677 strengthened the role of magistrate in deciding matters such as bail. Today in America, judges continue this role, setting bail amounts and otherwise running courtrooms.

Still, there was no legal limit to the amounts of bail that could be set. Magistrates could name impossible sums, which had the practical effect of not naming a bail amount at all. Today, the bail bond business is a well-oiled machine. Agents process bond after bond, and defendant after defendant is released from jail. The Internet is a great place to find the bail bond business to serve your needs.

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