Bail Bondsman

Written by Will Baum
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A bail bondsman is essential in helping you get out of jail when you've been arrested. Using collateral put up by a defendant's family or friends, a bail bondsman pays the full amount of bail. It's often within 48 hours of beginning the process that defendants will be released from jail, promising to return to appear in court when their date arrives.

History and The Bail Bondsman

The American bail system has its roots in British law. A version of the British system was in place as early as medieval times. Statutes and bills passed in the 17th century helped strengthen due process for those arrested. Initially, bail was set and administered by sheriffs who were often corrupt. New regulations installed magistrates and bail limits not unlike what we have in America today.

After the American Revolution, English laws were used as a model for the new American system. Early Virginia law extended the right to post bail to anyone accused of a crime "not punishable in life or limb." Today, bail is almost unknown in capital cases.

Excessive bail amounts were prohibited, just as they had been in England. The Virginia Bill of Rights containing these statutes was to be James Madison's model as he set out to write the U.S. Bill of Rights, which became law in 1791. Today's bail bond system is a well-oiled machine. The Internet is a great place to find the bail bondsman best equipped to serve your needs.


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