There are many things to consider when you are working to get out of jail, or getting a loved one out of jail following an arrest. There are multiple ways to post bail, so one of the most common questions we hear is: “Why use bail bonds if I can pay for my own bail?” In today’s blog post, we’re going to discuss this question, and why bail bonds are often still the best option – even when you have the money to pay outright.
Bail Bonds: More Affordable
Bail bonds are much more affordable than posting bail outright. While you do get your bail money back at the completion of the case (assuming no court dates are missed), you still have to come up with a large amount of money all at once in order to be released. It can be difficult to come up with such a large amount quickly – which results in more unnecessary time in jail. When you obtain a bail bond, you only have to pay a small percentage (usually less than 20%) of the full amount.
Bail Bonds: Credit vs. Cash
When you post your bail outright, you have to come up with the full amount – in cash. You can’t pay with a credit card or other payment option. This makes coming up with the full amount much more difficult, as most of us don’t have large amounts of money sitting in the bank, waiting to be used for getting out of jail. Most bail agencies not only allow you to pay with a credit card, but many also provide payment plans. This makes bail much more affordable when using bail bonds.
Bail Bonds: Put Your Money to Better Use
A final thing to consider when it comes to using bail bonds vs. paying outright, is that your money is much better used elsewhere. You could pay the full amount to the court, and wait to get it back at the completion of your trial. Or, you can pay a small fee, keep the majority of the money in the bank, and have the services of an experienced agent on your side as you work to bail yourself or someone you care about out of jail.
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