Bail Bonds Reference Terms/Glossary

One of the most harrowing things for anyone is having to post bail for someone you love. If you have ever been concerned with some of the terms related to the bail bonds business or if you are undergoing this process right now, it can't hurt to have a guide on your side. Here is an alphabetical listing of bail bond terms that you can use for reference.

Arrested: Arrest is a term that means to seize something or someone. The act of being arrested is when you are seized or taken into legal custody by a vehicle of the law (typically a police officer).

Bail: For those who are arrested and are considered non-violent and are not "flight risks" (people who will potentially flee town, the state, or the country to evade recapture and avoid being brought to trial for the charges being made against them) these people can post bail as they await their day in court. Bail is an amount of money or property offered up so that the accused can be free while they plan their defense. Being "out on bail" is the act of having been released from prison while you await your day in court.

Bail Bondsman: For most accused individuals coming up with these high amounts of money so that they can be released on bail is often untenable. So a bail bondsman is someone who puts up the full amount of the money in exchange for a smaller amount that they keep as a fee for their services.

Bond: This word is a very heavy one. Bond is a binding security or dissolution proof allegiance. In bail bonds a bond is the contract written between the bondsman and the guarantor that states that if the individual who is scheduled to appear in court does not, the full amount of the bail will be repaid to the bondsman. If someone puts up his or her home for bond and the accused skips out, then that home becomes property of the bondsman.

Bond Revocation: If you post bail for someone, you have put your good name on the line. However if you believe that the person you have posed bail for is going to leave town before their trail you can ask a judge for bond revocation. What this means is that the accused will be sent back to jail to await trial and you will no longer be responsible for this individual.

Collateral: When a person doesn't have the money at present to post bail for someone, collateral is used. This can be a boat, a house, a car, or anything else of sufficient value that can be forfeited if the terms of bond are not adhered to.

Defendant: This term means multiple things in terms of bail bonds. The defendant is the one who is being asked to appear in court for alleged actions. The defendant is also the one for whom bail is being posted and bond is being written.

Failure to Appear: This is a term that can generally only be handed down by a judge. The failure to appear means what it says; someone who was supposed to be in court did not show up. In all but the most serious of instances, this generally has bad implications for the defendant and for the guarantor.

Forfeiture: When the defendant does not appear in court, the guarantor who posted bond for this individual goes into forfeiture. This means that whatever collateral was posted as assurance that the defendant would appear must go to the bail bondsman.

Fugitive: Also known in the bond world as bond jumpers, skips, runners, or absconders, this is really the worst thing for the guarantor and the defendant. When you are a fugitive this means that the law is after you and they will remain after you until you are found.

Fugitive Recovery Agent: These agents may be more colloquially known as "bounty hunters;" a fugitive recovery agent is the one who sets about finding the fugitive. Fugitive recovery agents are also the ones responsible for the revocation of the bond.

Notice of Forfeiture: This is a notice sent out by the courts to notify the bail bondsman that the individual they have posted bail for has failed to appear in court. The obligation falls on the bonds person's shoulders to assure that the defendant either show up in court or that the full amount for the bail be paid, usually be a certain near date.

Indemnitor: Indemnity is the protection against damage or loss. The indemnitor is the individual who is responsible for the payment of any premiums and for making sure that the defendants appear in court when they are scheduled to. When you are an indemnitor you are responsible for the full bond amount should your defendant become a runner or fugitive. The indemnitor is also responsible for any fees that may pop up as a result of the bond not being honored. Some of these things may include legal costs, filing fees, processing fees, recovery fees, and more.

Inmate: The inmate is the defendant awaiting trial. If your accused has a history of jumping skipping out on their obligations or if they just can't get the money together to pay the bail bondsman then they will need to stand as inmates until their day in court has arrived.

 All of this may be a little much for someone to process at one time. If you have someone who has been arrested and accused though, you want him or her to get out and have as much time as possible to mount their defense. One of the best places to go for bail bondsman service in Edinburg, Weslaco, or Hidalgo County is South Texas Bail Bonds. They will listen to your situation, inform you of your rights, and work so that you have the very best prospects in court possible. Don't go it alone; trust the experience and guidance from a trusted bail bond agency like South Texas Bail Bonds