Helping the public to secure bail bonds is our business and we take it seriously. We strive to maintain the laws put in place by the state of Georgia toward the safety of the public and its fiscal responsibility to the public. It costs the state so much less to accept bail bonds in the release of a defendant instead of placing them in a pre-trial program at the expense of the tax payers.
Conditions of Bail Bonds
If you have been arrested in the state of Georgia for a crime, you will be booked at the local police station, of course, prior to being incarcerated in a jail or lock up. Once you are booked, you have a few options for being released while anticipating the end of your case. Bail is intended to offer an assurance that defendants will appear in court as is directed by a local judge. The three basic options for release include:
- Cash bond
- Surety bond
- Release on personal recognizance
You can use cash to post bond. However, when the bond is a large amount of money, it could be very difficult to come up with those funds. However, one advantage is that your cash will be returned at the end of the case. You can also use your property to post bond. However, the property’s equity should be double the amount of the actual bond. The main advantage is that there is no exchange of money. A surety bond is the most popular. You have to deal with a bail bondsman, which is the kind of service that we offer to defendants like you. To be released on your own recognizance is an important and delicate decision made by the judge. In this case, all that is required for your release is a signature.
Be aware…If you solicit the services of a bail bondsman and you are not local to the state of Georgia, the bondsman may require paid collateral for any excess fees. Once the case ends, though, you will have the collateral returned.
How Much Do Bail Bonds Cost
Every case is different, which means that the bail bond amounts will be different for each case. There is no exact science to setting a bail bond amount. Every state has its own bail bond laws. In the state of Georgia, the premium for bail bonds should not exceed 15% or $50, whichever amount is greater and premiums are non-refundable by law. The Georgia statute sets the fees that we charge. For bonds that are $10,000, a bondsman in Georgia can charge up to 12% of the total bond amount.
For bonds that are larger than $10,000, the Georgia bondsman can charge up to 15%. The intention of a bail amount is to make sure that a defendant shows up in court. The amount set for a bond should not be considered a punishment since these amounts are pre-determined prior to the results of the defendant’s case. If a qualified cosigner decides to purchase a bond from any bail bond company in Georgia instead of paying the full bail amount directly through the prison system, he or she will save thousands of dollars.
Current regulatory news for the State of Georgia
At the regular session of the legislator for 2013-2014, HB 805 was amended with a revision to the Code Section 45-11-8, which is part of the Office Code of Georgia Annotated. This revision was related to individuals engaged in the bail bond business and interested in becoming elected officials for specific local offices or vice versa. In the same revised subsection, Code Section 45-11-18 stated that no elected office of the court, police office attorney or elected sheriff should engage directly or indirectly in any form of bail bond business in the state of Georgia. Any laws in conflict with this legal subsection or any parts of it will be repealed.
History of Bail Bonds in the state of Georgia
The bail structure in the United States was formed by the Judiciary Act. It remained in place for almost two hundred years until 1966 when Congress made the decision to drastically change the laws related to bail bonds. The Bail Reform Act was then initiated. This Act indicated that a defendant with a non-capital offense should be released on his own personal recognizance pending trial or on a bail bond except when a judge felt the need to do otherwise, especially in a case where there were no guarantees that the defendant would appear at trial.
In the state of Georgia, this history has not been significantly changed. However, Peter and Tom McDough were the ones who initiated bail bonding in the state. During those early days, the bond fee was 10% of the bond amount. The bail bond system replicated a similar security system used in primeval Iraq where residents brought their sheep as guarantee for release from jail. However, at that time, the accused had to still pay the bond amount whether the case was won or lost in court.
Today in the state of Georgia, the opposite is true. The accused is not financially accountable if the case is won. History has revealed that in prior years, the state of Georgia would hold on to the cash fees paid, but today, those fees are being returned at the completion of the case.
Famous Bail Bond Incident
In January 2015, it made news that Jeffrey Williams, born in Atlanta Georgia and a well known rapper that fans call Young Thug was arrested and charged with first degree murder. He appeared in the Fulton County courtroom in front of a grand jury for his suspected involvement in an alleged shooting that occurred in the month of August, the previous year. It is alleged that one man was left dead at the scene of the incident. Young Thug was held in the Fulton County jail with no bond issued by the judge.
If you have been arrested for a misdemeanor or felony in the state of Georgia, you are entitled to have a bond hearing. If a set bond amount has been determined, you can typically post bond in three distinct ways. If you don’t have enough cash to post cash bail, we can step in. If you have no property to use as collateral, we will offer a surety bond. It is at this junction of the process that you need a bail bond company like us.