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What Happens When You Don’t Pay A Bail Bondsman?

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What Happens When You Don’t Pay A Bail Bondsman?

Bail bonds services have a pretty loose contract and employ bounty hunters that aide in recapturing payments, if necessary. Remember that bail bonds companies are not government regulated, they are private companies that have decided to put up the full bond amounts for people at a very low service fee, 10% of the total bond.

So if you have a $5,000 bond and you hire a bondsman, the bondsman is going to post the full $5,000 on your behalf to the court, and you only have to pay the bondsman $500.  You don’t get that money back but you get to stay out of jail until your hearing without needing to post the full $5,000.

Measures Bondsman Take To Get Their Money Back

At A Second Chance Bail Bonds, we will with most people who can’t pay the full bond, allowing partial payments and payment plans, including accepting collateral or payment in the form of deeds, cars or other personal items of value.

Should you decide not to pay and think you can avoid paying, these are some of the ways a bondsman will attempt to get their money back…

  • Contact your friends and family via phone
  • Appear at the door to your home, your friends and family
  • Contact your friends on social media
  • Physically hunt you down and confront you at your job, home or anywhere else you can be found
  • File a lawsuit against you and have you served

If you bailed on court and didn’t show, a bounty hunter will be sent out after you and, will have abilities and permissions that the police wouldn’t, including not needing a warrant.

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