Harris County bail bonds are currently open for business, with all team members practicing social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
About ASAP Bail Bonds
ASAP Bail Bonds is servicing 3 major Houston areas: Harris County, Brazoria County, Fort-Bend. Their services now extend as far as Conroe! Call us today!
The Harris County bail bonds team uses the most modern systems, strategies, and methods to save you time and stress during an already stressful time. Called the best bail bond service in Texas for their personalized approach to client needs, ASAP understands the need for speedy services.
When arrested or charged, a trial can take as little as 30 days and as much as 6 months! And that is to arrange the trial. Determinations may take even longer. ASAP Bail Bonds understands that it is hard to prepare for a trial from a cell. They’re determined to ensure clients are released as soon as possible. What measures are they taking for the clients?
ASAP Bail Bonds are open for inquiries 24 hours a day, every single day. Once services are accepted, clients are partnered with agents who will devote their energy to that client. The agent is then able to give complete comprehensive service based on individual needs.
ASAP vows to treat you like family. Everyone makes mistakes, but they still deserve a chance, love, compassion, and support. Houstonians need to look no further for their bail bonds needs than ASAP Bail Bonds.
What is a Bail Bond?
Firstly, these rules directly apply in Texas only. While other states’ laws are often similar, they may differ. For instance, several states do not offer bail bonds at all! These states include Illinois, Kentucky, Oregon, and Wisconsin.
A bail bond is defined as money required by a court for a criminal defendant to be released after an arrest, prior to their first court hearing. The judge determines the dollar amount based on the charges posed and “bail schedule,” though he or she may change the amount using their judgment. The amount is agreed upon at the client’s first court appearance. This is usually a bail hearing or an arraignment (the reading of the client’s charges).
Secondly, a client or relative may pay the bond themselves or have a bondsman help with the process.
Thirdly, what is a bondsman? Bond dealers write agreements to the court on behalf of clients. These agreements place the client’s court appearances upon the bondsman, who agrees to pay the bail in full if the client does not show. Bondsmen are able to help clients by ensuring clients are quickly released from police custody when arrested, all paperwork is properly handled, and clients are educated about their next step.
Harris County bail bonds are now accepting new clients on a regular business schedule.
Types of Bail Bonds
There are 7 types of bail bonds. These include surety bonds, cash bail bonds, property bonds, citation release, recognizance release, immigration bail bonds, and federal bail bonds. The 3 most common bonds are cash bonds, surety bonds, and PR bonds, more applicable for clients who want to be released on bail quickly.
Bond dealers most prefer surety bonds. Bondsmen will pay the bail in full, usually through an agreement with a certified “surety insurer.” The client will be responsible for paying a non-refundable premium to the bondsman, usually around 10% of the original bond, and making later court dates upon their release.
Clients who do not post bail through a bonds service typically use cash bonds or PR bonds. Cash bonds are bail bonds that are paid in full by the client or someone else on their behalf. Clients are released from police custody on promises they will make later court dates. If they attend those later court dates, the money is returned to the payer. Personal recognizance bonds, or PR bonds, are solely at the discretion of a judge and based on whether the judge feels the client may be a “flight risk” — that is, a client that is released on bail only to skip later court dates. PR bonds are more difficult to acquire and may require additional fees, though the client will not be required to pay a bond deposit upfront.
When should you call a Bondsman?
When you or a loved one is arrested, there are options other than getting a bail bond.
Since bail bonds are technically loans, some potential clients may feel uncomfortable with them. However, if you are unable to pay the bail amount in cash and do not wish to use your own property as collateral, it may be time to call a bond dealer.
Be sure to be prepared to work with your bondsman by providing the following information: the full legal name of the person arrested, the jail where they are being held, their booking/report/inmate number, the charges presented, and any extra information regarding the activity surrounding the arrest.
Things to Know:
- Yes, you can bail yourself out of jail! Likewise, a family member may bail you out, even across state lines!
- Bailing someone out of jail across state lines can be tricky. You may find it best to enlist professional help.
- Yes, you can have your bail amount lowered! It’s best done with professional representation as it requires another court appearance.
- While a bondsman’s help can make things seem easy, only YOU can make sure you don’t miss court dates!
- In some cases, the physical property may be accepted as collateral when working with bondsmen (accepted forms of collateral include stocks, bonds, real estates, and personal bank accounts)
ASAP Bail Bonds
When you’re going through a tough time, ASAP Bail Bonds has your back! ASAP provides an experienced support team to ease you and your loved one’s anxiety with a solid plan for the future.
The ASAP bondsmen will help you get home as soon as possible, file the appropriate paperwork, and keep you on track for success. Contact your nearest ASAP Harris County bail bonds today and find out how they can help you!
Did you know?
- Houston is the biggest city in Texas and the 4th biggest in the United States.
- Katy Freeway at Beltway 8 in Houston is the world’s widest highway, spanning 26 lanes as of 2018
- Home to the first traditional Hindu Mandir (temple) in the United States
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