Bail Bonds in the Flathead Valley

A bail bondsman offers security to satisfy the bail requirement set for criminal defendants. Once arrested, a defendant will have his bail set. The purpose of bail is ensure that the defendant will appear at his trial later. The theory is that a person is less likely to run if they have given the court money which they will only get back if they appear at trial.

Unfortunately, especially in today’s economy, many accused of a crime do not have access to the amount of money that the courts require. These people have a few options. Some ask family and friends to borrow the rest. Some will simply sit in jail hoping the Court will grant release without bond, or they have their trial. But most use a bail bondsman.

You pay the bondsman some percentage of your bond (often 10-12%). So, if you bond has been set at $10,000 – the bondsman will require you pay him $1,000. For larger bonds, the bondsman may take additional security in assets owned by the defendant. In exchange for this payment, the bondsman secures your bond with the Court and you are released. Generally, the bondsman does not need to come up with this amount (unless the defendant fails to appear). Unfortunately, you will not receive the amount you paid the bondsman back. This is his payment for securing your bond, and how the bondsman makes a profit.

If you fail to appear in Court, the bondsman will need to pay the total of your bail amount. Often, he will then hire a bounty hunter to try to bring you back to court, so that he can get his money back. So remember, if you use a bondsman and skip out you’ll have both the police and your bondsman looking for you.

For a first DUI, it is unusual for the Court to require bond. With subsequent offenses it becomes progressively more likely. If you do find yourself in need of a bondsman in Kalispell or the Flathead Valley, I recommend Bob’s Bail Bonds. He is located in Kalispell, Montana and can be reached by calling (406) 752-6884. My clients have had a good experience with Bob and I think he does his job well.

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