Before obtaining or attempting to obtain a bail bond in the state of Massachusetts, you will need to understand a few aspects of the process. For your convenience, here are a few of the most commonly asked questions regarding bail bonds and obtaining bail bonds within the Massachusetts border.
When you are sure that a bail bond is an option for your criminal or legal situation you will need to contact a local bail bondsman in your area. When you do, you will need to have the following information available for the bondsman.
Your bail bond will generally cost 10 to 20 percent of the total bail amount set by the judge. When you are dealing with a bail bondsman you will pay the bondsman fee which is usually non-refundable. After that fee is paid you will pay the 10 to 20 percent of the bail required. This money is generally refundable as long as you appear in court on your appointed court date.
If you miss your court date you will not receive the 10 to 20 percent you paid as a deposit on your bond. You will also be held liable for the full amount of the bond that was set by the judge. In many cases, the bail bondsman will also have an officer or bounty hunter pick you up and escort you to a detention facility where you will begin serving your time until your next court date.
Locating a bail bondsman in Massachusetts is a simple procedure. Bail bondsman advertise in area newspapers, directories, television ads and in local flyers. You may also find a bail bondsman through word of mouth while you are waiting for your initial appearance before the judge.