While it might seem like such a terrifying process to those who have never experienced it, getting a bail bond in South Dakota is a fairly straightforward procedure. But, you’ll want to keep these things in mind before you take action.
You won’t have to sign your name in blood or make any deals with the powers or darkness in order to get a bail bond in South Dakota. Surprisingly enough, the process begins with something simple: information. You need to provide the bonding agent with basic information about the defendant. This information includes: name and birth date, charges, date of arrest, holding facility, and bail amount. The next part of that discussion will involve information on the deposit, typically 10 percent of the total, and collateral for the bond.
Bonds exist as a means to get people to appear in court. Depending on what previous offenses you may have committed and whether or not you’re considered to be a danger to yourself or others, there is a possibility that you’ll still be able to get a bail bond even though you have a criminal record—as long as your record doesn’t involve dangerous crimes. It is typically easier, not to mention less expensive, to get a bail bond on a first offense unless you pose a significant flight risk or are being charmed with a dangerous crime.
There are four different types of bonds in South Dakota: no bond, cash only, cash or surety bonds, and personal recognizance. With no bond, there is no bond necessary. “Cash only,” means that you must pay the full amount in cash and that a bond will not do. A cash/surety bond allows you to do business through a bondsman by arranging for a down payment along with collateral in order to secure the bond.
There are plenty of bail bonds offices in South Dakota. Many of them are located within walking distance of any criminal courthouse in the state. However, the Internet is one of the best ways to compare the various bonds offices to see which one is going to offer you the best deal. Just make sure to use email for quotes in writing rather than relying on over the phone quotes.