Virginia residents rarely expect to need to know the ins and outs of getting bail bonds. It’s nice to know that there is somewhere to turn to get the information you need when you are faced with this, sometimes, confusing situation.
In the state of Virginia there are a few things you’re going to need before you can get a bail bond. The first thing, and perhaps the most important, is a bail order. Without bail, there can be no bond. You also need the exact amount of the required bail in order to move forward. Aside from that, there are other pieces of information that are necessary to move the bonding process forward. Among them is personal information about the person securing the bond such as: name, social security number, place of employment, and access to collateral. You’ll also need personal information about the defendant, information about where the defendant is being held, and the date and situation of his or her arrest.
A criminal history and bail bond are not mutually exclusive. However, having a criminal history may make it a little more difficult to secure and/or afford bail. Those who have no prior convictions often have the least trouble getting bail bonds but there are situations when that isn’t the case. Bonds exist to ensure the defendant shows up for any required court appearances.
As far as collateral is concerned, it will be returned to the appropriate person once the conditions of the bond have been met and the trial has been terminated—whether in a dismissal of charges or a conviction.
You don’t have to look very hard to find a bail bondsman in Virginia. However, it’s a good idea to do a little comparison shopping before you decide to “buy”. This might seem like an urgent situation and, to some degree, it is. But that doesn’t mean you should stick with the first bondsman you find online. Compare prices, services, and terms to find the best bondsman to meet your needs. More importantly, go out of your way to avoid any bondsman that seems less than ethical to you.