The need for a bail bond agent is never an easy one for the average person to deal with. It’s a difficult and trying experience for many people and one they never thought they’d find themselves in for the most part. Many people have no idea where to even begin.
In the state of West Virginia, you’re going to need a few key pieces of information in order to get a bail bond. They include the name and birthday of the defendant as well as the charges against the defendant, the date of arrest, and the bail amount that’s been set. Beyond that you need to have the premium fee on hand as well as any collateral you’d like to use to secure the bond.
While a criminal history may make it more difficult to secure bond in West Virginia, it doesn’t make it an impossibility. There are always mitigating circumstances that will impact how high the bail is set and whether or not it’s offered at all. The absence of a criminal history, at the same time, does not guarantee a bail bond either.
As with most places the main rules regarding collateral are designed to keep bond agencies from taking advantage of people in desperate situations. The primary concern is that the amount of the collateral accepted is adequate but not excessive when compared to the value owed on the bail.
Bail bond agents in West Virginia are easy to find. You can drive around near any criminal court house in the state and find a few in close proximity. You can go “old school” and look them up in the phone book. Most continue to advertise in the yellow pages for some odd reason. Or, you could look up their information and contact them online.