Posting Bail Yourself vs Hiring a Bondsman
As you know, posting bail on behalf of others is our business. As such, you probably expect us to tell you that posting bail yourself is not the way to go. However, we won’t. If you have the money on hand and you can survive without it until your case is closed, there is nothing wrong with posting bail yourself. Is this the right choice for you? There are a few things to consider.
First, understand that the bail you pay is gone until your case is closed. This could take a few weeks. It could also take a few years. For most people, this takes several months. You have to ask yourself if you can actually survive without the money for as long as it might take for the case to be closed.
Next, consider how long it might take you to get the cash. While you may have the money in the bank, Highland Jail doesn’t accept checks or credit. If you are arrested on a day the banks are closed, you and your loved ones may not be able to get enough money together until the banks are open again. And if it’s a holiday weekend, you will be waiting an extra day.
If you cannot live without the money indefinitely or you cannot get the money together quickly and want out of custody now, working with a bail bondsman is the option available to you. When you work with a bail bondsman, you pay only 10% of the cost of bail, or 8% in special circumstances. The fee charged by a bail bondsman will not be returned to you even once the case is closed, but for many, losing that 8% or 10% is better than being stuck in jail or not having access to the full amount for an extended period of time.