A person who has been arrested and detained in jail has one prevailing thought in mind: how to get out, and as quickly as possible. Nobody can argue that spending time in jail will not have a serious impact on the detainee, whether it is only for a brief period or for several years.
Pretrial detention is a unique challenge facing the court system. An accused is usually detained in jail pending trial. But because there is a prevailing presumption of innocence, as well as a widespread acceptance of the fact that a person can better prepare himself for his trial if he were not in jail, bail is usually granted. Bail works by requiring the defendant to post a bond of a certain monetary value, conditioned upon his return to court during his scheduled court dates. If he does not show up during his trial, then bail will be canceled, and a new warrant will be issued for the defendant’s arrest.
But all this is assuming that the defendant was able to secure his release on bail in the first place. Sadly, the reality is that a great number of the inmates incarcerated in jail throughout the country are there because they cannot afford to pay their bail. Some thirty percent of the total prison population are there because they could not afford their bail. And even though the charges against them are bailable, they have no choice but to remain in jail, where conditions are not often ideal, and in the company of other arrested criminals, often in conditions of overcrowding. This, despite not having been found guilty of anything yet, and while still being entitled to due process. Often, many defendants simply choose to plead guilty to a lower offense, regardless of his actual guilt or not, if it meant his immediate release from prison.
This is why the services of a Clearwater bail bonds agents are so crucial to the current state of the legal system. Many times, the judges who set the bail amount do so without fully understanding that the defendant simply cannot afford it. For a considerably smaller amount, the bail bondsman will post a surety bond with the court or the jail to secure the defendant’s release as soon as possible. In effect, the bail bondsman is acting as your surety, guaranteeing your return to court during the scheduled dates. And because the bail bondsman has relevant experience in navigating the court and prison systems on behalf of a defendant, he will also be able to secure your release at the soonest possible date.