My roommate was arrested yesterday morning and his bail was set at $75,000. His parents are currently traveling in Asia and we haven’t been able to reach them. He doesn’t have any other family that can help get him out of jail. The rest of us are in our mid 20s and we just don’t have $7.500 lying around to purchase a bond. If we don’t hire a bondsman, how soon will he get out? I heard he could be released at his arraignment.
That is a tough question to answer because that decision will be at the complete discretion of the judge. There are occasions where defendants have been released from court. There are also many others where the judge lowers bail, raises bail, keeps it the same or removes it entirely. If he is not released he will need to stay in jail until his case is over or until he is bonded out. Depending on the severity of the charge this could take weeks, if not months. If your friend is employed, missing that much work could cause him to lose his job.
Many people are surprised to find out that bail bonds don’t always need to be paid for in full. You might consider seeing if you can find a bondsman who can help you with a payment plan. Every company is required by law to charge the same fee but that is not to say that all companies work the same. Some are much more flexible than others when it comes to allowing clients to pay their balance over time. Bailing him out of jail would allow him to return to work or school and would allow him additional time to prepare his case. Defendants who are released through the help of a San Jose bondsman typically have their arraignment delayed by about 30 days.
If you have additional questions about bail bonds payment plan eligibility requirements call Adelante Bail Bonds now at 408-899-5755 to speak with a licensed agent.