Let’s start with the basics. Bail is essentially an insurance policy guaranteeing a defendant will be present for future court proceedings. Depending on the accused crime, the bail bond is set at a first appearance hearing. This hearing takes place within 24 hours of an arrest. A judge sets bail based on several factors: criminal history, employment status and ties to the community. However, sometimes if a client is accused of a non-violent crime or it’s their first accused offense, they could be released on their own recognizance. This means you or a loved one is released without having to pay bail. If you’re released on your own recognizance then you probably don’t need to hire a bail company to help you out. If a judge sets bail in your case, then you can pay the entire amount up front or enlist the help of bail bond company to help you through the process. Call Rush Bail Bonds at (205) 543-9209 today!