No one ever wants to imagine that they could be arrested one day. However, even people who aim to be law-abiding citizens could find themselves in this predicament if they are falsely accused of crimes. Most people are not able to pay the total cost of the bond established by jails or courts. A bail bond is a service that could help you get out of jail if you are ever arrested. The following points represent important ways that bail bonds can protect more than your freedom. 


Perhaps you own a home or have other property that you can use to get you or a family member out of jail. Still, opting to use a bail bond is wise because it minimizes the risk of the county being able to place a lien on your property. This would be very important if you will need to bail someone else out of jail because you will have to depend on them to abide by the bail terms to protect your property. Terms will also have to be followed if a bail bond is issued, but bail bondsmen are familiar with the system and bond revocations, which is something the average person is not familiar with. 


Most people cannot afford to be in jail too long because it puts their employment at risk. If you need to get out of jail to get back to your job, a bail bond is likely the quickest option, especially if you do not own any property or have access to thousands of dollars. 


You may be embarrassed if you are ever arrested. Pride may interfere with you wanting to contact family members and friends to get you out of jail. A number of jurisdictions and bondsmen allow individuals who are arrested to sign their own bonds if they are employed. Keep in mind you must also pay the bondsman or agree to payback terms. Arrests are public record, but you can choose to keep how you got out as your own personal business. 

Liquid Assets

Perhaps you have the money to pay the entire bond in cash, but this means that the jail will get to keep the money you post until the matter of your arrest is resolved. This could mean waiting until you go to court and through other judicial processes, which means that the money you give them could likely be better used for bills, attorney fees, and other expenses. The amount you can expect to pay a bail bondsman will be a fraction of what the jail will expect you to pay them to get out. For example, a bondsman might charge a fee of 10–15% to bond you out, while you would have to pay the jail 100% up front to get out. 

Bail-bonds services aren't things you ever want to have to use, but if you are ever arrested, you can try these out and get back to your life until your court date.