I have been asked many questions through the past 18 years working in the bail bond business. Many inquiries come from potential and current clients, while others are from folks who have watched a few episodes of Dog the Bounty Hunter.
Often, rather personal questions come from those associated with someone once released on bail, such as: “How can you post bail for the person that stole from me?” or “How can you bail out the person that abused me?” I must admit, if I looked into the details of every case, and investigated what clients were accused of, it would be difficult to justify releasing them from jail. However, in many cases where a victim is involved, it is the victim (or a relative) that is paying for the bail bond. Using a bail bond can benefit a victim, should the defendant break the terms of the bond.
An example of this situation happened a few years back. Our company posted a $50,000 bond for a man in a northern Minnesota county, with the alleged victim as the cosigner. A few months into the case, the defendant left Minnesota, failed to appear for his scheduled hearing, and a warrant was issued. When the defendant left the state, he told the victim he would be back to kill her. Frightened, the victim left her home and moved with relatives. This victim lived in fear for months, looking over her shoulder every time she was in public.
The defendant proved very difficult to find, but the bail bond company never stopped looking for him. Nearly a year after his failure to appear in court, the defendant was found living in Austin, TX. A fugitive recovery company was dispatched and the defendant was in custody 36-hours later. He was brought back to Minnesota and is currently serving time in prison. The victim was able to return to her home and can live without fear.
If this particular case would have been released on cash bail, or no bail at all, there would have been little hope in finding the defendant, as no one would have been responsible for finding him. Since a bail bond was in place, the state was able to prosecute the defendant; the taxpayers did not have to foot the bill to find and return the defendant back to Minnesota; and the victim can live in peace.