What are a Bail Bondsmen’s Hours?04 Sep 2014, by Blog in
By: Lucas Spoor
One of the questions Michigan Bail Bonds gets asked most frequently is, “What hours are you open?” This is a legitimate concern as the law never sleeps and people get arrested and put into jail at any and all hours of the day.
So what are a bail bondsmen’s hours? Michigan Bail Bonds is available to our clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year – if you need us, we’ll be there. We understand that every arrest comes at an inconvenient time, and we want you to feel comfortable calling when the need arises so that we can help get you or your loved ones out of jail.
That being said, the actual working hours of most bail bondsmen are not in the middle of the night or even in the morning. In fact, our nights are mostly pretty slow. That’s because our work is dependent on county justice systems’ schedules, and courts are not open at night.
Each county has its own processing procedures, and they schedule court arraignments at different times. Some counties, like Kent County, have more people to process, so it will take longer for a bail bondsman to get someone out of jail. Arraignments in Kent County begin at 8:30 AM, but even the most proactive bail bondsman will not be able to start his part of the procedure until 3 or 4 PM. If you want a speedier release from jail, get arrested in Barry County. We can get you out of jail in Barry County by early afternoon. Allegan County has a shorter timetable as well.
The busiest part of the day for Michigan Bail Bonds is from about 1:30 to 7 PM. By then our clients have been arraigned, and we can begin the process of filling out the paperwork to ensure their release. We take care of what is necessary for bail so that our clients can get back to their lives. Of course, we have additional duties to attend to. It’s critical for bail bondsmen to remain in good standing with all of the county court systems they operate in, and each court system requires submission of proof of financial responsibility. We also must remain in close contact with the insurance industry, as they provide the means for us to bail clients out. Bail sums are often reasonable, but more serious crimes demand higher bail amounts. It’s up to us to access that money for our clients.
All of these responsibilities keep us busy in the bail bonds business. Paperwork is not the most glamorous or exciting part of the job, but the daily maintenance of our duties to our clients, the courts, and our insurance contacts ensure that we will be able to be there for you whenever your emergency happens – day or night, today or next year.