Summer’s just around the corner, and for many folks in the Atlanta/North Georgia area, that means it’s lake time! Whether it’s Lake Lanier, Allatoona, Hartwell, Sinclair, or any of the countless other lakes we love to visit during the scorching summer months, there’s no shortage of folks hitting a party or two on or near the water. Inevitably, that means plenty of opportunities to enjoy adult beverages, and for some, a few too many, which can result in some reckless behavior. Whether it’s DUI, reckless driving, public drunkenness, or one of the many other ways we can get ourselves into trouble after drinking too much, nobody ever plans on getting arrested…


But some do. That’s why it’s important to know what to do if you, a friend, or a family member end up in jail.


Getting Bailed Out

Let’s face it – jail sucks. And that’s why nobody wants to spend more time there than necessary. If you or a loved one ever end up on the wrong side of those cold, steel bars, the first thing you need to know is the bail amount. The bail amount is the amount of money the defendant must pay in order to get out of jail. While it may be easy to think of the bail as part of the punishment, it’s not. Posting bail is part of the defendant’s agreement to certain conditions and ultimately, return to court on a certain date. If the entire bail amount is paid in full and no court dates have been missed, then the defendant gets their money back at the end of the case, regardless of its outcome.


Because bail amounts are often too high for the average person to pay in full, bail bonding companies exist to help post bail on behalf of the defendant. In exchange, the bonding company charges a fee, usually 10% of the bail amount.


Time to Bond

No matter what you call them — bail bondsmen, bail bond agents, bonding agents, bailsmen, or warrantors, just make sure that you call one when someone needs to get out of jail as quickly as possible. If the entire bail amount cannot be paid upfront, a licensed agent with a reputable bail bonding company can post a bond to secure the defendant’s release.


Find a Trusted Local Bonding Agent

A good bond agent knows the process and can help out along the way, so it doesn’t feel so overwhelming and scary, especially for a first-time arrestee. At One Call Bail Bonds of Metro Atlanta, you’ll find the kind, helpful experience you need from friendly, knowledgeable agents who will be more than happy to help you in your time of need.


Call today and discuss how One Call Bail Bonds of Metro Atlanta can help you or anybody get themselves out of a summertime jam.