POSTING BAIL AND BAIL BONDS
Within 72 hours (not counting weekends or holidays) of arrest and detention in jail, defendants are brought before a judge to be advised of their rights and for the setting of bail.
Bail is a form of security. It is an amount of money the defendant or a person bailing the defendant out of jail promises to pay the court should the defendant fail to appear on any date set by the court.
The defendant can post bail, friends and relatives may post bail, or a commercial bail bonding company may post bail. Note: attorneys and other officers of the court are prohibited by law from posting bail for another person.
Bail may be posted as actual cash deposited with the court, or may be in the form of real estate of the same value being promised to the court, or may be posted by a legal contract to pay executed by an individual or commercial company having sufficient financial worth.
If the defendant fails to appear for court, the person who posted the bail with the court has six months to locate the defendant and bring him into court. After six months, the bail which was posted becomes the property of the court. Steps will be taken by the court to collect the cash, seize the property and assets promised, or garnish the wages of persons who have obligated themselves to the amount of the bail.
To avoid the loss of these monies, commercial bail bonding companies hire “bail agents” and “bounty hunters” to locate the defendant and bring him back to court before six months have elapsed. Private persons rarely have access to these services and, instead, will most likely have to pay the court the full amount of bail owed when the defendant has not been located.
BOND FORFEITURE JUDGMENTS
Should you receive a “Bond Forfeiture Judgment,” the court is notifying you that you owe the court the money that you promised when you bailed the defendant out of jail. To coordinate your bail obligations, please contact the District Attorney’s bond forfeiture office below:
Bond Forfeiture Section
301-A Main Street
Belle Chasse, LA 70037
Tel. (504) 297-5287 or (504) 297-5146
Fax (504) 297-5157
ATTN: Tessie Ancar