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The History of Bail Bondsmen

Last updated 7 years ago

In many modern shows and movies, bail bondsmen are often portrayed as no-nonsense individuals who will stop at nothing to protect their jail bail bond investments.

In reality, however, bail bondsmen are often businessmen who are simply trying to make a living and who are also interested in protecting their investments.

But how did this profession get started?

Way back

Bail bondsman existed in some form back in the Middle Ages in England. Until 1275, area sheriffs were able to determine the rules and restrictions of a bond, which gave them a large amount of individual power…and room to abuse that power. In 1275, the Statue of Westminster went into effect, which listed crimes for which bail could be provided.

Sheriffs continued to abuse their power, however. Since they were still allowed to determine the amount of the bail, they often charged too much. The rules did not change again until 1628, when the government declared that anyone arrested had to know what crime they were being accused of.

The American Way

The concept of bail has existed in America as long as the country itself. Originally we borrowed the English law on the topic, with the colonies making their own laws after America gained Independence in 1776.

Today, bail bondsmen can front bail for someone who is waiting for their trial, but who can’t afford the bail on their own. A bail bondsman can help make affordable bail bonds for those accused of crimes and who don’t have enough money to pay for their whole bail.

If you or someone you know is having trouble affording bail, then Vegas Bail can help. We offer 24 hour bail bonds to help with your legal troubles, no matter what time of day. If you can’t afford to bail yourself out of jail, we can help. Call us today and let us post your bail for you.


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