What is Self-Bail?

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What is Self-Bail?

Successfully navigating each step you take within the process of being arrested can be very overwhelming and daunting at best. One of the most common questions asked is, what is Self-Bail? Simply defined, Self-Bail is where a new inmate can post security (or bail bond) once being booked into the system. They can use cash or valid credit cards within their personal possession at the time of arrest. There is a specific process you take from the moment you are arrested to the time of sentencing. Within this article we will explore what this looks like, what you can expect, and simplify some of the terminology used within each step. Due to the nature of each individual facing circumstances unique unto them, it will be in your best interest to please be sure to contact Gage Gandy for detailed information regarding your specific circumstances. Let’s look at what it will take for an average situation and if you could negotiate a reduced bail bond amount.

Does everyone pay the same amount no matter the offense?

No, the amount is based upon approximately ten per cent of the overall bail cost assigned to the offender at the time of arrest by the Court. Depending upon the severity of the offense, the amount could be significantly higher than the ten per cent as noted above. It would be in your best interest to retain the services of a professional and experienced Bail Bondsman to negotiate your bail amount and to propel the timeline of your release more quickly.

Is Self-Bail an option if I was arrested for a Felony?

In the majority of felony cases, you will not be given the option of bail let alone Self-Bail. This is due primarily in part to the following:

•    viewed as a flight risk
•    accused of a severe crime
•    re-arrested while out on probation or parole
•    not a US citizen
•    pose a threat to the public

Bail is considered a privilege, one to be earned through a consistent track record and not a given in any situation. Being denied bail, of any kind, is a sign that you are seen as disrespecting the process as established by law and the courts, as well as not learning from any past mistakes you have been involved in.


Negotiations can be very taxing, create a lot of stress on top of an already highly stressful situation, as well as strain relationships within your circle of friends and family. Having every option of support from each family member and friend possible could also give you additional support in negotiating your Self-Bail bond amount, especially if they are willing to co-sign or offer collateral to assist in your ability in posting bail. While you, or your loved one, may not be the first to face an arrest and seeking out bail you certainly will not be the last. However, it is important to note that each individual case is as unique as the person walking the process of posting Bail. It is for this reason that it is in your best interest to retain the services of a professional and experienced bail bondsman who is capable of not only helping you to understand the process of bail, but also which steps to take that are in your best possible interest, and for your specific case. They will have not only the best experience in these situations, but also unlimited resources to assist in gaining you the best possible outcome. Your bail bondsman will be your greatest asset in negotiations, and they are on your side. At Gage Gandy, we are here to help make this process as simple, and fair, as possible.

By |2017-01-02T09:12:37+00:00September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Glossary Definitions|0 Comments

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Gage Gandy Bail Bonds has been in business since 1996. The founder and owner Gage Gandy is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a life long native of Bryan-College Station. Gage has years of experience in helping families with bailing their loved ones out of jail very fast. He takes his bail bonds business very seriously, and it is without a doubt one of the biggest priorities in his life.

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