The Bail Bonds Process: How Does It Work?

HOT SPRINGS, AR — All eyes will be on the Garland County Courthouse tomorrow as a man accused of raping four women appears in front of a judge.

24-year-old Lynn Breckenridge II posted bail last week and then was re-arrested two days later on a separate kidnapping charge.

The judge set a high bond for Breckenridge at $1 million, so many people were shocked — including one of his victims — when he got out of jail.

We decided to get an inside look at the bail bonds process and what it takes to post such a large amount of money.

John Kiesling owns Central Arkansas Bail Bonds School and he teaches people about the process and how it works.

He said, “I know that the bail bond industry, over the past few years, has been getting a bad reputation or has had a bad reputation.”

Charged with several counts of kidnapping and rape, Kiesling says Breckenridge is still innocent until proven guilty.

He says posting bond is a constitutional right and capital murder is typically the only offense with no bond. But, there’s often a message sent with higher amounts.

Kiesling said, “When the bonds are set at $1 million or even a quarter million dollars, the judges don’t want these individuals released from jail.”

But it can happen. In Arkansas, 10% of the bond is owed to a bondsman. So in Breckenridge’s case it would be $100,000 plus $80 in state fees.

However, some companies do offer finance plans which means the $100,080 dollars to bail out Breckenridge may not have been paid in full.

Kiesling said, “The law says that we shall collect 10% It does not state how we collect it or when we collect it.”

Collateral — like a home and car — for the remaining $900,000 would be needed to finalize the process. Then, the bondsman goes to the jail and bails out the inmate.

We did try to talk to the company that bailed Breckenridge out of jail, but the owner did not want to comment.

As far as what may happen in court tomorrow, Kiesling says he expects the judge will revoke Breckenridge’s bond and set a new one.

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