Written by our Subject Matter Experts, Updated on September 25, 2019
Our bail bond directory helps you learn about the bail bond process in Maine so you can get in touch with the right people in order to get your loved one out of jail. We answer many important questions on how bail bonds work in Maine and how much bail bonds cost.
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How do bail bonds work in Maine?
Upon arrest anywhere in the state of Maine, a person must be processed at the local county jail. To be released from jail, a few steps must occur, including being “booked in” and posting bail. Once the bail amount is confirmed, you can work with the jail directly to post the payment. The jail serves the role of a bail bondsman, so you won’t need to contact a commercial bail bond company to be released in Maine.
In Maine, you will work with pre-trial services to determine any payments needed for release or any stipulations to your release like regular check-ins after release, drug testing, GPS tracking, travel rules, etc. The processing time typically can take anywhere from one to two hours to be completed.
After release, you are expected to make all court dates. If you miss a court date, a warrant for your arrest will be issued and you will land back in a Maine jail. Make sure you understand all rules in place after leaving jail, such as any check-ins with your officer, drug testing, rules on leaving the state, etc.
How much is bail in Maine?
Private / commercial bail is not often found in Maine. Bondsman do little business in the state due to limited demand. The state has a process which can be used to directly release someone from jail instead of going through a bail bondsman. There are limited options however and in such cases you can expect bail bond fees to cost 10% with a minimum payment of $50 in Maine.
A bounty hunter is hired by a bail bondsman to locate and arrest a person who does not show to court as agreed in their bail bond agreement. Bounty hunters are sometimes referred to as bail recovery agents.