When a person cannot pay their bail, they may be able to request the assistance of a bail bondsman. A bail bondsman can provide for the bail so that the defendant can be released from jail so that they can get back to normal life including going back to work. The bail bond will be provided for after the defendant pays a fee. The fee is normally in the range of ten percent or more of the total cost of the amount of bail set. Also necessary in most cases is that the individual has some sort of collateral that is used in case the individual does not show up for court and the bondsman must pay the bond in full.
Throughout Maine, individuals that find themselves in this situation of not being able to pay their bail can call on state recognized bail bondsmen. This goes for areas such as Portland, Lewiston, Bangor, and Augusta as well as most other areas of the state. In order for a bond agent to provide services to a defendant in Maine, they will need to do so only once they have been licensed and recognized by the state as doing so.