The bail bonds process can be confusing – especially if this is the first time you’ve ever dealt with it before. Read our FAQ below to get answers! Don’t see your question? Give us a call – we’re more than happy to help.
Frequently Asked Questions
Bail is a very unique system that allows an individual who has been arrested to be released before their trial. Without bail, they would have to stay in jail and risk losing their job. When a person is arrested, the court or judge determines a dollar amount that must be paid in order for them to be released (this depends on their criminal history, their flight risk, and the type of crime committed). This money acts as a kind of insurance, ensuring that the defendant will return for all court dates and appearances.
A bail bond is a financial agreement between a bail agent and a co-signer. The co-signer pays a premium – a small percentage of the full bail amount – to the agent, who then issues a bond to the court for the full amount. If the defendant misses a court date, the bond is forfeit, and the entire amount is due. This is why the co-signer must have confidence in the integrity of the defendant.
If you post bail without an agent, you will need to come up with the entire bail amount – in cash. It is due in full at the time of payment. When you work with an agent, however, you don’t have to come up with all that money at once. Instead, you pay a premium – usually 10% of the full amount as a fee to the agent. We also offer payment options an plans to help with the cost. Additionally, when you work with an agent, you have the experience and knowledge of an agent working on your behalf – which is extremely valuable during the time immediately after an arrest.
Our paperwork is very minimal (we pride ourselves on how simple our process is!), and only takes 10-30 minutes, depending on how complex your transaction is. Release times vary by jail -local police stations can take an hour or less, while county jails can take 6-12 hours (please note that these are estimates, and are not guaranteed).
The premium you pay to your bondsman is a fee for their services, and is not refundable. Additionally, if the defendant is arrested again while being out on bail, the premium is not refunded. Once the defendant is released, the premium is fully earned.
We offer a wide variety of payment options to make the bail premium easy to pay. This includes credit or debit cards, cash, check, money orders, and more.