Frequently Asked Questions About Bail Bonds

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Prior to contacting a bailbond

There is certain information that a bail agent will need in order to help you:

  • Where is the person in custody? (Make sure that you ask the person  in custody where they are located including the city, state, and the  name of jail).
  • What is the full name and booking number of person in jail? The bail  agent will need this information in order to contact the jail. The bail  agent can get the booking number for you if you forgot or if it was not  available.
  • How much is the bail? The bail agent will get this information when  they contact the jail if you do not have it. With the bail amount, the  bail bondsman can tell you the amount it will cost to post a bond and  requirements to get the person out of jail.

How do I get a bailbond

There are four ways in which a person may be released from custody.

  1. You can use a bondsman.
  2. You can post cash for the full amount of the bond with the court or jail.
  3. You can use real property (such as a home or a lot) with the court.
  4. And lastly the judge can decide to let the defendant go on their own recognizance.

Do I get my money back

There are a few exceptions to this but you do not get your premium back  that you paid to the bonding office. This fee is what allowed the  defendant to get out of jail and is fully earned once the defendant is  out of custody. For example if the defendant gets rearrested a week  later you get no portion nor a refund of any money. If the bondsman  fails to live up to his end of the contract then and only then you may  be entitled to a refund of some kind.

Can a defendant leave the State or the Country

You will have to get permission from the bonding office in writing  before attempting to do so. If the court has given you direct  instructions not to leave the state or country you must then get  permission from the bail agent and the court before leaving. Otherwise  you are subject to arrest.

What if the defendant gets re-arrested

Once the defendant is back in custody the bond can be surrendered and  your liability will be terminated. There are a few problems here: if you  decided to surrender the bond you will lose the premium that was paid,  and if you decided to get the defendant out on bond again, you will now  have to post two new bonds and pay the premium on both bonds again.

What do we accept a collateral

Each bonding office will have their own standards but for the most  part you can expect them to accept various forms of bail collateral.  Some example of collateral include:

  • Real estate
  • Cars
  • Credit cards
  • Stocks
  • Bonds
  • Jewelry
  • Personal credit
  • Bank accounts