Frequently Asked Questions About Bail
- QWhat is bail?
- AIn order for a person to be released from jail, they must agree to post “bail”. Bail is a monetary deposit or promise paid to the court that ensures the defendant will appear for their next scheduled court hearing. If they do not appear for court as promised, the will forfeit their bail bond and be responsible for the entire amount of the bond. When the case is closed, the remainder of the bail money will be returned to the cosigner if the defendant has followed through with their end of the agreement.
- QThe Bail Bond Process
- AOnce an inmate has been processed and booked, bail will be set either by a judge or according to a bond schedule. When bail has been set, the inmate can begin the process of having bail posted. They or one of their loved ones can contact a bail bond agent to secure bond and have it posted. Bail bond agents are licensed individuals who are allowed to negotiate and write bail bond agreements on behalf of a cosigner. The process of writing a bail bond does not take very long and can obtain the release of an individual in just a few hours.
- QBail Bonds
- AA surety bond is also known as a bail bond. It is a financial promise made to the court promising the defendant will appear at every scheduled court appearance set by the judge in their case. Failure to do so will result in the individual being returned to jail and the bail bonds being forfeited.
- QWho Writes Bail Bonds?
Bail bonds are written by licensed bail bonds agents. If you need a bail bond, we can help you. All you have to do us at our toll free number, 888-722-1880. One of our licensed bail agents will talk to you about your situation. Our agents are very discreet and will do everything possible to help you get the bail bond process underway.
- QHow Expensive Are Bail Bonds?
- AThe fee for bail bonds is normally 10 percent of the total bond amount. Most fees are established by the insurance companies that guarantee the surety bonds. The Department of Insurance strictly regulates the fee schedule associated with the bail bond industry. An example of this would be the 10 percent fee charged on a $25,000 bail bond. The total owed to the bail bond agents would be $2,500.
- QDo Bail Bonds Expire?
A bail bond agreement is written for one year. A premium must be paid a second time if the case lasts longer than the one year time frame.
- QWho Is Responsible for the Bail Bond?
- AThe cosigner or indemnitor is financially responsible for the full face value of the bond. Although you only have to pay the 10 percent premium, you are responsible for the whole amount if your loved one fails to fulfill his end of the agreement.