Frequently Asked Questions About Our Bail Bond Services
Q. How do I get out of jail? How does bail work?
A. A bail bond is formally known as a "Surety Bond." A friend, relative, attorney, or even the defendant will contact a bail bond company by phone or email. During the initial phone consultation, a bonding agent will collect basic information about your situation.
Once we have the information, we meet with your family or friends to make arrangements for payment for your bail bond. Then, we rush over to the jail to get you out!
Q. What is collateral?
A. Collateral is what we sometimes use for security. By using a fully refundable amount of money, or even assessing property, it helps ensure a reappearance at court. Examples of collateral include equity in a house, cabin, piece of land, or cash. We hold the collateral until the defendant is done with all of their court appearances. After the defendant makes all of his court appearances the collateral is returned. The premium is different from the collateral. The premium is a non-refundable payment required to post the bond.
Q. Can a bond be used for fines or court costs?
A. No! A bail bond only guarantees that the defendant makes all court appearances. Fines, restitution, court costs, etc., are the responsibility of the defendant. A bail bond CANNOT be taken to satisfy these costs.
Q. What does a friend or family member need to bring to post bail?
A. Basically, there are four things that a cosigner (also known as an indemnitor) needs to bail someone out of jail:
- Have a valid government issued ID
- Be a U.S. Citizen
- Provide a current pay check stub and have been on their current job for at least two years or longer. Must be employed full time.
- Must be 18 or older
Q. How long does it take for paperwork?
A. It will take about 20 minutes.
Q. How can I pay?
A. We accept cash, credit cards, money order or Western Union.
Q. How do I clear a warrant?
A. It's best to deal with your case out of custody! First, call to see if you have a warrant. We provide free warrant checks. If you have a warrant we will help you post a bail bond to clear the warrant and obtain a court date. Most often, we can help you get a court date without you needing to turn yourself in to the warrant office.
Q. Do you have advice for selecting an attorney?
A. Yes! While we cannot recommend a specific attorney, we can help you find those who specialize in specific areas of the law. We have taken great pride in fostering relationships, especially with attorneys.
Q. How does bail work?
A. When an individual is arrested for a crime, typically that person will be taken to a local law enforcement station for booking, prior to incarceration in a station lock-up or county jail. Once arrested and booked, the defendant has several options for release pending the conclusion of his or her case. Bail is designed to guarantee the appearance of a defendant in court at the time directed by the judge.
Q. What are the release options if someone is arrested?
A. There are three basic release options available. The three options are:
- Surety Bond
- Cash Bail
- Release on Own Recognizance (O. R.)
An alternative to cash bail is a surety bond. This process involves a contractual undertaking guaranteed by an admitted insurance company having adequate assets to satisfy the face value of the bond. The bail agent guarantees to the court that they will pay the bond forfeiture if a defendant fails to appear for their scheduled court appearances. The bail agent's guarantee is made through a surety company and/or by pledging property owned by the bail agent.
For this service, the defendant is charged a premium. By involving the family and friends of a defendant, as well as through the acceptance of collateral, the bail agent can be reasonably assured that the defendant released on a surety bond will appear at all of his/her court appearances.
After this procedure is completed, the bail agent will post a bond for the full bail amount, financially guaranteeing the defendant's return to court as scheduled. With money on the line, the bail agent has a financial interest in supervising bailees and ensuring that they appear in court each and every time the court orders them to appear. If the defendant does not appear in court (skips), the bail agent has time and the financial incentive to find the defendant and bring him/her to court.