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Bail Bonds FAQ’s

How long does it take to get out of jail?
The bonding paperwork generally takes 15 minutes to complete. The release time varies from about an hour to upwards of 24 hours. It’s safe to say that the busier the facility holding your loved one, the longer it will take to be released.

Where are you located?
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Why don’t I get my premium back?
The bond company posts a bond for the full amount of your loved one’s bail. They are responsible for the defendant going to court. Bail premium is kept by the bonding agency for performing this service.

Why can’t I do a cash bond myself?
In some circumstances you can post cash bail. This depends upon your loved one’s charge, and sometimes what jurisdiction is holding him or her. In most cases however, you may need to utilize a bail bond company.

What is collateral?
Items that are considered good collateral:
Unencumbered Real Estate

Collateral is what is used by the bail bond agency to secure the bond posted for your loved one. Sometimes this may be just the signature of a good credited family member. On larger bonds, real estate or cash collateral may be required. In the case of real estate, a lien will be placed on the property by the bail bond company.

When do I get my collateral back?
Upon completion of the defendant’s court case, and the bond being discharged by the court. A copy of the discharge must be provided to the surety company by either the defendant of any of the signers.

What happens if a person misses their court date? What should I do?
The first thing you should do is contact the bail bond company. Let us know and we will immediately call the court and get the necessary details. Procedurally what happens is very simple. The court issues a warrant for the defendant’s arrest. A failure to appear notice is sent to the bail bond agency, and the case is assigned to a fugitive recovery agent. It is very important that you work with them to handle your loved one’s case.

Remember, that as a signer, you are responsible for the defendant’s appearance in court. So your cooperation is very important. In the case where the defendant is not apprehended, then the bonding company has to pay the full amount of the bond to the court within a short period of time. At this point, you will be contacted by the bonding company to pay for the bond in full.