Bail Bonds FAQs

What is a bail bond?

A bail bond is a contract between the person posting bail, the bail bondsman, and the court. It is a financial guarantee that the defendant will be present at each court appearance as mandated by the court.

What happens if the defendant fails to show up at court?

Then the bail bond is considered to be at fault and the person who signed the bail is responsible for paying the full amount of bail. In addition, the signer is responsible for any expenses the bail bondsman has in locating and arresting the defendant.

How long does it take to get someone out of jail?

It depends on the jail in question. The process can range from 30 minutes to 12 hours.

What am I and the defendant required to do?

We expect three things: The defendant appears at all hearings; the defendant will not be rearrested; and the defendant checks in twice a week and keep us updated with important information. For instance, if the defendant gets a new phone number, he/she must contact us and let us know the new number.

As the cosigner of the bond, it is your responsibility that the defendant meets all these expectations.

What does the bail bondsman do?

It is our responsibility to post the bond to get your loved one released from jail. We are responsible for making sure the defendant shows up for court dates.

What is collateral?

Collateral is something of monetary value that can be used to secure a bail bond. For example, you can use your home or a vehicle as collateral. The item must be something of high monetary value.

Will I get the money back if the defendant is found innocent?

No because we assume the risk in guaranteeing the defendant will show up for his/her court dates.

Do you only take cash?

No. We also except Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. We will also take a money order or transfer from Western Union and MoneyGram.

 

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