How is My Bail Determined?
A judge usually sets the bail for each defendant. Nature and seriousness of the charges, evidence, the defendant’s character, background, and flight risk are all considered by the judge. Many states have their own suggestions for bail ranges for specific offenses.
How can Bail be Paid?
Bail can be brought to the court or jail in cash or a bail bond can be used to attain the discharge of the defendant. A 10% non-refundable premium is charged by the bail bond company. The bond is typically secured by some kind of collateral.
What if I can’t Arrange for the Bail Bond?
Family or friends may contact us to arrange bail. The person who guarantees the bond will sign documentation that states if the defendant fails to appear in court, the guarantor must pay the total amount of the bail bond.
What is an Indemnitor/Co-Signer/ Guarantor?
The indemintor/co-signer/guarantor is the person who agrees to indemnify the court as well as the bail company against a loss in the case the defendant does not appear in court. This person must have sufficient credit or collateral to act as guarantor of the bail bond and will be held responsible if the defendant doesn’t make his or her court appearance.
How Much Does a Bail Bond Cost?
There are laws in place that limit what can legally be charged for bail bonds. Typically the cost is 10% of the bond issued by the court.
What is Collateral?
Collateral is anything of value that can be used to secure the bond. For example a car could be used as collateral. The bail bond company will hold onto collateral until the defendant makes their court appearance. In the event that the defendant does not make their court appearance and the bond cannot be replayed, collateral will be kept by the bail bond company.
How can I Pay for a Bail Bond?
Normal payment types include cash or bank card. Other options may be available such as check or payment plans.
How Long Until I am Released from Jail Once the Bail has Been Made?
It normally takes less than an hour for the documentation process to be completed. However, the bail bond agent must then find you in the judicial system. This can take and varies from jail to jail, state to state. It might take less than thirty minutes or as long as forty-eight hours depending on the size of the jail.
What Happens if I Fail to Appear in Court?
If a defendant fails to appear in court then the court will issue a bench warrant for the defendant’s arrest. Bail bond companies are generally authorized through the court to detain the individual and may employ bounty hunters to track and arrest the defendant.