So, you want to know how bail works?

When contacting a bail agent start by having as much information about the person in jail as possible. This includes full name, birth date and which county they are in jail.

All of our bail agents are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week and will answer the phone regardless of the time of day.

If you are near the jail the bail agent will usually meet you right at the jail to post the bond, or at one of our offices. In some special cases, they may be willing to come to your home. If you are not in the same city as the defendant, all paperwork and payments can be handled electronically.

The bail agent will charge, by law, 10% of the total bail amount. If you are out of state the bail premium rises to 15%. This fee is not refundable once the defendant’s bond is processed. Financing is available if you cannot come up with the entire amount starting at 1-5% down. The bail agent may also ask you to co-sign the bond. This means that you are responsible for the full amount of the bond should the defendant fail to appear in court. If bond security is needed due the defendant being a flight risk, up to 100% of the full bond amount may be required as collateral. This will be returned once the defendant is given a disposition (guilty, not guilty, or dismissed). We still keep the 10% as our fee. This helps guarantee the defendant will show up for court. The bail agent will post the bond once the premium has been paid. The process of bailing someone out can take a short time or several hours. Depending on how crowded the jail is, and the local rules it can be a short or very long wait. This is out of the hands of the Bondsman.

After the defendant has been released they must show up for all court dates, and meet any conditions set by the bail agent. If the defendant fails to appear in court, a warrant will be issued for the defendant to be rearrested.

Our agents strive to give the best service, be informative and professional. We will see you’re through this hard time from the first phone call until the entire situation is resolved.

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