What is a bail bond?

A bail bond, technically called a “surety bond”, is a contractual undertaking guaranteed by a state licensed bail bailbondsman who is backed by an insurance company. The bail agent guarantees to the court payment of the full amount of the bond if the defendant fails to appear for their scheduled court appearances.

How do I get out of jail? How does bail work?

Generally, a bail bond company will be contacted by phone to begin the bail procedure. During the initial phone consultation, we will ask for information about your situation in order to determine the risk involved in the bond and begin the approval process.

Once the bail bond is approved, the customer will need to sign basic bail bond documents including an application, Indemnity Agreement, and other related documents. After the paperwork is finalized and payment has been made, a licensed bondsman will “post” the bail bond at the jail.

Should I hire an attorney?

The process of being arrested and put on trial for a crime is a process that will affect your life in many ways. You will be exposed to new situations and difficult vocabulary and will be glad to have a criminal defense attorney by your side from the start. Knowing what is coming in the process will be helpful as you experience all that is involved.

Can a bond be used for fines or court costs?

No! A bail bond only guarantees that the defendant makes all court appearances. Fines, restitution, court costs, etc are the responsibility of the defendant- our bond CANNOT be taken to satisfy these costs because the bail bond only guarantees court appearances.

What if the defendant accidentally misses court or is unable to appear in court?

This should be avoided if possible. When a defendant fails to appear for a scheduled court hearing, the judge will forfeit the bail bond and declare the entire bail amount due to the court. There are costs involved in petitioning the court to reinstate the bail bond that may be passed on to the defendant and cosigner. However, if a defendant does miss court, it’s imperative that the bail bond company be notified immediately and that the defendant and cosigner work with the bail bond company to resolve the situation right away.

What can you tell me about Alcohol Home Monitoring?

Alcohol Home Monitoring and other conditions can be set by a judge as part of a bail requirement or in place of a bail bond. The home monitor is a devise that is attached to a land-line telephone and is used to monitor alcohol in the defendants system. The defendant will have to breath into the devise several times a day as required by the court. Typically, the defendant will have this requirement for several months, must breath into the device seven days a week, and there is a daily cost. If allowed by the court, a bail bond can be placed and the condition of the Alcohol Home Monitor is waved.

What happens if I am arrested and released from jail without being charged with a crime?

If this happens it is possible that the court will require a bail bond at your first appearance. If this is a concern of yours, or if your attorney has informed you that this will happen, we can meet with you prior to your court date and arrange a bail bond.

How do I clear a warrant?

If you or a loved one learn that there is an arrest warrant, we can help. In addition to offering free warrant checks, we can place a bail bond to clear the warrant and have a new court date scheduled. In most cases, we can do this without the defendant going to jail.