FAQ Bail Bonds

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How Does Bail Work?

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What Should I Know Before I Contact A Bail Agent?

Where is the person in custody? (Make sure that you ask the person in custody where they are located including the city, state, and the name of jail).


How much is the bail? The bail agent will get this information when they contact the jail if you do not have it. With the bail amount, the bail bondsman can tell you the amount it will cost to post a bond and requirements to get the person out of jail.

How Do I Get A Bail Bond?

There are four ways in which a person may be released from custody.

  1. You can use a bondsman.
  2. You can post cash for the full amount of the bond with the court or jail.
  3. You can use real property (such as a home or a lot) with the court.
  4. And lastly the judge can decide to let the defendant go on their own recognizance.

Do I Get My Money Back After The Case Is Over?

You do not get back the premium that you paid to the bail agent. This fee is what allowed the defendant to get out of jail and is fully earned once the defendant is out of custody. 

What If I Think The Defendant Is Not Going To Show Up For Court After I Have Posted The Bond?

There are remedies that can be done here as well, contact the bondsmen as soon as possible so that they can discuss your option in full detail with you.

What Do Bondsmen Accept As Collateral?

Some example of collateral include:

  • Real estate
  • Cars
  • Credit cards
  • Stocks
  • Bonds
  • Jewelry
  • Personal credit
  • Bank accounts