FAQ’s - Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get out of jail?
The paperwork generally takes 15 minutes to complete. The release time varies from about an hour to four hours. It's safe to say that the busier the facility holding the Defendant, the longer it will take to be released.

Why don't I get my premium back?
The bond company posts a bond for the full amount of the Defendant. They are responsible for the Defendant going to court. Bail premium is kept by the bonding agency for performing this service.

Why can't I do a cash bond myself?
In some circumstances you can post cash bail. This depends upon the Defendant’s charge, and sometimes what jurisdiction is holding him or her. In most cases, however, you may need to utilize a bail bond company.

What is collateral?
Collateral is what is used by the bail bond agency to secure the bond posted the Defendant. Sometimes this may be just the signature of a good credited family member. On larger bonds, real estate or cash collateral may be required. In the case of real estate, a lien will be placed on the property by the bail bond company.
Items that are considered good collateral: Unencumbered Real Estate

When do I get my collateral back?
Upon completion of the Defendant's court case, and the bond being discharged by the court. A copy of the discharge must be provided to the surety company by either the Defendant of any of the signers.

What happens if a person misses their court date? What should I do?
The first thing you should do is contact the bail bond company. Let us know and we will immediately call the court and get the necessary details. The court issues a warrant for the Defendant's arrest. A failure to appear notice is sent to the bail bond agency, and the case is assigned to a fugitive recovery agent. It is very important that you work with the private investigators that are assigned to handle the Defendant’s case. Remember, that as a signer, you are responsible for the Defendant's appearance in court. So your cooperation is very important. In the case where the Defendant is not apprehended, then the bonding company has to pay the full amount of the bond to the court. At this point, you will be contacted by the bonding company to pay for the bond in full.

Can bail be increased/decreased?
Yes. Before bail is posted, a court may raise or lower the bail of a Defendant at its discretion. In fact, it is frequent for a Defendant’s attorney to motion the court for a bail reduction before the bail is posted.

What is bail recognizance?
Bail recognizance is the terms and conditions under which a Defendant is released on bail. Most importantly, the Defendant agrees to make all of his court appearances, and to notify the court if he or she cannot be present in court (for example, if the Defendant is in custody elsewhere).
Bail recognizance is not to be confused with situations where the Defendant is released on his/her own recognizance (ROR). These are situations where the judge has released the Defendant without setting any bail.