Bail Bond FAQ

We get many questions about the bail bond industry.  Often times when a client comes to us it is the first time they are seeking to bail someone out of jail and they have a lot of questions. That’s because bailing someone out can be confusing and it can be difficult to find the truth.  That’s where the experienced bail bondsmen at ATC Bail Bonds come in and set themselves apart.  We will explain the in’s and out’s upfront, answer as many questions as you may have, and be there every step of the way providing an easy, seamless and transparent experience for you.  Our goal is to provide excellent customer service and fast results while making sure you understand the entire process completely. Life can be difficult for everyone involved immediately after an arrest. We understand the frustration, worry, and stress, and we work hard to alleviate it. Here are frequently asked questions about bail bonds to help you during this time. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us – we are available 24 hours/day to answer your questions and begin the steps to have your loved one released from custody.

When the arrest happens at the time the crime occured the amount of bail required to secure their release is usually set by the police, however in some cases it will need to be set by a judge.

If the Court has issued a warrant for your arrest, the Judge who signed the warrant will set your bail amount. 

The amount of your bond will be determined by a number of factors such as: The seriousness of the charges, whether you have a prior failure to appear record, whether the charges suggest that you are a threat to the safety of a specific person, and whether you live or work in Connecticut.

A bail bondsman charges a fee to facilitate someones release from jail.  The fee will only be a small percentage of the total bail set. 

In Connecticut the services offered by a professional bail bondsman are heavily regulated and are subject to strict state registration, licensing and insurance requirements.

In the State of Connecticut, the rates a bail bondsman can charge are set by the state.  At ATC Bail Bonds we offer you the lowest price allowed by law.  This is:

For bail set under $5000, the fee will be 10%. (Example:  If the bail has been set at $3000, our charge to you would be $300.)

For bail set over $5000, the fee will be 7% plus $150. (Example:  If the bail has been set at $10000, our charge to you would be $850.)

Payment plans are always available.  We can accept a low down payment, and make arrangements for you to pay the remainder over time.  We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover as well as Paypal, Certified Check and Cash.

  1.  To have a professional to guide you through the process and act as an advocate for you.
  2. You pay a fee upfront (or via payment arrangement), with no interest or hidden charges.
  3. You do not want your money tied up indefinitely, and subject to additional fees or fines imposed by the court.
  4. Lower risk.

When a person is arrested, they will usually be taken to the nearest jail or law enforcement agency and will be booked. ‘Booking’ is a registration process that includes gathering information about the defendant, taking mug-shots, fingerprinting, and performing background/criminal history checks on computer databases. The amount of time required can vary greatly.  Smaller jails can accomplish the booking process much quicker than larger facilities, which can take hours.  The booking process must be completed before a person can be released.

If an individual isn’t bailed out of jail (if they don’t contact a bail bondsman themselves, or if family members/friends fail to do so), they will likely remain in custody until the court resolves the matter. In some cases, they may remain in jail until the completion of their trial.

It is important to bail defendants out of jail after their arrest. The hours after an arrest are crucial for a person’s defense. Once a person is released, there will be less pressure to provide information to the police, and they are able to work with a lawyer to create a plan and participate in their defense.

The longer a person stays in jail, the more work they will miss and the more likely they are to lose employment, friendships, and ties to the community.  This is not only detrimental to the defendant’s quality of life and finances, but can also negatively affect the way the court views the defendant.

Additionally, sitting in jail is demoralizing, which is not good for any person.

The premium is the fee charged by a bail bondsman.  The premium (or fee) is a state regulated rate between 7% and 10% of the entire bail amount.

Need more clarification? Use our Bail Premium Calculator for an easy way to calculate premium or call us at 860-818-1797 anytime with questions or for a quote.