We get many questions about the bail bond industry. That's because it can be confusing - there is a lot of legal jargon out there, and it can be difficult to find the truth. That's where the experienced bail bondsmen at Around the Clock Bail Bonds come in. We are here to help you throughout the entire bail bonds process. 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.
What’s a Bail Bond?
Money or property given to the court for the temporary release of a defendant, to ensure that the defendant will return to court. There are two kinds of bail bonds:
- Non-financial bonds: Non-surety bail bonds where the defendant’s signature alone guarantees the amount of bail and the defendant is not required to post any property or seek the services of a professional bail bondsmen. Known as a Promise to appear or PTA.
- Surety bond: The court requires cash, real estate or a professional bail bondpersons signature before releasing the defendant back into the community.
What Happens When a Person is Arrested?
When a person is arrested, they will usually be taken to the nearest jail or law enforcement agency and will be booked. The booking process can take some time, as it includes gathering information about the defendant, taking mug-shots, fingerprinting, and background/criminal history checks on computer databases. Smaller jails can accomplish the booking process much quicker than larger facilities, which can take hours.
What Happens if a Person isn't Bailed Out?
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.
Why is it Important to Bail Out a Defendant?
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 for their defense. Additionally, sitting in jail is demoralizing, which is not good for any person.
What is Premium?
Premium is the state regulated rate that we charge for a bail bond. There are two equations used to determine a premium. One uses a 10% calculation and the other %7 +$150.00. Need more clarification? Use our Bail Premium Calculator for an easy way to calculate premium.
Why are Co-Signer(s) needed?
Co-signer(s) are used to guarantee the bail bond. They assume a financial responsibility if the defendant does not appear in court. Also, assume financial responsibility for any unpaid premium. Most bail agencies want responsible and working Co-signers which allows for a sense of security. The number of Cosigners needed for a bail on the other hand is agency specific. Usually, the number of required signers depends on the size of the bond and on factors related to the defendant such as the presence of probation, age, criminal record, employment.
What if I don’t appear in Court?
Don’t, and there will be a re-arrest ordered by the court. There could be a new bond added and Bail Enforcement Agents will be looking for you! There is no positive outcome for not going to court as scheduled. Make sure to appear!
Will I Get My Money Back after the Trial?
If you worked with a bail agent and used bail bonds, then you won't receive your money back. The money you paid was a fee for the bail bondsman's services, and is a fraction of the cost of paying the full bail amount. If you are concerned about being able to pay the fee, feel free to contact us and discuss our many payment options available.
Are Some Bondman Less Expensive than Others?
Bail is regulated according to state (in Connecticut, bail amounts are set and regulated). If a bail agent says they can provide a bail bond for cheap, then be careful - they are likely saying this to get you in the door, and then will add on additional "taxes" and "fees." It is much wiser to work with a bail company that is up front about the costs.
Where Did Bail Bonds Come From?
The custom of using property or money in exchange for a person's release before a trail goes back all the way to 13th century England. This common law practice is the basis for the commercial bail bond industry we know today. Most nations have ceased to use this system, but in the United States it has continued to evolve through the years.