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      Questions & Answers on Bail Bonds

How much do I pay for a persons Bond?
If a Bond is less then a thousand ($1,000.00) dollars how much do I pay?
Is the Premium paid to a Bondsmen Refundable?
Why should I use a Bondsmen instead of paying the full amount at the Jail and get all my money back when the case is closed?
How long does it take after I pay the bond for the Defendant to get out of Jail?
How Long am I responsible for the Person I bonded Out?
When do I get my Collateral back?
If I post a bond for a Defendant but later decide that the Defendant will not fulfill their duties of going to court, what should I do?
If I post a bond on a Defendant and the Defendant gets re-arrested am I still responsible for the present bond?
What is Bail?
When relating to bail, what do you mean by the term undertaking?
Must you always use a bail bondsman?
What if someone believes that the money to be used to bail someone out is the product of criminal activity?
What is the purpose of bail?
Is bail a matter of right?
Is the Public Safety issue measured in the decision to admit a defendant to bail, or to deny Bail?
What is considered by the Court in fixing the amount of the bail?
Does the bail bond continue eternally, can you get it returned?
What if the accused (defendant) is sentenced to probation?
What is the difference between a surety and a professional bail bondsman?
     
     


 
How much do I pay for a persons Bond?

If you use a Bail Bondsmen you only pay 10% of the Full bond amount for State Charges and 15% on Federal Charges. (This is for most states). If a bondsmen states a different amount you can check that percentage with the local Sheriff or Police Department for verification.

If a Bond is less then a thousand ($1,000.00) dollars how much do I pay?

This is where the 10% rule changes. Any bond less then a thousand dollars the amount you will pay is one hundred dollar ($100.00). So in other words the minimum amount paid to a bondsmen for bond is One Hundred Dollars on each bail account / incident.

Is the Premium paid to a Bondsmen Refundable?

No. The premium is not refundable as longs as the Defendant is release from the jail they are housed in. However, if the Defendant has a hold for any reason, you can request the bond you posted to be canceled for a full refund, but this has to be done within 24 hours of the bond being issued.

Why should I use a Bondsmen instead of paying the full amount at the Jail and get all my money back when the case is closed?

This is a big misconception, here's the scoop. The funds you pay to the jail can be forfeited at any time meaning you will not alway get it all back. (You may want to check with the Jail on these policies). Lastly another negative to paying a bail out of pocket is court costs could be taken from funds given to the courts leaving you with less money returned to you or even no money for that matter.

How long does it take after I pay the bond for the Defendant to get out of Jail?

This may very, but most jails say 2 to 8 hours Most important the finger prints must be identified before they will release the Defendant then you can start counting the hours.

How Long am I responsible for the Person I bonded Out?


You are responsible for the bond posted until the case is completely closed.

When do I get my Collateral back?

Collateral is returned when proof of ALL the cases are closed for Defendant, generally in most states within 21 days from Discharge of cases.

If I post a bond for a Defendant but later decide that the Defendant will not fulfill their duties of going to court, what should I do?

Arrange for the bondsmen to pick up the defendant and return them back to jail.

If I post a bond on a Defendant and the Defendant gets re-arrested am I still responsible for the present bond?

At this point you need to notify the bondsmen of record on that bond. If you decide that you no longer want to be on the bond, let the bondsmen know to surrender the bond, and your responsibilities are over.. However, if the Defendant is released from jail and the bondsmen was never notified then you will be responsible for the bond you posted for the defendant.

What is Bail?

The term Bail could be used in several distinct forms: (1) It may indicate the security-cash or bond-given for the appearance of the defendant. (2) It may also mean the bondsman (i.e., the person who acts as surety (signer on the bail bond) for the defendant's appearance, and into whose custody the defendant is released). (3) As a verb, it may refer to the release of the defendant (he was bailed out). The first meaning is the most common and should be employed for clarity.

Admission to bail is an order from a competent court that the defendant be discharged from actual custody upon bail. The discharge on bail is accomplished by the taking of bail (i.e., the acceptance by the court or magistrate of security-either an undertaking or deposit-for the appearance of the defendant before a court for some part of the criminal proceeding).

Bail is evidenced by a bond or recognizance, which as a rule becomes a record of the court. The bond is in the nature of a contract between the state on one side and the defendant and his sureties on the other. The agreement basically is that the state will release the defendant from custody the sureties will undertake that the defendant will appear at a specified time and place to answer the charge made against him. If the defendant fails to appear, the sureties become the absolute debtor of the state for the amount of the bond.

When relating to bail, what do you mean by the term undertaking?

An undertaking is a permissible type of bail security. The taking of bail consists of a competent court accepting an undertaking of sufficient security for the appearance of the defendant, according to the terms, or the surety will pay a specified sum to the state. Corporate sureties are commonly used, and the court will accept an admitted surety insurer`s bail bond power of attorney if executed by the insurer`s licensed bail agent and issued in the insurer`s name by an authorized person.

Must you always use a bail bondsman?

In most State systems the defendant, or any other person, may deposit the sum mentioned in the bail order or bail schedule. Cash is accepted, and it is the practice for each court to adopt a written policy permitting acceptance of checks or money orders, upon conditions that tend to assure their validity, in payment of bail deposits. Some courts have a maximum amount over which a personal check will not be accepted. Depending upon the jurisdiction, government bonds may be accepted. Please note some jurisdictions will set a bail order requiring a corporate surety bond. This means that you can only post bail thru a surety bail bondsman.

What if someone believes that the money to be used to bail someone out is the product of criminal activity?

The judge or a magistrate may stay the release of a defendant if a peace officer or prosecutor files a sworn declaration demonstrating probable cause to believe the source of the consideration, etc. was feloniously obtained, or the judge or magistrate has probable cause to believe the source was feloniously obtained. This order is commonly known as a Nebbia Hearing or Bail Sufficiency Hearing. If probable cause exists, the defendant then bears the burden by a preponderance of evidence to prove that no part of the source was so obtained. A defendant who prevails must be released on issuance of a bail bond as specified.

What is the purpose of bail?

The purpose of bail is to assure the attendance of the defendant, when his or her appearance is required in court, whether before or after conviction. Bail is not a means of punishing a defendant, nor should there be a suggestion of revenue to the government.

Is bail a matter of right?


Although the right to bail has constitutional recognition in the prohibition against excessive bail, bail is not always a matter of right. However, with certain exceptions a defendant charged with a criminal offense shall be released on bail. Persons charged with capital crimes when the facts are evident or the presumption of guilt great, are excepted from the right to release on bail. However, a defendant charged with a capital crime is entitled to a bail hearing in the trial court to determine whether the facts are evident or the presumption great. A capital crime is an offense that a statute makes it potentially punishable by death or life imprisonment, even if the prosecutor / government has agreed not to seek the death penalty. It is presumed that the risk of flight of the defendant is too great when he or she is facing death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Is the Public Safety issue measured in the decision to admit a defendant to bail, or to deny Bail?

Bail can be denied in certain non-capital cases based upon a finding of substantial likelihood of harm to others. When the facts are evident or the presumption of guilt is evidently great, bail may be denied in the following instances: In felony cases involving acts of violence, or felony sexual assault offenses on another person, if the court finds on clear and convincing evidence that there is a substantial likelihood that the release of the accused would result in great bodily harm to others. In a felony case, if the court finds on clear and convincing evidence that the accused has threatened another with great bodily harm, and that there is a substantial likelihood that the accused would carry out the threat if released. The requirement of findings based on clear and convincing evidence implies that a hearing will be held on the issue. If there is existence of a substantial likelihood of public harm or danger to the community it would be determined on the basis of the specific circumstances of the case, the testimony of witness' and prior history of the defendant. The decision to grant or deny bail is subject to review on a court petitioned motion by the defendant.

What is considered by the Court in fixing the amount of the bail?

The amount of the bail is first and foremost within the scope and discretion of the judge or magistrate, with only two general limitations: First: The purpose of bail is not to penalize or punish the defendant, but only to secure the appearance of the accused, and it should be set with that in mind. Second: Excessive bail, not warranted by the circumstances or the evidence at hand. Is not only improper but a violation of constitutional rights. In fixing the amount of the bail, the court takes into consideration the seriousness of the charge, the defendant's previous criminal record, and the probability of the defendant appearing at the trial or hearing.

Additionally, if public safety is an issue, the court may make an inquiry where it may consider allegations of injury to the victim, danger to the public and/or to the defendant him/her self, threats to the victim or a witness, the use of a deadly weapon, and the defendant's use or possession of controlled substances. A judge or magistrate setting bail in other than a scheduled or usual amount must state on the record the reasons and address the issue of threats made against a victim or a witness. The court must also consider evidence offered by the detained person regarding ties to the community and ability to post bond. The bail amount set by the court must be within the minimum range amount of bail that would reasonably assure the defendant's appearance. NOT the Maximum!

Does the bail bond continue eternally, can you get it returned?

When the bail has served its purpose, the surety will be exonerated (i.e., released from the obligation). Exoneration normally occurs when the proceeding is terminated in some way or on the return of the defendant to custody. After conviction, the defendant appears for sentence. If sentenced to jail confinement or imprisonment the defendant is committed to the custody of the sheriff, and the liability of the surety/s' is discharged.
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What if the accused (defendant) is sentenced to probation?

A defendant who is convicted and given probation, is released from custody and the bail bond must be exonerated as a matter of law.

What is the difference between a surety and a professional bail bondsman?


A professional bail bondsman is a bail bondsman who pledges his or her own property / security to guarantee the bail bond to the state. A surety bail bondsman utilizes the financial strenght and backing of an admitted insurance company. A surety bail bondsman is also able to post federal court and immigration bail bonds, where a professional bail agent is not.