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Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a bail bond?
- Do I have to post bail?
- How can I post bail on my own?
- How do bonding agencies work?
- What is a "premium"?
- Do I need Collateral?
- What can I put up for Collateral?
- How long does it take to get out on Bail?
- What happens if the person does not appear in court as promised?
- Are Bail Agents licensed and registered?
- What does "forfeiture" mean?
- What does "exoneration" mean?
A bail bond is a monetary guarantee for the court that a defendant will appear each and every time they are ordered to do so while their case is pending.
No, but if you don’t, you will have to remain in jail until your trial date comes up, which depends on a number of factors, including how many other people are scheduled for their cases to go to trial and the availability of attorneys that will represent you, if you can’t afford to hire your own attorney.
Also, you will not be able to see friends or family while you are being held in jail prior to your trial and you will miss work, so while you aren’t required to post bail, it usually beneficial to do so for various reasons.
The average cost of bail is at least a few thousand dollars, so if you’re able to pay that amount to buy your own bail bond, it is cost-effective. However, if you do not have several thousand dollars at your disposal or friends or family-members are unable to loan you that kind of money, it’s probably best to hire a bail bondsman.
If you post bail on your own, you will still need to show up when your case goes to trial. Otherwise you will lose all of the money from the bail you posted. When you enlist the help of a bail bondsman, you only have to give the bondsman a 15% percent (or less) down-payment on the cost of the bail and the bail bondsman will fork over 100% percent of the bail amount to the court.
You pay a bonding agency or bail bondsman to ‘take a risk’ on you (i.e. they assess the likelihood that you will show up to your trial). Bail bonding agencies usually charge a 15% down-payment in order to get you out of jail. (The % of the down-payment is dependent upon the total bail amount.
A "premium" is the amount paid to a Bail Bonds company for the many services and financial risks assumed by the Bail Bonds company, on behalf of the defendant. The amount of this premium is 15% of the amount of the bail and is regulated by the state. This is similar to payment of any premium for an insurance policy.
Every case is different. Sometimes a cosigner is sufficient. Many bails are of such a high amount it only makes sense that Collateral is needed.
Anything with sufficient resale value, that you own. A vehicle, cash, even real estate may be put up based on equity.
The paperwork takes approximately 30 minutes. The release time after the jail receives our paperwork is generally one hour or less for local police stations and 3-12 hours for county jails. Generally speaking, the busier the holding facility, the longer it takes.
A bench warrant is issued for the defendant's arrest and the defendant's name will appear in police bulletins as a fugitive. Although specifics vary depending on the jurisdiction, generally the court also authorizes the Bail Agency arrest authority for the individual as well.
The Bail Agency normally calls the person's home, work, and other references to try to find the fugitive and convince them to appear. If these efforts are unsuccessful, the Agency may then search and employ Bail Bond Recovery Agents (a.k.a. Bounty Hunters) to arrest the fugitive.
From the perspective of someone who guaranteed the appearance by posting Collateral, you want to convince the fugitive to surrender himself to the police or court as soon as possible. Normally, if the fugitive is returned before actual bond payment due date to the state, you can usually get your Collateral back. Also, judges tend to get more irritated the longer a fugitive stays at large.
If the fugitive does not surrender and cannot be found by the forfeiture date, the Bail Agency pays the entire bond amount to the court and proceeds with legal action to seize and liquidate your Collateral. By law, the Bail Agency is required to refund any value received in excess of the Bail amount, minus costs, following liquidation.
Because Signature Bail Bonds has very experienced Bail Agents and Bail Bond Recovery Agents we have one of the best appearance rates in the industry. As a cosigner, you will be glad that we are good at what we do.
Yes, Bail Agents must undergo a background check, pass an examination, and obtain a license from the State of Nevada. To maintain the license, agents must attend yearly continuing education.
A forfeiture occurs if a defendant fails to appear in court as scheduled. In this event, the Bail Bonds company has approximately sixty days (depends on county, some are as low as ten) to "surrender" the defendant to the court with no financial consequences. If this does not happen, the bond is payable to the court by the Bail Bonds company.
A bond is "exonerated" when the defendant appears in court as scheduled. This means that neither the people who supplied Collateral or the Bail Bonds company has any further financial obligation to the court in reference to the defendant’s case.