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Is the bail bond premium refundable?
Bail bond premiums are not refundable. These are considered payment for the bail bond agent's services.
What is a co-signer/guarantor?
A co-signer is a person who arranges bail for another person. This individual pledges to post bond on behalf of the agent should the defendant fail to appear in court. Similarly, a co-signer will provide payment for the bail bondsman if the defendant does not do so.
Bail is set by a judge and determined by the crime in question, the defendant's criminal history, how likely that person will or won't show up to court, and other factors.
What are the main types of collateral accepted by bondsmen?
Collateral options include but are not limited to:
- Real estate
Do customers get their money back after a case is over?
After a case is over, the bond is returned to the entity who posted it -- the bail bond agent or the defendant. Premiums paid to bail bondsmen generally are not returned.
What is the necessary preparation before contacting a bail bond agent?
A bail bond agent needs the following information before bailing someone out of jail:
- The full name and booking number of the defendant
- The city, state, and name of the jail
- The amount of bail
What is a bail bond agent?
A bail bond agent or bail bondsman posts bail for a defendant if he or she is unable to pay. In exchange, the agent collects a premium -- usually 10 percent of the bond -- and might request collateral.
How much is the cost to bail someone out of jail?
There is no set amount for the price of a bond. Rather, judges take a wide set of criteria into account, including the severity of the crime, the number of offenses the defendant has committed in the past, and the defendant's chances of escaping prosecution after leaving jail. There are a few general guidelines -- nonviolent first offenders usually have a bond of only a few-hundred dollars -- but judges are free to adjust these at their will.
How does a bail bond work?
Bail is almost always set in cash. If a defendant does not have the money to post bail, he or she can contact a bail bond agency. This agency agrees to pay the full bond should the defendant not attend trial. The bond agent can collect collateral from the defendant in case the latter party does not show up to court. In exchange, the bond agent collects a premium.
Bail bonds allow defendants unable to post bail to remain out of jail until trial.Typically, after arrest and processing, defendants post a bail amount set by a judge and are allowed to walk free until court proceedings. The bond is returned to the defendant after the trial is over. However, many people cannot collect the funds set by a judge and turn to a bail bond agency instead.