1. How long does it
take to get out of jail?
The paperwork takes approximately 15-30 minutes. The release time
after the jail receives our paperwork is generally one hour or less
for local police stations and 2-4 hours for county jails. Generally
speaking, the busier the holding facility, the longer it takes.
2. Where are you located?
click here for a listing of all locations
3. Why don't I get my premium back?
The bond company puts up the full amount of the bond. Bail premiums
(a.k.a. the $$$ you pay) are paid to the bonding agency for the
use of their money, like interest on a bank loan.
4. Why can't I do a cash bond myself?
You usually can for traffic and minor violations. While a few jurisdictions
do allow cash bail by the citizen’s that sign an appearance
guarantee and/or post the entire bail, most states now require a
licensed bond agent to guarantee it. This way the state knows it
can instantly collect the entire bond amount plus it can put the
burden of apprehending those who fail to appear on the bond agency.
Put another way, most states do not hassle with collateral and property;
they collect bail forfeitures in cash.
5. What is and
isn't good collateral?
Items that are considered good collateral:
Unencumbered Real Estate
Items of major collateral such as a car, boat, motor home, etc.
are deemed good, but must be surrendered to the bail agent who will
hold them in secure place. These items are normally valued at their
current resale value, not what you originally paid for them.
Personal items of high value such as jewelry, firearms, computers,
cameras, stereos, etc. can be used as collateral, but like items
of major collateral, must be surrendered to the bail agent who will
hold them in a safe or other secure place. These items are normally
valued at their current resale value, not what you originally paid
Items that are not considered good collateral:
A house that you are still paying a mortgage on. We can do this,
but it takes some time.
Any item (such as a car) that you have purchased on credit in which
the lender holds the title and you make payments to.
6. When do I get my collateral back?
Upon completion of the court case.
This happens when:
The charges are dropped, the person is found innocent at trial,
or the person is sentenced to probation/jail time
Of course, the collateral will only be returned if there is no outstanding
balance due on the premium. The bail bond agent has a fiduciary
(formal legal) responsibility to safeguard all collateral.
7. What are the chances that a person
will be released on their own recognizance?
PR (Personal Recognizance) release practices vary widely by court
jurisdiction. Generally the more severe the charge, the less likely
to PR release is
A judge is likely to consider a person’s stability in the
community and their employment when setting bail. But you should
also know that bails and PR release standards have been raised in
domestic dispute cases over the past few years. Some states now
even have “mandatory cooling off” periods in which bail
is not immediately granted for these types of cases.
8. What happens if the person does
not appear in court as promised?
A bench warrant is issued for the person’s arrest and the
person’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 apprehension specialists (private investigators) to arrest
From the perspective of someone who guaranteed the appearance by
posting collateral, you want to convince the fugitive to surrender
himself/herself to the police or court as soon as possible. Normally,
if the fugitive is returned before actual remittance to the state,
you can usually get your collateral back.
If the fugitive does not surrender and cannot be found by the forfeiture
date, the bail agency remits the entire bond to the court and proceeds
with legal action to (seize, if necessary and) liquidate your collateral.
By law, the bail agency is required to refund any value received
in excess of the bail amount following liquidation.
Because Blaze Bail Bonds has very experienced bail agents and we
do not bail out hardened criminals, we have one of the best rates
in the country. We also have some of the best private investigators
in the business that have apprehended major felons and fugitives
for other agencies. As a guarantor, you will be glad that we are
good at what we do.
9. So what is
a bail bond anyway?
A. A bail bond is a three-party contract between the Courts, the
Bondsman, and the Indemnitor (also called a Cosigner or Guarantor).
It is the Bondsman who guarantees to the Court that the accused
- when released on bail - will be present for each and every court
appearance in the future. In turn, the Indemnitor guarantees to
the Bondsman that he/she will make sure that the Defendant goes
to Court when required. For this "Bond Contract", the
Bondsman charges a percentage of the total bond.