How a Bail Bond Works
The Process to Get Someone Bailed Out is Straightforward…
The Arrest and Detainment
Court Sets the Bail
Bail is Posted
Released from Jail!
First Thing is You Need to Get Bail Set by the Court
This Requires a Bail Bond Hearing.
When a person gets arrested and booked for a serious crime they must wait in jail until a bail hearing. At the bail hearing the judge will set the bail amount. The judge will consider a variety of factors, including the severity of the crime, previous convictions, the defendant’s ties to the community, family, and whether or not they have steady employment. IDepending on the specifics of the case, bail is oftentimes set by the court based on the charges for Class A and B misdemeanors. If the crime is not severe they can be eligible to have time served after being in jail for just a few hours. If the crime is more severe or a felony and the person cannot afford bail, they must wait in jail until their court date. There is a better option, they can hire a bail agent and get out while waiting for court by posting a bond to the court. Bail is a process by which you pay a set amount of money to obtain your release from police custody. As part of your release, you promise to appear in court for all of your scheduled criminal proceedings.You will pay a small fee to the agent, who will take on the responsibility of the full bail amount.
When contacting a bail agent, have as much information as possible including the full name of the person in jail, what jail they are in, their booking number and what charges. Our bail agents are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week and will meet you regardless of the time of day and answer the phone all hours. We can meet you at the jail to post the bond or at our offices. If you are not in the same city as the defendant all paperwork and payments can be handled over the phone or electronically.
How Much Do Bail Bonds Typically Cost?
What Does Doc’s Charge for Bail Bonds?
When you “post bail,” you are paying the amount that your bail was set at. This can generally be done in a few ways, including:
- Paying by cash or check in the amount of your bail;
- Signing over ownership rights to property that has a cash value that is equal to or exceeds the amount of your bail;
- Giving a bond (a promise to pay if you do not appear) in the full amount of your bail; or
- Signing a statement that says you will appear in court at the required time, generally called “being released on your own recognizance.”
Most bail bonds agents typically charge 10-15% of the full bond amount. This can be higher or lower depending on the circumstances and the location of the arrest. Different counties charge different administrative fees. You will not get this money back. You can also sign over collateral or property like a house, car, jewelry, or other goods that can help guarantee that the defendant will show up to court. Our bail agent will post the bond once the premium is paid. It can take a short time or as much as a few hours to process someone out of jail depending on how crowded the jail is.
Doc’s has a minimum bond fee of around $125 for a bond of $350 set by the court. The fee on a $500 bond is around $150, for a $750 bond it’s around $175. As you can see, for the smaller bond amounts and less serious the crime the fee charged is not based on a percentage of the bail. We don’t charge as a percentage until the bond gets up into the thousands. For example, the fee on a $4,000 bond is usually $400 for a first time offender. For someone who has been arrested a number of times, the fees are going to be higher. If they’ve had a bond forfeiture in the past or have other risk factors, the prices go up. Each bond is different and carries different risks, so the prices can vary. That being said, most bail bond companies charge fees ranging from 7-15% of the bail amount depending on the specifics. If you need help financing a bond with a short term payment plan we can help.
How Long Does it Take to Get a Person Bailed Out of a Jail or Detention Center?
Doc’s Bail Bonds processes bail 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We never close. Unfortunately for some detention centers and jails they are not open when we are for processing bonds. Generally it takes 1-3 hours to get someone out of jail. It depends on the status at the jail, the court and police booking processes and then getting your paperwork submitted quickly and approved.
The process of bailing someone out can take a short time or several hours. It depends on the circumstances and how crowded the jail is.
What Is Needed to Get a Bail Bond Done?
What do we need from you?
-The full name of the person who was arrested
-Where is the person being held for custody (you should include the name of jail, city, and county)
-The person’s booking number. You can find out this information by calling the correctional institution he/she is located in. If the number is not available, the bail agent will be able to get this at a later time.
-What are the charges against the person
-How much is the bail. Again, the bail bondsman can get this information when contacting the jail but if you know the amount, it will be easier for the bail bondsman to tell you the amount that it will cost to post bond and any requirements to get the person out of jail
-Any other information abut his/her arrest that may be important
Getting Released from Jail and What You Must Do After
Getting Released On Your Own Recognizance
After the person has been released they must show up for all court hearings and meet any conditions set by the court and bail agent. If the defendant fails to show up to court the bail agent must pay the court the full bond amount. When this happens of when the defendant violates the bail conditions the bail agent will locate the defendant and take them back to jail. Keep in mind that if the defendant does not make their court date you can lose any collateral that was signed over with the bond. So long as the defendant complies with the terms set by the bail agent and shows up for all court dates you won’t have anything to worry about regardless of whether the defendant is found innocent or guilty. The bond is then exonerated or completed when the trial is over and both the co-signers and defendants are off the bond and no longer obligated financially.