FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
|What is Bail Bondsman?
A) A bail bonds agent, also known as, a bondsman, is a person who will act as a surety, a person who agrees to be responsible for the debt and obligation of another, to guarantee money or property in order to release the criminal defendant until their next court date.
|Bail bonds agents are in the business where they cater to criminal defendants, which will often guarantee the client to be released out of jail in a timely manner. Other countries do not have bail bondsman, they are typically found in the United States.
What is a Bail?
Typically, bail is a deposit, typically cash or property, to the court to release the criminal defendant from jail. This is a vow that the criminal defendant will return to his or her next court date for trial or to plead guilty of the crime. Depending on the situation, the bail money can be returned at the end of the trial, regardless of the defendant is found guilty or not, only if the defendant has appeared to all required court dates. The bondsman will collect a fee of a certain percentage that acts as an insurance policy in order for the criminal defendant to be released from jail, this fee is not refundable. It is always important to check with your bail bonds agent for each case is different and they will be able to give you the best process for your situation.
How much does a commercial bail bond cost?
A) By law, the bond premium is 10 percent of the bond amount set. For example, a $3,000 bond will cost $300.
How can I pay?
A) We accept cash, money orders, Visa and MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
When can I do a bond?
A) You can do a bond 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
When is someone not bondable immediately?
A) Alcohol-related charges, battery charges, resisting charges, or a judge order may prevent immediate release. Please contact our office at 317-745-2245 for an exact bond time.
Who can sign a bail bond?
A) The signer of the bond must be 18 years old and must have a valid ID or driver’s license.
What if the defendant does not appear?
IF THE DEFENDANT DOES NOT APPEAR…
The defendant is obligated by the bail agreement to appear at each court appearance required by the court. Failure to do so will result in the FORFEITURE OF THE BOND. As an indemnitor, you would be required to IMMEDIATELY bring the defendant in to reinstate the bond or surrender him / her back into custody. In case of a FORFEITURE and SUMMARY JUDGMENT, it is the duty of the INDEMNITOR to pay the full amount of the bail.
How is a person who signs for bail released from bond liability?
GETTING OFF THE BOND LIABILITY…
A) You are no longer liable for the defendant’s bond when he / she has completed all of his / her court appearances. In the event of FORFEITURE, the indemnitor is liable until the full penal amount of the bail has been paid or the defendant properly appears in court. The bond will then