How Bonds Work
1. Once you find out you may need help with a bond, you contact a Bail Bondsmen. Your Bail Bond agent asks you a group of questions.
- The defendant’s full legal name.
- The defendant’s date of birth
- The defendant’s social security number.
- The agency which is holding the defendant.
- The defendant’s charge.
- The defendant’s bail amount.
- Personal information about the defendant, such as employment; prior arrests; family & community ties, education and military service
2. You provide Affordable Bail Bonds with a premium, which consists of 10% of each bond with a minimum of $100.we will cover 100% of the bail amount. Collateral may be required to post bail.
3. We will contact the jail facility for specific facts pertaining to your defendants case.
4. Your Affordable Bail Bonds Agent will contact you as soon as possible. Please have patience. Many detention facilities may take anywhere from an hour to 24 hours in processing and often have their telephone lines overloaded with calls. . Be assured, we are working on your case and we will contact to you ASAP.
If bail is not posted, then the defendant is required to stay in jail until the case is disposed of.
5. You will need to come down and sign bail bond paperwork. We will then post bail to have your friend/ relative released ASAP.
6. The court usually exonerates (releases) the bond when one of four things happens: the charges are dropped, the case is dismissed, the defendant has been sentenced or the defendant is returned to custody. As soon as the Clerk of Court discharges the bond any collateral used to secure the bail bond will be returned .
By involving family, friends, and possible collateral, the bail bond company can be reasonably assured that an individual released on bail bond will appear at their appointed court date. With this in mind, always understand your responsibility before you agree to sign on someone else’s behalf. If the person fails to appear, the bail bond company will expect you to know where the defendant can be found and assist in their return to court
Collateral is something used to secure the entire amount of the bond if the defendant does not appear in court. Types of collateral include: houses, land, cars, cash, credit cards, boats, or anything that is equal to or more than the amount of the bond. You will get the collateral back once the person appears in court and the bond is exonerated