You’ve asked a bondsman, get ready for answers about bail
We know that getting arrested can be traumatizing and downright scary, especially if you’ve never been arrested before.
Follow these simple steps to find a bondsman near you and stay out of jail when on bond:
- Visit our “Find a Bail Bondsman” page, these are trusted bondsman.
- Read the testimonials of bonds companies you’re interested in. Don’t believe a company with 500 reviews from people who’ve only left 1 review. They’re prob purchased reviews.
- Don’t always go with the first bail company you see on search. Often, this is just great marketing and could be a lead generating site or simply a bad surety company you wouldn’t want to do business with.
- Search: You can always visit your state Department of Insurance website to see if the bail company you’re speaking with has an active license. Often, the license number will be on the bottom of the bondsman’s web page.
- Do answer all questions the bondsman is asking, as well, ask any questions you may have.
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What to do when out on bond
- Always abide by the rules of the courts and your bail company
- Always check in when you are supposed to.
- Always keep in contact with your bondsman and let them know if court dates have changed or anything else that is important to your case and/or contract.
- Stay away from your co-defendants or people that got you arrested in the first place.
Are you ready to ask bondsmen near you about the cost of bail and what your requirements will be? Your bail bondsman will be your direct line for all legal requirements and negotiation in the process pertaining to your cash bail amount. The bail bondsman navigates the paperwork with the latest technology and most efficient tools needed to expedite your release from jail.
Your bail bondsman will take specific note of your particular details in reference to your case, making certain to keep you and your loved ones informed along the way.
So ask a bail bondsman your question right now and get answers about your bail right away. All bail bonds agents work 24 hours per day to help get your friend or loved one out of jail. We look forward to getting answers to your bail bonds questions!
Some of our most asked frequent bail bonds questions include:
How Bail Bonds Work “Ask A Bondsman” section has helped answer hundreds of questions about bail bonds in all states. We believe the information provided gives you some indication about how bail works and how to find the best bondsmen near you to get your friend or loved one out of jail. Subscribe to our feed and get updated; also watch our videos about bail bonds and how to navigate the legal system in your state.
How do I get a bail bonds loan?
When you talk with your bail bondsman, let them know of your interest to finance your bail bond loan. You’ll need a down-payment for the bail bond loan and of course you’ll need to work out monthly payment arrangements
How do I pay a bondsman at 2am?
Bondsmen are on-call 24/7/365. Their ability to respond to your call for bail any time of the day or night makes them invaluable to your freedom. So if it’s 2am and you need to pay a bondsman, no worries – they take cash, check and credit cards. Financing bail is also available.
How do I find a reputable, licensed bondsman?
You can check Google Local, but often there are fake reviews and worse yet, fake businesses that sell leads to bondsmen. So you never know who you’re talking with about your legal problem. You can ask any of our bondsmen a question on this platform and look through our bail business directory to find a bondsman near you.
Will a bail bondsman turn me in if I have a warrant?
The answer is yes. Look, if you have a warrant and you are on bond, chances are you’re going to run. Bondsmen have keen insight to what defendant’s will do, especially when they’re facing additional charges. Besides, it’s in the bondsman’s best interest to protect the business of bail. If you ask your bondsman about walking you through your warrant, you’ll probably get their assistance with that new bond. Hide it from them and you’ll most likely sit in jail. Talk with your bondsman.
What happens if I don’t go to court?
Look, if you miss your court dates there will be a bench warrant issued for your arrest. This now makes you a fugitive with a charge of FTA (Failure to Appear). Depending on your state, the FTA charge could be a felony. What happens when you don’t go to court, your bond will be forfeited, you will be hunted and thrown back in jail – plus you’ll have a hell of a time trying to line up another bail company with an FTA charge. No bondsman wants to write that kind of bond.
What is a bail forfeiture?
Bail forfeiture happens when a defendant skips on the bond company and the courts. Bounty hunters will find the defendant and put them in the nearest jail. Once this happens, your bail is forfeited and you’ll need to find another bondsman to post your bail (which most won’t do if you skip bail). This is also referred to as a bail bonds withdrawal.
What happens if get arrested for a new crime?
If you get arrested for a new crime your bail will be forfeited. You may be able to get a new bond. Simply call your bondsman first. Let them know what is happening and then ask your bondsman if you’ll help with the new bond.If you’re up-front and honest with your bail agent, it goes a long way.
How do you know how much bail to pay?
How much bail you’ll pay depends on the severity of the alleged crime committed. Once you know how much your bail will be (you can always ask a bondsman to look this up for you), simply multiply by 10%. Ten percent is the normal premium amount that mostly all bondsmen accept. You can also use our free bail calculator to determine how much bail to pay.
What should I look for when hiring a bondsman?
The most important thing you need to look for when asking a bondsman for help, is that you need to be sure you’re talking to a licensed bail bond agent. When combing through Google or Bing, you may often be talking to a place that sells leads, or to a bondsman that is no longer licensed. Any good bondsman will provide you their license credentials and most states have a way to check licenses.
Do I get my money back when my case is finished?
The only money or property you’ll have returned is any collateral you gave the bail bondsman. The fee you pay a bail agency is called a premium. Much like an insurance premium. The bondsman is literally putting up the entire bond amount when you pay their 10% fee. So no, you won’t get the premium returned.
Do we get our money back if the defendant goes to jail?
There are a few reasons a defendant goes back to jail. 1. They’ve been rearrested; 2. They’ve been found guilty at trial; 3. They skipped bond and bounty hunters have found them and placed them back in jail. Either way, you do not get your money back. You will of course get any collateral you gave the bondsman, as long as there are no associated fees with tracking the defendant, bounty hunter costs, etc. Before you make any payment, ask a bondsman what happens in either scenario – each company is different.
How can I get an online bail bond?
Most every bail bondsman with a website will offer online bail bonds. Since all forms are digitized and notary services online are available 24 hours per day, getting bail online is super simple. Ask a bondsman near you if they offer digital bail bonds online. This helps if you’re out of state and need to post bond for someone.
How much should I pay if my bail is $150,000?
If your bail is $150,000 you will pay up to 10% of the bond which equals to $15,000. But, ask a bondsman as they may have deals for certain union members, teachers, lawyer referrals, police officers, EMT, etc.