KNOWLEDGE IS KING!
At Affordabail Bail Bonds, we believe it’s important to provide our clients with all of the knowledge and information they’ll need to make a prompt, educated decision about posting bail for a loved one. Here is the Affordabail Bail Bonds FAQs page for more information about local laws.
Affordabail Bail Bonds FAQs
Whether you are new or familiar to the bail bonds process, it’s actually quite common to have questions about bail bonds service.
The Affordabail Bail Bonds FAQs is a great place to get answers from some of the most common questions
Bail Bonds FAQs -Select your options below
When a person is arrested for a criminal offense, the local authorities set a bond amount. Some states, like Florida, have preset bond amounts for every offense, while others might allow the arresting officer to set the bond. Either way, the bond is an amount of money to be deposited with the court in order to allow the defendant to be released from custody during court proceedings. Ideally, it is an amount that is not so high that the defendant or his family cannot afford it, but high enough that he or she would rather face their charges, than risk forfeiting the amount to the court. Basically, bail is meant to ensure the appearance of a defendant at each and every court date, until the case is disposed of by the court.
A bail bond is a monetary contract between the defendant, the state or federal government and a bail bondsman, which allows the defendant to be released during their criminal proceedings.
Once the bail amount is set by authorities, you have a couple possible options for payment. You may pay the full amount of the bail to the court. However, this method is costly, and should the defendant fail to appear at a scheduled court date, all monies will be forfeited to the court immediately with no hope of return. In addition, all court fees, fines and cost of prosecution will be deducted from this amount. The other option is to call Affordabail Bail Bonds and have one of our licensed bondsman go to the jail to post the bond for you. We pledge our insurance company’s money in the event of a failure to appear. When you use Affordable Bail Bonds you only pay a portion of the bond amount as our fee. Most importantly, if the defendant fails to appear in court, we have options that will allow us to remedy the situation, without you having to lose the entire amount of the bond to the court.
Premium is the amount you pay a bail bondsman to post a bail bond in a certain State. Most states have a regulated set percentage of the bond that must be charged by a bail bondsman. It’s typically around 10%, but can vary from state-to-state. However, depending on the size of the bond, 10% can still be a significant amount of money. At Affordabail Bail Bonds we have payment options that are customized to suit any budget. Visit each locations dedicated website for specific information pertaining to that State.
Please note: The premium is non-refundable, regardless of the outcome of the case. It is the company’s fee for insuring the risk of the defendant’s appearance in court.
Here is a List of Premium Rates for all the Affordabail Locations:
• Florida: 10% of bond amount
• South Carolina: No more than 15% of bond amount, no less than $25.00
• Tennessee: 10% of bond amount
Collateral is something of value that the defendant or co-signer deposits with the bail bondsman in an attempt to protect the bail bondsman and his insurance company from any loss connected with the bail bond. At Affordabail Bail Bonds we only require collateral in extreme circumstances. We know that bail money is typically an unexpected expense, and adding collateral to the costs could make it impossible to afford. Our goal is to reunite you with your family member as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
Please note: If you ever deposit collateral with a bail bondsman, be sure to request and save the receipt. At Affordabail Bail Bonds we pride ourselves on honesty and exemplary service, and have a zero-tolerance policy for dishonest agents. However, there are many bail bond agencies who will try to put extra money in their own pockets by attempting to keep your collateral. Keep your receipt!
The co-signer, or indemnitor, is the person signing the bail bond contract on behalf of the defendant. The co-signer is responsible for the defendant’s appearance at all required court dates. He or she is also responsible to inform the bail bondsman if they feel the defendant might fail to appear, as well as assist in the locating of a defendant in the event that a failure to appear occurs. As stated above, Affordabail Bail Bonds has many options to remedy the situation if a defendant misses court. However, if we are unable to locate the defendant to return him to custody, the co-signer is responsible to pay the bail bondsman the entire amount of the bail bond.
If the defendant fails to appear in court, the judge will issue a warrant and the bail bondsman will be notified. If the defendant communicates with court and his bail bondsman, it is possible that the bond may be able to be reinstated, in which case a new court date will be issued. If not, it is the bail bondsman’s responsibility to locate, apprehend and surrender the defendant back to the custody of the court. The co-signer should understand that he or she will play an important role in the location of the defendant. Again, if the bond is not able to be reinstated, and location and surrender is not possible, then the co-signer is responsible for the full amount of the bail bond.
At the end of the legal proceedings, the bond will be ordered discharged. It happens regardless of how the case is decided (guilty, innocent, etc.). At this point, the bail bondsman, insurance company and co-signer are no longer liable for the bond. If any collateral has been deposited, it may now be collected.
Please note: Bond discharge does not release you from any monies still owed to the agency for premium. Completion of all payments agreed upon is still required!
KNOWLEDGE IS KING!
Although these answers address the most frequently asked questions regarding the bail and the bail bonds process, we are happy to assist you with any additional information you may require. Affordabail Bail Bonds invites you to contact us today for additional information and/or prompt, courteous assistance with your bail bonds, 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, including holidays. We are here to help you, so don’t delay, call today! Thanks for visiting Affordabail Bail Bonds FAQs page.