FAQ About Posting Bail
What is the Process for Posting Bail?
After an inmate has been fully booked, a bail amount will be determined for his or her release. After the bail amount has been set you can call one of our professional bail bond agents in Cleveland to start the bail bond process and help your friend or loved one “post bail.” A bail agent is a person permitted to solicit, negotiate, and affect undertakings of bail on behalf of any surety insurer. The bail bond process does not take long after the inmate has been fully booked. If you have further questions about the process for posting bail, contact our bonding company for help.
What is a Surety Bond?
Also called a bail bond, a surety bond can be used for any amount of bail, but it is especially useful when the accused can’t afford to pay his or her bail. This type of posting bail often involves a friend or relative of the accused contacting a bail agent, also known as a bail bondsman.
What Should I Know Before I Contact A Bail Agent?
There is certain information that our bail agents will need to know in order to post a bail:
- Where is the person in custody? (Including the city, state, and the name of jail).
- What is the full name of the person in jail?
- What is the birthday of the person in jail? The bail agent needs to know this information to verify the defendant.
- How much is the bail? If you don’t know the bond amount, Freeman BailBonds can find out how much bail is with the rest of the information that you provide. With the bail amount, the bail bondsman can tell you the amount it will cost to post a bond and requirements to get the person out of jail.
What does a co-signer/indemnitor need to know?
A co-signer, or indemnitor, are the people who contact a bail bonding company and set up the bond to make sure a defendant gets out of jail. You are responsible for paying the premium on a bail bond. Typically, a premium is a payment that equals 10 percent of the bond amount. This can be looked at like a service charge, or down payment, that is nonrefundable.
As a co-signer, or the person who puts up collateral, it will be your duty to make sure the defendant shows up in court. This is important since a court absence may result in forfeiture, or when your collateral is put on the line to cover the full bail amount.To ensure this doesn’t happen, a
To ensure this doesn’t happen, a co-signer’s main responsibility is to make sure the defendant shows up in court. If the defendant does skip a court date, however, the co-signer needs to contact the bail agency and let them know where the accused is immediately. That way he or she can be picked up. If the co-signer doesn’t know, bail agencies can take steps like hiring a bounty hunter to track down the defendant.
How long will it take for my family member or friend to be released from jail after posting bail?
Depending on jail release times, the bail process usually takes between 30 minutes to eight hours. You must keep in mind that the bail agent cannot control how long it takes for the arrested individuals release once the bail bond is delivered to the jail. In some instances, the arrested individual’s release may be delayed by a high number of other individuals who are also in the release process, so it is also very important for you both to be patient.
What Do Bail Bond Agents Accept As Collateral?
Each bonding office will have their own standards but, for the most part, you can expect Freeman Bail Bonds to accept various forms of bail collateral. Some examples of collateral include:
- Real estate
- Credit cards
- Personal credit
- Bank accounts
What if you have a warrant and want to turn yourself in but want to start the bail bond process?
Freeman Bail Bonds can do what we call a Book and Bond. We would get all your information beforehand, then an agent would meet you at the jail when you turn yourself in. We would then start the bail bond posting process and help get you right back out of jail.
What Happens If The Defendant Gets Re-Arrested While Out On Bond?
Once the defendant is back in custody the bond can be surrendered and your liability will be terminated. There are a few problems here: if you decided to surrender the bond you will lose the premium that was paid, and if you decided to get the defendant out on bond again, you will now have to post two new bonds and pay the premium on both bonds again.
With Freeman Bail Bonds, if the defendant gets re-arrested while they are out on bond then we can go ahead and post the second bond and get the defendant back out of jail.
Can The Defendant Leave The State Or The Country While On Bond?
You will have to get permission from the bonding office in writing before attempting to do so. If the court has given you direct instructions not to leave the state or country you are required to get permission from both the bail agent and the court before leaving the state. If you do not do this then you will be subject to arrest.
Contact our team with further questions about posting bail in Cleveland.