Bail Bond FAQs

Bail is a sum of money, property, or a surety bond promised to the court to guarantee an arrested person’s appearance in court during trial. The right to reasonable bail is guaranteed by the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.
See our video “How Bail Works” to learn more.

A bail bond is a financial guarantee made by the criminal defendant or on his/her behalf to the court that the person being released on bond will make all of their necessary court appearances and complete their case. Failure by the defendant to appear will result in a bond forfeiture.

Under state law, a licensed bail bonds agency can provide a type of insurance policy or “bond” that guarantees payment of the full bail amount if the defendant does not show up for their court appearances. Bail bonds agencies charge a percentage of the total bail amount to the defendant or the person who signs the bond on their behalf, plus any additional fees that occur, such as court costs.

A bail bond amount represents the full amount of bail set by the court. On the other hand, the bail premium is typically about 10% of the original bail cost, made to the defendant or guarantor’s bonding agency for posting the bond.

A cosigner or indemnitor, which is often a friend or relative, will sign a contract with the bonding company insuring financial responsibility should the defendant fail to appear for any of their scheduled court dates. Should the defendant fail to appear in court, the cosigner or indemnitor will need to turn the defendant into the bonding company to be surrendered to police, have the case reset, or pay the bond’s total amount.

We are open 24 hours a day. You will ALWAYS have a LIVE person to answer your questions seven days a week. Our business is open 365 days a year. We are NOT closed on holidays; we will be right here when you need us. Give us a call at whichever location suits your needs.

A 2nd Chance Bail Bonds is available to execute bonds all over the United States. We have serviced bonds of all amounts (There is no bond too big or too small). We have the knowledge and experience to handle multi-complex transactions in the bail bond business; rest assured we can handle your case. Many clients encounter this traumatic experience at a very trying economic time, which is why we offer various payment plans tailored to fit everyone’s needs.

Once a person is arrested, they must be booked. This process may take as little as forty-five minutes to several hours. Once a judge sets the amount of the bond, the person, also known as the defendant, may post bail and be released until an arraignment hearing date is set. A bond is designed to guarantee said defendant’s appearance in court. The bonding company guarantees to the court that they will pay the total amount of the bond should the defendant fail to appear in court.

When posting a bond with a bonding company, a cosigner or indemnitor is required. A cosigner or indemnitor, which is often a friend or relative, will sign a contract with the bonding company ensuring financial responsibility should the defendant fail to appear for any court dates. This obligation does not end until the court has exonerated the bonding company from the case.

Should the defendant fail to appear in court, the cosigner or indemnitor will need to turn the defendant into the bonding company to be surrendered or have the case reset. If the defendant absconds, the cosigner or indemnitor must pay the full amount of the bond. The bonding company will then forward the amount to the courts.

Once the cosigner or indemnitor has signed a contract with the bail bonding company, the bail agent will prepare the necessary paperwork for the defendant’s release. You may co-sign by email, fax or in person at our office. Once the paperwork has been completed at the jail, the defendant is then released.

If you are interested in understanding how the entire bail bond process works, here is a beneficial short video called “How Bail Works.”

This is a very popular question that many ask. The answer is, in most cases, NO. The fee that is paid to post bond for someone is non-refundable. Our company charges between 12-15% of the entire bond amount. This is the company’s fee for taking the liability of the real bond amount throughout the case itself. The only time any money is refundable is if collateral, a.k.a. a security deposit, is required to post the bond. Please watch this informative video regarding the process called “How Bail Works” for more information regarding the fees involved.

Once a bail bond agent has turned in the jail’s bond, the defendant’s release depends on the paperwork process in that specific jail. This may take anywhere from forty-five minutes to twenty-four hours.

For collateral, we accept all payment methods such as cash, check, credit card, Western Union, MoneyGram, and wire transfers. See our “What is Collateral?” video.

Once the judge has signed the disposition, collateral is generally returned within thirty days after the case is ultimately settled. Please note, the premium must be paid in full before collateral is returned.

At A 2nd Chance Bail Bonds, we understand that, for many, this may be the first encounter with the judicial system. While we know that this experience can be unpleasant, it is one where you need an experienced company by your side. Many clients encounter this traumatic experience at a very trying economic time; that is why we offer various payment plans tailored to fit anyone’s needs. At A 2nd Chance Bail Bonds, we will not treat you like a number but will assess payment plans based on each specific case. We are experienced in what we do and offer the highest level of customer service in our industry. We handle bonds from local to federal levels in any JAIL and any CITY. Let A 2nd Chance Bail Bonds be there for you at your time of need. Please go to our Contact Us page to find which location suits your needs and contact us at your convenience.

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Recent Reviews

From the very first phone call, Apollo is kind, caring, reassuring and informative each step along the way. He truly knows how to work with people who are not at the best moment in their lives. You can just see his heart shine through his work.
Mary Torres
Mary Torres
13:08 19 Oct 21
Apollo bonded out my Son .. he was fast Efficient and willing to help.. he answered all my questions and called me through out the process…Apollo your the best!! Thanks again…
Olivia Allgood
Olivia Allgood
20:24 06 Oct 21
Top notch service and responsiveness from Ms. Harper on all things bond-related! Knowledgeable, honest, and understanding is everything you should look for from a Bond Company. Do your research, compare your options, and you'll probably land here when you are trying to secure the release of your loved one facing criminal charges.
Jasmine Barber
Jasmine Barber
06:47 15 Jul 21
Trey,Good morning! Thank you so much for your great service and your patience throughout this bonding process for my son. We went last night and Kyle was very professional and kind. I pray that the Lord will bless the work of your hands and keep you and your descendants away from the troubles of the world. I pray a covering of grace and mercy over your life and that the Lord will be with you always. You guys handled us with dignity and kindness.Thank you and much blessings 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
Sandra Clarke
Sandra Clarke
14:20 29 Jun 21
We are from out of state and I couldn’t find a bondsman that would help us without trying to over charge us or just simply saying “sorry we can’t help” or not even try to call me back but once I called A 2nd Chance Bail Bonds all my worries were gone! I spoke with Kyle and he did not skip a beat in wanting to help our family! I was losing hope and Kyle showed us it wasn’t about the money it was about helping. We couldn’t be more grateful for all he did! He was very professional! Very kind and acted quickly! The company name and motto says it all “Everyone deserves a second chance” and it’s true! Thank you for everything Kyle! God Bless!
Sandra Munoz
Sandra Munoz
03:05 22 Jun 21
Michelle I appreciate your ability to effectively communicate with my mom. Helping her understand the Fulton County Justice system. Giving us relief in knowing we was able to make a payment plan, until the bail was paid in full. Thanks 😊 Today my bail is paid off I am home with my children, back to work and Michelle you helped make that happen. We appreciate all that you did and you did it fast
Takysha Moore
Takysha Moore
13:39 20 Jun 21
I contacted A 2nd Chance Bail Bonds for our daughter who was arrested for a DUI ,etc. She moved in with us to help us with our physical limitations. We are retired and in poor health. We had NEVER dealt with a bail bonding business before. Brandon was so understanding and kind He handled everything for us on line. He was wonderful. We were lost until we got in touch with him. Thanks so very much for being our hero !!!!
Robin Lazenby
Robin Lazenby
21:56 12 Jun 21
I was forced to contact A 2nd Chance due to a very unfortunate life changing incident.. I have never been in a position to require these types of services.. So I was very nervous and lost when I contacted this company.. Kyle was able to ease my mind a bit.. and give me good information that helped me through this process.. I am very happy with the services and how I was treated! I highly recommend this company!!Thank you so much for everything!
Tashia Clement
Tashia Clement
18:27 07 Jun 21
I called 3 other places before calling into 2nd chance to help get my cousin out. I spoke with Kyle and his customer service and reassurance was great. I recommend using this company!!! Fast and smooth.
Mystic Haircare
Mystic Haircare
00:42 06 Jun 21
Kyle was amazing.. He was really informative and open and honest. I will certainly recommend him for future references..
Raquanda Butler
Raquanda Butler
00:35 27 May 21
Kyle and Trey made the process very smooth for my first time. They were great.
ATL Minaj
ATL Minaj
02:01 19 May 21
Shakeelah was extremely helpful and professional. Her kindness meant alot during a very trying situation. I would highly recommend her.
Karen Arsenault
Karen Arsenault
19:32 06 May 21
Kyle W answered a late night call on a Friday. He was very resourceful and informative! Not to mention..... He did NOT HANG UP ON ME like the others did! Even though he wasn't able to help me personally, he helped me with a lead on how to solve my issue!
Issa Rissa
Issa Rissa
05:18 10 Apr 21
Great experience with Michelle. She was patient, through and kind throughout the entire process. She answered all my questions and ALWAYS follows up. I used both the Fulton and Dekalb location and she helped me get things going there as well. I’ve dealt with other agencies in the past but 2nd Chance is legit and diligent. They truly want to help bring your loved one home. Go with them, you will not regret it.
Brianna Milller
Brianna Milller
17:17 09 Apr 21
The whole staff was great they was fast with the whole process I really work one on one with Trey job well done thank yall so much good customer service very professional
nyjah Webster
nyjah Webster
22:29 31 Mar 21
Where do I begin to say Cherre made this process so easy. She was very professional and made the experience pain free when I was all over the place. I recommend her and the business for all your bail bonds needs.
TAKINYA SIMS
TAKINYA SIMS
23:30 26 Feb 21
They were very knowledgeable when I called and asked regarding certain information.
Brie Muñoz
Brie Muñoz
23:10 23 Feb 21
This was a wonderful experience despite the situation. Cherre took great care of me and I didn’t have to move a muscle. She was attentive and very quick with her response! She eased my nerves just by having wonder customer serviceThanks Cherre😀
Trenecia Echols
Trenecia Echols
08:37 08 Feb 21
Michelle went above and beyond. She was really responsive and answered all of my questions in a professional manner. I would recommend her and this company if they are trying to get their loves ones back home. Thank you so much Michelle for your help may God bless.
Gladys Rodriguez
Gladys Rodriguez
01:40 02 Feb 21
If I could give them more stars I would because this the best company I have ever did business with professional everyone was nice and helpful and the building was so clean and smell awesome I would prefer anyone to try them if you need a bondsman hands down great company 😊
Sharita Best
Sharita Best
04:15 15 Dec 20
It was an amazing experience everyone was very helpful and polite they were very prompt with helping me and brought my fiance home thank you
dimanche callender
dimanche callender
03:41 02 Oct 20
Ms.Michelle is definitely HEAVEN SENT. thank you. You are amazing
ATL SANTANA
ATL SANTANA
04:05 01 Oct 20
This was a wholly new experience for me and I cannot say enough about Michelle for getting me through the process quickly, efficiently and with the utmost compassion. This girl had literally a MILLION people calling her at the same time and she maintained a positive attitude and professionalism the entire time. I’m hoping to never have to call them again but for sure if anyone I know inAtlanta is in need of these types of services I will highly recommend!!
Stacey DeNicola
Stacey DeNicola
23:50 08 Mar 20
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