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.
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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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