Bail Bond FAQs

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.

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 that you will appear for all court appearances until your case concludes or is dismissed. You pay the bail amount, and if you do not show up for court, the court will keep the bail and issue a warrant for your arrest.

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 co-signer is a person who signs an agreement with the bonding company for the release of an inmate who is currently incarcerated. His or her signature indicates that the co-signer guarantees that the defendant will make good on the promises outlined in the bond agreement. The co-signer is legally responsible for ensuring that the defendant for whom he or she signed appears at court on the appointed days and times. They’re also responsible for making any payment plans associated with the bond as well as informing both the court and bonding company of any updates to their or the defendant’s physical address or phone number.

Yes, if the defendant is able to pay 100% of the bond fee as collateral then the defendant can act as their own co-signer.

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.

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

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.

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.

Many defendants do not have the money to pay their bail upfront. The bail bond company puts up the entire amount of a defendant’s bail to secure their release. This fee is for the service of fronting the bail money.

Some bail bond companies will work out a payment plan to allow a defendant to pay the bond service fee in installments until the full amount is satisfied. If a defendant fails to maintain the payment plan, the bonding company can have the defendant re-arrested.

We accept payments online via our website (ATLBail.com). Defendants may call and make a payment over the phone. Processing fees may be applied to any payments made via phone.

Collateral is needed for those defendants who are considered to have an added risk of being non-compliant with the terms of the bond. In these cases, some bonding companies require an additional assurance (money) to be put up as collateral, to secure the defendant’s bond. This collateral will be returned upon the completion of the case.

Defendants are required to appear at all court dates. They’re also responsible for paying any balance owed to the bonding company. Additionally, it is the defendant’s responsibility to update the bail bond company and the court of any changes to their current contact information, including physical address and phone number as well as notifying the bonding company and the court of any planned out of state travel.

Defendants are expected to attend every court date – from arraignment to sentencing. Only if the defendant’s attorney tells him or her that being physically present in the courtroom is not needed should a defendant not appear in court.

In most cases, no check-in is required. However, defendants should closely read their agreements with the court and the bail bond company. If there is a required check-in from either or both parties, it will be explained in the underwriting qualification stage.

Bail bond companies use this information to keep in touch with defendants while they are out on bond, sharing information about their bond and repayment schedule as well as any notices from the court. Sometimes, the court will ask the bail bond company if a defendant has been compliant with the terms of the bond agreement. If the bail bond company doesn’t have a defendant’s current contact information, it reflects poorly on the defendant. If a defendant leaves the state without permission, this action can be considered “bail jumping.” Lack of communication or breach of contract could result in the bond being revoked.

The length of time that elapses between an arrest and a trial is determined by multiple factors, such as the charge and the location of the alleged crime. For example, if a defendant is facing a misdemeanor charge, he or she will most likely know their trial date before leaving the jail. Generally speaking, it takes approximately three months for most misdemeanor trials to be scheduled. However, if a defendant is charged with a felony, it could be as soon as 12 months or as long as three to four years before a trial date is set.

The defendant’s court information may not be immediately available upon release on bail. It takes time for the court to post this information on their respective websites. Superior courts will post the information online when it’s available. The court will also mail the defendant a notice to appear. The request may ask you to appear in person or virtually, depending on the case. Defendants that cannot find the information they need should call the courthouse directly or call their bail bond company for assistance.

A defendant is required to ask the bonding company for permission to leave the state before traveling for any reason. If permission is granted, the defendant may travel. If the court ordered the defendant to be monitored by a pretrial officer, the defendant will need to obtain permission from that person as well as the bonding company. Without prior permission, a bail jumping warrant can be issued if the defendant is discovered to be in another state.

If a defendant is bonded out of jail on a payment plan and fails to make his agreed upon payment to the bonding company, the bonding company can revoke the bond.

When a defendant fails to appear (FTA) in court, the court will issue a bench warrant for the defendant’s immediate arrest. Often, the bonding company will work with a cooperative defendant and the court to set a new court date after an FTA. If the defendant declines the reset the court date, the bonding company may arrest them.

When a bench warrant is issued, an arrest warrant is signed by a Judge and authorities are commanded to arrest and bring the defendant before the court.

A bond is said to fail when a condition of the bond is not met. For example, if the defendant does not appear at his or her court date, the bond fails. It also fails if the amount of the defendant’s payment agreement is not completely satisfied.

When a bond fails, a bond forfeiture date is set, and a bench warrant is issued. At this point, we will attempt to reset the court date. If this isn’t possible, we would seek to arrest the individual and return them to custody. If we are not able to locate the defendant, then reimbursement of the bond liability amount would be sought from the co-signer.

No. When a defendant appears in court, the court returns the entire bail bond amount to the bonding company. The bail bond company retains the bond service fee that was paid.

The money the defendant paid the bail bond company is a fee for service and is not returned.

The bond agreement ends when the case closes. Sometimes, cases do not move forward due to lack of evidence, while others end because a plea agreement is reached.

When the case has successfully completed, the bond fee paid to the bonding agency is kept by the agency as the fee for their services. If collateral was paid in addition to the bond fee, and there was no contractual violation during the duration of the case, the payer of the collateral is entitled to a collateral refund within a certain number of days after informing the bonding agency the case has closed (normally 30 days). A copy of the disposition is required in order to close the bond and return any collateral paid.

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.

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Recent Reviews

As this is my 1st and hopefully last time having this experience, Ten was very patient and informative. The site was easy to understand and fill out. Thank you.
Tasha Riggins
Tasha Riggins
16:33 18 Aug 22
Kelly and 2nd Chance Bail Bonds are awesome. So helpful and kind. Ready to help at a moments notice. She made everything simple and easy. She answered my many questions. Thank you!! I highly recommend!!
Denise Hicks
Denise Hicks
17:53 02 Aug 22
Unfortunately, even though I did have to go to jail I’m appreciative that A 2nd Chance Bail Bonds was there to help my family & I during that time. They were very quick with the bonding process and my husband was able to do the paperwork from the comfort of our home rather than having to go into the office. Would definitely recommend this bondsmen!
Erica Smith
Erica Smith
19:49 27 Jul 22
Shakeelah was awesome. They really do give a second chance. I needed to bail my brother out and with the judicial system stacked against him we almost gave up. Every interaction with her and other staff has been nothing short of Amazing. They are professional and they really care. They even work with you if you are short on the money. Give them a call today. Trust me, my brother's situation was VERY complicated, but she found a way to say yes. And the great thing about them is, You do everything via online.
Sarai Juelz
Sarai Juelz
19:40 22 Jul 22
They were so kind and patient with me being a first time person doing this Wendy was great and I was kept informed the whole time. Thank u for everything I could not have made it this far. Thank u
Ashley Wiley
Ashley Wiley
23:04 15 Jul 22
PROFESSIONAL! First time using this Bonding Company. They are professional and personable. From the first call I made, to completing the paperwork, they were friendly and showed compassion for our situation. I would definitely recommend anyone in need of a bond calling A 2nd Chance Bail Bonds. Thank you Everyone!
Lorene Watson
Lorene Watson
17:24 06 Jul 22
This company rite here is the best company rite here but this one person her name Victoria she is the best of the best she have been most biggest help to me ever if u wanna bond some one go to her she gone get the job done gone be right just wanna thanks her so much all that she have done for us thank ms Victoria u are real mvp
Jasmine Knox
Jasmine Knox
01:40 01 Jul 22
Ms. Victoria listen to EVERYTHING I had to say and explain Everything to me up front. I went somewhere else first and they tried to charge me double the bond. 2nd chance bonding is a Blessing. I will NEVER go to another bonding company. Thank you Ms. Victoria.❤️❤️
Sherrita B
Sherrita B
03:10 11 Jun 22
Kelly has been such a great help. She was patient & was able to get us what we needed in a timely manner. I definitely recommend her on assisting.
Christine’Lau D
Christine’Lau D
16:04 25 Apr 22
Loved “Hey this is Letitia Kraft I just want to let you'll know that I appreciated what you guys did. You guys were willing to give us a chance and you guys were so nice. Ty for taking time for us. At least he don't have to sit and wait till that one goes to court. I am just ready for him to come home Ben is the nicest guy u will ever know would give u his last $ if u needed it. Life hadn't been easy for us I always tell everyone that he loves his family to much that's why he can't stay out of trouble. But anyways ty for what you'll do. You make a difference whether u see it or not ”
Tisha Kraft
Tisha Kraft
17:04 18 Apr 22
Tens customer service is amazing A 2nd chance has saved my life a couple times. I'm forever grateful and appreciative. The Dekalb location worked with me with payments and have seen me through some tough times. Ms. Ten applied my ankle monitor today and she listened to my concerns. She's always top notch I just wonder if she's like this with all of the customers well I hope she is.
Quent Clayton
Quent Clayton
16:20 26 Mar 22
Michelle was very helpful and quick to respond! Answered all questions with patience and empathy. The on-line contract procedure saved time and was very user friendly.
D. Glover
D. Glover
18:53 26 Feb 22
Never thought I would need to use a bonding company. These guys were very friendly and easy to use. I did everything from home and was done in about 10 minutes. Thanks again Kyle
Ignacio Guzman
Ignacio Guzman
01:42 14 Feb 22
Michelle has a wonderful personality. If you have a loved one that needs to be bailed out of jail, this is your place. Michelle put my mind at ease made an unbearable situation easier. Thank you so much for helping my family.
Beautiful One
Beautiful One
03:49 08 Feb 22
Trey was very professional and efficient. He took his time to explain the process and make sure that everything was accurate. I would definitely recommend them as a first choice if you ever need to bind someone out
Yasaman Harvey
Yasaman Harvey
07:04 23 Jan 22
Trey Harris thanks for your patience, understanding, professional manners and great quality of service. I would recommend a 2 chance bail bonds to anyone and especially my love ones. Trey thanks again for supporting me and helping directing me in how to help others with your service.
BEVERLY FOOTE
BEVERLY FOOTE
01:07 23 Jan 22
Evan was super nice and non-judgemental during the whole bonding process. We were able to complete the application and necessary forms via email during a storm so we didn’t have to drive all the way over to the jail during the bad weather. He was quick and very communicative with our family, calling several times to update us on the process. Hopefully, we won’t ever need a bondsman again, but if we do, he will definitely be who we call!!
Lollipop Squad
Lollipop Squad
03:46 17 Jan 22
Tenithia was so helpful. Extremely helpful actually. She stayed over her shift to help
Monica Duffy
Monica Duffy
00:48 17 Jan 22
Ms Tenithia Robinson was extremely courteous, informative, respectful and provided excellent customer service! This happened to be my very first experience with the bail process. Ms. Robinson provided compassionate and a smooth experience. I would definitely recommend this company and especially Ms. Robinson Thank you!!!
Gary Butler
Gary Butler
14:53 08 Jan 22
Use these guys. Drove in storm to place bond in speedy time. I would recommend them to everyone for professional and reliable results.
Kirsten Broussard
Kirsten Broussard
17:15 01 Jan 22
This is the easiest Bonding company I have ever dealt with. Didn't even have to return to the bondsman after release. Everything was handled over email.
Christopher Bohus
Christopher Bohus
23:41 30 Dec 21
It’s a great way to do business because of COV is back bad how ever I wear glasses and trying to do it as fast as I can so I thank this is a Geary safe way of handling business
lisa smith
lisa smith
00:26 30 Dec 21
10/23/21 When I spoke to Kelly at ASAP, she was VERY helpful, informative and Polite during our conversation. She was genuine and sincere and really nice, that was a breath of fresh air. It's extremely hard in THESE times to still find people in the "customer service" arena, to Give Good customer service. I found it refreshing. Kelly advised me of everything necessary to bond our daughter/sister/niece out. A few family had called her at least once before me lol... so she was familiar with our case when I finally spoke to her. She made me feel like we had been friends for years. She answered all my questions, we talked at great length, and most importantly she treated my daughter like the Human & not her criminal charges!! I had interviewed several different companies, but This one was the Best, Kelly promptly replied with ALL the necessary information to start right away and didn't fumble the ball once.THANK YOU Kelly... We Will keep in touch!!! But prayerfully, we won't need your Professional services again. lol. But if anyone is in need of a bonding and/or monitoring company... This is the One!!! They have several locations!! The price was reasonable and when I tell you the process was ASAP... I mean it from start to finish after funds was paid and jail was called was less than One hour!! I hadn't held my child in almost 90 days!!... literally 12 minutes after Kelly put that ankle monitor on her, she was out the door, in my arms and Home "Free"! And for that we are THANKFUL!!!Happy Holidays to you and your Family Kelly!!
DivineVirgo
DivineVirgo
21:24 29 Nov 21
10/23/21 When I spoke to Kelly at ASAP, she was VERY helpful, informative and Polite during our conversation. She was genuine and sincere and really nice, that was a breath of fresh air. It's extremely hard in THESE times to still find people in the "customer service" arena, to Give Good customer service. I found it refreshing. Kelly advised me of everything necessary to bond our daughter/sister/niece out. A few family had called her at least once before me lol... so she was familiar with our case when I finally spoke to her. She made me feel like we had been friends for years. She answered all my questions, we talked at great length, and most importantly she treated my daughter like the Human & not her criminal charges!! I had interviewed several different companies, but This one was the Best, Kelly promptly replied with ALL the necessary information to start right away and didn't fumble the ball once.THANK YOU Kelly... We Will keep in touch!!! But prayerfully, we won't need your Professional services again. lol. But if anyone is in need of a bonding and/or monitoring company... This is the One!!! They have several locations!! The price was reasonable and when I tell you the process was ASAP... I mean it from start to finish after funds was paid and jail was called was less than One hour!! I hadn't held my child in almost 90 days!!... literally 12 minutes after Kelly put that ankle monitor on her, she was out the door, in my arms and Home "Free"! And for that we are THANKFUL!!!Happy Holidays to you and your Family Kelly!!
DivineVirgo
DivineVirgo
00:09 24 Nov 21
They were very professional, truthful as well as extremely knowledgeable. When u in a place when u don’t know what to do it gave us peace. I highly recommend 2nd chance bail bond to someone new to the experience or if u were n this situation before. The important thing to remember is God gives us a second chance! I praise God this company was there for us every step of the way!
Ruby Williams
Ruby Williams
14:12 07 Nov 21
I can’t remember his name but it started with a THe was great in every way showed concern responsive and he took care of everythingThank you much
DANETTA PINCKNEY
DANETTA PINCKNEY
13:04 25 Oct 21
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
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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