Bail Bond Frequently Asked Questions
Dependents have five options for their release which are:
- A surety or a bail bond
- Cash bond
- Property bond
- Release on Own Recognizance (O.R.)
- Release on Citation (Cite Out)
There are four options you have to get released from custody:
- You can post the entire bail amount in cash with the court or jail
- You can use a bondsman by paying a fee and using some form of collateral
- You can place some property like a home with the court
- The judge may decide and let the defendant go on their own recognizance.
This depends on the paperwork and release time. Depending on the transaction’s complexity, the paperwork may take anywhere between 20-45 minutes. In case of release time, it may take an hour or less if it’s a local police station, and 6-12 hours if it’s a county jail. These times are not guaranteed but general time frames.
Collateral is the property you leave in the bondsman’s legal control. They can then sell the property if the dependent doesn’t appear for the next court proceedings or to cover the amount paid to post bail. In short, the collateral assures the bondsman that the defendant will return to court and complete his/her court obligations.
While different bonding offices have their own standards, they usually accept:
- Real estate
- Bank accounts
- Personal credit
- Credit cards
Yes, Josh Herman’s California Bail Bonds have payment plans for dependents who qualify. Josh Herman Bail Bonds accepts the following payment options:
- Easy Pay Plan
- Master Card
- Electronic bank transfers
- Diners Club
- Quick Collect
- Personal, Cashier’s or Traveler’s checks
- Apple Pay
- Cash App
No, you will have to first get written permission from the bonding office before trying to do so. And if the court has given specific instructions to not leave the country or state, then you need the bondsman’s and the court’s permission to leave. Or risk getting arrested.
A bench warrant is issued for the defendant’s arrest if he/she misses a court date. Their name is then entered into a national database as a fugitive. Even the defendant’s bail agency is legally obligated to arrest the person who in turn costs the Indemnitor additional expenses.
No, you don’t receive the premium paid to the bonding office, except for some cases. It’s because the money is paid to help the dependent get out of jail and is fully earned when the defendant is free.
So if the defendant gets rearrested a week later you don’t get a full or partial refund of the money. The only situation where you may be entitled to claim some form of refund is if the bondsman doesn’t live up to his end of the contract.
In the occasional case where the case is extended for more than a year, a second premium will have to be paid to keep the defendant on bond. This is why it’s better to contact the attorney in the 10th or 11th month to try and get a bail reduction and save an expensive renewal bail amount.
Josh Herman Bail Bonds may have a solution to this problem. If this should happen please call us immediately (800-980-2245) to discuss your options in full detail.
Josh Herman Bail Bonds may have a solution to this problem. If this should happen, please call us immediately (800-980-2245) to discuss your options in full detail.
You have to tell Josh Herman which city, state, and jail the person in custody is in. You also have to provide the defendant’s full name and booking number. Bondsmen need this information to contact the jail. They, however, can get the booking number for you if you don’t have it.
If you don’t know the amount, the bail agent will find out by contacting the jail. Once the bondsman knows the bail amount, they will be able to tell you the amount you have to pay to post a bond and get the person out of jail.
If you don’t have a surety or live somewhere that doesn’t allow private bail bonds like Maine, Illinois, Nebraska, Massachusetts, Oregon, Wisconsin and Washington D.C, your options will most probably be through local jail and court.
In this case you won’t have to attend court and your collateral will be returned to you once you provide an exoneration from the court to our office. You will still be responsible to pay all of the fees in full.
It is when the defendant completes all their court appearances and has paid all premiums. Make sure you contact the agent when the court exonerates the bond so that you can quickly get back the pledged collateral and ensure the bond is exonerated.
The indemnitor is deemed liable till the entire bail amount, and any additional incurred expenses are paid, or till the court exonerates the bond and it becomes void in the case of a foreclosure.
It started in England out of common law way back to the 13th century. Money or property was posted in exchange for the temporary release of the defendant till the trial date. While the modern commercial practice of bail bonds continues in the United States, it ceases to exist in most modern nation-states.
This is because bondsmen are licensed by the state in which they practice. Each state has a set of guidelines with a set rate where some bondsmen have to write at 8%, meaning that while it’ll be cheaper for you, there are some provisions to get this rate. The rate has to generally not be excessive, inadequate or unfairly indiscriminately in nature.
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