What is a bail bond?
A bail bond (surety bond) is a financial guarantee to the court that the defendant will appear each and every time as the court directs. There are Two (2) types of bonds - In Custody (a person is in jail) and Non Arrest (a person has warrants and posts bond to stay out of jail). The Surety (bailbondsman) places the funds with the court and charges a fee similar to the interest of a bank. As with a bank loan these funds are secured with either signature documents or collateral. Since the defendant is usually in jail and inaccessible, another person must indemnify (cosign) for their bond.
How much does a bail bond cost?
There are many factors that determine a bail bond premium (fee). Please contact our office for an accurate quote.
What is an Indemnitor (cosigner) ? Why do you need an Indemnitor (cosigner) ?
An Indemnitor (cosigner) is financially liable for the bail bond and any cost incurred as a result of the bond being posted if the defendant fails to appear for a court date. This could include court costs, rearrest costs, return fees, etc.
As long as the defendant can be located and returned to custody within the time allotted by law, these costs are significantly less than the full bond amount. If the defendant appears each and every time as directed by the court, none of this applies. Once the case is disposed, the indemnitor's (cosigner's) liability is terminated.
What if the Defendant doesn't go to court?
If the Defendant fails to appear on their court date the bond can be forfeited and a warrant will be issued for their arrest.
Will I need collateral ?
The need for collateral is determined on a case by case basis
Why can't the bond be done as soon as someone is arrested ?
Whether the bond can be posted immediately after arrest is based on what type of charges the Defendant has - -
If the Defendant has been arrested on municipal traffic warrants, it is possible that bond could be posted within a couple of hours.
If the Defendant has been arrested on county traffic warrants (Justice of the Peace) the average time before bonds can be posted is 6-8 hours.
If the Defendant has been arrested on county criminal charges the average time before bond can be posted is 4-6 hours.
What information do I need to give the bonding company when I call about someone being arrested ?
Defendant's full name and DOB
What jail Defendant is being held at or what Agency (Harris County, City of Houston, etc)
What Defendant was arrested for (criminal or traffic)
Approximate time of arrest
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