The bonding process for someone who has been arrested can be scary, confusing or uncertain for anyone involved—especially someone who has to fork over money to ensure that the person arrested is able to see the outside world before their court date! To that end, as a responsible bail bonds agent in Angleton, Brazoria County Bail Bonds is here to provide you with some answers to your most frequently asked questions. Take a look to see if we’ve answered your question below:
How much is bail and what will it cost me?
Bail is set by the court based on the nature of the crime someone is being tried for. This amount is non-negotiable and cannot be bartered. If you’re working with a bail bonds agent in Angleton to get someone out on bail, the cost to you will be ten percent of the bail amount, which is non-refundable.
Do I need to put up collateral when taking out a bond?
This is usually addressed on a case-by-case basis and depends heavily on the amount that bail is set for. In many cases, a cosigner who is liable for tendering the remaining amount of the bond should is be forfeit is enough—other times, collateral will be necessary to ensure that bond can be covered if something goes wrong.
When do I get collateral back?
If you had to put up collateral for a bond, know that you’ll get it back when the court proceedings are through, no matter the outcome. A bail bonds agent in Angleton will return your collateral when a) the charges have been dropped, b) the person is found “not guilty” or c) the person is sentenced.
How long does it take to get someone out of jail on bond?
The paperwork for most bond issuances takes about 30 minutes to complete. From there, the paperwork is then sent to the police station or other judicial facility where the person is being held and is subject to processing at that location. Most times, bail takes between 3-12 hours, but is usually on the shorter end of the time scale.
Will I ever not be allowed to take out a bond for someone?
There are a couple of scenarios that will prohibit you from taking out a bond. These generally include situations in which bond has been revoked by a judge for a given reason or if you do not have the appropriate collateral to ensure that a bond is covered.
If I’m bailing someone out, when are my financial responsibilities through?
You will be “exonerated” as a financial party as soon as the defendant appears in court on their scheduled date and time. As soon as this occurs, you’re off the hook for anything else that may happen with the trial.
We hope that the above FAQs answer at least a few of the questions you have about the bonding process. If you have specific questions, never hesitate to contact Brazoria County Bail Bonds to speak with a professional about your specific needs.