Frequently Asked Questions

How Does The Bail Bonds Process Work?

Watch our video below for a general idea of how the bail bond process works. Each state has different laws, processes & procedures.

Disclaimer: The video gives an example of a 15% fee but in New York State the fee cannot exceed 10% and is calculated as 10% up to $3,000, 8% for $3,000-$10,000, 6% for the amount over $10,000. Click on our “Fees” Tab for examples.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bail Bonds

Here are the answers to the questions you may have about bail bonds. It is common for people to not know what to expect regarding bail bonds until they or a loved one is arrested. As such, they often ask the same questions about bail, the bonding process, how to get in touch with a bail bondsman, and the associated costs. Here, we attempt to provide answers to FAQs for bail bonds.

Who and what determines a person's bail amount?

Why do I need to hire a bail agent?

When will the bail agent post the bond?

How long will it take for the defendant to be released from jail?

What are the defendant's responsibilities once they've been released?

What happens if the defendant doesn't show up for their court date?

How long do I have to abide by the terms of the bond?

What Should I Know Before I Contact A Bail Agent?

How Do I Get A Bail Bond?

Do I Get My Money Back After The Case Is Over?

What If I Think The Defendant Is Not Going To Show Up For Court After I Have Posted The Bond?

Can The Defendant Leave The State Or The Country While On Bond?

Can A Bail Agent Discount The Fees On The Premium?

Are Some Bondsmen Less Expensive Than Others?

What Happens If The Defendant Gets Re-Arrested While Out On Bond?

What Do Bondsmen Accept As Collateral & What Is Collateral?