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FAQs About Bail bonds

 

There are several options for getting a bail bond. The first option is to pay cash for the full amount of the bail to the court or provide collateral of real property such as a home or vacant lot. Another option is to find a bail bondsman, they typically charge a fee of 10%-15% of the total bond amount. Lastly, a judge can decide to let the defendant go under their own recognizance which is called a writing promise or unsecured bond.

1. How do I get a bail bond?

 

Typically, you do receive your money or property back. There are a few exceptions in which you would not get it back. If the defendant gets rearrested while the case is unresolved or fails to appear in court, you forfeit the money to the courts. You also do not get the premium you paid to the bond office.

2. Do I get my money or real property back after the case has been resolved?

 

The defendant will have to receive written permission from the court allowing them to do so. If the court has given instructions that you cannot leave the state or country, you absolutely must get permission from the bond office or court. If you leave without the permission of the court, you will be subject to arrest.

3. Can the defendant leave the state or country while under bond?

 

Cash and/or property if needed.

4. What do bondsmen accept as collateral?

 

The simple answer is No. Although bail agents are able to apprehend fugitive back to jail if they do not appear in court

5. Are bail bondsmen police officers?

 

Yes. The fact that you were arrested is a public record and sometimes the arrest record may list the bondsmen. However, bondsmen have to adhere to a strict code of confidentiality. The information you provide them and the terms of your bond are kept confidential. Only the court is granted access to any information needed for evidence via subpoenas.

6. Are bail bonds public records?

 

If you fail to pay your bondsmen, they cannot garnish your wages or taxes directly. They can file a lawsuit just like any creditor, which could result in a garnishment of wages or taxes.

7. Can bail bonds take your taxes if you don't pay?