When contacting a bail agent or bail bonding professional, they will require certain information regarding the person in jail for whom bail needs to be posted. This information may include the following:
- The name of the person being held in jail.
- Which jail they are being held in.
- What the charges are against them.
- The booking number from the jail.
- The bail amount.
- Any other information that may be pertinent.
Be aware that locating a person who has been arrested may be difficult as they can be moved to a jail that falls under the jurisdiction of a certain court. They may also receive a bail hearing in a court that is not directly associated with the jail within which they are being held.
In some cases, bail is automatically set while in others a bail hearing may be necessary in order to determine the bail amount. This type of hearing is normally held very shortly after an accused has been arrested, charged and booked. If you don’t know how bail bonds work, is advisable to have legal representation during this hearing if bail has not been automatically set.
The bail bonding agent should meet you at the jail or courthouse to complete the necessary documentation and sign the bail bond agreement which is a legally binding document. You will also be required to pay the bail bondsmen’s fee which will be around 10% of the total bail amount. The fee is non-refundable even if the bail amount is returned and the accused is found not to be guilty of the charges against them.
The bail bondsmen will pay the bail either at the jail or to the clerk of the court. The clerk of the court only accepts payments during working hours and will issue a receipt which will need to be presented to the jail in order for the jailed person to be released.
Bail can be posted at the jail after hours for the accused to be released. Once again a receipt will be issued and the accused should be released immediately upon receipt of the bail amount.
In both cases, it is important to keep the receipt in order to receive a bail refund once the accused has appeared in court and the bail amount returned to the accused, surety or bail bondsmen.
If you are not in the same area as the bail bondsmen, all transactions as well as completion of documents can be handled electronically in most cases. Read more about the bail bonding process and other financial articles on our homepage.