What You Should Know Before Contacting a Bail Agent

The bail bond process can be confusing, particularly when you are stressed trying to get a loved one released from jail. First and foremost, know that bail agents take their role in the criminal justice system very seriously and strive to serve those in need promptly and professionally.

Bail agents facilitate the release of a defendant from jail by working directly with family or friends, who provide the bail agent with necessary information regarding the defendant. In addition, many people will find it difficult to obtain and pay the court the total amount of the bond upfront, so a bail agent’s services can be invaluable in those situations.
Below is critical information a bail agent will need for a bond contract:

  • Full name of defendant
  • Date of birth
  • Arresting charge
  • Arresting agency
  • Jail held in (city, county, state)
  • Booking number
  • Bail amount

Financially Guaranteeing the Appearance of the Defendant

To financially guarantee the defendant’s appearance for all required court appearances, the bail agent will require a non-refundable fee (usually 10 percent of the total bond amount) to secure the release of your loved one. In turn, the bail agent pledges the total amount of the bond to the court with a surety bond.

For instance, if the bond amount is $2,500, the bail agent’s fee would be $250 and may require some collateral, such as a title to a vehicle. A family member or friend will also need to co-sign the bond contract and serve as the Indemnitor. This means that if the defendant does fail to appear in court, the Indemnitor will be financially responsible for paying the total bond amount to the bail agent. Having an Indemnitor co-sign a bond sends a strong message to a defendant that the bail agent will be financially responsible for their appearance and their relative or close friend if they fail to appear in court.

Using the Services of an Anytime Bail Bonding, Inc. Bail Bonds Agent

Using a bail agent’s services allows a defendant to be released from jail for a fraction of the total bond amount to return to work, their families, and the community. The bail agent will be responsible for ongoing communication with the defendant and Indemnitor to ensure they know all court dates and adhere to any other release conditions. Once a case has been disposed of and the defendant met their obligation for appearance, any collateral provided to the bail agent will be returned.

The commercial bail industry provides a layer of accountability in the criminal justice system that other release systems lack. In addition, bail agents save taxpayers millions of dollars annually because the bail system is user-funded, not government-funded.