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Frequently Asked Questions

Someone I know is in jail, what happens now?

The arrested individual will have a bond set by a magistrate. If they can make bond, they are freed from jail until there court date.

What are my options if I am arrested?

There are five options for release of a defendant:

  1. Surety Bond (a bail bond)
  2. Property Bond
  3. Cash Bond
  4. Release On Own Recognizance (O.R.)
  5. Release on Citation (Cite Out)

What is a Bail Bond?

A bail bond is a financial guarantee made by or on behalf of a criminal defendant that is used to guarantee their appearance in court through the end of their trial upon release from custody. Failure by the defendant to appear will result in a bond forfeiture.

What Is The Difference Between A Bail Bond And A Bail Premium?

The bond amount is the full amount of the bail set by the court. The premium is the payment made to the bail agency by the defendant or guarantor for posting the bond.

How Do I Get A Bond?

There are four ways in which a person may be released from custody:

  1. You can use bondsmen this means that you will pay a fee and need to use some form of collateral;
  2. You can post cash for the full amount of the bond with the court or jail;
  3. You can use real property (such as a home) with the court;
  4. Lastly, the judge can decide to let the defendant go on there own recognizance.

The bond has been set, how much do I need to pay the bondsman to get them out of jail?

In Alabama bondsmen usually charge between 10-15% of the total bond amount. This is the fee charged for the service. It is non-refundable. We have the ability to be more flexible with this fee since we don't pay a sub-agent, you pay the owner directly.

I don't have the entire bond fee, can I finance the balance?

Yes, at A ABC Bail Bonds we offer finance plans and we take Credit Cards & Debit Cards.

I was told to get the person out I would need to co-sign, what is that?

By co-signing on the bond. You are making yourself resposible for getting the defendant to their court dates. If they dont go to court. YOU will be resposible to A ABC Bail Bonds the entire Bond amount. We recommmend you only co-sign for people you really have a good relationship with.

How Long Is The Bail Process?

The paperwork takes approximately 10-15 minutes, depending on the complexity of the transaction. The release time can be one hour or less for local police stations and 3-6 hours in a county jail. Please remember that these times are not guaranteed but general time frames.

Do I get my money back after the case is over?

If the guarantor posted the full bail with the court yourself, and the defendant appeared at all required court dates, then yes you get your money back when the case is over.

If the guarantor hired a bail bond agency to post bond, no, because the agency had assumed initial liability for the full bail instead of you. An 'insurance'-type premium to the bond agency is not refundable.

If the guarantor paid the bond agency a premium and the defendant misses the court dates, then the full amount of bail becomes due. The court will take it from the bail bond agency's bond account. In turn, the agency will demand it from the defendant and guarantors.

What Is The Advantage Of A Bail Bond Agent?

  1. Most people do not have enough money to post full bail. They need only pay a small percentage of the bail to get the defendant released. The bondsman makes it affordable.
  2. The bondsman has already-established lines of credit with certain court systems, making posting bail swift and easy.
  3. The bondsman then continues to help the defendant every step of the way to trial, to explain the complicated legal proceedings.

What happens if the defendant fails to appear in court?

Firstly, a bench warrant is issued for the person's arrest by the judge. The defendant's name is then entered into a nation wide data base (NCIC) as a fugitive. Also, the Bail Agency is informed of the defendants non-appearance and obligated by law to arrest individual.

What information should I have before I contact the bail agent?

  1. Where is the person in custody? Make sure that you ask the person in custody where they are located (city, state and name of jail).
  2. What is the full name and booking number of the person in jail? The bail agent will need this information in order to contact the jail. The bail agent can get the booking number for you if you don't have that information.
  3. How much is the bail? The bail agent will get this information when they contact the jail if you do not have it. With the bail amount the agent can tell you the amount it will cost to post a bond and get the person out of jail.

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