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 four options for release of a defendant:

  1. Professional Bond (A ABC Bail Bonds)
  2. Property Bond
  3. Cash Bond
  4. Release On Own Recognizance (O.R.)
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.

How Do I Get A Bond?

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

  1. You can use a bail bonding company, this means that you will pay 10% to 15% of the bond;
  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 financing with as little as 5% down.

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.

What Is The Advantage Of A Bail Bond Agent?
  1. Most people do not have the full amount of the bond. They need only pay a small percentage of the bail to get the defendant released. The bondsman makes it affordable.
  2. The bondsman then continues to help the defendant every step of the way, through the court proceedings, to explain the complicated legal proceedings.
What happens if the defendant fails to appear in court?

Firstly, an arrest warrant is issued for the person’s arrest by the judge. The defendant’s name is then entered into a nationwide data base (NCIC) as a fugitive. Also, the bonding company is informed of the defendant’s 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 of the person in jail? The bondsman will need this information in order to contact the jail.
  3. How much is the bond? The bail agent will get this information when they contact the jail if you do not have it. With the bond amount the agent can tell you the amount it will cost to post the bond.