Frequently Asked Questions
After a person is arrested he is brought before a judge and that process is called the arraignment. At the arraignment the judge decides whether bail is set.
The judge sets bail based on certain factors, severity of the crime, persons ties to the community, number of prior arrests, employment and family are some of the major factors.
The judge can set bail in many forms. Typically they set two forms. For instance $10,0000.00/$7500.00 is Insurance Company Bail Bond of $10,000 or $7,500 cash paid to the court. The judge can also indicate OR or ROR which means released without bail. The court can also conditionally release to probation also without setting bail.
First though a bail bond company charges a fee, so does the court! The court charges a 4% fee. Cash posted with the court is deemed in the courts custody and any missed court date can trigger a forfeiture and loss of the money. If you miss court while out on an insurance company bond, typically the bond will not be forfeit and the bond company will have a chance to bring the person back to court without forfeiture. We also monitor the defendant on a weekly basis to make sure he is making his court appearances and not get rearrested.
Come to the office. We need to fill out paperwork. You need to bring our fee, photo identification, some form of proof of employment, and collateral if required. After the paperwork is signed then we will go to court and get the bond signed by the judge and provide you with the release order.
Make sure you make all your court appearances and check in with us once a week, typically by phone.
In many counties bonds can be posted during the day, and daytime on the weekends. Usually you need a judge to sign a release order. In some jurisdictions bonds can be posted at the jail and you do not need a judge’s signature.