Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is a bail bond?
By definition bail bonds is a written promise signed by a defendant and surety to ensure that a criminal defendant will appear in court at a scheduled time and date, as ordered by the court. The bail bond amount is set by the court.
What are the factors that go into determining bail?
Before bail is determined, there are many factor which pay a role in how it is determined. The first would be if the defendant has any previous criminal history. If bail was ever set before, your appearance in court will also be considered. Things that would affect bail decisions in a positive way would be, if the defendant has any community connections, a regular job, or any family ties in the area. Mental state and character are also considered.
What is the cost?
Rates are either statutory or filed by the insurance company that is underwriting the bond with each state being unique. Since statutes vary from state to state it is best to refer to your local statutes for the most detailed and up to date information.
Is collateral needed, if so what type?
Depending on the amount of the bond collateral may be needed. It is best to call and discuss the details with a bail agent to further discuss whether or not collateral is needed. In general, most agents will take real property, cash, credit or other forms in certain circumstances.
What happens if I post bail for a defendant and they get arrested again while out on bail?
Once the defendant is back in custody the bond can be surrendered and your liability ends. However, you will lose the premium paid if you surrender the bond.
What would happen if the defendant doesn’t appear in court?
If the defendant does not appear in court then the bond will be forfeited and an arrest warrant will be issued for the defendant. The bail would then become payable in full unless the defendant is recovered in a timely manner. You may still be responsible to pay for any costs in recovering the defendant.
Who can co-sign for the bond?
Usually a family member, relative or a friend will co-sign a bail bond for you. They would need to be employed and have rented or owned a home in the area for a length of time.
Are bail bonds refundable?
Assuming that the defendant pays 100% of their prescribed bond, they will get it back regardless of the verdict. The bail bondsman will retain 10% of the bond upon the court appearance being kept.
Can I post bail if I am not local to the area?
Yes. If you are not located locally, it may not be necessary for you to come to the bar bond office to go through the bail bonds process. With the use of a credit card, and email or fax machine, the process can be done without your presence. For any further questions about posting bail long distance, contact our office.
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Fort Myers Florida 33901
Located 1 Block from the Lee County Jail and Courthouse
Fort Myers Florida 33901