BAIL BONDS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
SECURING YOUR RELEASE IN SARASOTA AND BRADENTON
How much does a bail bond cost?
In Florida, it is state law that all bail bond agents must charge no more and no less than 10% of the bail amount or a $100 minimum per charge. The premium is a non-refundable fee for the service of paying the bail amount on behalf of the accused. For example, if your bail is set at $25,000, you will pay only $2,500 to your bail bond agent and he or she will be able to post bail for you. Without a bail agent, you and your family will have to pay the entire $25,000 in order for you to be released from jail before your trial. Payment plans are available for those who need them.
What happens if I miss a court appearance?
First, you will be issued a Failure to Appear citation. You will have six months to either correct the mistake by offering a valid reason for your absence and rescheduling the court date, or your bail will be forfeited and a warrant for your arrest will be issued. Your bail agent will be responsible for the full bail amount unless he or she can find you and surrender you to the court.
What information about bail bonds do you offer?
We are here to help. Part of the way that we do that is by providing you with all the information you need to make a decision concerning bail bonds. If you are concerned about how bail works, how to go about securing your release, what to expect, or what steps to take after the arrest, we can answer those questions for you.
What other services do you offer?
Our bail agents can also provide you with free arrest reports, free notary services, and current information about local courts.
How does the bail bond process work?
At a bail hearing, the judge will set the bail amount. If the person cannot afford bail, the defendant will remain in jail until their court hearing. Instead of taking that route, hire a bail agent from our team. When you call, have as much information as you can, include the full name of the person in jail, their booking number, the charges, and what jail they are at.
You will pay the bail agent a percentage of the bond amount. The agent will pay the bond on the defendant’s behalf. Once released, the defendant must show up for all court hearings and dates. If the defendant fails to appear in court, the bail agent will be required to pay the full bail amount.
If you have any additional questions about bail bonds or our services, please contact us today to speak with an experienced Bail Bond Agent.