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Frequently Asked Questions about Bail


What is a bail bond?

A bail bond is a cash amount the judge orders a defendant to pay in order to be released from jail prior to going to court for their trial.  Typically the "bond" amount ordered is large enough to ensure the defendant will keep all appointments with the court in order to have their payment returned after their case ends.  

What information does the bondsman need to get someone out of jail?

We will need to know the arrestees name, the jail location in which they are being held, the bond amount, the alleged crime committed and their date of birth if known.  Your bondsman will also require other personal information on the bail forms to complete the bond process.

How long does it take to get out of jail?

After all paper work is completed and payments made, it typically can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours depending on how busy the facility is at the time you are trying to get the defendant released.  It may be better to ask your bondsman what is the best time get someone released as they are more familiar with the jails release procedures and shift changes which can delay their release.

How much does it costs to post bond?

When hiring a bail agent in Virginia, expect to pay a premium of 10% of the total bail amount. For example if your bail bond is set at $1,000 then your premium payment to the bondsman would be $100. This fee is regulated by the state of Virginia.  Visit our page bail cost and payment for more information or to use our bail calculator.

Will I get the premium paid to the bondsman back?

No, bail premiums are fees paid to the bail bondsman for their services and for the use of their money to pay the defendants bond.

Can I pay the cash bond myself?

This depends upon the charge, and sometimes the jurisdiction. If you are looking to pay the cash bond, expect to pay the full bail amount orderd by the judge and pay it in cash. In most cases however, you will need to use a bail bond agency.

What is collateral?

Collateral is used by some bail bond agencies to secure the bond. Depending on the situation this can be just the signature of a good credited family member, on larger bonds, collateral such as real estate or cash may be required. If real estate is used, a lien will be placed on the property by the bail bond company.

When do I get my collateral back?

Collateral will be returned after the defendant's court case is completed, and the bond discharged by the court. A copy of the discharge must be given to the bonding agent to release any collateral.

What happens if the defendant misses their court date?

Contact your bail bond company immediately. The court will issue a warrant for the defendant's arrest and give notice to your bail bondsman for failure to appear. It is very important that you work with the private investigators that are assigned to handle the case.

Remember, as a co-signer, you are responsible for the defendant's appearance in court. The collateral you posted is at stake, your cooperation is very important. In the case where the defendant misses court and is not apprehended, the bonding company has to pay the full amount of the bond to the court. At this point, you will be contacted by the bonding company to repay the bond in full to them.