If you have never been arrested before then you probably don’t know much about bail. But knowing how they work is helpful if you are ever in this stressful situation, or if you have a loved one that needs bail. Here are the basics of what you need to know.

What is bail?

If you or someone you know is jailed for either a crime or a suspect in a crime, then they will have to stay in jail until they either post bail or until their court dates. Bail is the money that is deposited with the court that ensures that the defendant will return when required. Once you return the bail will be returned if you paid for it yourself.


What is a bail bond?

If you or a loved one can’t pay for bail, then you will need a bail bond. A bail bond is when a bail bondsman agrees to cover the bail of a defendant. They are promising the court that the money will be paid, and they become responsible to the court for ensuring that the defendant returns. But why would the bail bondsman do this? Well, you will pay the bail bondsman a percentage of the total bail amount. So for example, if bail is set at $5,000 then you would pay the bail bondsman a maximum of $500 and a minimum of $400. In Indiana, there is a legal limit of 8-10% of the bail amount.


What is the process to get a bail bond?

If you or someone you know is arrested, and you are only able one call, you should call a loved one that can bail you out. The person who comes to us, the bail bond company, will become the cosigner. They will need to pay the bail bond fee and then you will be able to be released. We will cover the bail amount with the court.


Are you released immediately?

One bail is posted, the question we are often asked is “will I be released immediately?” Usually, you will be able to be released almost as soon as the bail is paid. However there is a lot of paperwork and the clerk at the jail will need to process this, so it could take a little while. It does change depending on the jail.


What happens if the person doesn’t show up for court?

No matter who it is, if the defendant doesn’t show up for the court dates, then multiple things will happen. First and foremost, another warrant will be issued against the person. Also, the cosigner will now be responsible for covering the entire amount of the bail. This could potentially be thousands of dollars.


Who can answer my other questions?

If you have any other questions that we didn’t answer here, then you give us a call anytime to ask questions! We are available 24/7 and are able to assist whenever you need it!