Posting bail isn't something that many people will have to do in their lifetimes. So it is no surprise when a time comes that they need to they will have numerous questions. The Steele Boys' Bail Bonds team is happy to answer any questions about posting bail in Bay County or anywhere else in Florida. The following are some of the most common questions we get asked, should you have others, don't hesitate to call us.
Q. What is bail?
A. Bail is a right afforded to American citizens as dictated by the constitution. It acts as insurance to the court, stating the defendant will appear at each and every one of their scheduled court dates or else the bail amount will be forfeited.
Q. What is a bail bond?
A. Instead of having to pay the full bail amount to have your loved one released from jail you can use a bail bond agency, such as Steele Boys' Bail Bonds, to provide the court with a bond that guarantees full payment of the bail amount if the defendant does not appear in court.
Q. Do I need collateral to post bail?
A. Most of the time collateral is not needed in order to post bail. However, it may be based on certain circumstances. Contact us to find out more about using collateral to post bail.
Q. Who is the indemnitor?
A. The person paying the bond premium to the bail agency is known as the indemnitor or cosigner. This person assumes responsibility for the actions of the defendant. They are tasked with getting the defendant to court and they may incur financial debts should the defendant skip bail.
Q. What is the bond premium?
A. 1) Call someone who can help with the process of getting you out of jail. The person who agrees to help you will be required to complete informational forms and to pay the premium, which is the amount that is charged for writing the bond. By law, the minimum charge for a bond is $100.00. If your bond is $1,000.00 or less, the charge will be $100.00 If your bond is more than $1,000.00, the charge will be 10% of the bond. Each charge has a separate bond which is not refundable. Collateral may or may not be necessary and it is on a case by case basis.
Q. How long does it take for someone to be released?
A. Once the bond is issued it can take anywhere from 1 hour to 7 hours or more for the defendant to be released, depending on the size of the facility they're being held at and how busy the jail is.
To learn more about posting bail in Florida, including Bay County, Gulf County, Jackson County and elsewhere, be sure to reach out to our dedicated team of bail agents. Call Steele Boys' Bail Bonds at (850) 403-0214 to have all your questions answered quickly and honestly.