Q: How much does a bail bond cost?
A: That is dependent upon the amount of bail the judge sets for your specific case. Generally, a bail bond will cost anywhere from 10-15% of the total amount of the set bail. (i.e. $10,000 bail would require a bond of anywhere from $1,000 - $1,500)
Q: Do I need collateral?
A: For smaller bail amounts, probably not, but for felonies and more serious crimes with higher bail amounts, you may have to put up collateral to cover the full amount of the set bail. As long as the accused appears for all court dates, this should not be a problem, but be aware that any collateral put up against the bail bond can and will be sold in order to cover the full cost of bail in the event that the accused decides to run.
Q: What if I help bail someone out and they run?
A: It is imperative that you contact the bail bonds company, the attorney for the accused, the court, and anyone else involved with the case. We will need to know as much information as you have about the issue in order for us to best help you out. Remember: if you co-signed on a bail bond, you will be responsible for payment in full if the accused does not show up to court. It is crucial for you to openly communicate with all involved in order to best help you out, should you have to deal with a situation like this.
Q: Can you refer me to an attorney?
A: No. We are not attorneys and it is illegal for us to refer you to attorneys. There are many great attorneys in the area, many of whom have detailed websites about the kinds of cases they take. It is our advice to do a little research online and find an attorney who best fits your needs.