The paperwork takes approximately 15-30 minutes. The release time after the jail receives our paperwork is generally one hour or less for local police stations and 2-4 hours for county jails. Generally speaking, the busier the holding facility, the longer it takes.
You usually can for traffic and minor violations. While a few jurisdictions do allow cash bail by a citizen if he/she signs an appearance guarantee and/or posts the entire bail, most states now require a licensed bond agent to guarantee it. This way, the state knows it can instantly collect the entire bond amount plus it can put the burden of apprehending those who fail to appear on the bond agency. Put another way, most states do not hassle with collateral and property; they collect bail forfeitures in cash.
Unencumbered Real Estate
Items of major collateral such as a car, boat, motor home, etc. are deemed good, but must be surrendered to the bail agent who will hold them in a secure place. These items are normally valued at their current resale value, not what you originally paid for them.
Personal items of high value such as jewelry, firearms, computers, cameras, stereos, etc. can be used as collateral, but like items of major collateral, must be surrendered to the bail agent who will hold them in a safe or other secure place. These items are normally valued at their current resale value, not what you originally paid for them.
Items that are not considered good collateral:
A house that you are still paying a mortgage on. We can work with you, but it takes some time.
Any item (such as a car) that you have purchased on credit in which the lender holds the title and you make payments to.
Upon completion of the court case.
This happens when: the charges are dropped, the person is found innocent at trial, or the person is sentenced to probation/jail time.
Of course, the collateral will only be returned if there is no outstanding balance due on the premium. The bail bond agent has a fiduciary (formal legal) responsibility to safeguard all collateral.
PR (Personal Recognizance) release practices vary widely by court jurisdiction. Generally, the more severe the charge, the less likely to PR release is.
A judge is likely to consider a person’s stability in the community and their employment when setting bail. However, you should also know that bail and PR release standards have been raised in domestic dispute cases over the past few years. Some states now even have “mandatory cooling off” periods in which bail is not immediately granted for these types of cases.
A bench warrant is issued for the person’s arrest and the person’s name will appear in police bulletins as a fugitive. Although specifics vary depending on the jurisdiction, generally the court also authorizes the bail agency arrest authority for the individual as well.
The bail agency normally calls the person’s home, work, and other references to try to find the fugitive and convince them to appear. If these efforts are unsuccessful, the agency may then search and employ apprehension specialists (private investigators) to arrest the fugitive.
From the perspective of someone who guaranteed the appearance by posting collateral, you want to convince the fugitive to surrender himself/herself to the police or court as soon as possible. Normally, if the fugitive is returned before actual remittance to the state, you can usually get your collateral back.
If the fugitive does not surrender and cannot be found by the forfeiture date, the bail agency remits the entire bond to the court and proceeds with legal action to (seize, if necessary and) liquidate your collateral. By law, the bail agency is required to refund any value received in excess of the bail amount following liquidation.
Because Delta Bail Bonds has very experienced bail agents and we do not bail out hardened criminals; we have one of the best rates in the country. We also have some of the best private investigators in the business that have apprehended major felons and fugitives for other agencies. As a guarantor, you will be glad that we are good at what we do.