How To Post Bail
Bail Bonds Denver will walk you through the entire bail process and do our best to answer the often asked question of “How Does Bail Work?”; we understand you have enough to worry about with the arrest of a friend or loved one. We will explain the entire process to you right here, but don’t hesitate to call us with further questions or concerns 24 hours a day. We can usually have your loved one out of jail within a couple hours in most cases.
The Process of How Bail Works
- A defendant is arrested or finds out they have a warrant.
- A Friend, family member, co-worker or defendant (if you find out you have an arrest warrant against you) calls us immediately….
- We verify the arrest charges, bail amount, & negotiate bond premiums.
- A Bail Bond contract and application is filled out by the indemnitor (person taking responsibility for the defendant making all scheduled court dates).
- Negotiated bail bond premium paid to the bondsman.
- Bail agent posts the defendant’s bond with the appropriate jail/detention center.
- Defendant is released from jail.
- Defendant fills out the bail bond application online or in person within 2 days of posted bond.
- Defendant will comply with all bond conditions including the appearance of all court dates until the case is dismissed or bond is released by the Judge/courts.
- Collateral (if used/required) will be returned to the indemnitor after bond release.
What happens after you are arrested?
After an individual/defendant is arrested he or she will be taken to the local jail or detention center to be booked and processed. After the initial booking (booking time varies for each jail), the defendant will either be given immediate bond (release), or wait until the following business day to receive the bail as set by a Judge. If arrested on a Friday, this could mean a weekend in jail. The reason for bail is to ensure the defendant appears at all scheduled court dates.
Bond Release Types
- Surety Bond
A Surety Bond allows a bond to be posted by any licensed bail agent. Your bail agent/bondsman will charge a non-refundable percentage of the bail bond price. This is a form of insurance fee as the bondsman is ensuring the defendant will appear in court at a later date. Most often, your bondsman will require an indemnity agreement to be signed by the Indemnitor (defendants friend, family member, co-worker, etc.). The indemnity agreement along with the bail bond ensures the defendant appears at all scheduled court dates.
Once calling us, the process happens very fast so we can get your loved one out of jail as soon as possible. If the defendant has a warrant, see “walk through bond” below to see how you can avoid jail time with our help.
After the initial application has been filled out, we, your bondsman/agent will post a bond for the full bail amount. If that amount is $10,000 and we charge the indemnitor 10%, the indemnitor will pay us $1,000. We then proceed to pay the court $10,000 and we do not get our money back until after the bond has been released. The $1,000 left over is the insurance fee we retain for services rendered.
If the defendant fails to appear in court as required, we have the rights to bring the defendant to court ourselves. This is where bounty hunters can come into the picture.
- P.R. (Release on Personal Recognizance):
This type of bond as set by the Judge is a type of bond/custody release with the promise to appear for all future court dates. However, the defendant may be required to be supervised by the local Pretrial Supervision program. This form of Bond is usually reserved for non-violent crimes and first time offenders.
- Walk Through Bond:
Man being arrested and put into handcuffs – He needs bailed out of jail
If you have a warrant out for your arrest, we can help you avoid jail time by providing a “walk through bond”. Call us immediately for specific details related to your case.
What You need to Know Before Hiring a Bail Agency
1-Make sure you only deal with a licensed bail agent. Ask to see the bail agent’s license and identification prior to any bail transaction.
2-Make sure the bail agent charges you legal rates not to exceed 15% or $50 minimum per bond plus bonding, booking, and filing fees required by the court and or detention facility. Any additional charges should be itemized and explained.
3-Make sure you are given itemized receipts for all charges.
4-Make sure you are given copies of all signed contracts and agreements.
5-If financing is provided, make sure you understand the terms of the financing agreement prior to signing and be sure you are given copies of anything you sign.
6-Make sure the bail agent you contract with will be available to you after the bail bond has been posted. Part of what you pay for is service. Any professional bail agent or bail agency will be available for questions or concerns throughout the entire process.
7-We value integrity and open communication for all parties involved.