It is not uncommon for someone to have no knowledge of how bail bonds work until they or a loved one is arrested. Because of this lack of understanding, there are a lot of questions about bail, the bonding process, and how to actually contact a bail bondsman. Below are the most frequently asked questions about bail bonds, and the answers. What Should I Know Before I Contact A Bail Agent? There is specific information that a bail agent will require in order to be of service, so it’s important to have the answers to these questions: Where is the person in custody? – You will need to ask the person in question where they are located. This must include the city, state, and name of the jail. What is the full name and booking number of the person in custody? – This is important information the bail agent will need in order to contact the jail. The booking number can be obtained by the bail agent if you forgot it or it wasn’t available. How much is the bail? – The bail agent will receive this information when they contact the jail if you have not obtained it already. With this information, the bail bondsman can tell you the amount it will cost you to post a bond as well as the requirements of getting the person out of jail. How Do I Get A Bail Bond? There are four ways a person can be released from custody: You use a bondsman. You post cash for the full amount of the bond with either the court or jail. You use real property (like a lot or a home) with court. The judge can decide to allow the defendant to return home on their own recognizance. Do I Get My Money Back After The Case Is Over? There are a couple of exceptions to this, but you won’t get your premium back that you gave to the bonding office. This fee is what got the defendant out of jail and is fully earned as soon as the defendant is out of custody. So if the defendant get arrested again a week later, you will not receive any portion or refund. If the bondsman fails to uphold his end of the contract, only then will you be entitled to a refund of some sort. Can The Defendant Leave The State Or The Country While On Bond? You will need to obtain permission from the bonding office in writing in order to do so. If the court has given direct instructions not to leave the state or country, you will need to get permission from both the bail agent and the court before attempting to leave. If you don’t you are subject to arrest. Are Some Bondsmen Less Expensive Than Others? The general cost in your area is going to depend on the locale’s statuses and regulations. Florida bail bonds can be much different from another state’s. Bonding agents are typically licensed and regulated by the state. This means that the premium rates are not to be “excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory.” What Do Bondsmen Accept As Collateral? Each bonding office is going to have their own standards, however you can typically expect them to accept the following forms of bail collateral: Real Estate Vehicles Credit Cards Stocks Bonds Jewelry Personal Credit Bank Accounts If you or a loved one need a Florida bail bond, don’t hesitate and contact us today!