Florida Bail Bonds Frequently Asked Questions
There are many questions you may have prior to posting a bail bond for a person who is incarcerated in jail, we have provided a list of common questions and answers to further assist you in choosing a bail bondsman. You should always do business with a bail bond agent who is licensed and appointed with an insurer.
Q: What is a bail bond?
A: A bail bond or a surety bond is a contract between a licensed bail bond agent and the court to guarantee the defendant will appear for all required court appearances. The bail bond agent will ensure the court if the defendant does not appear, the full amount of the bond will paid to the court, or the bail bond agent will surrender the defendant.
Q: How is a bail bond amount determined?
A: Bail is set on a county level by judges who then notify local law enforcement of the fees, a bond is determined by the nature of the crime, and depending on the severity of the crime, bond amounts are set for misdemeanor and felony charges.
Q: How much does a bail bond cost?
A: In most states, a bail bondsman will charge 10% of the bond amount as the premium, in federal cases the bail premium is 15% of the bond amount.
For example , an inmate who has a $5000 bond, the premium will be $500. In Florida the minimum premium amount for any bond under $1000 is $100, and 10% for any amount over $1000. A bail bondsman will charge 10% premium on each charge the inmate may have.
Q: How do I pay for a bail bond?
A: You can pay the full amount of the bond to the facility where the inmate is incarcerated in either cash, or a cashiers check, on larger bonds the court may hold the funds to determine if the funds are from legal sources of income. You can also pay a bail bondsman 10% of the bond amount to have the inmate released.
Q: What do you accept for payments?
A: We accept cash, money orders, credit and debit cards. We also accept local business checks. We do not accept personal checks.
Q: Do you offer credit or financing?
A: Yes. We offer many different payment options and will always make sure you can afford the terms.
Q: What is collateral?
A: Collateral is something of value used to secure a bail bond, usually this is in the form of real estate, or cash. A bail bondsman may also receive other types of collateral to secure the bond.
Q: I do not have collateral, do you offer signature bonds?
A: Yes. In many cases we can offer a signature with proper identification to secure the bail bond.
Q: If I use collateral, when do I get it back?
A: Any collateral used to secure a bail bond is returned to you once the defendant’s case is over and all the obligations of the court have been satisfied, and the bond has been discharged or released by the Clerk of The Court.
Q: What am I responsible for when I bond someone out?
A: When you bond someone out of jail, you will be responsible for making sure the defendant appears at all required court appearances. You are bound by contract, as an indemnitor and will be required to sign an indemnity agreement and a promissory note for the full value of the bail bond.
Q: What happens if the defendant fails to appear for court?
A: If a defendant fails to appear for their court case in Florida, you have 60 days from the date of the bond forfeiture to pay the bond amount in full, or the defendant must be returned to custody.Any collateral used to secure the bail bond may be forfeited as well.
Q: Can I bond someone out of jail in another county or state?
A: Yes. We offer service statewide and nationwide, a transfer fee of $100 may apply for this service.
Q: What are your business hours?
A: We are open 24 hours a day.
Q: Can I meet the bail bondsman at the jail or the courthouse to fill out the paperwork?
A: Many counties do not allow you to meet the bail bondsman at the jail or the courthouse, it is always best to meet the bail bondsman at their office location. A reputable bail bondsman will always have an office to meet with their clients.
Q: I need to find a Notary Pubic, do you have Notary service?
A: Yes. We have a Notary Public available, click here for more information on Notary services.
Q: I have other questions not listed here, how do I get more information about bail bonds?
A: You can contact our office 24 hours a day with any additional questions, our phone is always answered by a licensed bail bondsman.