Bail Bonds 101

What is a bail bond?

A bail bond (surety bond) is a financial guarantee to the court that the defendant will appear in each and every court appearance as the court directs. Failure of the defendant to comply with the conditions of the court could result in warrants issued and bail bonds forfeited.

Where can I get a bail bond?

You can get a bail bond by calling us at (703) BAIL-OUT (224-5688) A licensed bail agent will confidentially discuss your individual situation and assist with all of your bail bond needs.

What is Collateral?

Collateral is a form of personal property placed within the fiduciary control of the bondsman, which may be sold in the event the defendant does not appear for his/her scheduled court proceedings. The bondsman can then sell the property to cover the amount of bail posted on behalf of the defendant. Collateral is a way of insuring the defendant will appear in court and complete his/her obligation to the court.

Where can a bail bond be posted?

A bail bond can be posted at most courts and jails. Most jails accept bail bonds 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 of the year.

What hours do bail agencies operate?

Because people are arrested both day and night, most bond agencies are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

What if I am calling from out of the area or another state?

If you are out of the area or live in another state and you have a friend or family member in custody, it is still possible to obtain a bail bond. The bail bond contract can be faxed or emailed to you and payment can be received by credit card or wire transfer. Call us at (703) BAIL-OUT (224-5688) to discuss your individual situation.

How much does a bail bond cost?

Most bail bond premiums are ten percent (10%) of the full bail amount. For example, if the full bail amount is $5,000.00 the premium (fee) for the bail bond is $500.00. These fees are established by the state and regulated by the Department of Insurance.

How long is a bail bond good for?

A bail bond is good for one year. If the case goes beyond the one year, the premium must be paid again in order to keep the bail bond current.

Is the bail bond premium refundable?

Once the bail bond is posted and accepted by a court or jail, liability is taken on the bail bond. At that point the bail bond premium is fully earned and is not refundable.

Who is liable for the bail bond?

The indemnitor (co-signer) is financially liable for the bail bond. The indemnitor’s liability is limited to the full face value of the bail bond.

What if I have additional questions?

If you have additional questions not answered in this ANGEL’S BAIL BONDS 101 page or if you want to obtain a bail bond, please feel free to call or email us anytime. A qualified bail agent will be happy to answer all of your questions and assist with all of your bail bond needs.