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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. What is the purpose of bail?
  2. Do I have to use a bondsman?
  3. How much will a bail bondsman charge?
  4. Is the premium I pay to the bondsman returned after the defendant appears in court?
  5. What is a signature bond?
  6. What is collateral?
  7. When do I get my collateral back?
  8. How long will it take for my loved one to get out of jail?
  9. Can my loved one be released without posting a bond?

What is the purpose of bail?
The purpose of bail is to ensure the attendance of the defendant, when his or her appearance is required in court.

Do I have to use a bondsman?
No. You can pay the entire bond amount in cash to the jail.

How much will a bail bondsman charge?
In Florida, any bond $1,000 or under costs $100.00. Any bond over $1,000 costs 10%. All bond companies charge the same amount in accordance with state statute. In most cases, each charge carries its own bond amount. This is important for you to know when calculating how much a bondsman will charge.

Is the premium I pay to the bondsman returned after the defendant appears in court?
No. After the defendant is released from jail, the premium monies will not be returned as the bondsman has fulfilled his or her obligation to the bail bond contract.

What is a signature bond?
A signature bond is when a person of a certain age, who is stable in the community, employed for a certain length of time or a property owner signs a promissory note stating their responsibility to pay the full amount of the bond should the defendant fail to appear in court. The signature is in regard to the collateral only. The premium charged will still apply.

What is collateral?
Collateral is something of value that is held by the bondsman to ensure that the defendant appears in court until the case has been completed. The most common forms of collateral are car titles, real estate and possibly a signature.

When do I get my collateral back?
Collateral is returned when the defendant is adjudicated and sentenced or if the state decides not to prosecute the defendant.

How long will it take for my loved one to get out of jail?
Since so many factors affect the release process, it can be very difficult to determine when a defendant will be released. Typically the release process can take between 4-8 hours. Once the bondsman takes the bond to the jail, the bondsman has no control over how long the release process will take.

Can my loved one be released without posting a bond?
In some cases a person could be released on their own recognizance or pretrial release. Many factors are considered such as the charge, previous arrest history, county rules and the judge presiding over the first appearance hearing. 

 

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