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Frequently Asked Questions Answered by Experienced Bail Agents

Many of our clients have never worked with the bail bonds system before, and it’s understandable that they have questions. We have provided a handy list of frequently asked questions so that you can educate yourself and learn more about the system before giving us a call.

Get Your Questions Answered

What is bail?
Bail is temporary release from jail for a person who is awaiting a trial. This is a right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Usually, money has to be paid to the court in order to ensure the defendant will appear for his or her trial.

What is a bail bond?
A bail bond is a promise to the court, in writing, that the defendant will come to court for all of his or her scheduled appearances.

How do I get a bail bond?
Call us at (203) 777-BAIL(2245). A bail bondsman will walk you through the process to help you get a bail bond and secure your loved one’s release from jail.

Where can I post the bail bond?
You can post the bond at any jail, court, or other correctional facility.

When can the bail bond be posted?
Theoretically bonds can be posted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, most courthouses and correctional facilities are only open at certain times. When you call us at (203) 777-BAIL(2245), you’ll get expedited service designed to get your loved one out of jail as quickly as possible.

What is the fee (or premium) for a bail bond?
The Connecticut Department of Insurance mandates all bail bonds fees, and these fees cannot be negotiated. You will pay 10% of the bail bond for a bond up to $5,000 and 7% for every dollar over that. We do offer payment plans to help if you cannot pay the entire fee up front.

Can I get a payment plan?
You certainly can. Give us a call at 777-BAIL(2245), and we’ll let you know all of the details.

Can I get a refund on the fee (premium) for a bail bond?
No. This fee is set by the Connecticut Department of Insurance. It is non-negotiable and non-refundable, no matter how long the court case lasts or what it is about. This fee must be paid in full when the defendant is released.

What is collateral?
Collateral is property of some kind that is used to secure a loan – in this case, a bail bond. There are a number of different forms of collateral you can use to secure a bail bond:

  • A signature of a cosigner
  • Real property
  • Land
  • Cash
  • Other property

Usually, a signature from one or more cosigners is all you need, but other forms of collateral are accepted. As long as the defendant makes all of his or her court dates, the collateral will not be taken away.

When is the collateral returned?
When the case is terminated, the collateral will be returned. The depositor must provide written documentation with an original signature, along with the defendant’s name, in order to secure the release of his or her collateral. Once this notice is received, you will receive your collateral back within 21 days.

What is a co-signer or indemnitor?
The cosigner or indemnitor is another person who signs an agreement with the surety bail bond agent. This agreement guarantees that the defendant will appear for all mandated court appearances. 

What happens if I don’t bond my loved one or friend out?
If you choose not to bond your loved one out, he or she will face an arraignment before a judge the next time that the court is in session. The judge may at that point raise, lower, or maintain the original bond amount. If you choose, you can post bond at the court following this arraignment.

If you cannot or choose not to post bond, your loved one will be transferred to a correctional facility. He or she will stay there until the case is completed.

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