Bail Bond Process

How to post a bond:

Once a defendant is arrested, he/she is taken to a holding facility in the jail. The arresting agency then processes the arrest and the defendant can then post bail.

Once bail has been set, the defendant will be allowed to contact a friend, family member, or bond agent.

Bond premiums are generally 10 percent of the total bond with a minimum charge of $100, Florida bonds fees are regulated by the Florida Department of Financial Services and should never vary between Bail Bond Agencies. The fee can be paid in cash, check, credit card, and PayPal. The fee is non-refundable once the defendant has been released from custody. In some cases, collateral will be required.

The bond MUST be guaranteed by someone other than the defendant to ensure that the defendant appears in court. The paperwork signed by the co-signer is a contract guaranteeing that the defendant will appear at all scheduled hearings and trials. If the defendant skips bail and cannot be apprehended, the bond is forfeited and the bondsman will attempt to collect the full amount of the bail bond from the cosigner.

Once a bond is posted it typically takes 4 to 12 hours for the defendant to be released. This time may vary from case to case, jail to jail, depending on their individual processes. Bail Bond Agents do not have the ability to speed up this process.

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