Norwalk Bail Bonds FAQs :
What are bail bonds?
Bail bonds are also referred to as “surety bonds” because it is a contract made by a licensed bail agent who is insured by a surety company. The contract is an agreement between the bail agent and the client that states that the bail agent will be responsible for paying the full bail amount on the clients behalf and that they will take responsibility for the full bail amount if the inmate fails to show up to court.
What happens when you are arrested?
When anyone is arrested in the United States, they will most likely be taken to the nearest jail unless they are seriously injured. When they are at the jail they will have to go through the booking process before they can be bailed out. Once the jailer clears the inmate for bail he or she could remain in jail till the next court date or bail out of jail and go to a much later court date.
How long is the bail bond process?
The bail bond process could take any several hours to a couple of days depending on the situation of the inmate. You and the bail agent will have to fill out and sign some paperwork and then you will have to wait until the jailer clears the defendant for bail. When the defendant is cleared for bail, the agent will then turn in the paperwork to the jailer and the inmate should be released within the hour.
How much are bail bonds?
The bail agent or the company does not decide bail bonds prices because the law states that no one can charge any more or less than 10% of the full bail amount. This fee is to ensure that the bail agency is compensated for taking the risk of bailing someone out of jail.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We at Express Bail Bonds Norwalk accept all major credit cards such as Master Card, Visa, Discover, and American Express as well as cash or a personal check. We do also offer the option of a payment plan, but this option may require us to ask for some form of collateral to complete.
Can I finance a bail bond?
If you choose to go with the option of financing a bail bond, then we may have to collect some sort of collateral. The purpose of the collateral is to ensure that we have some way of collecting the full bail amount if the inmate does not show up to court or fails to finish all of the payments for the bail bond. Our agent will work with you and set up a payment plan that works around your budget.
What are my responsibilities when signing a bail bond?
When you choose to bail a loved one out of jail via a bail bond, you agree that it is your responsibility to ensure that the defendant shows up to his or her court date. If for some reason the defendant does not show up to court, then you will be held responsible for the full bail amount.
What do I do if I miss my court date?
If you must miss your court date, then you will have to contact your bail agent as soon as possible and explain your situation. The bail agent will then contact the courthouse, explain your situation, and then set up a new court date.
How do they pick the bail amount?
When the court house decides on the bail amount, they look at many aspects of your case in order to come up with a fair and just amount. The severity and amount of charges that the inmate has will usually be the deciding factor. The purpose of the bail amount is to help ensure that the defendant will show up to court and will realize the severity of his or her actions.
When do I receive my collateral back?
If you need to give us some form of collateral, then you can expect to get it back no earlier than when the case is finished. The purpose of the collateral is to ensure that the defendant shows up to court and that it is enough to cover the full bail amount if the inmate fails to show up to court.