Bail FAQs

Escape Bail Bond FAQ’s

What is bail?

Essentially, bail is a security deposit given to the court in exchange for release from jail. The court determines the amount of the bail; more serious crimes typically have higher bails. When the defendant is released, they are required to attend all future court hearings. If they fail to appear, the court may keep the bail money. If they make all court appearances, the money may be returned.

What is a bail bond?

A bail bond, also called a surety bond, is a financial agreement between the defendant and the court. The bond guarantees that the defendant will appear in court as requested, and meet any other conditions. If the defendant fails to comply, an arrest warrant may be issued and the bond may be forfeited.

How do I get a bail bond?

First, the inmate must go through the booking process. Then, a bail amount will be set. Once this happens, you can pay the full bail directly to the court. If you don’t have enough cash, you will need a bail bond service to cover it for a fee of 10%. If you need assistance, call us at (855) BAIL- 500 to reach a professional bail bond agent. We will walk you through the entire process.

How much does a bail bond cost?

If you go through a bail bondsman, the premium is usually10% of the total bail. So, if the court requests $10,000, the fee would be $1,000. The fee is nonrefundable.

Where can I get a bail bond?

At Escape Bail Bonds, we can quickly and easily provide your bail bond for you. Once you call us, we will discuss your options. We can either meet you at the jailhouse or come directly to you with our mobile bail bond service.

Does the bail bond expire?

Each bail bond is good for a full year. If that time passes and the case is still active, you will need to pay the fee again in order to keep the bond going.

Will I need collateral?

Often, you will not need to present collateral to get a bail bond. However, in some cases you will need to sign on property or other types of collateral until the premium has been fully paid and the bond has been exonerated. Our agents will help you determine if collateral is the right option for you.

What is an indemnitor or cosigner?

An indemnitor, often called a cosigner, takes on financial responsibility for the full amount of the bail. If the defendant skips bail by failing to appear in court, the cosigner will be liable for  the bail amount set by the court.

What hours do bail bond agencies keep?

Because of the unpredictable nature of the industry, bail bonds agencies usually do not close. You can get a bail bond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Can I get a bail bond if I am out of the state?

Yes. If you are in a different state than the defendant, you can arrange a bail bond via fax and pay with a credit card or wire transfer. We will work with you no matter where you are.