FAQs

This may vary depending on the time of day, day of week, jail location and situation. However, most city or municipal release take about 1/2 hour or less. County jails and/or justice center may take longer.

A bail bond is a financial guarantee made by or on behalf of a defendant (arrested person) that is used to guarantee their appearance in court through the end of their trial. Failure by the defendant to appear will result in bail bond forfeiture.

Bail is cash, a bond, or property that an arrested person gives to a court to ensure that he or she will appear in court when ordered to do so.
In other words, a bail bond serves as a guarantee that the arrested person attend all of their court dates. As long as the person who was arrested attends all their court dates and follows the courts instructions, their bond remains active and in good standing. If the defendant doesn’t show up, the court may keep the bail and issue a warrant for the defendant’s arrest.

If you don’t have the full cash amount to bail yourself out of jail or if you cannot afford to put up bail, a bail bondsman will guarantee the full amount with a bail bond so that your loved one can be released from jail right away. The bondsman will also be able to assist you throughout the entire bail process and help you cut through the red tape associated with the legal process.

You should use Smith Bail Bonds because we have over seven years of experience in the justice system in your area. We have successfully bonded out hundreds of people just like you. And, we are quick, reliable and detailed so that when we handle your bond, we leave no room for error. We have a proven track record and guarantee you will be completely satisfied with our services. Our mission to get you or your loved one out of jail as quickly as possible and back home to loved ones.

We require a cosigner to sign on the bond with the defendant (arrested person), like all bonding companies. Requirements to be a cosigner vary with the bond and location. Generally we like to have a cosigner who is gainfully employed, a property owner, or someone that possesses collateral that is substantial enough to guarantee the bond. Types of collateral may include, land, personal property or real estate. For example a house, gold jewelry or a car may be used as collateral, however, these items are only eligible if they are debt-free.
Family members, friends, and employers typically make the best cosigners. And we typically prefer a cosigner to be at least 21 years of age, but they are required by law to be over the age of 18.

The cosigner or cosigners do not need to show up in court with the defendant, however, they should assist in making sure the defendant attends their court dates and follos the courts instruction. The cosigner will also need to assist the bondsman in maintaining contact with the defendant, and serves as a secondary point of contact between the bondsman and the defendant. If, for any reason, the bond is at risk of revocation or forfeiture, the cosigner must assist the bondsman in correcting this situation, or they (the cosigner) will be at risk of bearing the financial loss of the total bond amount.

If one cosigner cannot come up enough collateral to satisfy the bond amount, we may need more than one cosigner.

This is between the defendant and the cosigner. Per the bond contract, the cosigner will be responsible for paying any balance of the bond fee that may remain unpaid, as well as any surety recovery costs or bond amounts that may forfeit. Typically this is a family matter matter handled privately between the defendant and the cosigner.

The premium is the dollar amount charged by the bail service provider for providing the pre-trial release service. Usually this premium is 10% of the bail amount. For example, if the bail amount is $30,000, the premium charged would be $3,000.  The bail bond cost is the full amount of the bail that is set by the court.

We post a surety bond with the court for the full bond amount. For this service we charge a percentage fee which is typically a standard 10% fee, but this does vary with the bond amount. If a bond is less than $1,000 there is still has $100 fee. Certain bonds require a higher percentage fee. If you want to know what your individual bond fee will be, give us a call.
Once the bond fees and any associated jail processing fees are paid, there will be no more money due as long as the defendant (person arrested) meets their responsibilities and does not cause the bond to forfeit or cause risk of bond forfeiture.