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What is the Procedure?

The defendant, or the person that is in jail, is required to post bail before he is released from jail. A judge of the county of apprehension sets the amount of the bond. The bond is designed to guarantee the appearance of a defendant in court at the appointed time.

Posting bail through a bonding company, or surety bond, is the most popular form of release. This process involves a contractual undertaking between the Sheriff of the respective county and an admitted bonding company having adequate assets to satisfy the face value of the bond. The bonding company guarantees to the court that they will pay the total amount of the bond if a defendant fails to appear in court.

Before posting the bond, a friend or relative of the defendant is contacted to serve as a guarantor on the bond. When posting bond through a bonding company, a co-signer or indemnitor is required. The co-signer acts as a financial guarantor and obligates himself to ensure the defendant’s appearance in court. If the defendant fails to appear in court, the co-signer is obligated to turn the defendant into the bonding company to be surrendered. If the defendant has absconded, the co-signer is obligated to remit the full amount of the bond to the bonding company, which in turns pays it to the courts.

The bonding company can be reasonably assured that the defendant released on a surety bond will appear for court by involving the friends and family of the defendant. Soon after a friend or a family member of the defendant has co-signed for the defendant, the bail agent will sign the defendant”s bond.

How long does it take to have a defendant released from jail?

The defendant will be released after the bail agent posts the bond. However, release times vary from jail-to-jail. It usually takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 8 hours to be released.

Free at Last Bail Bonds will do everything possible to expedite the release of your love one. Unfortunately, however, it is very little that we can do after we sign the bond. The city and county jails nationwide each has their protocol. Rest assured; we are here to answer every question and ease every fear.

What is collateral and why is it needed?

Collateral is anything of value used to financially secure a bail bond.

What can be used as collateral?

Cash or property is the most common form of collateral. However, under some circumstances, jewelry, cars, and boats are accepted as collateral.

When is the collateral returned?

Collateral is normally returned 15 to 20 business days after the defendant’s case is completely settled and the entire premium is paid in full. We must have a disposition signed by the judge before any collateral is released.

How long does it take to have a defendant released from jail?

Free at Last Bail Bonds strives to treat every client and every potential, as we would like to be treated. We understand that for many of our clients this is their first encounter with the judicial system, which makes it a very traumatic experience indeed.

Most importantly, we understand that a large percentage of our customer base has limited disposal income and may have difficulty with such an impromptu expense as bail. To facilitate this, we offer a variety of payment plans tailored to fit the needs of a specific client. It is imperative that each case is assessed individually versus by the book guideline that is the industry norm. We make every effort to accommodate each client according to his or her specific need.

We are confident that we offer the highest level of customer service and expertise in the industry. We can handle all of your bail bonding needs from the local to the federal level in any jail in any city. Let Free at Last Bail Bonds post bond for one of your love ones. Contact us at 404-577-2245. You can co-sign by fax or at our office. We accept all methods of payment (cash, check, credit card, western union, money gram, and wire transfers.)