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Phone: (818) 909-9590

Toll Free Phone: (877) 875-BAIL

Fax: (818) 909-2242


Remember: the law varies from state to state.


Here are some answers to basic questions you may have regarding bail:


Question: How long does it take to be released from jail on bail?

Answer: The paperwork takes approximately 30-40 minutes. The release time, after the jail receives our paperwork, is generally, 1 hour or less, for local police stations, and 4-10 hours for county jails. The busier the holding facility, the longer the release process.

Question: What happens after a person is arrested?
Answer: When the arresting law enforcement agency takes the defendant into custody a number of things can happen:
  • The defendant is released. No charges filed.
  • The defendant is released on his/her own recognizance.
  • The defendant is release on a bail bond.
  • The defendant remains in custody until his/her arraignment before the court.


Question: When do I get my collateral back?
Answer: Upon completion of the court case, this happens when:
  • Charges are dropped
  • The person is found innocent at trial
  • The person is sentenced at trial

At the end of the case, a certificate of exoneration must be received from the court clerk, and given to the bail agency.

Of course, the collateral will only be returned to you, if there is no outstanding balance on the premium.

Question: Do I get my premium back?
Answer: No, that is the bail agency's fee for providing the bond.

Bail premiums (the 10% you pay) are normally fixed by contract with the state.

Question: What happens after the defendant is released on bail?
  • Arraignment. The arraignment is usually the first court appearance. It is a good idea to bring an attorney if he/she has one. If not, the court will appoint you one. The defendant will be asked to enter a plea.
  • Plea. The defendant will be given three options for a plea. A) Guilty, B) Not Guilty, C) No Contest: A plea of No Contest is the same as a guilty plea, but the defendant does not admit civil liability, The defendant should never enter any plea without speaking with an attorney first.
  • Multiple Appearances. After the arraignment, the defendant will be given another appearance date. Please make sure that the defendant makes all appearances. The defendant may want to consult with an attorney. There are many attorney referral services available through the court.

Question: How long is a bond valid?
Answer: The bond is generally good as long as the case last. However, the terms of the contract state that the bail bond premium is paid annually. 

Question: Am I criminally liable if someone I sign for does not appear in court?
Answer: No, your liability under our contract is strictly financial.

Question: What happen if the defendant is late for court or misses the court date?
Answer: This should be avoided, at all costs. The court may look upon the defendants failure to appear as a willful act. If this happens, the court may issue a warrant and the defendant may be subject to arrest. Under some conditions, we may be able to contact the court and "reassume" the liability of the bond. If you know that the defendant is going to be late or delayed for court, call the court immediately.

The bail agency will normally call the person's home, work, or other references to try to find the defendant, and try to convince them to appear.

(Judges tend to get more irritated, the longer a defendant stays at large.) 

If the bail agency's efforts at convincing are unsuccessful, the agency may then employ apprehension specialists (bounty hunters), to arrest the defendant.

If you have a question that is not answered in the f.a.q., feel free to email, or call us.

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