No one wants to ever know how the court system works first hand, but sometimes either poor decisions or being at the wrong place at the wrong time can land us or a loved one in that predicament.
In any case, Ajua Bail Bonds has compiled a FAQ list to help you understand what steps to take in obtaining a bail bond.
What is the Purpose of a Bail Bond?
The intent of bail is to assure the defendant will be in all court proceedings a judge orders before or after a conviction.
Is Bail Ever Refunded?
You will not receive any funds back that were paid for the bail bond. Once the bail bond has served its function, the surety will be exonerated or released from the obligation. If the proceeding get terminated or the defendant is returned to custody, the exoneration has transpired.
How do Bail Bonds Work?
Posting bail bond involves a contractual undertaking guaranteed by a bail agent and the individual posting bail. The bail agent assures to the court that the defendant will be attending every court date the judge orders them to. The defendant is charged a percentage of the bail. Before being released either the defendant, family member or friend must acquire the services of a bail bond agent and arrange bail. Before bail will be posted, the defendant or co-signer will agree to pay the full amount if the defendant does not show up for court. Generally a family member, or friend co-signs for bail. Collateral is not always required, although the co-signer does need to be working or own a home. Often times bail can be posted upon a co-signers signature. Once the contract has been signed, the bail bond agent then posts bail. If the defendant disappears before the court dates, the co-signer is responsible to pay the full amount, and if the agent seeks out the defendant, the co-signer is also required to pay the full expenses.
How Long is the Bail Bond Good For?
A bail bond is good for one year. If the case goes beyond the year, the premiums must be paid again in order to keep the bail bond current.
Is Bail Money Returned if Charges are Dismissed?
Statutes provide for exoneration of the surety in the event of a dismissal. There is however, a grace period if the prosecution may seek to re-arrest. The bail bond company does not award any return money.
Fast Bail Bond Service that Gets You Out of Jail Quickly in Fresno, Atwater, Merced, Selma, Visalia, Hanford, Madera & the Central Valley California
Ajua Bail Bonds can assist you in obtaining a bail bond and answer any addition questions to help you through this challenging time in our life.