Category: General

Test Your Bail Bonds Knowledge: Fact or Fiction?

You may think you know everything you need to know about bail bonds but do you really?  Take our quiz and find out!

Bail Bonds are allowed in every state.

Infractions, Misdemeanors, and Felonies: Know the Difference

Everyone knows that misdemeanors are not as serious an offense as a felony.  While felonies do generally mean more jail time, a misdemeanor may not just be the slap on the wrist that we may expect.

What Does a Bail Bond Agent Do?

If asked what a bail bond agent does, most people will say, “They get you out of jail” but few have more than a vague answer at best.  The truth is, that while they do get you out of jail, they also have other duties.

Surprising Facts about Bail Bonds

Everyone knows about bail bonds.  They know that if they ever get arrested, a bail bond agent is who to call to get out of jail quickly and back home where they belong.   For most of us, the bail bond system is unfamiliar and something we hope we never need. 

Why We Have a Bail System

When a person is arrested and charged with a crime, they are brought to a hearing where a judge looks at the details of the case such as the manner and seriousness of the crime, and considers details about the accused like criminal history and the likelihood that they would flee.  They consult with a bail schedule (bail guidelines) and set bail.

Bail Bonds: The Basics

If you or a loved one has never been arrested, when it happens, it can be scary and confusing, whether you’ve been arrested for a serious crime or a minor infraction. Here are some basics on what happens when you’ve been arrested and how to get out of jail.

What is a Bail Enforcement Agent?

Formerly referred to as “Bounty Hunters”, bail enforcement agents are licensed professionals who work with bail bondsmen to recover a defendant who has failed to show up at scheduled court dates and may or may not have skipped town.  Often, bail bondsmen are bail enforcement agents and track down the defendant for themselves.

Bad Bail Bonds Agents

In February of this year, the New Orleans State Insurance Commissioner claimed that local bail bond agents had been regularly charging their clients a 13% premium on bonds issued, 1% higher than the 12% state-mandated limit which could result in refunds from the companies who have been overcharging for years to their clients.

Which is Better: Cash Bond or Bail Bond?

If you or a loved one has been arrested, there are some decisions that will have to be made, one of which is the type of bail to pay.  You may be released on your own recognizance depending on the crime, your criminal history, community ties, and other factors that lead the court to believe that you will show up at your court dates to face the consequences of your actions.

Federal Court Bail Bonds

Bonds for federal court are Signature Bonds (unsecured bonds) usually signed by a responsible 3rd party (co-signed).  A Property Bond is also used in federal court. This is a bond that is secured by property, usually in the form of real estate.  It requires a recent appraisal of the property along with a current lot book report from a title company and notarized documents must be filed with the county recorder’s office.