The bail bonds process can be extremely confusing. We understand this, and strive to alleviate the confusion by answering the most commonly asked questions about bail bonds below!
Frequently Asked Questions
Each state differs on what the rate is for any given bond. By state law in Louisana, a bondsman can charge up to only 12% of the full bail amount as a fee.
For Example: John Doe has a bond of $10,000 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail. The bail fee would be 12% of that, which is $1200 (plus additional jail and application fees).
We understand that even 12% is a steep price, which is why we provide payment options and plans. We know that the hours immediately after an arrest are difficult ones, which is why we strive to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible!
A bail bond is a financial arrangement between a bail bonding agency and a criminal defendant. A bondsman will issue a bond to the court, which allows the defendant to be released pending the trial. A bail bond fee must be paid to the bonding agent for their services.
If you or a loved one has been arrested, there are three different ways you can get out of jail:
- Bail Bond: Also called a Surety Bond, you can work with a bail agent to purchase a bond for a small percentage (12% + jail and application fees) of the bail as a fee for their services;
- Pay Bail Outright: You can pay the entire bail amount in full, in cash, to the court or jail;
- Release On Own Recognizance (O.R.): A judge or watch commander may decide to let the suspect go on their “Own Recognizance.”
Completing the paperwork to obtain a bond only take s10-30 minutes (the time depends entirely on the complexity of the situation/transaction). Getting released from the actual jail depends on the jail itself: county jails can take 6-12 hours, while local police stations can be an hour or less. It is important to remember that these times are not guaranteed, but are provided as general time frames.
Absolutely! All the paperwork can be completed online, and payment can be processed using your debit or credit card. You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home to help your loved one get out of jail!
The bail bond premium is non-refundable, as it is the bail agent’s fee for providing a service. It is fully earned once the defendant has been released from jail. Additionally, if the defendant is arrested for another charge while out on bond, the fee will not be refunded.
We accept many different forms of payment, including cash, credit/debit cards, money orders (leave these blank), and more.