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Responsibilities when you bail someone out
When you bail someone out of jail, you are called the bail bond indemnitor*. You take full responsibility for the defendant to show up in court when you bail someone out of jail. Most issues with appearance in court are easily resolved and rarely escalate beyond a simple phone call.

When a defendant is bailed out and fails to appear in court, usually arrangements can be made through the bail bond company or an attorney to get the defendant back to court in a timely manner. Courts generally understand that issues arise, people get sick, get stuck in traffic, have car problems, or any other manner of unforeseen circumstances. Usually the situation can be worked out, but the bail bond company needs to be notified immediately so arrangements can be made.

*The indemnitor is the person that signs paperwork with the Bond Company to become financially responsible for the defendant should the defendant not appear in court. This person holds the Bond Company harmless from any financial losses in the undertaking of the bond. If you go to a Bail Bondsman to post a bond for a friend or family member, you are considered the Indemnitor and the friend or family member is the Defendant.

How to Pay for Bail
When arranging bail, companies generally need payment in advance of “posting” a bond for the release of a detainee. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Lots of our clients pay using credit card.

When Someone Is Arrested
When an individual is arrested, generally, they will be taken to a local law enforcement station for processing and booking. That includes fingerprinting, pictures, and nation-wide computer database searches. It can take many hours, but in smaller jails it can usually happen more quickly. Bail cannot be arranged until the arrest process is complete.

Procedure for Bailing Someone Out
Generally, a friend, relative or defendant will contact a bail bond service by phone. During the initial phone consultation, we will collect basic information about your situation in order to determine the risk involved in the bond and start the approval process.

If the customer chooses to purchase a bail bond, the customer will need to sign basic bail bond documents including an application, Indemnity Agreement, and receipt. The customer then becomes the indemnitor (see section about Responsibilities when you bail someone out). Our company can process the paperwork by fax in just a few minutes or we can dispatch a licensed bail agent to the customer/indemnitor.

After the paperwork is finalized, a licensed bondsman will “post” the bail bond at the appropriate detention facility which will result in the release of the defendant. From start to finish, a competent bail bond service will complete the entire process in 1-2 hours. For this service, the customer is charged a bail bond fee (generally 10% of the full bail amount, which is mandated by state law).

If Someone Isn’t bailed out
If the defendant is not bailed out, he or she will generally remain in custody until the matter has been resolved in court. The benefit of arranging a bail bond is that the defendant will have more time obtain legal services and present the case in a complete manner. Additionally, the defendant can get affairs in order in the event jail time will be required.

When the Defendant is in jail in another county or state
Most Bond Companies can do what is called a Transfer Bond. This allows you to use a Bail Bondsman in your area to secure a bond for a Defendant in any other location. The Bail Bondsman that you chose will have another company post a bond at the location of the Defendant. Due to this extra process, transfer bonds are subject to additional costs.

Some Bond Companies, in the area of the Defendant, may allow you to post a bond with them directly rather than involving another company. Bovo Bail Bond Agency can provide this service.