Q: What is a Bail Bondsman?
A: A Bail Bondsman is an agent licensed by the state and appointed by an Insurance company to post bonds to the courts.
Questions and Answers
Here are the top twenty questions asked concerning bail bonds. We kept the answers brief. Contact one of our bail agents for a detailed explanation. Our agents will answer all questions in full detail and it is FREE. We want you to understand fully, all the responsibilities you are assuming when signing for a bail bond.
Q: Does the Bail Bondsman work for the courts?
A: No. They work through an insuarance company that is licensed to conduct bail in the state or use property posted to courts.
Q: Do all Bail Bond companies charge the same amount?
A: Yes. Each state regulates how much a bonding company can charge. In Virginia, no bail bond company can charge more or less than 10%. Financing is available, ask your agent for details.
Q: Do I get the money I paid back when court is over?
A: No. Not if you only paid the 10%. That is the fee for posting the bond. Yes, if you deposited collateral with the company along with the fee.
Q: Does the Magistrate have to set a Bond?
A: No. Depending on the crime, a Magistrate can hold the individual over to see a judge the next business day.
Q: What if I no longer want to be responsible for the Bond?
A: You have the right to have the bond revoked at anytime, for any reason. There may be fees for this service.
Q: What if the defendant does not appear in court?
A: If the defendant fails to appear (FTA) in court and cannot be located within 150 days, you will be responsible to pay the full amount of the bond.
Q: Am I responsible for only the first court date?
A: No. You are responsible for ALL court dates pertaining to the charges. The bond will also remain in effect for all court dates.
Q: What if the defendant gets arrested again?
A: If the defendant is arrested on any other charges while on bond, contact your bail bondsman and they will let you know your options.
Q: What is an arriaignment?
A: It is a hearing where the judge will make sure the defendant understands what crime they are charged with, appoint an attorney if qualified and review the bond status.
Q: What is a Bail Bond?
A: A bail bond is a monetary value that is set by a Judge or Magistrate to guarantee the appearance of the defendant in court.
Q: Do I need to use a Bail Bondsman to post a bond?
A: No. You can post the full amount of the bond directly with the Magistrate in cash, but there are more options when using a bail bondsman.
Q: What requirements do I need to use a Bail Bondsman?
A: The requirements are different with each bonding company. We require a stable job, stable residence and US citizenship.
Q: What happens after someone is arrested?
A: When a person is arrested, the police will take them before a Magistrate. The Magistrate will determine if a bond is set or not.
Q: Why didn't the Magistrate set a Bond?
A: In some cases, where there is a presumption against bond, the Magistarate may choose to have the individual appear before a judge.
Q: What happens if I revoke the Bond?
A: The defendant will be taken into custody by our recovery team and returned to the custody of the jail they were bonded from.
Q: What reasons will the courts allow for a defendant's FTA?
A: There are two. If the defendant is incarcerated in another jail or the defendant is dead. For any other reasons, check with your attorney.
Q: When am I no longer responsible for the bond?
A: Once there is a final disposition in the case, the bond becomes voided. If you are not sure, contact your bail bondsman.
Q: What is a Detainer?
A: A detainer is placed on a defendant when another jurisdiction is accusing them of a crime or they are wanted for other reasons by a federal agency.
Q: What is a Bond motion?
A: When a defendant is held without bond by both the Maigistrate and Judge, an attorney can put a motion into the courts to argue for a bail bond.
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