A bail bond is a document presented to the court to secure the release of a defendant who is in custody and to ensure the defendant’s appearance at all required court hearings.
The booking process might vary slightly from one jurisdiction to the next. However, it will generally follow some similar steps: The defendant’s vital information will be recorded, a mug shot will be taken, clothing and personal items will be confiscated, fingerprinting will be done, a full-body search will be completed, a check for warrants and a health check will be done, and incarceration will follow until bail is completed.
There are generally six different types of bail bonds we offer here at Island Bail Bonds: Cash Bonds, Surety Bonds, Transfer Bonds, Personal Bail Bonds, Federal Bail Bonds, and Immigration Bail Bonds. To speak to one of our bail bondsmen here in Galveston, TX, contact Island Bail Bonds today!
The price of a bail bond is always dependent on the amount on which the judge set bail. In general, the purchase price of a bail bond is about 10 percent of its value. If the defendant’s bail is set at $10,000, you can usually expect to have to pay around $1000 for the price of the bond. This does not include any additional taxes or fees due to out-of-county trips and credit card processing fees. Some states, jurisdictions, and bail bond offices differ on this number, but it’s usually somewhere in this ballpark.
The amount of money needed for bail depends on several different factors. For cases where the criminal offense is extremely violent or seen as particularly unsettling, the bail amount might be set relatively high. Other times, when the accused is seen as a potential flight risk, when they have a history of missing court dates, or when other factors apply, the bail amount might also be higher.
Acceptable forms of payment are typically cash or credit card. In some cases, Vimeo, Zelle, and Square options may be available as payment solutions.
An indemnitor/guarantor is an individual, usually a friend or family member of the defendant, who agrees to indemnify the bail agent against a loss. The indemnitor/guarantor must be at least 25 years old with verifiable income.
Once a bail bond agent is contacted, it usually takes less than an hour to complete the paperwork. However, release times vary from jail to jail and state to state. It could take as little as thirty minutes or as long as twelve hours to be released from jail.
To check a warrant is a quick and easy process. An Island Bail Bond representative can run your name to determine whether or not there is an outstanding warrant against you.