A bail bond is the document that is presented to the court to secure the release of a defendant who is in custody, and to ensure the appearance of the defendant at all required court hearings.
Typically, a bail amount is set by the local court jurisdiction following the arrest of a defendant. A family member, a close friend, or sometimes the defendant will contact a bail agent to arrange for the posting of the bail bond. The family member or friend that is guaranteeing the bond, also known as the indemnitor or co-signer, will complete paperwork and pay the premium, which is a percentage of the bond amount. By signing the paperwork, the indemnitor is guaranteeing that he or she will be liable financially if the defendant fails to appear in court.
An indemnitor/guarantor/co-signer is an individual, usually a friend or family member of the defendant, who agrees to indemnify the bail agent against a financial loss.
A judge or magistrate normally sets the amount of bail for a particular case according to a county bail schedule and the particulars of a case.
Acceptable forms of payment for Denton bail bonds are typically cash or credit card. A payment plan may be available upon approval.
Most often 10% of the bond amount if the bond is over $2500.00, (class C tickets are a set amount and not a percentage). In the State of Texas there is a $15.00 filing fee, per bond, with the Sheriff's Department at the time the bond is posted not to exceed $30.00 per defendant.
Once the bond is posted at the Sheriff's department or jail, the premium is not refundable.
There are several factors that must be considered, but on average it takes 1 to 4 hours.
Since we are part of a nationwide network, we have the ability to have agents in other counties and states to write bail at any jail the defendant is being held. There are additional costs associated with a transfer bond.