Frequently Asked Questions

Henrico Bail Bonding  Services In Richmond, Virgina

How Do I Get A Bail Bond?

There are four ways in which a person may be released from custody.

  • You can use a bondsman.
  • You can post cash for the full amount of the bond with the court or jail.
  • You can use real property (such as a home or a lot) with the court.
  • And lastly the judge can decide to let the defendant go on their own recognizance.
Can A Bail Agent Discount The Fees On The Premium?

The rate that you pay a bail agent depends on the state’s statutes and regulations. For example, in Virginia the minimum allowable premium is set at 10%.   If a bail bond company in Virginia agrees to discount their fee, they may lose their license. Some Bail Bondsman try and lead you into believing that you will receive a discount but in the end actually charge you the 10%. Always ask to see a rate chart if you feel that you are being wrongly charged.

Are Some Bondsmen Less Expensive Than Others?

Like discounts, the general costs in Virginia the state’s statutes and regulations require a fee to be no less than 10% of the bond value. The guiding principle is that the premium rates are not to be “excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory.” 

What Do Bondsmen Accept As Collateral?

Each bonding office will have their own standards but for the most part you can expect them to accept various forms of bail collateral. Some example of collateral include:

  • Real estate
  • Cars
  • Credit cards
  • Stocks
  • Bonds
  • Jewelry
What If I Think The Defendant Is Not Going To Show Up

There are remedies that can be done here as well, contact the bondsmen as soon as possible so that they can discuss your option in full detail with you.

What If I Choose Not To Bail Them Out?

The answer to this question depends entirely on their location. Small community detention centers–often located in police stations–have limited space and don’t generally keep inmates much longer than a day. They may get transferred to another facility the day after or several days after. One thing that is almost guaranteed is that the facility they get transferred to is much less pleasant than even the holding cell that they are currently in. You can call the booking officer and ask them what is in store for your accused friend or family member if you decline to post bail.

How is the Amount Determined?

Most jurisdictions have a bail schedule that is used to determine the amount. For example, in LA, the Superior Court of Los Angeles County would set it at $20,000 if you were accused of a felony with a maximum possible sentence of 3 years in jail. The hearing judge has considerable leeway when setting bail though and can take external circumstances into account. For example, if this was your first offense, you’re gainfully employed, and you have family in the area, the judge may choose to reduce the bail amount or discard it altogether. However, if you have multiple offenses on your record and the judge believes you may be a flight risk they can increase bail or revoke it.

Some jurisdictions assign bail as soon as a suspect is booked without waiting for a hearing. This usually only applies to low-level offenses. You will be informed by the police if you can post immediately and you may even be able to pay for it with a credit card.

How to Secure a Bond

If the amount set is more than you or a family member can afford then securing a bail bond may be your best option. To find a company that will help get someone out of jail, you can search online, or the jail may have a listing you can use as a reference. While you’ll want to secure a bond as quickly as possible, it’s important to ask a few questions before deciding on a company to work with. Doing so could save you a considerable amount of money.

Agents make most of their money by charging a bond premium. The premium is generally 10-20% of the amount of the bond and is non-refundable. Even if the accused shows up to all their hearings and are acquitted, you’ll never get that money back. Finding a bondsman with a low premium can save thousands of dollars. On top of the premium, there may be application or initiation fees which you’ll want to know about ahead of time.

While worrying about money may seem insensitive while a loved one or friend is behind bars remember that court is not cheap and you’ll most likely need to pay attorney fees along with a host of other legal costs. Saving money now will allow you to spend more on the defense later.

What does bail type unrestricted mean?

Unrestricted bond is another phrase for an unsecured bail bond.

Do I Get My Money Back After The Case Is Over?

There are a few exceptions to this but you do not get your premium back that you paid to the bonding office. This fee is what allowed the defendant to get out of jail and is fully earned once the defendant is out of custody. For example if the defendant gets rearrested a week later you get no portion nor a refund of any money. If the bondsman fails to live up to his end of the contract then and only then you may be entitled to a refund of some kind.

Can The Defendant Leave The State Or The Country While On Bond?

You will have to get permission from the bonding office in writing before attempting to do so. If the court has given you direct instructions not to leave the state or country you must then get permission from the bail agent and the court before leaving. Otherwise you are subject to arrest.

What Happens If The Defendant Gets Re-Arrested While Out On Bond?

Once the defendant is back in custody the bond can be surrendered and your liability will be terminated. There are a few problems here: if you decided to surrender the bond you will lose the premium that was paid, and if you decided to get the defendant out on bond again, you will now have to post two new bonds and pay the premium on both bonds again.

what to do when a person fails to show up for their court appearance.

Let’s say you have some valid concerns about whether or not the person you are considering bailing out will fail to appear at their court date. You probably want to know your risks. In the event of a skipped court appearance, the bail bond is said to be in default. Now you are at risk of losing all the money you put up to get your friend or family member out of jail. You are also at risk of losing the collateral you used to secure the bond, which could be your house, car or other possessions. There are a few options to remedy the issue, though they vary from state to state.

How Did The Bail Bond System Get Started?

The bail bond system arises out of common law. The posting money or property in exchange for temporary release pending a trial dates back to 13th century England. The modern commercial practice of bail bonds has continued to evolve in the United States while it has since ceased to exist in most modern nation-states.

When is Bail Set?

When someone is arrested, they’re immediately booked into jail. What that means is that their name and personal information is entered into the police computer, their picture and fingerprints are taken, and their personal belongings are held in impound. They are then given a sobriety test, allowed to make one phone call, and then locked in a cell. A hearing is scheduled at which point a judge will determine how much bail should be. It is usually set within 48 hours of arrest.

What does combined mean for bond type?

A combined bond is a combination of surety and cash bond.

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Stokes McCune and his team were extremely enthusiastic to help out with the bond. extremely welcoming and inviting to make me feel at home. a true relationship was born with a simple service that was provided from Henrico Bail Bonding.

—Karen Shivelly