What is bail?

Bail allows an accused person to be temporarily released from custody so they can continue their lives while they prepare for their day in court. A sum of money, real property or bail bond needs to be posted by or on behalf of a defendant to guarantee their appearance in court. The right to reasonable bail is a guarantee under the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

How does a bail bond work?

The court sets the amount of bail required for the defendant’s release. The bail bond guarantees payment of the full bail amount to the court if the defendant does not show up for all scheduled appearances. These bail bonds are offered by licensed bail service providers.

What is bail bond?

A bail bond is a financial guarantee made by or on behalf of a criminal defendant to guarantee their appearance in court. Failure by the defendant to appear will result in a bail bond forfeiture.

What is the difference between bail bond amount and premium?

The bail bond amount is the full amount of the bail that is set by the court. The premium is payable to the bail service provider for providing the pre-trial release service.

Who is a co-signer/guarantor?

A co-signer/guarantor is the person(s) willing to be responsible for the defendant while they are out on bail and who co-assumes financial responsibility, including guarantee of the full bail bond amount.

What does it mean when a bail bond is exonerated?

A bail bond is exonerated when the legal process has finished. It does not matter whether the defendant is found guilty/innocent or if the case has been dismissed. At this point, the bail bond is discharged. However, any unpaid fees charged by the bail service provider are still owed.

When does a forfeiture take place?

A forfeiture occurs when a defendant fails to appear in court. If a defendant misses a court date, a bench warrant is issued for their arrest.

What is a summary judgment?

A summary judgment is issued by the court if, following a bail bond forfeiture, the deadline for reinstating the bond or returning the defendant to custody has passed. Upon issuance of a summary judgment, the full bail amount must be paid.

What is a reinstatement?

A defendant who has failed to appear in court can have their warrant removed and the bail bond re-activated. This proceeding may result in additional fees to the defendant/co-signer.

How much does it cost to bail someone out of jail?

All cases are different. To answer this question in your case please contact a licensed member of our staff in the nearest Power Bail Bonds office, or by calling us at 1-844-499-2245 and we can help direct you.

Is the premium refundable?

The defendant/co-signer are responsible for the premium and any fees incurred by the bail service provider on their behalf. These monies are earned at the time the defendant is released from custody and therefore not subject to return. This is the case even if the defendant is found innocent, the case is dismissed or the defendant is placed back into custody for another offense.

How do i make a payment?

Payments can be made any of the following ways:
On the phone
At a Power Bail Bond office
For more information on payment methods, see below or call (888) 867-4608 to speak to a Power Bail Bond representative.
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