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HOW MUCH DOES BAIL COST?
Bail agents charge a non-refundable premium rate for all bail posted on behalf of the defendant. Typically in Pennsylvania, the average premium rate charged is 7%* of the total amount of the bail set by the Judge. For example, if a Judge were to set bail at $10,000.00, one must either pay $10,000.00 to be released from jail or hire a bail agent to post the bail on their behalf. The non-refundable fee premium rate fee to do so would be $700.00. Once the necessary paperwork is completed by the co-signor and defendant, and the fee is paid, the bail agent will then post the bail bond with the court guaranteeing to the court that the defendant will appear for all subsequent court dates. Once a bail agent posts the bail, they are also agreeing to be liable for the total amount of the bail bond to the court. This means that, should the defendant fail to appear in court for any reason, or "jump bail", the bail agent will be responsible to pay the full amount of the bail to the court. However, a bail agent is also known as a third party surety. This means that any co-signor that signed the bail documents, as well as the defendant, are responsible to pay those monies back to the bail agent should the bail be forfeited by the court.
*The total amount of non-refundable premium charged will depend on the factors of your case. Please call to discuss your specific case. These fees are established by the surety company and regulated by the Department of Insurance. PA minimum rate is 5% and the maximum rate is 15%.
TYPES OF PAYMENTS ACCEPTED - PAYMENT PLANS/FINANCING
The bail bond premium is usually paid by cash, credit card or check. To help you handle the bail bond process, we offer several flexible payment options. You may not have available cash or credit to cover the entire bail payment, but you may have sufficient collateral to back up your payment. Call us and let us know your special needs or concerns. We'll answer your bail bond questions related to the jail release process and work with you to provide the bail amount.
If you don't know how much the bail amount is, we will find out for you and take care of things from there. For large bail amounts, you may need to back up your bail payment with collateral, such as a home you own. Depending on how much the bail amount is and what the charges are, you might not need collateral to pay the bail bond costs. We'll let you know and make the process as pleasant and easy as we can for you.
No extra taxes or hidden fees are allowed, but neither are discounts. Be wary of "cheap" bail bond companies that claim to charge less than 5% or anything more than 15%, to post bail for you. These bond companies may be trying to bait customers with a low bail bond cost as a down payment only, then hit you with unexpected additional fees later. Companies that charge less than the mandated amounts are operating illegally, and shouldn't be trusted with one's jail release.
Call to inquire about our flexible payment plan options and for more information on how we can help you handle your bail bond costs.
*In addition to the required bail bond premium, you will need to bring proper identification, address and telephone number and proof of employment. Additional information may be requested by the agency and is set forth at the discretion of the individual agent, agency and/or surety company.
WHAT IS COLLATERAL?
In some circumstances, collateral is required in order for the bail agency to post bond on behalf of the defendant. Collateral is typically requested when an agency is posting a high bail, when a defendant has a lengthy history or may be considered a flight risk. COLLATERAL IS NOT USED IN SUBSTITUTION OF THE NON-REFUNDABLE PREMIUM FEE CHARGED BY THE AGENCY. Collateral is requested in order to secure the full amount of the bail if it is forfeited by the court. Collateral is returned to the co-signor or the defendant once all court hearings have been completed and the bail bond is discharged with the court.
Collateral can be accepted in many forms including, but not limited to additional cash payments, credit card payments, vehicle titles, assets on paper, and mortgage deeds. Be sure to speak with your bail agent prior to posting bail in order to find out whether or not collateral will be requested prior to filling out any documentation with the bail agency.
As an Indemnitor (co-signor), you are financially responsible for the bail bond. As long as the person you bail out makes all of their court appearances, you will not have to pay any money in addition to the premium. If the person is simply late to court or has a valid reason for not being there, we can usually get them back into court without additional expense to you. If the person skips bail and we are not able to return that person to court, you will be required to pay the full amount of the bail. If we are able to return them to court, you will be required to reimburse us for actual expenses incurred. Collateral is money, property, etc. that you deposit with the bail bond company. The collateral is held until the bond is exonerated and the premium has been paid in full.
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