Bail Bonds FAQ

What can I do if my friend or relative was just arrested?

When a person is arrested, they have to go before a magistrate, who sets the amount of their bond. This is usually done very shortly after the person is brought to the jail. If you call us as soon as they are arrested, we can have them out very quickly.

What is a Bond?

A bond is the amount of money set by a judge or magistrate as a condition for the person’s release from jail. The bond is given with the condition that the person return to court for all court dates. The bond amount paid is returned to the person who paid it on the condition that the defendant meets their court dates. Otherwise, it is forfeited.

What is a Surety Bond?

A surety bond is a bond paid by a bondsman, like DJ’s Bail Bonds. The bondsman will pay your bail for you. The one condition is that you pay a percentage of that bond to him. If you do not show up for your court dates, it is the responsibility of the bondsman to bring you into court.

What is a Cash Bond?

A cash bond is the bond that the defendant must be able to pay before he or she can be released. Most courts require you to pay the bond in cash or a money order. But some will accept checks or even credit cards.

What is a Cosigner?

The cosigner to the bail bond is the person who is held financially responsible if the individual fails to show up for their court dates. The bondsman and the court will require this person to pay all court costs and forfeit any collateral that is agreed to in the bail contract.

Do I get the money I paid to a bail bond company refunded after the defendant appears in court?

No. You will lose that percentage of the bond paid to the bondsman in return for their services. If you paid a cash bond to the court you will get that money back when you show up for your court dates.

How long does it take for a defendant to be released from jail?

It can take anywhere from two hours to eight hours depending on the conditions.