So before calling a bail bond agency, have this information ready to go if you can:
➜ First and Last Name
➜ City/County of Arrest
➜ County Jail (optional)
➜ Booking Number(optional)
➜ Bond Amount
If you know the first and last name of the person who was arrested, as well as the county they were arrested in, the bail bondsman can secure the county jail and booking number for you. However, having this information ready for the bail agent makes the process a little more efficient.
Bail Bond PricesAside from having questions about obtaining a bail bond and release from jail, almost everyone has questions about bail bond prices. And you can never be too informed when it comes to money. Continue below for some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this topic, and perhaps get some answers for yourself before contacting the bail bond company.
Can a Bail Bondsman Offer a Discount on the Bail Bond Premium?
No matter what you’ve heard about bail bond discounts, they simply do not exist. If prices among bail bondsmen differ, it is because individual agencies are choosing a different state-regulated minimum and maximum for bail bonds. See below.
Is One Bail Bondsman Cheaper Than Another?
There are cheaper bail bonds in some counties as compared to others. It all depends on what the Department of Insurance allows, and whatever a bondsman chooses to sell their services for. The general state minimum and maximum is 10 to 15%, but some are as low as 8%. Talk to your trusted bail bondsman for the current state minimum for bail bonds.
What Collateral Do Bail Bond Companies Accept?
Acceptable collateral for bail bonds vary among bail bondsmen. It is usually a personal preference as to what they will and will not accept, and also personal discretion as to who they choose to accept it from. Examples of collateral commonly accepted in the bail bonds industry include real estate, cars, credit cards, stocks, bonds, bank accounts, jewelry, and personal credit.