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Frequently Asked Question

Answers about Bail Bonds and the Bail Bonding Process.

What happens after a person has been arrested?

When a defendant is taken into custody by law enforcement, a number of things can happen. 

Most commonly:

  • The Defendant is released. No Charges are filed.
  • The Defendant is released on his or her Own Recognizance. (O.R.)
  • The Defendant is released on a bail bond.
  • The Defendant remains in custody until arraignment.


Do I need an attorney?

In any criminal matter, the Defendant should consult with a defense attorney. It is important that the defendant understands his/her rights.

You can often get a free consultation. Some attorney’s may even allow you to make payment arrangements to pay over time. You bail agent is not allowed to offer legal advice. 

What does a Bail Agent do?

A bail agent arranges for the release of a defendant accused of a crime from jail  by guaranteeing the court that the defendant will appear for all court dates required by the court. If the defendant does not appear,
it is the bail agent’s responsibility to get the defendant back in court and if they cannot return them to court, then
they must locate the defendant and rearrest them and return them to jail. If the bail agent fails to do one of those,
then the bail agent must pay the full face amount of the bond.

A bail agent is licensed to transact all aspects of bail required to have a defendant released from jail or court custody
through the use of a surety bond. The agent is licensed by the state and is required to pass and exam, as well as a
thorough background investigation. The law strictly prohibits any bail agent from giving legal advice.

Do I have to use a bail agent to get someone out of jail? What are my options?

No, you do not have to use a bail agent, BUT you should call and discuss your situation with one of our trained agents to get all the information that you need before you make your decision.
Some of the options available are:

  • Pay the full cash bail directly to the court in the form of cash, cashier’s check or money order.
  • Pay the full cash bail in the form of funds from the US Treasury.
    Accommodation can sometimes be made through the court to use real property as collateral. The laws vary and can be
    very specific as to how this is negotiated. You should consult with your attorney or the court clerk for more details.
  • Post a bail bond. This is also referred to as a “surety bond”.
    This can only be accomplished through a licensed bail bond company such as 24/7 Bail Bonding Company.
    Always ask to see identification from anyone who claims to be a bail agent.
What happens at the first court date?

The first Court appearance is called an Arraignment. The defendant will be asked to enter a plea.
Plea. It is a good idea to bring an attorney if he or she
has one. The defendant will be given three options for a plea. A) Guilty, B) Not Guilty, C) No Contest (nolo contendre)
A plea of No Contest is the same as a guilty plea, but the defendant does not admit civil liability, The defendant
should never enter any plea without speaking with an attorney first.

Is there another court date after arraignment?

Yes. There will could be Multiple Appearances. After the arraignment, the defendant will be given another appearance date. Please make sure
that the defendant makes all appearances. The defendant should consult with an attorney. It is better to have an attorney who practices criminal law.

How do I get a Public Defender?

At the first court appearance (arraignment), the defendant will be asked if he or she can afford an attorney.
If the person says no, a public defender will be appointed before the hearing. 

How do I know when the court date is?

If the information is available, the Bail Agent will let you know the arraignment date. If the appearance date was not available at the time you met with your bail agent, the defendant will get that information upon release.   If there are questions about a court date, please call the agent who bonded you
out or you can call (770) 447-7865.

How long will it take to get someone released from jail?

24/7 Bonding Agents are the quickest, the most efficient, and the most knowledgeable bail bond agents.  We use  ‘state of the art’ equipment to process all applications, credit cards, and deliver the all the necessary documents to get your friend and family released as quickly as possible. 


Then it is up to the jail, or release center to take these documents (Power of Attorney) and release the defendant.  How long it takes to release a defendant is determined by how efficient the corrections officers are, and how many other people have been arrested before your friend or family member.


Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays are usually the busiest. Being realistic, in some counties it can be from 4 to 10 hours after the bail bond agent has delivered the documents to the release center.

Calling us first as soon as possible will help the defendant get out of jail quicker.

Do I Have to Have Perfect Credit to Qualify for a Payment Plan?

You do have to have good, established credit to qualify. Meaning you have to have credit and be using it responsibly. We take into consideration several factors: length of residency, employment and arrest history, ability to make payments and other factors. Applying is your first step in determining how we can help you.  

What happens if the person that I singed for does not appear in court?

As the ‘indemnitor” You agree to be financially liable for the FULL Bail amount of the bail. If the defendant does not show up for court and the Judge declares that the bond is forfeited due to nonappearance, you are obligated to pay the full amount of the bail bond. 
Never bail anyone out of Jail that may not appear for court. Do not take any chances.

Is the down Payment refundable?

No. The amount you pay for the bond to the Bail Agency is not refundable. It is the cost of the bail. 

What is Collateral?

Collateral is money, property, or some other valuable asset to use to financially back up the rest of the bond in case the defendant does not show up for court and the entire bond has to be paid. If the entire bond is due, the indemnitor is given time to find the cash to cover the bond before converting the collateral into cash. 

Does Your Collateral Get Returned?

The law required the bail bond company to return all collateral and release all liens when the defendant’s case is completed. The bail agent will only release the lien once they are notified of completion of the case. 

When is Collateral Required?

Collateral is Required to ensure the defendant will appear in court if the bail bonding agent determines that there is a risk. 

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