FAQ Introduction: FAQs - Bail Bonds
The basic concepts of bail in the United States have a lineage that dates back prior to the formation of the United States in 1776. As bail bond statutes and rules are different not only from one state to another state, but in fact there may be significant changes from one county to another county within the same state. The FAQ’s below are based around Florida statutes, please remember there may be variations.All FAQ's are of a generic nature, Pasco believes under these trying and difficult circumstances generic answers will not resolve your questions. Please call (727) 842-4220 and immediately speak to a license bail agent 24/7 who is qualified to answer all of your questions specifically regardless of where your friend or love one maybe incarcerated, without obligations. Pasco has been in continues business for over 40 years, there is no question that we cannot answer to your satisfaction. We offer one on one private confidential consultations anytime day or night. FAQs - Bail Bonds
Bail Terms and Concepts:
WHERE DOES PASCO AND POST BONDS?
In all 67 counties in Florida, and all bail states across the country ANY BOND – ANY WHERE – ANY TIME.
We post State – Federal & Immigration bonds.
WHAT EXPERIENCE DOES PASCO OFFER?
Douglas Aabbott and his family have been in the bail business over 50 continues years inclusive of managing bail agents across the entire United States. Pasco bail experience totals more than 100 years, all of our bail talent available to resolve your bail needs, 24/7.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BAIL SOMEONE OUT?
Depending on the amount of bail set by the court and the number of charges filed against the defendant shall determine the bail bond amount. By calling Pascof our agents on premises and answer the phone 24/7. Please call (727) 842-4220, we will immediately tell you the exact amount of the bail and the total cost. Pasco & Aabbott NEVER has extra charges.
Collateral is something of value that’s “held” by the bail agent to ensure the defendant is present for all court proceedings. A piece of real estate, a car, a bank account – all can be considered collateral. Sometimes the signature of a qualifying co-signor will be accepted.
WHEN IS COLLATERAL RETURNED?
A bail bond agent has a legal responsibility to safeguard all collateral. As long as the defendant has not failed to appear before the court, collateral is returned once a case is completed – whether the defendant is found innocent or guilty. A bail agent’s fee however is not returned; this is payment for services rendered regardless of the outcome of the case.
WHAT IS BAIL?
In short, bail is a part of the court system that permits an accused person to be released from custody, also known as pre-trial release, so they can continue their lives while they prepare for their day in court. In criminal cases, it usually is a sum of money. A 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 guaranteed to you by the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.
HOW DOES BAIL WORK?
The court sets an amount of bail required for each charge to obtain release for the defendant. Under state statute, a state licensed bail bond company, “the surety” provides a “bail bond” that guarantees payment of the full bail amount to the court if the defendant fails to show up for all scheduled appearances. For their service of providing the bond, bail bond agent charges a fee or premium. In Florida the state regulates the fee at no less and no more than ten percent for all state bail bonds. Once the defendant is released from jail, the bail premium is not refundable.
PARTIES TO A BAIL BOND:
The principle(s), is the defendant and the indemnitor(s).that sign a contract, the indemnity, that binds the principles to the bonding company and the state.
WHO & WHAT IS AN INDEMNITOR?
An indemnitor is the person(s) willing to be financially responsible for the defendant while they are out on bail, including guaranteeing the full bail bond amount in case of forfeiture.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET RELEASED FROM JAIL ON BOND?
A generic answer is several hours, that said it depends on where the defendant is being held. County jails normally range from three to eight hours.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE DEFENDANT FAILS TO APPEAR?
If a defendant fails to appear before the court, he may be considered a fugitive and a warrant isnormally issued for their arrest, additionally the court may declare a forfeiture the bail bond.
If you think the defendant is going to fail to appear as required, contact Pasco as soon as possible to review what options are available to you. The bail bond agent makes every effort to locate the fugitive and return them to custody. However, if the bail bond agent is unable to locate the fugitive the bail agent must pay the entire bond amount to the court. The bail bond agent can recover the cost by enforcing the indemnity agreement to reimburse the loss.
WHAT IS FORFEITURE?
Forfeiture occurs when a defendant fails to appear in court as required by the court. The judge then finds the defendant has breached his conditions of bond, declares the bond forfeited and usually issues a warrant for the defendant’s arrest. Pasco will assist, depending on circumstances, to reinstate the bond with the court, if the defendant cooperates with the bonding company and the courts conditions.
HOW DO I PAY FOR THE BAIL BOND?
The fastest, easiest way to make your payment is online at our website, no extra charge. It is available 24 hours a day, no enrollment required.
Click here to make a one-time payment with a credit card, debit card or electronic check. All you need is your account number and PIN.
*Subject to customer’s credit/debit/bank transaction fees.
Speak to live agent, Call (727) 842-4220 to speak with a Pasco representative who is specially trained to help you make a payment arrangement that suits your individual needs. You can use a credit card, debit card or electronic check. Have your account number and PIN handy.
IN PERSON PAYMENTS:
Our office is always open, 24/7 and available to accept all forms of payments.