Bail Bonds Q&A
What Are Bail Bonds?
A bail bond is an agreement between a bonding company, an insurance agency, a cosigner, and the local court that guarantees the defendant will show up for their court appearance. If the inmate fails to appear for their court date(s), the agreement will be null and void and the full amount of bail originally posted by the judge or bail schedule will become due. A warrant goes out for the defendant’s arrest and the bondsman is responsible for the amount due. By signing the bond, a cosigner becomes financially responsible for the amount due as well. When the person is brought back to jail, the money is refunded.
What is a Bail Bondsman?
A bail bondsman can either work by himself or within a bonding company. The bondsman is the one who is licensed to write bonds on an inmate’s behalf but is also the one who becomes primarily responsible for the financial burden should the full amount of bail become due.
What Happens When a Defendant Misses Their Court Appearance?
If the person out on bond misses their court date for any reason whatsoever, you must contact the bonding company that wrote the bond immediately. There are efforts that can be made as soon as possible that will find the defendant and bring them to jail. Its in your best interest to call the bondsman once you are aware that the accused has missed their court date or WILL miss it in the future. After all, as the cosigner you are responsible for the entire amount of bail as well as the bonding company.
How Long Does It Take to Get Booked into Cobb County Jail?
The booking process at jails throughout the metro Atlanta area vary in the time that it takes to get fully booked in. Cobb County is one of the worst when it comes to processing and booking an inmate. It could take up to 12 hours before a defendant is fully booked into the jail.
What is the Cosigner Responsible for?
As a cosigner, you are responsible to make sure that the defendant shows up for their scheduled court dates. If they miss their court date, you will be held financially liable.
What is a Felony?
A felony is considered one of the most serious types of crimes according to our criminal justice system. Felonies involve drug trafficking, violence, or theft. Habitual crimes can also fall under the category of a felony if they all happen within a certain period of time. For instance, a 3rd DUI is considered a felony charge in many states. A person found guilty of a felony charge is most commonly sentenced to at least one year in prison plus fines and retribution.
What is a Misdemeanor?
A misdemeanor crime is less serious than a felony and very few people found guilty of a simple misdemeanor do jail time if its their first offense. Usually, there are treatment programs available to reduce recidivism of the criminal and no jail time is needed. In more serious misdemeanor charges, jail time is considered and fines, restitution, and community service hours are imposed.
What is Required to Cosign on a Bail Bond?
To qualify as a cosigner on bail bonds, you’ll need to have a valid Georgia ID, proof of income (two recent pay stubs), and proof of residency (utility bill or lease agreement). You’ll also have to have a valid debit or credit card in your name. You don’t have to use the credit card to pay the bonding fee, but you do have to have it to show financial responsibility.
Please call our bonding company if you have any further questions about bail bonds in Cobb County, Georgia.
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