Bail & Bond Questions
What is a Bail Bond?
The purpose of bail is to guarantee the appearance in court
of one arrested for a crime to determine guilt or innocence. The 8th Amendment
to our United States Constitution guarantees this right to all citizens and
prohibits excessive bail. The 5th Amendment provides for the due process of law
for all, including the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. Failure to
guarantee the right to bail would make any arrest and incarceration almost a
finding of guilt.
Our state laws provide that one arrested may employ a
professional bondsmen to guarantee his appearance in court. The professional
bondsmen or surety must pledge property, cash, or other surety, such as
insurance, to the courts on behalf of the defendant or principal. For providing
this service, Sureties on criminal bonds in any court shall not charge or
receive more than 12 percent of the principal amount of bonds set in the amount
of $10,000.00 or less and shall not charge or receive more than 15 percent of
the principal amount of bonds set in an amount in excess of $10,000.00 as
compensation from defendants or from anyone acting for defendants.
What do I need to bond someone out of jail?
We require a co-signer on all bonds. The co-signer must be
employed with a valid Georgia Drivers License. Proof of income as well as the
bond fee will be needed in order to complete a bond. In some cases, extra
collateral will be required. We will also need to know what jail the person is
incarcerated in as well as the name of the person you wish to bond. In order to
expedite the process we ask that you call us before going to the jail. In most
cases, we can have the paperwork started before arriving at the jail, this cuts
down on the wait time significantly.
As co-signer, how long will I be responsible for the bond and
is the money paid to the bonding company refundable?
You will remain on the bond until the charges are dropped or
until the person is sentenced in court. At no time will the bond fee be
refunded, even if the charges are dropped. Once the person is in the lobby, the
fee is non-refundable.
What if the person fails to appear in court?
You are liable for the full amount of the bond plus expenses
if your friend or relative does not go to court. However, a failure to appear in
court does not necessarily mean you'll have to pay the full amount of the bond.
If the person you co-signed for misses court, contact us immediately to discuss
What hours are you open?
We are available to do bonds 24 hours a day, seven days a
week, however, for payment questions and other business matters our office is
open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.