Frequently Asked Bail Bonding Questions
How long does the Bail Bonding Process take?
The Bail Bonding Process, or the time that it takes to have the Defendant released from Jail Custody varies. Once Carolina Bail Group’s staff has secured payment, we can complete the Bonding Package, and deliver it to the Wake County Detention Center or the Durham County Detention Center within minutes. If your family or friend is held on bond in any other county located within North Carolina, travel time may increase this time.
Once the necessary documents have been delivered to the Jail, any additional waiting time depends on the Bonding Staff at the Detention Center. In Raleigh-Durham your wait is normally 30 minutes to an hour after we have submitted the Bond. Printing the Forms in advance will definitely shorten your total wait time.
What is Bail?
Bail is referred to as property or cash pledged to the court in exchange for a defendant being released from jail with the understanding that he or she will appear in court as scheduled for the charges at hand. Bail can be paid in full directly to the Magistrate’s office in the county where the person is being held. If this option is chosen, the money will be returned to the payer once the case is over, regardless of the outcome of the case. The most popular option as it pertains to posting bail is to hire a bail bondsman. The bondsman usually charges a fee premium that can be up to, but not more than 15% of the bond amount in North Carolina. This is a fee for services rendered and is not refundable. This makes it more affordable for those who otherwise would have no means securing bail.
What are Conditions of Bail?
After posting bail, the defendant may be required to follow certain protocol until the case for which he or she has been bonded, is ultimately disposed of. We refer to these restrictions or instructions as Conditions of Bail. They often, but not always, include check-in calls, limited out of state travel, and mandatory updates of any change in contact information or address. If there are conditions placed on your bail, your agent will let you know the details of such at the time of release.
What is the Fee for your services? How Much does it cost?
Simply put, the Fee Premium is the amount that you pay to have the defendant released when using a bail bondsman. This fee varies depending on the state that you are located in. In North Carolina the legal limit is fifteen percent of the penal amount and is regulated by the North Carolina Department of Insurance. For example, if the bond amount is $1,000.00, then you can expect to pay $150.00. Even though fifteen percent is the maximum amount you can be charged, at the bondsman’s discretion you may be charged a cheaper rate. Factors usually include, but are not limited to, the defendant’s criminal history, the amount of the bond, and the strength of the co-signer on the bond to name a few. Fee premium is non-refundable.
Note: At Carolina Bail Group, we make every attempt to help get good people out of bad situations. With that said, we often make flexible payment arrangements with as low as 5% down as an initial down payment. This is no guarantee and is assessed on a case by case basis.
What is Collateral?
Not to be confused with Fee Premium, collateral is cash, or property in addition to the fee that may be required temporarily as security until the case has been disposed of. This could be an automobile or a deed to property or land. The general rule is that the collateral, if property, should be equal in value to the amount of the bond. For instance, if the bond is $20,000.00, then a car with a fair market value of $1,500.00 will not suffice. There are also times when collateral is not required at all. Again, this is totally at the discretion of the bondsman. It also depends on many factors pertaining to the risk involved.
In cases when collateral is required of the cosigner, North Carolina State law requires that the collateral is not greater than the bond amount and that it is returned at no later than 72 hours after the disposition of the case. An application is obtained from the Indemnitor just as we do for the defendant.
Who can be the Indemnitor -Co-Signer on the Bond?
The term Indemnitor is interchangeably referred to as the co-signer or guarantor. This is someone at least 25 years of age who has been employed at the same job for at least one year. This person is responsible to the bail agent for the defendant’s appearance in court until the case or cases have been disposed of. Indemnitors are usually friends, family, or co-workers of the defendant,
There is also an “Indemnitor Agreement” stating such obligations that must be signed at the time that the bail bond is posted.
Note: Indemnitor Agreements can be faxed in instances where the co-signer may reside in another city or state. Necessary identifiers such as I.D. and proof of income as well as proof of residence are normally required when the Indemnitor cannot be present at the time of release.