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Q. What is a surety bail bond?
A. A bail bond is a three-party contract between the Bondsman, the Courts, and the Indemnitor. The Bondsman guarantees to the Court that the accused — when released on bail — will be present for each and every court appearance in the future. As a result, the Indemnitor guarantees to the Bondsman that he or she will make sure that the Defendant goes to Court when required. The Bondsman charges a percentage of the total bond for this "Bond Contract.”
Q. What is the cost of a bail bond?
A. The premium is 10% of the bond value in Florida State Court.
Q. Is the premium refundable?
A. No, the bail bond fee is fully earned once the bond is posted for the defendant and he or she is released or transported to another facility, as per Florida Law.
Q. What is collateral?
A. Collateral is anything of value that is provided to the bail agent as security for the bond.
Q. What can be used for collateral?
A. Collateral can be cash, land, or your property. In some instances, stocks, bonds, and bank CDs may be utilized.
Q. When will the collateral be returned?
A. The collateral will be returned once the bail agent receives a Bond Discharge from the court. A "Bond Discharge" is the document that officially releases the bail agent from any further responsibility on the bond. It usually takes 7 - 21 days for the bail agent to get the discharge once the case is over.
Q. How long will it take to get released from jail?
A. County jails usually release the defendant within 2 - 8 hours of the bond being posted. Due to the volume, in some instances, it can take as long as 12 - 24 hours.
Q. How do I know when the defendant has to go to court?
A. All courts notify the defendant by mail of their court dates. Most jurisdictions also notify the bail agent of the court dates, as a courtesy. This is done either by mail or by phone. However, it is your responsibility to make sure the defendant knows about the court date and shows up on that date.
Q. Am I able to finance part of the bail bond fee?
A. It depends on your situation because each situation is different; therefore,
Zona Long Bail Bonds will review your particular circumstance and then offer all the possible solutions.
At Zona Long Bail Bonds, we always provide you with reliable bail bond service, 24/7. We will help you through the entire procedure, but you may also have some questions. Below are answers for some common questions we often receive. Contact us today!