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How Bail Agent(s) Work:

Defendants have the option of arranging for their bail through a Bail Agent or paying the court directly the full amount. When using a Bail Agent, the defendant provides collateral to the Bail Agent. The Bail Agent or bail bond company agent will then guarantee to pay the court if the defendant fails to appear, by posting a surety bail bond power of attorney with the jail or court.

The bail bond is a contract between the Bail Agent (bail bondsman), the Courts, and the person posting the bail (co-signer). The bail bondsman, as well as the co-signers, are the people responsible for the defendant showing up for all their court appearances.

Money, in the form of a bond, is required by the Court. The Bail Agent charges a fee for the posting of this bond. The fee varies from state to state, but in Florida the fee is 10% of the face value (or full amount of the Bond) of the bond posted. Collateral may be required to ensure that the bond is secure, and the Bail Agent is indemnified against loss in the event the defendant fails to appear.

The amount of bail is set by the court and is defendant on the severity of the crime as well as how much of a flight risk the defendant is deemed.

The Bail Agent provides a guarantee to the court the defendant will appear when summoned by the Judge. The defendant will have to check-in regularly with the Bail Agent as a condition of his or her release in order to confirm hearing dates and trial dates.

A co-signer always has the responsibility to ensure that the defendant appears in court as and when required. The co-signer must know the whereabouts of the defendant at all times and must immediately notify the Bail Agent if the defendant has moved. This is very important because the collateral that the co-signer posted for the defendant is at risk if the defendant fails to appear.

If the defendant fails to check-in or appear in Court as erquired, and/or the Bail Agent or the co-signer are unable to locate the defendant, the co-signer is immediately responsible for the full amount of the bail. After the defendant is located and arrested by the Bail Agent, the co-signer is responsible for all of the Bail Agent's expenses while looking for the defendant.

After the defendant has completed all Court appearances and the case is closed, the bail bond will be dissolved and any collateral given to the Bail Agent will be returned to the defendant or whoever (co-signer) posted the bond.

Rapid Request Form
Please complete in its entirety to the best of your abilities.
Individual in Custudy Information Person Aiding or Posting Bail
First Name:
First Name:
Last Name:
Last Name:
Arresting Agency:
Phone Number:
Where are they in custody:
Do you have 10% of the Bail?
Booking Number:
Total Bail Amount: