How do bail bonds work?

Bail bonds are a complicated process. Read our article to fully understand how bail bonds work in New Jersey.

How long will it take to get a friend or loved one out of jail?

It only takes about 30 minutes to do the paperwork for a bail bond. After the jail receives our paperwork, the release time is usually an hour or less for local police stations. County jails and larger holding facilities generally take longer.

What happens when someone gets arrested?

When a person is arrested for a crime, they are usually taken to a local detention facility for booking before they are sent to jail. Speedy Bail Bonds has compiled the phone numbers and addresses for local sheriffs andcorrectional facilities throughout New Jersey.

Can I speak to the person who has been arrested and is waiting to be booked?

You will not be able to contact the person at this time, however the person may be allowed to call you from jail.

Is it true that a person is only allowed one phone call from jail?

No, the accused can make as many calls as are necessary to family, friends and/or the bail company to give needed information to negotiate the bail bond. The calls may be limited in length to allow only the passing on of required information between the parties involved. (Speedy Bail Bonds accepts all collect calls from the defendant and family/friends while negotiating the defendant’s release).

What is bail?

Bail is cash or a cash equivalent that an arrested person gives to a court to ensure that he will appear in court when ordered to do so. If the defendant appears in court at the proper time, the bail is refunded. If the defendant doesn’t show up, the court keeps the bail and issues a warrant for the defendant’s arrest.

What does a bail agent do?

A bail agent is the person who posts your bond with the jail and gets the defendant released. The bail bond agent is also responsible for making sure the defendant shows up for his or her court dates.

Can I do a cash bond myself?

Yes, for traffic and other minor violations you usually can. However, most states require a licensed bail bondagent to guarantee larger bonds.

What is the premium and will I get it back?

The premium is 10% of the total bond amount, which is collected by the bail bond agency. It is the bail company’s source of income and is non-refundable as required by NJ law.

What is collateral?

Collateral is something of monetary value that is used to secure a bail bond. Usually this simply requires the signing of a promissory note and indemnity agreement (a promise to pay back the amount of the bond if it is forfeited). Property may also be used as collateral. Examples would be cash, jewelry, a car,a boat, or anything of high monetary value.

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