Sometimes, even the most law-abiding citizens make a mistake. There’s no reason for you or someone you love to remain incarcerated while awaiting court dates. Someone needs to post bail.
Usually anyone can post bail for an inmate. Posting bail is a serious matter and must be considered very carefully before any papers are signed. Posting bail means you are obligating yourself for the benefit of someone else who is in jail awaiting court. Do not take posting bail lightly. If the person you are considering bailing out of jail cannot be trusted to go to court, then you should not post the bail. If the defendant who is in jail misses their court date, a forfeiture is ordered by the court. This means that the court is warning everyone involved (bail agency, defendant & co-signer) that the full amount of the bail will become due and payable by the bail agency who, in turn, will turn to the co-signer for full payment of the bond. Let’s say, for instance, that the bail was set at $5,000.00. If the defendant fails to go to court, that $5,000.00 will be collected by the court. The bail agency will have to pay that bail. The bail agency will begin looking for the defendant and informing the co-signer that the defendant is in pending forfeiture status and that if defendant does not show up and make things right, the co-signer will have to pay for all expenses incurred in trying to locate the defendant and the full amount of the bail which, in this example, is $5,000.00.
A defendant, sometimes can post their own bail. That means they would need no co-signer. Usually this can happen if a defendant has a lower bail amount or has assets of their own that they are willing to use as collateral or their status in the community is looked upon as beneficial in relation to posting a bond.
A co-signer is usually preferred by a bail agency. The reason for this is that there is more than one person signing to take responsibility for the defendant. Sometimes, when necessary, multiple co-signers are needed to post a bond. This can happen usually when the bond amount is high and a defendant and/or co-signer do not have reasonable collateral and/or funds to pay for the bond premium. A co-signer is usually a family member or close friend. Again, you should not co-sign for a defendant or post a bond for someone that you do not absolutely trust or depend on.
Qualifying for a bond is what the bail agency does when taking information from the defendant and any co-signers for the defendant. A bail application is quite thorough and you may find it to be intrusive. There is good reason for that. A bail agency is promising to pay the court the full amount of the bond if the defendant does not go to court. A bail agency wants to be assured that the people promising to support the bond are trustworthy and dependable. The agency also wants to determine if the people signing for the bond are able to pay for the full amount of the bond, should it be forfeited.
The State of Nevada has passed a law stating that a premium that ALL bond companies must charge is 15% of the full amount of the bond. Any bond company that does not charge that amount risks losing their license.
When someone you love or care for ends up in jail, it is a trying time. It can be a very stressful situation. Bikini Bail Bonds works hard to remove a lot of that stress by coming to you. We are mobile and come meet you where you are. We keep your information confidential and once all paperwork is signed, we are down to the jail to post your bond as soon as possible.