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Frequently Asked Questions - Main

FAQs - Main

Comply and cooperate with Law Enforcement, remain calm and contact your attorney as soon as possible. At least have a mental plan established in the event you are arrested and know how to contact your key people to assist you in bonding out. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CARRY A PHOTO ID.

Once arrested, the jail should provide you with an unbiased list of Licensed Professional Bail Agents. Be very leery of anyone from the jail staff or within the Sheriff’s Department recommending any bail agent. It is against the law and there may be more than meets the eye if this happens.

If a bail agent works out of his car and has no office, be very careful of them. Be honest and up front with your bail agent. Do not admit guilt or innocence over the phone, and do not discuss your case. Your bail agent will ask you several questions. For example:

  • Your charges and the Bond Amount?
  • Your employment history?
  • Who your contact persons are and their phone numbers?
  • Who are your cosigners and their phone numbers?
  • Have you ever Failed To Appear?
  • Where do you live, and how long?
  • Can you meet the bond premium requirements?
  • Can you offer collateral to secure the bond?
  • Your past criminal history?
  • Past bonding companies you have used?
  • Where you were born?

Usually, people posting a Cash bond for another person do not understand that in most cases, the money posted becomes the property of the defendant. The Court may deduct fines, court costs, warrant costs, jail costs, restitution, prosecution costs and other related expenses.

A frequent problem when paying for a cash bond for another person is that you might later feel the bond is in jeopardy, due to the defendant not honoring the bond conditions or your personal agreement. One solution may be to first have the Court verify that you are the legal Surety on the bond. If so, you may have the right to contract with a duly licensed bail recovery agent to return the defendant to the jail and surrender the bond and the petition the court for a refund. In Missouri, it is against the law to perform Bail Bond Recovery without a State issued license.                   

Pre-arrange bail before turning yourself in; a bail agent can greatly reduce the amount of time you are in the jail. Call your attorney. Turn yourself in unless your attorney has made other legal arrangements for you                   

Generally bail agents will secure larger bonds with collateral, such as homes, land, vehicles, mobile homes, or other such valuable property as is necessary to protect the bail bond contract. Contact a licensed Bail Agent to see if you qualify to post the bond without tying up your assets.                   

Contact your Bondsman and your Attorney as soon as possible. The judge, in these instances, issues a warrant for the arrest of the defendant and the bail agent is notified. The bail agent then must attempt to contact the defendant and may arrest the defendant and return him/her to the Sheriff’s Department.

The bail agent may hire Professional Fugitive Recovery Agents or may utilize the agent’s own recovery team. Fugitive Recovery agents may enter any premises and may use any means necessary to return the defendant to the Sheriff.                   

People use Professional Bail Agents when bond amounts are set too high and the defendant or their contacts cannot post the bond. Sureties (bail agents) can post these bonds at a fraction of the cost to the defendant or his/her family.

Most Professional Bail Agents also assist the defendant and families in understanding the court process and help to keep the defendant on track in meeting bond conditions set by the courts and the agent.