Make the right choice in bail bond companies and call Red's AnyTime Bail Bonds. We'll be there for you when you need us most. Before you call our highly trained staff for your exact quote, find the answers to some of the most commonly asked bail questions below.
What is a bail bond?
Bail bonds are money that a defendant needs to pay in order to get out of jail while waiting for the end of their criminal trial. The defendant should complete his / her legal obligation, this money will be refunded to the payee of the bond.
When would I need a bail bond?
If you've been arrested for a crime, generally you will be taken to a detention facility in the local area for booking prior to incarceration in lock-up or a county jail.
After you are arrested and booked, you have several options for release pending the conclusion of your case. The one suited for most is the acquisition of a bail bond.
How does bail work?
Bail amount varies based on the crime you've been accused of and can amount to many thousands of dollars. Because you may not have the funds available to pay for your bail, you can turn to a professional bonding agent to help fund it.
In exchange for payment for the full amount of the bail bond, a bonding agent will charge you a down payment for his or her services.
How long does paperwork take?
Paperwork will generally take roughly 20 minutes.
What do I need to bail someone out of jail?
To bail someone out of jail, a cosigner must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years of age or older, and must have a valid ID, paycheck stub, and utility bill
in their possession.
How can I make a payment?
Down payments can be made by cash or credit card. We currently accept Visa, Master Card, and Discover.
How long does it take for someone to be released from jail?
This is dependent on the jail and county
the defendant was arrested in. Facilities can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours.
Who is responsible for the bond?
If the defendant fails to appear for his / her trial, the cosigner is immediately responsible for the full amount of the bail. If the bail agent searches for and finds the defendant, the cosigner is responsible for all expenses the bail agent has acquired in the process.
a cosigner's responsibilities?
Someone willing to sign on behalf of the defendant is responsible for the following
• To ensure the defendant makes his / her court appearances
• To ensure the defendant notifies Red's AnyTime Bail Bonds with his / her next court appearances
• To ensure the premium, if applicable, is paid
a defendant's responsibilities?
Upon their release, the defendant will need to report to our office and complete his / her necessary paperwork. Afterward, they'll receive upcoming court date information. They need to report all new court dates to our office either by coming in personally
or notifying us by phone.
The defendant must also show up to all court dates.
Can I pay the money but
have someone else cosign?
Yes, however, the refund, if any, will be paid the cosigner.
Will I get my money back after the defendant goes to court?
Unfortunately, that money is non-refundable upon release from the bond. However, if we cannot post the bond under certain circumstances, we are able to issue a refund.
What does "failure to appear" mean?
When a defendant does not make it to court on the date and time ordered by the court, they are considered to have failed to appear. Once the court determines that the defendant has failed to appear, the defendant must forfeit his / her bail.
What is bail forfeiture?
When bail is forfeited, the bail agent has a certain amount of time to produce the defendant in court or prove that they cannot because the defendant is dead or in jail elsewhere.
In Colorado, the time allowed for this is 180 days. If the agent cannot have the forfeiture set aside or canceled within this time, they will need to pay the full bond amount to the court.
What is exoneration?
When the court orders a bond exonerated, the bondsman is released from a guarantee that the defendant will appear in court. If no money is due the bail agent, collateral will be returned to the cosigner.
When the defendant is found guilty or not guilty, this usually results in an exoneration, however, they can be done anytime the judge feels the bond is no longer necessary to assure the defendant's appearance in court.
What is collateral?
Valuables pledged as security or turned over to the bail agent until the bond is exonerated are known as collateral. This can be a lien on a piece of real estate, a car, jewelry, cash, or other things of value.
What is a premium?
A premium is the fee paid to a bail agent for posting the bond and assuming responsibility for the defendant appearing in court. Usually 10% of the face value of the bail bond, it is earned in full once the defendant is released on bond.
What does surrender entail?
Surrender is the return of someone to the custody of the court in order to get the bond exonerated. At any time, the bondsman can surrender anyone they have on bond.
Usually, this will only happen if a defendant fails to appear or if the bail agent believes someone is going to skip bond. If the court decides the bail agent had no valid reason to surrender the defendant, the premium can be ordered to be returned.
What is a Bounty Hunter and when would they be called?
Bounty Hunters are those authorized by the bail agent in writing to arrest and surrender the defendant. These are overwhelmingly people with a police background or training. Private investigators, retired sheriffs, retired FBI agents, and other trained professionals perform this work.
Bounty Hunters are called when a defendant skips out on bail. Threats of civil lawsuits have largely taken the cowboy attitude out of bail recovery.
What types of bonds are there?
There are numerous types of bonds, Red's AnyTime Bail Bonds can handle those that fit your specific needs.
A walk-through bond can be issued to help you avoid going to jail if you have a warrant out for your arrest.
Paying the court the total amount of bail in
cash amounts to cash bail. Full-cash bonds are a powerful incentive to appear in court, since the cash bail will be returned in full if the defendant appears at all of his / her scheduled court dates.
Surety bonds are alternatives to cash bail. This involves signing a contract with an admitted insurance company that has adequate assets to satisfy the face value of the bond. The bail agent guarantees that they will pay forfeiture
if the defendant fails to appear.
For this service, the defendant is charged a premium. Before the bond is posted, the defendant, a friend, or a relative must contact a licensed bail agent to schedule an interview or appointment.
In this way and through the acceptance of collateral, the agent can be assured that the defendant will appear in court. After the interview, the bail agent will post a bond for the full bail amount.
The bail agent has a financial interest in supervising bailees and
ensuring they appear in court. If the defendant skips out on an appearance, the agent has time and the financial incentive to find the defendant.
In some rare cases, an individual may be released by posting a property bond. The court will record a lien on the defendant's property to secure the bail amount.
What are the different types of release?
A Release on Personal Recognizance, pending trial, can be achieved through a county law enforcement administered pre-trial release program. Generally, the employees of these programs will interview defendants over the phone while in custody.
These employees will then make recommendations to the court regarding the release of these individuals on their own recognizance, meaning without financial security to ensure their return.
Interviews are conducted with little inquiry into the defendant's background and merely attempts to determine whether the detainee is likely to appear in court. Generally, no verification of the information provided by the defendant is made.
Since no money, property, or bond is posted to secure the defendant's appearance in court, they face no economic hardship from the conscious decision not to appear.
A release on citation, or cite
out, however, involves the issuance of a citation by the arresting officer, informing the arrestee that they must appear in court at a later date. This usually occurs immediately after an individual is arrested.
The true identity and background of most individuals released on citation are never established due to the failure to follow complete booking procedures. Thus, the arrestee may never be placed in custody.
Like an Own Recognizance release, the defendant's appearance in court depends on the integrity of the defendant voluntarily returning to court as ordered.
Can I take care of a warrant with this bond service?
Unfortunately, no, not at this time.
Do I need to return with the defendant to complete paperwork?
No, though the defendant must immediately report to our office upon his / her release.
What are the benefits of bailing someone out?
Defendants will be able to return to work, school, or home and continue with their usual family life. This also allows for the unhampered preparation of a defense and helps avoid the infliction of punishment before possible conviction.
Can I speak to the defendant?
Only if you receive a phone call from them in jail. We also cannot speak to the defendant unless they call us directly. You may, however, contact the jail directly for their visiting requirements and hours. Please see our list of correctional facilities in the state
for contact information.
Does the defendant only receive one phone call?
While in the process of booking, the defendant usually
has the opportunity to make many calls.
Will the bond be forfeited if the defendant is late for court?
Yes. The court may or may not view the defendant's failure to appear as a willful act and issue a bench warrant. If this happens, contact us, the court clerk may delay the appearance time for a few hours.
What if I miss a court appearance?
Act quickly, and if you posted bail with a bonding agent, contact
Can I leave the state while on bail?
If you need to leave the state, you need to obtain permission from the court and from your bail agent. Contact us if you need to travel outside of Colorado while on bail.
Do I need to notify the court and my bail agent of a change of address?
Yes. Most bond forms outline
a condition that states you will need to notify the court immediately of a change in residence. You must also notify your bond agent in writing of any change of address or change in employment location or status.