Here Are Our Most Common Bail Bond Questions
What is a bail bond?
A bail bond is a financial guarantee to the court that the defendant will appear in court for each and every court appearance as the court directs. If the defendant fails to appear in court or comply with the conditions of the court then warrants can be issued and the bail bond can be forfeited.
Where can a bail bond be posted?
A bail bond can be posted at most courts and jails. Most jails accept bail bonds 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.
Where can I get a bail bond?
You can get a bail bond by calling E Parker Bail Bonds at 850.222.1133. One of our licensed bail agents will confidentially discuss your individual situation and assist with all of your bail bond needs.
What hours do you operate?
Because people are arrested both day and night, our agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Please feel free to call E Parker Bail Bonds anytime at 850.222.1133. The jails are open 24 hours a day, bonds are set 24 hours a day and we are ready 24 hours a day!
How long does it take for a defendant to be released?
The actual release of the defendant is solely the responsibility of the respective jail. Each jail facility has its own policies and procedures for releasing a defendant. Usually, it takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours. However they all have one factor in common and that’s “first come first serve”! So, it’s important to get to E Parker Bail Bonds as soon as possible so we can get your bonds in the queue!
How much does a bail bond cost?
The amount you will have to pay is determined by the bond(s) placed on the defendant. The rate set is 10% of each bond with a minimum of $100 per bond. The rate you pay for a bail bond is set by the State of Florida’s Department of Financial Services and cannot be adjusted or negotiated down by any bail bond agency!
Example: If a defendant has two charges with bonds of $1000 for the first charge and $250 for the second charge, the total premium(fee) to E Parker Bail Bonds would be $200 total.
What will I need in order to secure a bail bond?
In addition to the required bail bond premium, you will need to bring proper identification and any other information or collateral required as directed by your primary agent.
What is collateral?
Collateral is security for the total bond amount. Collateral is given to the agency to hold or use to cover the agency against loss on the bond if the defendant fails to perform as instructed. The type of collateral required varies by case, but usually only entails signing agreements. If your case requires any additional collateral, our agent will let you know in advance. Once the case(s) is closed, all agreements will be voided and any “hard” collateral given will be returned to you.
Is the bail bond premium refundable?
Once the bail bond has been posted and accepted by a court or jail, liability is taken on the bail bond. At that point, the bail bond has been executed and all premium has been fully earned and is not refundable.
How long is a bail bond good for?
The Bail Bond is valid as long as the court case is in pending status. The bail bond will remain valid as long as all conditions of bond continue to be met.
Who is liable for the bail bond?
The Indemnitor is financially liable for the bail bond. The Indemnitor is the person(s) who “back” the bond with some form of collateral. The Indemnitor liability is limited to the full face value of the bail bond and any expenses that are accrued if forfeiture occurs.
Note: It is very important the indemnitor feels confident the defendant will appear in all of his/her court appearances or posting a bail bond is not recommended. It is recommended that the co-signer maintain a very close relationship with the defendant and keeping an open line of communication or knowledge of their whereabouts.
What happens if I’m the Indemnitor and my defendant fails to appear?
Not to worry! Our first step is to work collectively, between the indemnitor, defendant and bondsman to get the case back on track. This can usually be done with the courts and the approval of the judge. If the defendant is not going to cooperate then we would only need to locate the defendant and have him picked up to take responsibility for his case. With either of these resolutions, you would not lose anything further on the bond.