Frequently Asked Questions
What is a bail bond?
A bail bond (also called a surety bond) is a financial guarantee to the court that the defendant will appear in each and every court appearance as the court directs. Failure of the defendant to comply with the conditions of the court could result in warrants issued and bail bonds forfeited.
How much does a bail bond cost?
Most bail bond premiums are ten percent of the full bail amount. For example, if the full bail amount is $10,000.00, the premium (fee) for the bail bond is $1,000.00. These fees are established and regulated by the Department of Insurance and the local courts.
Is the bail bond premium refundable?
Once the bail bond is posted and accepted by a court or jail, liability is taken on the bail bond. At that point the bail bond premium is fully earned and is not refundable.
How long is a bail bond good for?
The bond is good until the case is closed or the charges are dropped.
Who is liable for the bail bond?
The indemnitor (co-signer) is financially liable for the bail bond. The indemnitor’s liability is limited to the full face value of the bail bond.
Where can I get a bail bond?
A licensed bail bonding agent will confidentially discuss your individual situation and assist with all of your bail bond needs. You can call us at 1-800-468-1161 to be connected with an agent in your area, find your county on the list above, or see a list of our bail bond agents here.
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 of the year.
What hours do bail agencies operate?
Because people are arrested both day and night, East Tennessee Bail Bonds is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to help you out.