It is the responsibility of the indemnitor (co-signer) to see that the premiums is paid, and Defendant makes each and EVERY COURT DATE. A bail bond is an "appearance bond" and is good for only ONE (1) YEAR. If the case contiunes longer than a year, an additional premium is due and is collected for each additional year. These premiums are NOT REFUNDABLE and upon release of the Defendant from jail, fully earned.


Any expenses incurred in the transaction of a bail bond such as long distance calls, collect jail calls,travel expenses, posting fees, filing fees, etc., are to be paid by the indemnitor (co-signer) to the bail agent, or surety.


In case of the forfeiture (failure of the defendant to appear for all court dates), it is the duty of the indemnitor to pay the full amount of the bail bond to the bail agent, surety and/or the court, plus ALL expenses incurred by the bail agent , bail enforcement agents or surety, in the surrender if the Defendant or locate the Defendant and surrender the person to the agent(s) and / or court.


If the Defendant or indemnitor(s) (co-signer) changes addresses, employment, attorney. It is the responsibility of the indemnitor(s) (co-signer) to immediately notify the bail agent and court, within 48 hours. Failure to do this may be cause for the immediate surrender and revocation of the defendant and bond.



Bail Bond and Premiums:


What is a Bail Premium?

A bail bond premium is the frational amount paid to a bail bondsman instead of covering the entire bail amount as set by the court system.Often times, people cannot cover the full amount of bail and utilize a bail bond to free their loved ones. For the agreed-upon bond fee, the bail bondsman assumes responsibility of the bail amount and making sure that defendant makes the necessary court appearances.


Three-party contract which involves state, accused and surety and under which surety guarantees state that accused will appear at ALL subsequent proceedings.


Who sets the Bail Premiums for the States?

Often times, bail premiums are set by statue or by the state's Department of Insurance. Several States don't set a specific maxium bail premium but require a bail bonds company to have an approved rate on file that is not "excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory." There are also multiple states that do not allow private bail. You must go through the jail systems for bail in the no bail states.


No Bail States


* Illinois

* Kentucky

* Maine

* Massachusetts

* Nebraska

* Oregon

* Wisconsin

* Washington, DC


A Bail Bond fee or premium is 10% in Minnesota and is filed with the State Dept. of Commerce  and is regulated.  To discount the fee referred to as a "rebate" could result in a Commerce Enforcement action.











What is a Cash Bail?

A sum of money, in the amount designated in the order fixing bail, posted by a defendant or another person on his behalf. Cash

bails normally do not require a bail bondsman.


Conditional vs. Unconditional

A Conditional Bail, has limits and restrictions to a Defendant's

normal activities.


Usually includes, no use of drugs,

alcohol, stay in state, law abiding

may have daily testing, monitor,

call in's, one should consider these cost per day when making a decision.



Bail Bonds?

How Do I bail out?

You can post by:

1. Use a Bondsman

2. Cash Bail Only

3. Property Bonds

4. RPR personal release





You are no longer liable for the Defendant's bond(s) when he/she has completed all of their court appearances, and when all premiums,expenses have been fully paid.


It is best to contact the bail bond agent when the bond is exonerated by the court with the court sentencing, settlement or discharge.


It is the obligation of the Defendant and the indemnitor(s) (co-signer) to complete the discharge, and exonerated bond(s) and forms within 48 hours, for the fast return of any collateral pledged and to confirm that the bond is exonerated.