The bail bond process is different for all counties in Florida. Each county will have its own way of handling inmate releases. Some counties are quick in their releasing process and others take up to 12 hours. No bail bond agency can speed up the release process. Other bail bond agencies will claim they have the fastest service, but in reality they have no control over this process.
Below is a step-by-step procedure that, if followed, will be the most efficient way to get someone out of jail.
First things first, we need some information. Call us with the arrestee’s name, date of birth, and which county they are being detained in. Once we have this information, we can look up all other information pertaining to this individual. We will also ask you a few questions. Be sure that the person who is going to be the indemnitor (the person responsible for the arrestee) is the person that we speak with throughout the process. If this is not an option at the time, we can make other arrangements. Once we get all the required information on the arrestee, we can start the required bond forms with the indemnitor. If you are local to the area in which you need to get someone out of jail, you may be required to come to the local office for further assistance. All required forms must be filled out by the indemnitor. Once we have all paperwork in order, we can post the bond. Once the bond has been posted and the defendant released, the defendant may be required to fill out additional paperwork. The defendant will then be released into the custody of the indemnitor. Both the indemnitor and the bail bond agency are responsible for the defendant’s appearance in court each and every time they are ordered to do so until the case has been disposed and the bail bond is discharged. After the case is over and the bond is discharged, any collateral (minus any fees) is returned to the indemnitor. No collateral will be released until we have the discharge from the court and all money has been paid.
Here are some of the most common types of bonds that a judge can set:
Surety Bond – In a surety bond, a bail bond agent or bail bond company guarantees the court that they will pay if an accused does not show up in court. A surety company or the agent’s property is used as a guarantee.
Cash Bail – With cash bail, the accused must post bail in cash – not in assets. This type of bail is considered a strong incentive for the accused to show up in court, since the accused will forfeit the cash if they fail to show up for all of their court appearances.
Release on Personal Recognizance – In this situation, the accused is released without any financial motive to secure their return. This sort of bail is typically used through county or law enforcement administered pre-trial release programs.