How Does the Bail Process Work?

With a bail bond agency, you can have a friend or relative reach out to them when you’re in jail and neither of you has to post the entire face amount of your bond. The agency doing your bail bond will collect a certain percentage of this total judge ordered bail amount from you, your relative or friend, and then guaranteed to the applicable court that US defendant will make your appearance when the hearing and has been scheduled.

Typically, that percentage collected is 10% of whatever the set bail amount is. Most bail bond agencies call that a premium. Essentially, when you put this down against the total amount, you have arranged financing for your release. At that point, the court will acknowledge that the bond has been covered, and will release you from the detention center.

Here is a step-by-step look at the process:

First, you decide on the best bail bondsman in CT. You contact them to explain the situation.

Second, the agent responsible for handling the details of your bail bond will request some information specific to whoever is currently being detained. Often that includes:

The detainees full legal identity (name)

That individual’s date of birth.

The exact location where that person is currently being held.

Any number that helps identify the booking.

A list of the charges levied against that person.

What is the stated bail bond amount.

An active agent will also usually inquire about past charges and convictions on the accused’s record. They typically want to know if there is some stability in that person’s life that they can count on.

At that point, you will provide the agent with whatever the required percentage is. As I said earlier, that’s usually 10%. The bail bondsman agrees to accept responsibility for the 90% that remains.

Your bail bond agent then reaches out to the detention center where the person is being held, verifies the specifics, alerts the court that the bond has been fulfilled, and then arranges for a release.

You will be contacted as soon as that process has completed.

It’s a good idea to be patient throughout this process, as it can sometimes be held up by the availability of various personnel involved in the process. Detention facilities are notorious for these types of holdups. It can create a slow processing situation that is out of the control of your bail bondsman, so you don’t want to aggravate them unnecessarily. The agent handling the bail process understands these considerations, and will do their best to keep you in the loop.