Bail Bond Frequently Asked Questions
Not sure about bail bonds or the process? Here are the most commonly asked bail questions. Do watch the video clips as they can supply further insight about bail bonding. If you have any other questions just give Alliance Bail Bonds a call and we will explain everything and walk you through the bond process. When you need help, we’ll be there for you.
What is bail?
Bail is a process that enables an arrested person to gain their freedom pending resolutions of their case. The Eighth Amendment requires bail to not be excessive. The bail amount is determined based upon the reasonable amount necessary to keep a person accused of a crime from fleeing before returning to court at the appointed time. Fleeing, or “skipping bail” is illegal and will result in further penalties to the accused.
Who is Alliance Bail Bonds?
Alliance Bail Bonds is a family owned and operated business with many years of experience. We provide reliable and professional help to those who need help with friends and loved ones who find themselves in jail. When you need help we will be here for you. We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week!
What is Collateral?
In order to obtain a surety bond, collateral is required to secure the value of the bond. Collateral for the outstanding bail bond amount can include nearly anything of resale value that matches your bond amount. Examples might be cars, houses, boats for larger bonds, however smaller items can also be used e.g. cameras, jewelry, computers, or firearms.
Cash Bonds vs. Surety Bonds?
A surety bond is essentially a promissory note in the vale of the bond whereas a cash bond is backed by real cash money. Some judges will specifically ask for a “Cash Only” bond as the often see this as a lesser flight risk. No matter what type of bond you need Alliance Bail Bonds can help.
How is Bail Posted?
First make sure you call Alliance Bail Bonds. We will advise on the collateral required and walk you through the paperwork which can be completed in approximately 30 minutes. Once completed we will post the bond with the relevant court and with everything in order the release process is then initiated.
What’s the Advantage of using a professional Bail Bond Company
The primary reason is the amount of money required to post bail is less through a bail bond agent. If the arrested person were to post bail themselves, they would be required to pay 100% of the bail amount. With a bail bond agency, the money immediately required is only 10-15% of the total bail amount. There are numerous added benefits including dealing with a professional who understands the bail bond process and can guide you through the system at a time when you will be stressed and can use somebody on your side.
Who Needs a Bail Bond?
Simply put anybody who has found themselves under arrest and likely to be held over until trial. Without a bail bond one would end up staying in jail until the assigned court date which could be up to 6 months or sometimes longer. Bail is commonly set for cases of all types and county jail is not a place one would wish to spend any more time than absolutely necessary!
Where in Phoenix, Arizona can Alliance Bail Bonds write bonds?
The majority of our work takes place in the greater Phoenix area of Maricopa County including all major cities; Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Glendale. We do also help clients outside of the Phoenix area in places such as Flagstaff and Tucson.
When should I call Alliance Bail Bonds
Please call as soon as you can. Whether you choose to use us or not we can help explain your bonding options and what you will need to do. Many folks are hesitant as they don’t think they have the money for bail. We have many flexible payment options and can show you how arranging bail can be easier than you think. The sooner you call us the sooner your Family Member, friend or loved one will be released.
How Soon Can You Get Somebody Released from Jail?
The bond paperwork takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. It may take longer if there are multiple charges or you do not have access to a fax machine. Generally, a person can expect to be released within 12 hours after the bond is posted. The quicker you call us the quicker the time to release. If we can post bail before someone ends up in the county jail release times can be significantly quicker.
What would you advise somebody who needs to make bail?
Follow these few simple steps and things will be easier than you think.
- Remain calm
- Don’t panic
- Ask as many questions as you like
- Call us quickly and let us help you
What if you are arrested in Arizona but don’t live here?
First don’t worry, this is more common than you may think and we deal with this all the time. We often deal with friends and family from states all over the country from New York to California and Washington to Florida, and can easily arrange bonds in these situations. We often go above and beyond in these situations as folks can feel stranded and on their own. At the end of the day we are here to help in any way we can.
What information do I need to get my bond written?
We will ask you basic identification questions about the person in custody. The more information you have the quicker it will be to complete the bond. You will need to know the following:
- The person’s full legal name
- The person’s date of birth
- The county, city, and state where the person is being held
- The person’s booking number
- What charge they are being held on
- The bail amount
- If you do not know the booking number or the bail amount,we can determine that information as long as other personal identifiers are provided