Bail Bond FAQ's

The information that we provide here is intended to help you understand the process of professional bail bond. Feel free to contact us if you have any other questions.

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What is bail?

When a person is incarcerated and booked into a detention facility, bail is determined by a preset bail schedule or magistrate prior to arraignment.

How can a bail bondsman help me get someone out of jail?

If a defendant wishes to be released and is not able to pay the entire amount of bail, a bail bondsman may be of assistance. Once a bail agent is contacted and arrangements are made to post the defendants bail, the defendant is then released from custody. The release of a defendant from custody to the bail agent, guarantees to the court, the defendant will appear for each appearance required by the court.

For the bail agent’s service of posting bail, the defendant pays a fee for the bail agent assuming the risk of the defendant not appearing at all required court proceedings. If the defendant fails to appear, the court will declare the bond forfeited. The bail agent is then responsible to recover the defendant and return the defendant to jail. If the bail agent is unsuccessful in recovering the defendant, the bail agent has to pay the forfeiture, which is the full amount of the bond to the court.

How do I find out if someone is in jail?

If you know the town or county in Colorado, contact the sheriff’s department. Go to our Jail Information page to find a link to the county sheriff’s website.

How do I know if I have an ethical bail bond agent?

  • Verify that you are dealing with a licensed bail agent by checking the license and identification prior to any bail transaction.
  • The bail agent charges should not exceed 15% or a minimum of $50.00 per bond in addition to any bonding, booking and filing fees required by the court and/ or detention facility.
  • You should be given itemized receipts for all charges.
  • Make sure you are given copies of all signed contracts and agreements.
  • Make sure you understand the terms of any financing agreement prior to signing and be sure you are given copies of anything you sign.
  • Any professional bail agency or bail agent will be available for any concerns or questions throughout the entire process. Make sure the bail agent you contract with will be available to you after the bail bond has been posted. This service is part of what you pay for.

Bail agents are licensed and regulated like any other insurance producer in the State of Colorado and are subject to qualifications, pre-licensing and continuing education requirements. The State of Colorado requires bail agents to be appointed by a bail insurance company. The Bail Bond Industry is regulated by the Department of Regulatory Agencies and the Colorado Division of Insurance.

How do I contact a bail bond agent within the State of Colorado?

Go to Find as Agent and find the bail bond agent in the area you need to get someone out of jail. All our agents are the best of the best. Find the one nearest you to process your bond.

What do I need to know when calling a bail agent?

Defendant’s full name
Date of Birth
Jail where the Inmate is located
Bond Amount
How long have they been there
What charges are they facing

How long does it take to get out of jail?

Release times vary between jails in Colorado. Completing the bail agent’s paperwork normally takes less than 60 minutes. Defendant may need to appear before a judge for certain charges before being released from custody.

How much does a bail bond cost?

The cost of bail bonds are regulated by the State of Colorado. In addition to the bail bond fee there are jail fees that are due at the time of release from jail. These fees vary between jails.

What information and paperwork is required by the Bail bondsman?

The defendant will need to complete and sign an application to post bail. In addition to agreements and forms that are required by the State of Colorado and the Surety Company. These forms are to protect the defendant, bail bondsman, the Surety and any and all Indemnitor’s.

What is an Indemnitor

An Indemnitor is usually a friend, boss or relative of the defendant who is a party to the bail bond contract. An Indemnitor provides something of value to secure the bail bond contract and the defendant’s appearance to all courts dates scheduled during the case. An Indemnitor will be required to fill out an application and sign paperwork required by the State of Colorado and Surety prior to the defendant’s release from custody.

What happens if a defendant fails to appear?

The court issues a bench warrant for the person’s arrest and law enforcement considers the person a fugitive from justice.

What do I do as an Indemnitor if someone fails to appear?

If someone you guaranteed fails to appear you want to cooperate with the bail bond agent and provide him/her with as much information as you have to the fugitive’s whereabouts. If the defendant makes contact with you encourage him/her to surrender to the bail agent or law enforcement. If a fugitive is not surrendered by the court due date, the bail agent must remit the entire bond to the court.

As an Indemnitor, do I owe anything if the bail agent has to remit the entire bond to the court due to forfeiture?

As an Indemnitor, you are responsible to pay for the amount paid to the court. If there is collateral, the bail agent will proceed to liquidate any collateral. If there is additional money due, after collateral is liquidated, you are obligated to pay the balance to the bail agent.

How long is a bond good for?

The bond is released by the court when the defendant pleads to charge or a disposition of the case.

What is collateral?

Collateral is something of value placed with the bail agent which may be sold in the event of forfeiture of the bond. Collateral may be a deposit of money, a passport, homes, cars, investment accounts or items considered of value to the defendant or the Indemnitor. The amount of collateral often depends on the size of bail and the risk to the Surety. Pursuant to Colorado 10-2-707, C.R.S., the insurance producer who posted the bond with the court, may use collateral to secure the following obligations: 1) Compliance with the bond issued on behalf of the defendant failure to appear for any court appearance associated with bond if court revokes the defendant’s bond. 2) Any balance due on the premium, commission, or fee for the bond; and 3) any related costs incurred by the producer as a result of issuing the bond.

When do I get my collateral back? Pursuant to Colorado 18-13-130, C.R.S., your insurance producer or

bail insurance company must return any non forfeitured collateral to you within fourteen (14) days of receiving a copy of the court order that results in the release of the bond by the court. In order to begin this process, you may deliver a copy of the court order resulting in a release of the bond by the court to the insurance producer who posted the bond with the court or the bail insurance company. Pursuant to 10-2-705(3.5)(d), C.R.S., your reconveyance of title, certificate of discharge, or a full release of any lien shall be provided within 35 days after receiving notice that the time for appealing an order that exonerated the bail bond has expired.

Do I get my premium back?

No, the premium is non-refundable. The bail premium is the fee for services rendered in securing release of the defendant from custody.

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