Bail Bond FAQs
What is a bail bond?
The purpose of bail is to guarantee the appearance in court of one arrested for a crime to determine guilt or innocence. The 8th amendment to our United States Constitution guarantees this right to all citizens and prohibits excessive bail. The 5th amendment provides for the due process of law for all, including the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. Failure to guarantee the right to bail would make any arrest and incarceration almost a finding of guilt.
Our state laws provide that one arrested may employ a professional bondsman to guarantee his appearance in court. The professional bondsmen or surety must pledge property, cash, or other surety, such as insurance, to the courts on behalf of the defendant or principal. For providing this service, sureties on criminal bonds in any court shall not charge or receive more than 12 percent of the principal amount of bonds set in the amount of $10,000 or less and shall not charge or receive more than 15 percent of the principal amount of bonds set in an amount in excess of $10,000 as compensation from defendants or from anyone acting for defendants.
What do I need to bond someone out of jail?
We require a co-signer on all bonds. The co-signer must be employed with a valid Georgia driver’s license. Proof of income as well as the bond fee will be needed in order to complete a bond. In some cases, extra collateral will be required. We will also need to know what jail the person is incarcerated in, as well as the name of the person you wish to bond. In order to expedite the process we ask that you call us before going to jail. In most cases, we can have the paperwork started before arriving at the jail, this cuts down on the wait time significantly.
As a co-signer, how long will I be responsible for the bond and is the money paid to the bonding company refundable?
You will remain on the bond until the charges are dropped or until the person is sentenced in court. At no time will the bond fee be refunded, even if the charges are dropped. Once the person is in the lobby, the fee is non-refundable.
What if the person fails to appear in court?
You are liable for the full amount of the bond plus expenses if your friend or relative does not go to court. However, a failure to appear in court does not necessarily mean you’ll have to pay the full amount of the bond. If the person you co-signed for misses court, contact us immediately to discuss his/her options.
What hours are you open?
We are available to do bonds 24 hours a day, seven days a week, however, for payment questions and other business matters, our office is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.
Affordable Bonding Inc. - Bondsman
83 W. Athens St., Winder, GA 30680