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How We Help You - Bail

After a person is arrested, the police department or court will set a bail amount (the dollar amount varies based on the alleged offense involved and other contributing factors). It is the court's way of making sure that a defendant appears at their scheduled court dates once released from jail.

Here's how STATEWIDE BAIL BONDS  helps you through the bail bond process:

  1. STATEWIDE walks through what is a bail bond and what you need to do to get your loved one released from custody
  2. STATEWIDE works with your individual financial situation we have many payment options and intrest free financing availible.
  3. You meet our STATEWIDE agent at the police department or jail where your loved one is located.
  4. You pay STATEWIDE a fee which is 7% on bonds over 5000.00 and 10% on bonds below 5000.00 of the full bail bond amount
  5. STATEWIDE posts a bail bond with the jail facility where your loved one is located at
  6. Your loved one is released

How does the Bail Bond process work?
A family, friend, or defendant calls a Surety Bail Bond Agent. The agent will ask a series of questions. The company will research the bond amount, charges, and background of the defendant. The agent will call the client with an approval or disapproval of the bond.

What is the fee for a bond posted by a Surety Bail Bonds company?
The state of Connecticut has set rates that are regulated by the CT State Department of Insurance Department. The rates are 10% for bonds up to $5,000 and  7% for bonds over $5,000 What information do I need for the defendant?

  • Name & Date of birth
  • Address (if available)
  • Inmate number (for correctional facilities only, if available)

What documents does a co-signer need to get a Surety Bond posted?
You will need a state issued I.D. Depending on the size of the bond you may need proof of residence and employment.

What is a co-signer?
A cosigner is a person that will sign an agreement stating that they will be responsible for half the full bond amount in the event that the defendant fails to show up in court.

For example: If the bond amount is $5,000 the surety agent will charge a 10% premium fee of $500 to post the bond. If the defendant fails to show up to any court date, he will be expected to turn himself in on a warrant issued by the court for an Failure to Appear (FTA). If the co-signer knows where the defendant is they will need to persuade the defendant to turn himself in or notify the bonds company immediately. If the defendant fails to turn himself in and he/she skips, and the company can not locate the defendant within the 6 month time period then the co-signer/s will be liable to pay half the full amount of the bond posted, in this example ($5,000) to the company. As well as fees related to bail enforcement expenses. We offer easy payment plans that can fit anyone’s budget we offer low down payments and payment as little as 25.00 dollars a week call us for details.

*don’t have any cash we take cars and valuables as collateral to secure your loved ones freedom call us for details. 

What is a co-signer?
A cosigner is a person that will sign an agreement stating that they will be responsible for half the full bond amount in the event that the defendant fails to show up in court.

For example: If the bond amount is $5,000 the surety agent will charge a 10% premium fee of $500 to post the bond. If the defendant fails to show up to any court date, he will be expected to turn himself in on a warrant issued by the court for an Failure to Appear (FTA). If the co-signer knows where the defendant is they will need to persuade the defendant to turn himself in or notify the bonds company immediately. If the defendant fails to turn himself in and he/she skips, and the company can not locate the defendant within the 6 month time period then the co-signer/s will be liable to pay half the full amount of the bond posted, in this example ($5,000) to the company. As well as fees related to bail enforcement expenses. top

What if there is more than one co-signer who will be responsible?
If there is more than one co-signer all the co-signers will be held equally liable for the full bond amount. This happens only in the event that we can not capture the individual or they do not turn themselves in on the warrant within the 6 month period allowed by the state.

I co-signed for a bond and I heard that the defendant is going to leave the state, what should I do?
If you co-signed for a bond or know someone that did and the defendant is planning to leave the state to avoid turning themselves in you should contact the bonds company immediately.  This is strictly confidential your name will never be disclosed. If you don’t notify the company and the person skips out on the bond than your collateral (if applicable) will be forfeited and you will be responsible for the full bond amount, and expenses incurred for the apprehension of the defendant. If the individual is captured by us and turned in on the bond you will be relieved of your responsibility as co-signer for the bond amount only.

What is collateral and when do I need it?
Collateral is either money, real estate (lien), or something of value that is held as collateral for the bond until the case is terminated. It may be needed for a defendant that lives out of state, has too many failure to appears or has a considerably high bond amount. top

When do I get my collateral back?
Once you know that the case has finished, you will file a written request for release of collateral and send it to our company. We will need the name of the defendant, the date of the bond and amount, the name of the person that gave the collateral, and the amount or description of collateral taken for the bond.

Can a Surety Bail Bonds company post a cash bond? 
Cash bonds can only be posted in cash by a family member or friend. A Surety Bail Bonds company can only post surety bonds. You may be entitled to a refund for a cash bond depending on the circumstance. However, you will need to show your receipt of the cash paid for the bond at the clerks office once the case is terminated. 

Can a Surety Bail Bonds company post a child support bond?
No, Surety Bail Bonds companies can not post a child support bond. These bonds are usually cash bonds only and are usually non-refundable. If you still have questions please feel free to call us any time at (860)984-1127. top

What is bail?
Bail is the amount of money required by the court to release a defendant from custody and to guarantee their appearance in court. Bail is set by the arresting Police Department or by a Judge of the Connecticut Superior Court based on the severity of the offence, past criminal history, and weather or not the defendant has failed to apear in court.

In some cases, either cash or a Bail Bond (a financial guarantee) must be given to the court for security. The fee for bail bonds in Connecticut is 10% up to $5,000 and then the percent drops to 7% after the first $5,000. If you have a bond of $5,000, the fee would be $500. If you have a bond of $10,000, the fee would be $850. If the defendant fails to appear each time required the by the Connecticut Superior Court the court will forfeit the bail and demand payment from the bail bond agency. The agency will locate and arrest the defendant and place him in custody of the court and demand payment from the Indemnitor(s) to recover their costs. If you are the Indemnitor, or Co-Signer(s) willing to be responsible for the defendant while out on bail, and you pledge Surety by signing a Promissory Note (some cases required to use property as collateral to guarantee the bond), The bondsman then guarantees the bail to the court and the defendant is released. It is your responsibility to keep the agency informed. As the Indemnitor, it is import to understand that there is absolutely NO RISK in pledging any amount of collateral to a bail agency as long as you are 100 percent certain the defendant will not flee and appear in court each time as required. top

I have enough cash on hand to pay for my loved one’s bail, why should I get a bail bond?
If you choose to pay for your bail yourself you unnecessarily tie up funds that could be used for other purposes, so getting a bail bond allows you the most access to your finances. Also, if the jailed person is accused of a drug trafficking, you must be able to prove that the money came from non-drug sources.

What is a bail bond?
A bail bond is a contract that enables people to pay a small amount of the bail cost, usually around 7 to 10%, to a bail bond agency. The agency then provides the court with the rest of the bail amount and promises that their client will return for trial.

Are there penalties if I “skip” bail?
Yes, if you pay the bail yourself you forfeit whatever money or property you used to secure your freedom. If you use a bail bond service to get out of jail then the bail agency forfeits the money they used and they can use bail recovery agents to track you down and force you to appear before the court in order to not lose their money. top

What is a Bail Recovery Agent?
A bail recovery agent is another name for a bounty hunter. Bounty hunters recover fugitives for bail agencies in order to force them to appear before court so that the bail bondsman does not have to lose the money he or she put up for the accused’s bail.

Can I recover the 10% fee I pay to my bail bondsman?
No. That amount of money is used to pay for the services of the bail bondsman.

Is there a difference between bail bondsmen?
Absolutely! Although many people offer various get-out-of-jail services, it takes years of experience to understand the complexities of the legal system, and you don’t want to trust your freedom to someone who doesn’t know the game. If you have a loved one behind bars, you can trust us to do whatever it takes to get them out. top

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