How Bail Works

If you, or someone you love, has been arrested for any reason, then you need information quickly about your options. You’re probably wondering:

  • What is going to happen to me?
  • What does this whole process look like?
  • What decisions will I have to make?
  • How can I get out of jail faster?

You probably have dozens of other questions, too, but first, here’s what your immediate next steps will look like.

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The arrest and booking process

If you are arrested, you will be brought to a police station and “booked”. An officer will:

  • Collect your personal information
  • Fingerprint you
  • Check your history
  • Take your “mug shot”
  • Charge you with a crime

Your personal belongings will be taken and stored for you and you’ll usually be offered an opportunity to place a phone call.

It is important that you contact your lawyer or a loved one who can contact your lawyer for you. If you do not have a lawyer yet, Statewide Bail Bonds has long-term relationships with several trusted lawyers. You can see a list here: Trusted Attorneys

Once you have been charged and booked for a crime, the police department or court will set a bail amount based on the severity of the crime you’ve been charged with and other contributing factors. Your bail hearing should take place within 48 hours, except for holiday weekends which may take longer.

Bail Hearing

Bail is set by the arresting Police Department or by a Judge of the Connecticut Superior Court based on the severity of the offense, past criminal history, and whether or not the defendant has failed to appear in court.

Bail is the amount of money required by the court to release a defendant from custody and to guarantee their appearance in court.

Bail Payment Options

Either cash or a Surety Bail Bond (a financial guarantee) power of attorney must be given to the court for security. 

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 Surety Bail Bonds company. The company then provides the court with the rest of the bail amount  (power of attorney form) and promises that their client will return for all following court proceedings.

If you choose to pay cash for bail, you unnecessarily tie up funds that could be used for other purposes. Getting a bail bond allows you to keep your cash accessible for other needs. 

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 clerk’s office once the case is terminated.

No, Surety Bail Bonds companies can not post a child support bond. These bonds are usually cash bonds only and are usually non-refundable.

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.

If approved, a Statewide Bail Bonds agent will meet with the approved co-signer of the bond to fill out appropriate paperwork and secure the money required and agreed upon. Once the paperwork is completed, the Statewide Bail Bond agent will submit the paperwork to the authority at the facility or police department where the defendant is being held. 

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 who lives out of state, has failed to appear in court previously, or has a considerably high bond amount.

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. 

No. That amount of money is used to pay for the services of the bail bondsman.

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

What are my responsibilities as 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 and can not be apprehended by out Bail Enforcement Agent in the Statutory time period.  All bonds require a co-signer, big or small.

A co-signer will need a state issued I.D. Depending on the size of the bond, a co-signer may need proof of residence and employment.

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.

If you co-signed for a bond, or know someone who did, and the defendant is planning to leave the state to avoid turning themselves in, you should contact the Surety Bail Bonds company immediately. 

If you don’t notify the company and the person skips out on the bond, then your collateral (if applicable) will be forfeited and you will be responsible for the full bond amount plus 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.

All information regarding a defendant planning to leave the state is strictly confidential and your name will never be disclosed.

What are my risks?

It is important 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 will appear in court each time as required.

Yes. If the defendant fails to appear each time required by the Connecticut Superior Court, then the court will forfeit the bail.

If you pay the bail yourself, then you forfeit whatever money or property you used to secure the defendant’s freedom. 

If you use a Surety Bail Bond company, the court will forfeit the bail and demand payment from the Surety Bail Bond company. The company may then use bail recovery agents to track down the defendant, make an arrest, and return him or her to the custody of the court in order to not lose their money.

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.

If you co-signed for a bond, or know someone who did, and the defendant is planning to leave the state to avoid turning themselves in, you should contact the Surety Bail Bonds company immediately. 

If you don’t notify the company and the person skips out on the bond, then your collateral (if applicable) will be forfeited and you will be responsible for the full bond amount plus expenses incurred for the apprehension of the defendant.

Is there a difference between Surety Bail Bond companies?

Absolutely! 

Although many companies offer various get-out-of-jail services, it takes years of experience to understand the complexities of the legal system. Statewide Bail Bonds owners and agents have several decades of experience working within the local Criminal Justice system. That experience allows us to give the best advice to you about bonding out your loved one.  

We at Statewide Bail Bonds pride ourselves on our honesty when giving advice on the bail bond process for each individual case, even if it costs us the posting of the bond because its in the defendants best interest.  Most bail bond companies are all about the money and treat their prospective clients with that in mind.  

All the Statewide Bail Bonds agents are licensed through the State of Connecticut, which required a specific amount of training and classroom testing. Most of our agents have prior law enforcement training and experience that most bail companies lack.  Statewide Bail Bonds agents are able to quickly and efficiently bond your loved one.

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.

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Why Choose Statewide Bail Bonds?

  • We offer easy payment plans as little as $25/week
  • We offer low down payments, the lowest allowed by law
  • We accept multiple forms of collateral and payment