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Arrest and Bail Bonds
A bail bond technically called a "surety bond", is a contractual undertaking guaranteed by a licensed bail bondsman who is licensed in the county in which he post the bond.
The bail agent guarantees to the court payment of the full amount of the bond if the defendant fails to appear for their scheduled court appearances.
In most cases the fee is 10 to 15 percent of the total bond amount, depending on the circumstance.
Of course you can. As always, there is someone out there offering their service at a reduced rate. Remember, you get what you pay for. We understand that you want your bail bond at the lowest cost. We will work with you to find the best situation to obtain the best price for you.
When arranging bail, we generally need payment in advance of "posting" a bond for the release of a detainee. We accept cash, check or money order, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.
We offer payment options, flexible financing and payment plans when acquiring a bail bond. We never accept collateral for bonds. We realize that the cost of a bail bond may be more than you have readily available. If you qualify, we can work out a payment plan.
When a person is arrested, they will be taken to the McLennan County Jail for processing and booking. This includes fingerprinting, pictures, and nation-wide computer database searches. It can take a few hours for this to happen. While the person is being processed we gather information from you to save time later on.
Generally, we will be contacted by phone to begin the process. During the initial phone consultation, we will ask for information about your situation in order to determine the risk involved in the bond and begin the approval process.
Once the bail bond is approved, the customer will need to sign basic bail bond documents including an application, Indemnity Agreement, and receipt. After the paperwork is finalized and payment has been made, we will "post" the bail bond at the jail.
If the defendant is not bailed out, he or she will generally remain in custody until the matter has been resolved in court.
Bail Bonds Responsibilities
When you bail someone out of jail, you are called the bail bond indemnitor. You take full responsibility for the defendant to show up in court when you bail someone out of jail.
If the "failure to appear" in court was a simple mistake, then the bail bond company or an attorney can usually make arrangements for the defendant to return to court. Courts generally understand that people get sick, traffic or car problems arise and other unforeseen circumstances occur. This is most commonly the situation and is easily remedied. On the other hand, if a defendant ultimately does not appear in court, you must make contact with our office to see what the next step is. Remember, you are the indemnitor and the one held responsible for the bail. It is very important that you do your best to help us resolve the situation as fast as possible.
We are a family business and we pride ourselves on our professionalism and our family has been in the bail business since 1995. You can always contact the McLennan County Bail Bond Coordinator at 254-757-5000.