PA Bail Bonds Process
When a person is arrested by law enforcement, they will typically be taken to the local Police or Sheriff’s Department for booking. The amount of bail is determined by the Magisterial District Judge in each particular Pennsylvania County. Most often the defendant will be able to post bail immediately. In order to post bail you will need to contact a PA Bail Bond company.
Posting Pennsylvania bail bonds involves a contractual undertaking guaranteed by Ace Bail Bond Agency, surety and the indemnitor (usually a relative or close friend). The bail bond is a financial guarantee to the court that the defendant will appear in court each and every time the court orders.
For this service, the bail bond agent charges a premium for the service (typically 5-10% of the full bail amount). In addition, the bail agency may require physical collateral, the signing of a bail bond agreement (contract), or both, depending on the individual circumstances. Often times a defendant can be bailed out of jail with only the signature of a responsible indemnitor (cosigner).
After an agreement is reached between the bail bond agent and the indemnitor and all fees are paid, the bail agent physically posts a bail bond for the full bail amount with the jail or court. The defendant is released on bail and given a date and location to appear in court.
If the defendant fails to appear in court, the indemnitor is responsible for paying the full amount of the bail. If the defendant is located and arrested by the bail agent, the indemnitor is responsible for all fees and expenses incurred by the PA bail agent while looking for the defendant.
Note: It is very important the indemnitor feels confident the defendant will appear at all of his/her court appearances or posting a bail bond is not recommended.
PA Bail Bonds Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Pennsylvania Bail Bond?
In simple terms, a bail bond is a guarantee from a PA bail bond agency that the defendant will appear in court for all court ordered appearances. If he or she is released and then fails to appear in court, the bail bond company must pay the full amount of the bond. The defendant pays a bail agent a percentage of the entire bond and signs a contract with the bonding company agreeing to make all court appearances. Bail agents are licensed by the state of Pennsylvania Department of Insurance. To protect yourself and to receive the highest quality service and bail advice, always use an Ace Bail Bonds Agent.
What is the fee to get someone out jail?
5% - 15% Pennsylvania state regulated.
My friend or relative was arrested. What do I do?
We know that you may be stressed once you get a phone call that your friend or relative is in jail. Don’t panic. We have helped thousands of families just like yours get their friends or relatives out of jail. This can be done in a few simple steps:
1. Call us and let us know the name of the arrestee and where they are being held. If you are not sure where they are, we can find this out for you.
2. Call and make an arrangement to come to our office or meet us at the prison and fill out some paperwork. If you are in another city or state, fill out the online form and call us to provide the information we require to post a bond. Payment may be made in person, Western Union®, *we also accept Master Card and Visa if you are short on cash.
3. We will go to the jail and turn in all of the bond bond paperwork to secure your friend or relative’s release. We do ask the defendant to visit our office so that we can complete some additional paperwork.
After my first court appearance, am I done? No! You must make all court appearances until your trial or you enter a guilty plea or your case is dismissed.
What happens if I miss my court dates?
If you fail to appear in court, a warrant will be issued for your arrest and your bail bond will be forfeited. Please Contact us immediately if you miss court so we can work on keeping the bail reinstated.
How can I pay for a friend or relative’s bail if I am in another city or state?
It’s easy! Call us with Credit Card or Western Union Information. We will process your credit card information. Then we fax you documents to fill out and sign. A PA bail bondsman goes to the jail to post the bail, and your friend or relative is on their way home!
Is the bond fee refundable?
No! once the bail bond is posted with the courts the fee is considered earned.
What is a co-signer?
A person who takes responsibility of the full amount of the bail bond. The co-signer ensures the appearance of the person in court at the set court date.
What do I do when I get out of jail?
Check in with Ace Bail Bonds on a weekly basis and go to all of your scheduled court dates. Notify Ace Bail Bonds and the courts of any changes in your information, such as address, phone numbers, place of employment, etc.
What is collateral?
Collateral is used to secure the entire amount of the bail bond if the defendant does not appear in court. Types of collateral include: houses, land, cars, cash, credit cards, jewelry, planes, boats, or anything that is equal to or more than the amount of the PA bail bond. You will get the collateral back once the court case is finalized. (Guilty, Not Guilty, Dismissed, etc.…)
How long is the release process?
After the bail bond is posted at the courts or county prison the release process takes between 30 minutes and 8 hours depending on the size of the prison. If the defendant is in a smaller city jail it usually takes less than 30 minutes. If they are being held in a large county prison it could take up to several hours.
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