Understanding the bail process is not always easy. Better Bail Bonding is here to answer all of your bail questions. We want to make the process easy for our clients. If you do not find the answer to your question below, please do not hesitate to contact us.
How does bail work?
The process of bail is regulated by the State of South Carolina. A Judge within the county of arrest sets the bail amount.
What do I need to bail someone out of jail?
You must meet the following criteria:
Must be 18 years of age or older
How long does it take for paperwork?
It will take about ten minutes.
How can I pay?
We accept Cash, Money Orders, and all major Credit Cards.
What is collateral?
Collateral is something ov value used to financially secure a bail bond. Some examples of collateral include cash, credit/debit cards, houses, cars, boats, etc.
How long does it take for a person to be released from the jail?
It depends on the jail and the county the defendant was arrested in. Most facilities range between thirty minutes to four hours.
What are the responsibilities of a co-signer?
A co-signer (as known as indemintor), someone willing to sign for the defendant, is responsible for the following:
To make sure the defendant makes their first and all subsequent court appearances.
To make sure the defendant notifies Better Bail Bonding of any change in address or employment immediately.
To make sure the defendant follows the Bail Bond conditions provided within the Indemnity Agreement.
To make sure the defendant does not leave the county or state (unless given permission from court).
To make sure the premium is paid (if applicable).
What are the responsibilities of the defendant?
The defendant is responsible for the following:
Upon being released, the defendant will need to immediately make an appointment and report to our local office to complete the necessary paperwork.
The defendant MUST notify Better Bail Bonding of any change in address or employment immediately.
The defendant MUST follow the Bail Bond conditions provided within the Indeminty Agreement.
The defendant MUST make their first and subsequent court appearances.
Do I get my money back after the defendant goes to court?
No. Bail bond money is a non-refundable premium once the bond has been posted. However, if we are unable to the post bond under certain circumstances, we will issue a refund.
What are the benefits of bailing someone out of jail?
The defendant can go back to work, school, home, family, and continue with usual daily life.
Permits the unhampered preparation of a defense.
Serves to prevent the infliction of punishment prior to conviction.
Can I drop the money off and have someone else co-sign?
Yes. However, if there is any type of refund it will be given back to the co-signer.
Do I need to come back with the defendant to complete paperwork?
No, but the defendant MUST make an appointment and report to our local office after being released.
How long do I have to abide by the terms of the bond?
Once the trial is over you are no longer obligated to the bond. It does not matter whether the defendant was found innocent or guilty.