What is a bail bond?
A bail bond is a financial guarantee made by or on behalf of a criminal defendant that is used to guarantee their appearance in court through the end of their trial. Failure by the defendant to appear will result in bail bond forfeiture.
What is the difference between bail bond amount and premium?
A bail bond is financial guarantee made by or on behalf of a criminal defendant that is used to guarantee their appearance in court through the end of their trial. Failure by the defendant to appear will result in bail bond forfeiture.
Who is the co-signer/guarantor?
A co-signer/guarantor is the person(s) willing to be responsible for the defendant while they are out on bail and who co-assumes financial responsibility, including guarantee of the full bail bond amount. The co-signer can be held fully responsible for the financial loss imposed on the Bail Bond agency.
What does it mean when a bail is exonerated?
A bail bond is exonerated when the court process/trial has finished. It does not matter whether the defendant is found guilty/innocent or if the case has been dismissed. At this point, the bail bond is discharged. All unpadi premium, fees, or other amounts charged by the bail service provider are still owed.
How does the court determine the amount of the bail?
The amount of the bail is first and foremost within the scope and discretion of the judge or magistrate, with only two general limitations:
- The purpose of bail is not to penalize or punish the defendant, but only to secure the appearance of the accused, and it should be set with that in mind.
- Excessive bail, not warranted by the circumstances or the evidence at hand, is not only improper but a violation of constitutional rights. In fixing the amount of the bail, the court takes into consideration the seriousness of the charge, the defendant's previous criminal record, and the probability of the defendant appearing at the trial or hearing.
Additionally, if public safety is an issue, the court may make an inquiry where it may consider allegations of injury to the victim, dange to the public and/or to the defendant, threats to the victim or a witness, the use of a deadly weapon and the defendant's use or possesion of controlled substances. A judge or magistrate setting bail in other than a scheduled or usual amount must state on the record the reasons and address the issue of threats made against a victim or a witness. THe court must also consider evidence offered by the detained person regarding ties to the community and ability to post bond. The bail amount set by the ocurt must be within the minimum range amount of bail that would reasonably assure the defendant's appearance - NOT the maximum! It is important to remember that it is the court magistrate that determines bail amounts.
How much does it cost to bail someone out of jail?
All cases are different. To answer this question, please contact a licensed member of our staff. We are available by phone 24/7 and 365 days a year. Davis Bail Bonds is her for you. Contact: (314) 638-7034
Is the premium refundable?
The defendant and any co-signer(s) are responsible to the bail service provider for the premium and any fees or additional expenses incurred by the bail service provider on their behald. These monies are earned at the time the defendant is released from custody and therefore not subject to return. This is the case even if the defendant is found innocent, the case is dismissed or the defendant is placed back into custody for another offense.
What are the hours of Davis Bail Bonds?
We never close. We are here to service the public 24/7 and 365 days a year. We have agents at the ready any time to service Missouri.