Bail is used to release a defendant for money. The money is used as an assurance that the defendant will make it to their court dates. Since some trials can take a long time, the Bail Bonds System permits a possibly innocent defendant from waiting for their court date in a jail.
When arrested, people are usually moved to a law enforcement building where they are “booked”. This involves documenting the crime that allegedly has happened and personal information about the suspect. During booking, they will take a photo and fingerprint the suspect. They run a background check on the suspect and hold any of the suspect’s personal property which is returned to the suspect when released.
The officers usually will allow the suspect to make a phone call. After booking, the suspect is incarcerated in a county jail or a police station facility. With crimes not deemed serious, the suspect can usually post bail immediately. In cases of more serious crimes, the suspects will have to wait for a bail hearing. At the hearing, a judge will decide if the suspect may be released on bail and the amount.
Bail is based on the suspect’s flight chance and the crime accused. A criminal history, or having not shown up for court appearances may affect a judge’s decision about the bail amount. A judge will also consider if they believe the suspect to be a risk to others, work history and the nature of the crime. Bail is at the judge’s discretion, although some counties will have bail schedules, which sets a standard bail for certain crimes.
There are five release options available: cash bond, surety bond, property bond, own
recognizance (O.R.), and citation release.
Cash Bond: To be released on
cash bail, someone must post with the court the total amount of the bail, in cash.
The purpose of this is to secure his or her return to court on an appointed date,
and thereafter until the case is concluded. If the defendant shows up for his/her
scheduled court appearances, the cash is returned to him/her, minus any court fees
and fines. If s/he fails to appear, the cash bond is forfeited to the court.
Surety Bond: An alternative to cash bail is the posting of a surety bond
(Bail Bond). This process involves a contractual undertaking guaranteed by an
admitted insurance company having adequate assets to satisfy the face value of the
bond. The bail agent guarantees to the court that they will pay the bond forfeiture
if a defendant fails to appear for their scheduled court appearances. The bail
agent’s guarantee is made through a surety company and/or by the pledge of property
owned by the agent.
Property Bond: In rare cases an individual may obtain release from custody
by means of posting a property bond with the court. Here the court records a lien on
property, to secure the bail amount. If the arrestee subsequently fails to appear at
the scheduled court date, the court may institute foreclosure proceedings against
the property to obtain the forfeited bail amount.
Own Recognizance (O.R.): Another method of release pending trial is
through a county or law enforcement administered pre-trial release program. Usually,
the staff members of these programs interview individuals in custody and make
recommendations to the court regarding release of these individuals on their own
recognizance (i.e., without any financial security to insure the interviewee’s
Citation Release: This procedure, known as the “Cite Out”, involves the
issuance of a citation by the arresting officer to the arrestee, informing the
arrestee that he or she must appear at an appointed court date. The Cite Out usually
occurs immediately after an individual is arrested. Such an arrestee’s appearance in
court depends exclusively upon the integrity of the arrestee and his or her
voluntarily returning to court.
Once the amount of the bond is decided, the suspect usually can be released if they
post the bond in cash or assets. If the accused person does not have the money or
the assets to pay for bond, they can apply to a Bail Bondsman like A Plus Bail
Bonds. The bondsman will take 10% of the bond amount and will supply the rest of the
money so that the suspect can leave jail. The 10% fee amount is the same for all
Bond Companies in Washington State and is set by the State Government.
Here is the county list. We cover every county in Washington State: Adams, Asotin,
Benton, Chelan, Clallam, Clark, Columbia, Cowlitz, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin,
Garfield, Grant, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Klickitat,
Lewis, Lincoln, Mason, Okanogan, Pacific, Pend Oreille, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit,
Skamania, Snohomish, Spokane, Stevens, Thurston, Wahkiakum, Walla Walla, Whatcom,
Whitman and Yakima.
The cost of a bail bond, known as a bail bond premium, is only a small fraction of
what the actual bail amount set is. In Washington State, bail bond companies
generally charge 10% of the set bail for the bail bond premium. For instance, if a
bail has been set at $5,000, the bail bond premium will only cost $500.
That is not a problem, Budget Bail Bonds offers many free financing options if you
cannot afford the full bail bond premium up front. These payment plans to not charge
No. We do not always require collateral. Every case is different and our agents are
trained to underwrite bonds in accordance with our insurance company policies. In
most cases, a signature will be enough to secure a bail bond for an inmate. If more
collateral is necessary, we may require property such as a car title or deed of
trust. Collateral will be returned promptly after a defendant’s court case is
finished and the bond is exonerated by the courts.
We will call you and the friend or family member who cosigned for your bail bond and
will inform you that you missed court. You will certainly be provided the
opportunity to get in contact with the court and get your court date rescheduled.
Absolutely, your information is safe with us. We are prevented by law from sharing
your private information with anyone with certain exceptions set by law.
While we cannot provide you legal advice, we are more than happy to refer you to
some of the top criminal defense attorneys in the area. Feel free to call us or come
see us in person for referrals to the
Since a bail bond is a type of insurance agreement, a bail bond company generally
requires an indemnitor (cosigner) to be financially responsible for the full amount
of a bail bond. This person essentially makes a promise to the bail bond company
that the defendant will make it to all of their court appointments and will fulfill
their legal obligations during the court process. If you’re interested in bailing
someone out of jail, give us a call today and we will gladly walk you through the
process of getting someone released!
While every case is different, the short answer is you can get a bail bond
instantly! The paperwork takes as little as five to ten minutes. Once completed, our
agents will take care of the rest by posting the bond directly with the jail to have
your family member, friend, or loved one released immediately!
Of course! We can send you the paperwork via email or fax machine. Once we receive
the necessary documents, our agents will post the bond immediately. We are also able
to take payments over the phone with a debit or credit card.
Our bail bond company is open 24 hours per day and seven days per week. We
understand that some individuals may be locked up at the most inconvenient times so
our around-the-clock staff is always available to get a person released and back to
the comforts of their own home at a moment’s notice.
If you believe you may have a warrant, our agents are equipped to post an “out of
custody” bond, basically quashing the warrant and issuing you a new court date. You
never even have to set foot inside the jail!