Frequently Asked Questions Bail Bonds

At Able Bail Bonds, we understand that the bail bond process can be a stressful and confusing endeavor. With over 15 years of experience, we can guide you through each step of the process and have your friend or loved one released from jail quickly. Below are some common questions and concerns about bail bonds.

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Call 1-973-267-8400 for immediate assistance. Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day for these urgent matters with multilingual speakers always available.


What is bail?

Bail is a monetary amount that must be paid or guaranteed before an individual can be released from jail.


What is the purpose of bail?

Bail is a powerful incentive for the defendant (person arrested) to attend all required court appearances. If they miss even one court appearance, the money is forfeited. If the defendant attends all court appearances then the bail money is returned at the conclusion of the case.
How long does it take to get released on bail?
At Able Bail Bonds we are known for getting people released from jail within just a few hours. Timing may vary with each unique case – but we can assure you that your friend or loved one will be released as soon as possible.


How long does it take to get released on bail?

At Able Bail Bonds we are known for getting people released from jail within just a few hours. Timing may vary with each unique case – but we can assure you that your friend or loved one will be released as soon as possible.


Why should I use a bail bond? Or work with a bail bond agency?

If you cannot afford to put up bail, a bail bond agency can guarantee the full amount with a bail bond so that your loved one can be released from jail right away. Working with a bail bond agency also provides you with expert bondsmen to walk you through the bail process. Having a professional at your fingertips that understands the legal system and knows how to cut through red tape can be invaluable.
What is a bail bondsman?
A bail bondsman is an individual or corporation that acts as a surety. A surety is the promise by one party (ie: Able Bail Bonds) to pay the debt of the borrower (ie: the defendant) if the borrower defaults (ie:  the defendant doesn’t show up to court).  At Able Bail Bonds, this means our bail bondsman pledges bail for the appearance of the detained individual in court. By


What is a bail bondsman?

A bail bondsman is an individual or corporation that acts as a surety. A surety is the promise by one party (ie: Able Bail Bonds) to pay the debt of the borrower (ie: the defendant) if the borrower defaults (ie:  the defendant doesn’t show up to court).  At Able Bail Bonds, this means our bail bondsman pledges bail for the appearance of the detained individual in court. By pledging bail we can get your loved one released from custody quickly.


What happens if the person does not appear in court as promised?

A bench warrant is issued for the person’s arrest and the person’s name will appear in police bulletins as a fugitive. Although specifics vary depending on the jurisdiction, generally the court also authorizes the bail agency arrest authority for the individual as well.

The bail agency normally calls the person’s home, work, and other references to try to find the fugitive and convince them to appear. If these efforts are unsuccessful, the agency may then search and employ apprehension specialists (private investigators) to arrest the fugitive.

From the perspective of someone who guaranteed the appearance by posting collateral, you want to convince the fugitive to surrender himself/herself to the police or court as soon as possible. Normally, if the fugitive is returned before actual remittance to the state, you can usually get your collateral back.

If the fugitive does not surrender and cannot be found by the forfeiture date, the bail agency remits the entire bond to the court and proceeds with legal action to seize, if necessary, liquidate your collateral. By law, the bail agency is required to refund any value received in excess of the bail amount following liquidation.

Because Able Bail Bonds has very experienced bail agents and we do not bail out hardened criminals, we have one of the best rates in the country. We also have some of the best private investigators in the business that have apprehended major felons and fugitives for other agencies. As a guarantor, you will be glad that we are good at what we do.


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Call 1-973-267-8400 for immediate assistance. Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day for these urgent matters with multilingual speakers always available.

MONEY & FEES

What if I cannot afford to pay bail?
If you cannot afford to pay bail, Able Bail Bonds can help your friend or loved one can be released from jail quickly. We will we pay for the cost of bail upfront in exchange for a percentage fee (called a premium) and collateral in case the defendant defaults and the state keeps all of the bail money (this happens when a defendant does not show up to court).

What does a bail bond cost and what am I responsible for?
At Able Bail Bonds we will put up a bond for the full amount of the bail. You are only responsible for:

  1. The Premium: This cost is a percentage of the total bail bond. It is the fee charged for borrowing money (for bail) and is similar to paying interest on a loan. This fee is a service charge and therefore not returned at the end of the case.  If the amount is high we can negotiate an initial down payment and offer an affordable payment plan tailored to individual needs.
  2. Collateral: If the defendant misses a court appearance or does not follow the court’s orders, the state forces us to pay the bail money. Collateral is a form of security that is necessary just in case this happens.

MONEY & FEES

What if I cannot afford to pay bail?

If you cannot afford to pay bail, Able Bail Bonds can help your friend or loved one can be released from jail quickly. We will we pay for the cost of bail upfront in exchange for a percentage fee (called a premium) and collateral in case the defendant defaults and the state keeps all of the bail money (this happens when a defendant does not show up to court).

What does a bail bond cost and what am I responsible for?

At Able Bail Bonds we will put up a bond for the full amount of the bail. You are only responsible for:

  1. The Premium: This cost is a percentage of the total bail bond. It is the fee charged for borrowing money (for bail) and is similar to paying interest on a loan. This fee is a service charge and therefore not returned at the end of the case.  If the amount is high we can negotiate an initial down payment and offer an affordable payment plan tailored to individual needs.
  2. Collateral: If the defendant misses a court appearance or does not follow the court’s orders, the state forces us to pay the bail money. Collateral is a form of security that is necessary just in case this happens.

What can I use for collateral?

Any land, personal property or real estate can be used for collateral such as a house, gold jewelry or a car. These items are eligible for use only if they are debt-free.  If you have excellent credit rating, collateral may not be necessary.

When will I get my collateral back?

Collateral will be returned when the court case is completed as long as the premium has been paid. The court case can be considered complete when

1) the charges are dropped

2) the defendant is deemed innocent

3) the defendant is deemed guilty. If there is an outstanding amount owed on the premium, then the collateral cannot be returned until payment is received.

Will I get my premium fee back when the case is complete?

No, the premium paid on the bail bond is not returned. It is a service fee for borrowing money from the bail bond agency.

Do you have any more questions?

If you have any questions about bail, call 1-973-267-8400 for immediate assistance. Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day for these urgent matters with multilingual speakers always available.

About Able Bail Bonds

With over 15 years of experience, Able Bail Bonds can assess your legal and financial situation for a quick release of your loved. We are proud to have helped many clients in the greater New Jersey area including Morris County, Essex County, Passaic County, Elizabeth, Somerville, Morristown, NJ and beyond. Contact us for more information.

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