Do you need a Bail Bond?
If you have any questions that are not answered below, please feel free to contact us.
What is bail?
Bail is a sum of money or a bail bond determined by the court which the court believes will guarantee the return of the defendant to all future court dates. The bail allows the accused (defendant) to remain out of jail while completing the court case.
How is bail determined?
The court sets conditions of release and bail may be one of those conditions. In setting bail, the court considers the following ~ public safety, past criminal history, the seriousness of the allegations, the defendant’s ability to return to future court appearances based on the defendant’s character, history & flight risk.
How does a bail bond work?
A bail bond is used to secure the release of the defendant in lieu of cash. There are two parts to a bond:
- The first part is a premium fee that is typically 10% of the face amount of the bond. The fee is non-refundable and is regulated by the Washington State Insurance Commissioner.
- The second part is securing the bond with some form of collateral. Collateral is an asset that can be pledged by an indemnitor to ensure that the defendant will attend all required court appearances.
By signing the bail bond contract, the indemnitor guarantees the full amount of bond will be paid in the event the defendant misses court and does not reschedule the court date within a certain time as set by the court.
If the defendant makes all court dates, the court will exonerate bail and close the case. Once this happens, the collateral will be returned to the owner. However, all fees must be paid in full before the return of the collateral.
How long does it take to be released from jail?
Once our agent has posted bond, the release time varies from jail to jail. Ask our agent how long it will take for release as it can as short as 30 minutes or as long as 12 hours.
What happens if a defendant fails to appear in court?
If the defendant fails to appear, the court will forfeit our bond and issue a bench warrant. At that time, the defendant is considered a fugitive. The court will demand the full bond amount to be paid if the defendant does not reschedule the hearing.
If the defendant refuses to reschedule the court date, Lacey O’Malley Bail Bond Agency will hire a licensed Bail Bond Recovery agent to locate and arrest the defendant. Although allowed by law, this the last resort Lacey O’Malley desires to take.
If you have any questions about this, please call us at 206.622.2668 or email us.