At A-1 Bonding Co, we understand you may have questions, and our goal is to be there when you need us and answer any questions you may have. Below is a list of frequently asked questions, but feel free to call us if your question is not answered below. We are open 24/7!

What is bail?

Bail is a sum of money set by a judge that allows a person accused of a crime to be released from jail so they can continue living their daily lives while waiting for their court date.

How does a bail bond work?

A bail bond company can provide a type of insurance policy or “surety bond” that guarantees full payment of the bail amount if the defendant doesn’t show up for scheduled court dates. Bail bond agencies offer this “insurance” and charge a percentage of the total bond amount which is usually 10%. If the defendant doesn’t appear at any all court dates the bond is forfeited.

How do the bond amount and the bond premium differ?

The amount that the court determines as the full amount of bail set is referred to as the bond amount. The amount that is owed to the bail bond agency for posting bail is the bond premium.

What is an indemnitor / guarantor?

This is the person who is willing and able to take responsibility for the defendant when they are released from jail accepts financial liability to guarantee the bond is paid.

What happens if a defendant doesn't show up for a court date?

If a defendant misses a court appearance, a bench warrant will be issued for their arrest immediately. The court will also set a deadline for when the defendant must be located or returned to custody or the bail amount must be paid (re-instated) to the court. 


A bail bond reinstatement is the process where a defendant who has had a bail bond forfeiture, can have their bench warrant removed and the bail bond re-activated with the court. You will likely need an attorney for this process and it could result in fees being paid by the bail bond agency that is passed on to the defendant or indemnitors.

How much does it cost to bail someone out of jail?

To best answer this question you should speak to a licensed bail agent. Call the experience team at A-1 today!

What if I'm from out of state?

We can still help you! If you are from out of state, depending on the circumstances, we may have to ask for bond security money. The amount of how much you will need to pay is determined based on how much your total bond is.

What types of payment are accepted?

MasterCard, Visa, check, cash, and money orders.

How can I tell if I have any warrants?

We are open 24/7. Simply call us to find out. Be prepared to give us your name, Social Security number and date of birth.

What if I know someone you're looking for?

Call the office 24 hours a day and let us know what information you have on them. All information is strictly confidential.