Frequently Asked Questions
How is the bail bond process started?
The best way to start the process is to gather some preliminary information
about the defendant (the individual that needs the bail bond). Providing the
preliminary information quickly will speed up the bail bond process. Information
- The defendants full name
- The charges
- The bond amount
- The defendants date of birth
- Has the defendant had any prior arrests? Where? When?
- The county where they are being detained
What happens if you do not have the preliminary information?
The more information provided, the faster the process. If you can not obtain the
information, we will be able to get if for you.
What are the fees for a bail bond?
The bail bond rate, or premium, in Florida is set by the Department of Financial Services. The bond rate is 10%. Unlike some states, this rate is a flat rate and cannot be negotiated. For example, the fee for a $10,000 bond is $1,000, the fee for a $25,000 bond is $2,500. Any bond less than $1,000 carries a fee of $100.
Why should I use a Bail Bondsman instead of paying cash for the bond?
There are a few good reasons to utilize a Bail Bondsman, including:
1. When posting cash bonds, you must be present to do so. Most county jails will only accept cash; they do not take credit cards. For example, if
someone has a $5,000 bond, you must bring $5,000 in cash to give to the jail. When going through a reputable bondsman, you may only have to pay
$500 (10% of the bond). You will not be tying up that much cash.
2. Most people have the misconception that if they choose cash bonds, they will receive their money back after the case is disposed of. This may or may not happen. In Florida, the courts can take any court fees, costs or fines that have accumulated during the case or as part of the disposition. When using a bail bond agency, the courts are not able to use the bond money for these fees. You will be charged the 10% premium, but that is all the fees you will have to pay. In addition, any collateral (cash or collateral) is returned in full.
3. Using a bondsman is typically the fastest and easiest way to get someone out of jail in addition to requiring the least amount of cash up front.
Will I need collateral to post a bail bond?
When posting a bail bond, you will always put up some type of collateral. The required collateral may be in the form of contracts. These contracts state that you (the indemnitor) will be responsible for the full amount of the bond if the defendant is not compliant to the bail bond terms and agreements. The defendant must show up in court each and every time he or she is required to do so.
Other collateral for bail may be required in addition the contracts. This can come in the form of cash, real property, stocks, bonds, cars and possibly other items of value. When using cash or credit cards to secure collateral, it is placed in a separate account which is required by the Department of Financial Services. This is a non interest bearing escrow account set up for this purpose. Using cash is the most usual form of collateral, due to the ease of transfer. It is not uncommon for a mortgage to be placed on real estate to secure the bond up until the disposition of the case.
When is the collateral returned?
If collateral is taken for the bail bond, the collateral must be returned to the indemnitor within 21 days after the bail bond has been discharged in writing by the court. The verdict of the case (guilty, not guilty, etc.) has no bearing on whether the collateral is returned. Usually after we have notification from the court and no other payments are due, we typically have the collateral back to you within a few days. Cash collateral is kept in a separate account required by all licensed bail agents. Bail Bond agents are not allowed to use collateral for personal use at any time.
If you were granted a payment plan for the bond and all payments have not been made, the collateral may not be able to be returned until all payments have been satisfied. All collateral taken must be reasonable in relation to the amount of the bond.
How long does the bail bond process take?
This varies for each county and institution. On average, the Bond process can take between 2 and 8 hours. Ask our bondsman what is customary for your circumstances and Florida County. Defendants are generally never released immediately after the bond is posted, there is a processing out time. You can speed up this process by completing the forms on the forms tab and having the preliminary information about the defendant before contacting us.
Who is liable for the bail bond?
The indemnitor is financially liable for the bail bond. The indemnitor’s liability is limited to the full face value of the bail bond and any expenses that are accrued if forfeiture occurs. It is very important the indemnitor feels confident the defendant will appear in all his or her court appearances or posting a bail bond is not recommended. It is important that the co-signer maintain a very close relationship with the defendant and an open line of communication during the process.
Can I post a Bond if I am not local to the area?
Yes. It may not be necessary for you to come down to the bail bond office to go through the process. With the use of a credit card and a fax machine, and or email, this can be done without your presence. If you have any additional questions or concerns about posting a bail bond long distance, please call our office and we can answer any additional questions you may have.
Why Choose Bazarte Bail Bonds?
- 40+ years in business
- Located centrally in downtown Tampa
- We work diligently to get bonds posted quickly to minimize the waiting time for the defendant’s release
- A proven reputation of excellent service
- Eight on-staff Licensed Surety Agents (Bondsman) located in Tampa and the surrounding area
- 24 Hour Nationwide Service, 7 Days a Week
- We analyze each case and provide concise answers to all your questions and concerns throughout the bonding process
- The entire bonding process can be done electronically or via telephone
- We accept cash, checks, money orders, Western Union, wire transfer, ATM and debit cards as well as VISA, Mastercard, Discover and American Express
Our Mission & Our Promise to You
Facing time in jail is one of the most stressful things that could happen to anyone. Our goal since our inception has always been to provide the very best service to our clients in a confidential and courteous manner. We hope you never need our services but if you do, call Bazarte Bail Bonds and allow us to use our experience to work for you. Serving West Florida since 1977.
Bazarte Bail Bonds Proudly Serves the Following Areas
Egypt Lake -Leto
Sun City Center
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