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Ruben and Steve Bazarte Bail Bonds
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Frequently Asked Questions

The fees for a bond are as follows:

10% for bonds over $1000.00 with a minimum of $100.00 for each bond $1000.00 or less. This bond premium is non-refundable, it pays for the services of the bondsman and surety company. The bail bond rate, or premium, in Florida is 10% and is set by Dept. of Financial Services. Unlike some other states, this rate is a flat rate and cannot be negotiated. You may come across other bondsmen who claim they will “discount” the rate; it is always safer to deal with a bondsman who charges the full 10% premium, as you know they are operating within lawful guidelines. Payment plans are sometimes offered on larger bonds.
  • If I just cash bond the defendant, the jail says I will get my money back after the case is closed, is that correct?
You should receive the balance after any unpaid fines or court costs, whether from that immediate case or past cases for the defendant, meaning at times you receive little or nothing back. See below :
Chapter 903
903.286 Return of cash bond; requirement to withhold unpaid fines, fees, and court costs. Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 903.31(2), the clerk of the court shall withhold from the return of a cash bond posted on behalf of a criminal defendant by a person other than a bail bond agent licensed pursuant to chapter 648 sufficient funds to pay any unpaid court fees, court costs, and criminal penalties. In the event that sufficient funds are not available to pay all unpaid court fees, court costs, and criminal penalties, the clerk of the court shall immediately obtain payment from the defendant or enroll the defendant in a payment plan pursuant to s. 28.246.
  • What does it take to bond someone out of jail?
Every county and institution has a different time frame for release after bond is posted at the jail. There is a processing out procedure and inmates are rarely released immediately. You may contact the individual facility to inquire on processing out times and procedures.

There are three parts to a successful bond,
1) Bond Premium, discussed above.
2) Bond Application completed by someone assuming responsibility for the bond and guarantee of defendant's presence in court until case is disposed or closed.
3) In some cases collateral is needed in addition to the above the standard Promissory Note.
  • What do you need for collateral?
Collateral is something of value used to secure a bail bond. This can be in the form of cash, credit card, signatures, real property, automobiles, stocks, and other things of value. If cash collateral is given, it is held in a separate trust account either managed by the bonding agency or the surety company the agent writes for. If you used a credit card, a percentage fee may be charge on any collateral returned.

The most common form of collateral is the use of an indemnity agreement and promissory note. These two contacts hold the signers financially responsible for the full amount of the bond on the event of forfeiture. This is the simplest and lowest from of collateral and is used mainly on smaller bonds.
  • 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 is accrued if forfeiture occurs. Note: It is very important the indemnitor feels confident the defendant will appear in all of his/her court appearances or posting a bail bond is not recommended. It is recommended that the co-signer maintain a very close relationship with the defendant and keeping an open line of communication.
  • How soon will the defendant be released from custody?
This is different in every county and every institution. Ask the bondsman what is customary in your circumstance and county. Defendants are generally never released immediately after the bond is posted, there is a processing out time.

There are many other aspects of bail bonds, speak to one of our bail agents should you have questions that have not been answered.