Understanding Bail Bond Cost
How Much Does Bail Cost in Nassau County, FL?
When a person is arrested in Florida, the amount of bail needed is based upon several factors. In Florida, some criminal charges have preset bail amounts. In other cases, a judge sets the bail amount based on factors like the defendant’s employment status, financial resources, family and community ties, any previous arrest, and the specific charges at hand. Some crimes are not eligible for bail, such as sex crimes and murder.
At Liberty Bail Bonds Nassau, we can help you secure the bail needed for a release. We’re open 24/7, and we can provide bail bond service over the phone or in person. Contact us to learn more.
Types of Bail Bonds
- Cash Bail Bonds – Defendants who are able to pay the entire amount of their bail can opt for a cash bail bond. After appearing for all hearings and court dates, the bond is returned.
- Surety Bonds – This is the most common type of bail bond. Per state law, 10% with a minimum of $100, per bond (or equivalent collateral) is paid to the bail bond agent, who then pays the bail so the defendant can be released.
- Property Bonds – Instead of using cash as the bond fee, a defendant may use their property as a form of collateral.
- Federal Bail Bonds – If you’ve been jailed for a felony, it’s considered a federal offense and you probably qualify for a federal bail bond. These bonds are more difficult to acquire and require a 15% payment instead of the Florida State standard of 10%.
- Immigration Bail Bond – Individuals who have been arrested for a crime but aren’t United States citizens will likely need to seek an immigration bail bond. The process can be complex and involves strict requirements for qualification.
How Do Bail Bonds Work?
Most of the time, bail amounts far exceed what people can afford, and they turn to a bail bonds agency. One of the first questions people ask is, “How much is a bail bond?” For the most common type of bond, a surety bond, the bail bond agency charges 10% with a minimum of $100, per bond. An indemnitor is also needed to secure a bail bond. This can be an individual or a group of people who guarantee the defendant will appear for their court date.
After the 10% fee is received, the bail bond agency pays the bail so the defendant can be released. If they appear in court, the bail bond fee is kept by the agency for payment. If the defendant doesn’t appear, the entire amount of bail then becomes due to the bail bond agency.
No Bail Situations
Citations – If you are cited and released for a low-level charge, you don’t have to go through an arrest, booking, or posting bail, but you still must appear for the court date specified on the citation. Failing to appear in court for a citation may result in a bench warrant being issued for your arrest.
Recognizance Release – People may also be released on their own recognizance for state or federal charges without paying bail at all. In this instance, an individual must be judged to be of sufficient character to be trusted to appear for their court date. The defendant also must sign a written agreement to appear in court.
Is a Bail Bondsman Worth It?
The bail and bail bond process can be complicated and confusing. Working with an experienced bail bondsman is the best way to ensure you can post bail with minimal frustration. When you work with Liberty Bail Bonds Nassau, you can rely on us to give you a frank assessment of your options. We can run the numbers through our bail bond amount calculator to determine the cost to you, and we are familiar with all types of bail bonds. Contact us for more details.
If You Don’t Have the Money for the Bond Fee
If you don’t have the cash for the 10% payment/fee, we still may be able to work with you if you have collateral. Each instance and individual are unique, and we’ll do our best to help you if we can.
Contact Liberty Bail Bonds Nassau
Being arrested is a difficult situation, and no one wants to sit in jail any longer than they must. When you contact Liberty Bail Bonds Nassau, we’ll work quickly to let you know all your options and how much they cost. We’ve been helping people in Nassau County for decades, and you can count on us for knowledgeable assistance. We’re available 24/7. Contact us today for details.