The length of the bail process has a lot of determining factors. Some of these factors include what jail the defendant is in, what crime was committed, the amount of the bail, and the length of the court case. There is not a simple answer for how long the bail process takes, it all depends on circumstances. Although this is a difficult and stressful time, try to talk to an agency without any expectations of time. Bail bonds agencies are great at telling you how long the process should take for your loved one and will keep you updated through every step. As we know this can be hard to do, we will try to give you some general time expectations.
After the defendant is arrested, bail is typically set that day, however, if the arrest took place on a weekend or night, they will have to wait until the courts next business day to see a judge to get bail set. This means that the defendant could be in jail for a day or two without having a bail amount set. Once the bail amount is set, the quicker a loved one calls a bail agency the better. There are some processes that need to be finished before the bail can be posted. Whoever is posting the money for the bond will need to pay 10% of the bail amount before the defendant can be released. In some cases, there will need to be working co-signers to ensure that the bail amount will be paid back.
After all the paperwork is signed and the money has been transferred, the bail bonds agent will contact the jail or court where the defendant is being held and will post the bail amount. After the bail is posted, it can take anywhere from 2-10 hours for the defendant to be released. This process can be long if the jail is busy or if it is a time of day where there is not a lot of people working. After the defendant is released, they will need to stay in the area, attend all their court dates, and set up a payment plan with the bail bonds agency to ensure they pay their bond back.
This whole process depends so much on unique circumstances that it is important everyone remains calm and trusts the agency. The quickest way to get your loved one home is to call quickly, and let the agency do their job as fast as they can. Stay in contact with the bail bonds agency after your loved one is released to keep track of court dates, how much is still owed on the bail amount, and to have the defendant check in. If you are in a situation where you need to speak with a bail bonds agency, give us a call or fill out our contact form to get started. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have.