Q&A's The Most Commonly Asked Questions About Bail Bonds To help you through the bail process, please review these questions and answers, as they will apply to the bail bonding process. If you have a question that is not covered here, please contact us. We are always happy to answer your questions! Q: What Is A Bail Bond? A: Bail Bond is a contract between the bail bond company, the courts, and a Co-Signer. It is the Co-Signer that guarantees the bail bond company that the accused will appear for all future court dates. For this the bail bond company charges a percentage of the bond (typically 12% for any bond amount of $10,000 or less and 15% for any bond amount over $10,000) Q: What Do I Need In Order To Bond Someone Out Of Jail? A: You will need the fee, a co-signer and possibly some form of collateral Q: Where Do You Write Bonds? A: Fulton County: Alpharetta, Roswell and Atlanta. Cobb County: Smyrna, Mareitta, Kennesaw and Powder Springs. We also have the ability to write bonds nationwide. Q: Is The Bond Fee Refundable? A: No. Once a bail bond has been posted for the accused, the money is then earned by the bail bond company. Q: What Is A Co-signer? A: The co-signer is the person who take financial responsibility for the bail bond if the accused fails to appear in court. Q: What Is Collateral? A: Collateral is money, property or anything of value that we hold while the accused is out on bail. This collateral is returned when the defendant has completely settled the case. Q: How Do I Know When The Defendant Has A Court Date? A: It is your responsibility to know when the defendant has to go to court. Typically, the courts will notify us when the accused is to appear. You may call our offices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to check on the status of any court dates. Q: If I'm A Co-signer And The Accused Misses Court, Do I Have To Pay The Full Amount Of The Bond? A: You are liable for the full amount of the bond plus expenses, if your friend or relative does not go to court. A failure to appear in court does not necessarily mean you'll have to pay the full amount of the bond. While there is no excuse for missing court we strongly encourage our client's to notify us of any unusual circumstances so that we can advise them as to the best course of action. Q: How long does it take be released from jail once my bond is paid? A: It depends. Jails can be very busy places. If you are arrested, there is a process you have to go through before you can be released even if your bond is paid. Once booked into jail, you have to have a mug shot taken and be fingerprinted. That process can take up to several hours. The quicker you contact us to make your bond arrangements, the quicker you will be released when you have been processed at the jail. Q: Are there certain rules I have to follow while out on bond? A: Yes. You will have a set of "bond conditions" that you must adhere to while out on bond. These conditions are set forth by the court and include things like: Not drinking alcohol or taking drugs, not moving without notifying the courts, and not breaking any state or federal laws. If you violate any of your bond conditions, you may be returned to jail and have your bond revoked which means you will be incarcerated until your court date. Q: What happens if I miss court? A: If you miss your court date, a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest. You will be rearrested and taking to jail on a "Failure to Appear" charge and have to bond out again. You also may have to post bond again on your original charges. Q: What if I am arrested and have the money to bond out of jail? A: You can release your property and/or money to anybody of your choosing if you are arrested. You can release your money to a friend, relative or even an employee of AAOK Bail Bonds. The person who is picking up your money or property just needs to go to the jail and sign for it. Q: What if there is a warrant for my arrest. What should I do? A: If you are aware of a warrant for your arrest, you can turn yourself in, instead of waiting for the police to show up at your house, or place of employment. You can call and find out how much your bond is going to be. We highly recommend making your bond arrangements with us before turning yourself in. That will speed up the process and get you out of jail much faster.