Frequently Asked Questions About Bail Bonds

What Is a Bail Bond?

A person who is arrested can leave jail before their scheduled court hearing by posting bail. A bail bond is a document that states the amount needed to be paid by the defendant in court in case he fails to appear for the hearing. This is to guaranty that the defendant will keep his promise to go to court. If the defendant shows up on the scheduled court date, the bond will be returned. If not, the defendant is required to pay the bond to the court.

Is There a Difference Between Bail and a Bond?

Bail is the amount of money that must be paid to the court so that the defendant will be granted temporary release. It can be paid by relatives or friends and forfeited once the defendant jumps bail.

Bond, on the other hand, the money paid by a bail bond company to grant the defendant temporary release.  Since the defendant does not have money to pay the bail, a Jefferson bondsman will be the one to do so. The bail bond company will have to pay the whole amount if the defendant jumps bail unless the defendant creates a “signature bond” that states he will be the one to pay instead of the bail bond company.

What Is an Indemnitor in Jefferson County Bail Bonds?

An Indemnitor (or Cosigner) is the one who has consented to become responsible for the full amount of the bail bond in the event that the defendant has jumped bail. You can have more than one Indemnitor, and the liability will be divided equally amongst them.

The indemnitor takes full responsibility for the defendant. He/she has to make sure that the defendant keeps his/her appointment in court. You are required to help the bail bond company to look for the defendant and bring him/her back to court.

Is Collateral Needed to Post Bail?

Collateral is needed depending on the circumstance of the defendant. If required, bail collateral is added to bail money in order for the defendant’s release. Collateral can be in the form of property, vehicle, jewelry, or any valuable assets the defendant or cosigner may have. It’s often added when a defendant has a history of jumping bail.

If collateral is needed, feel free to call us and let’s see if we can have an arrangement with your bail bondsman in Jefferson County.

How Much Will I Spend on a Jefferson County Bail Bond?

The price of local bail bonds depends largely on the amount the judge has set for your bail, which will be based on the following but not limited to:

  • Offense made
  • Severity of offense
  • History of past offenses
  • The character of the defendant
  • Potential flight risk

The fee is then calculated based on the bail. That plus the bail will be the amount you will have to pay to VIP Bail Bonds. This is typically how 24-hour bail bonds in Jefferson works, but it’s worth it. Especially if you don’t have that much money with you to get your loved one out of jail.

How Long Can My Bail Bond Last?

The bail bond that you got from your Jefferson Bondsman can last for a year. Should the trial or hearing go past a year, you will have to pay the premium again to retain the current bail bond.

Can I Go out of Colorado While I’m out on Bail?

No. Obtain permission from the court as well as your bail bondsman in Jefferson County if you need to go outside the State of Colorado. VIP Bail Bond offices are open 24/7, so you can contact us anytime you feel the need to leave the State.

What If I Miss My Court Date?

As a defendant, it is your responsibility to remember your court date. Always check with the district attorney’s office to know when you are scheduled to go to court. A missed court date often mean penalties, and actions must be taken immediately. Should you miss a court date, contact your Jefferson bondsman as well as your attorney immediately.

How Long Is It Before the Defendant Gets out of Jail?

Lakewood bail bonds are created in literally minutes, especially if we get all the necessary details of the defendant. Our offices located close to the sheriff’s office, and we can deliver the bond fast. However, the processing will depend on the level of activity in the facility. It usually takes up to 4 hours for the defendant to be released from confinement.

What is Bail Bond Reinstatement?

Bail can be revoked because of the reason that the defendant has violated the terms and conditions of bail (for example, failed to show up in court). The bail bond can be re-activated or re-established to its original amount for a nominal fee.