Virginia Bail Bond Process
This process involves a contractual undertaking between a licensed Bail Bondsman and an indemnitor (commonly known as the co-signer) stating the indemnitor will assume all liability for the full amount of the defendant's bail. The bail agent then guarantees to the court that the defendant will appear in court each and every time as required by the judge.
For this service, the defendant is charged ten percent of the bail amount with option of applying for a payment plan. Before being released the defendant or a relative or friend of the defendant, typically contacts a bail agent to arrange for the posting of bail. Prior to the posting of a bail bond, the defendant and co-signer must guarantee in the form of a contract the full bail amount will be paid if the defendant does not appear in court.
Typically, the defendant's family member or a close friend will post bail aby assuming the liability. The indenmitor will need to provide proof of employment and a valid State issued identification card. Collateral is not always required for a defendant depending on a number of factors (size of the bail, charges, criminal history, etc). Often a person can be bailed from jail on the signature of a friend or family member.
After an agreement is reached, the bail bondsman posts a bond for the amount of the bail, to guarantee the defendant’s return to court.
If the defendant "skips", the cosigner is immediately responsible for the full amount of the bail. If the defendant is located and arrested by the bail enforcement agent the cosigner is responsible for all expenses the bail agent incurs while looking for the defendant.
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