FAQ’s

1 What are bail bonds and bail bonding services?

A bail bond is a contract between the court and a licensed bail agent that states the bail agent will ensure the appearance of an arrested individual for all required hearings or pay the face amount of bail to the court.


2 What does bail cost?

In general, the standard industry rate for bail bonds is 10% of the face amount of bail. For example, if the face amout of bail is $10,000, the fee is $1,000. However, Howell Bonding Inc. offers various types of payment plans to suit your needs.


3 How does bail work?

If an individual is arrested and bail is set by the court, the individual can secure his/her release while the case is pending by placing cash or property equal to the face amount of the bail as collateral with the court. Once the case is concluded, the court will return the collateral to the depositor.

If the arrested individual does not have cash or property sufficient to cover the face amount of bail, they can use the bail bonding services of a bail agent or
“bondsman.” The bail agent agrees to secure the release of the accused individual in return for a fee of 10% of the face amount of the bail. The arrested individual is also required to provide a co-signor that will take responsibility for the face amount of bail.

Once the fee has been negotiated and a co-signor agrees to take responsibility for the bail, the bail agent delivers the bond to the jail and the arrested individual is released from custody.


4 How long does the bail bond process take?

In most cases, the bail bonding services process is timely and efficient. The bail agent will ask the caller a series of questions to qualify the bond. Once the qualification process is complete, the agent makes arrangements with the caller to visit the office and complete the process. The bond is then delivered to the jail and arrested individual is released.

The time between the first call to the bail agency and the time the arrested individual is released is usually between 30 minutes to six hours. The primary delay is the time it takes the jail to process the arrested individual for release once the bond has been delivered to the jail. Howell Bonding Inc. cannot expedite the release of an arrested individual once the bond has been delivered to the jail.


5 Can I start the bail process over the phone?

If a loved one or friend is in jail, you can speed-up the release process by calling your local Howell Bonding Inc. office immediately. An agent will be available to assist you and will start the process of getting your friend or loved one out right now. The agent can even give you pre-approval over the phone and deliver your bond to the jail before you arrive at the office.