The licensed bail bondsmen at Woods Bail Bonds are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Whether the middle of the night or on a National Holiday, our friendly bail agents are standing by to help you get out of jail in over 30 Indiana counties.
A bail bond is a written promise signed by a defendant, or by an indemnitor, which is a person who acts on behalf of the defendant, to pay a fee set by the court in the case that a defendant should fail to appear for their scheduled court hearing after being released from jail. This may sound a bit confusing to those new to the bail bond industry, so review the bail bond process below for a detailed understanding of how it works. If you are still unsure about the bail bonds process, contact our professionals at Woods Bail Bonds for sincere support and advice.
Where the Bail Bond Process Begins
Once you know you require the services of an Indianapolis bail bondsman, contact your agency of choice in the county where the charges originated. Do this immediately following an arrest, or as soon as you are ready to prearrange your release from jail for an outstanding arrest warrant. You may choose to contact the bail bond company and request their services on your own, or you may delegate the duty to your lawyer instead. In jail, detainees are allowed to make as many phone calls as they need to obtain a bail bond, however, bad behavior can have this privilege revoked. From jail you can contact your lawyer, or a loved one to do so for you; or you can simply contact a bail bondsman directly.
A bail bondsman will require a list of information to begin the bonding process. This includes name, address, phone number, email, date of birth, where the defendant is being detained, the charges they are being held for, the amount of time they have been held thus far, criminal history, employment history, and more. All of this background information is mandatory to obtain a bail bond.
Once the services are agreed upon and paid for, the defendant themselves, or the indemnitor (person signing for the bail bond), will be asked to sign and date a series of legally-binding documents, called a bail bond contract. This includes a bail bond application form, a bail indemnity agreement, and a receipt of purchase.
After the bail bond contract is signed, the agent can begin “posting” the defendant’s bond at the jail they are being held at. This can take anywhere from 1 hour, to 48 hours or more, depending on the criminal charges. Intoxicated detainees must wait at least 8 hours before the bonding process can begin at all. But once a defendant is processed in the jail, it should only take a bail bondsman a couple of hours to get them released.
For those bailing themselves out of jail, the bail bondsman will file for their release from jail, pick them up from the entrance, and take them back to the bail bond office. At Woods Bail Bonds, jail pickup and drop off services are free! At the office, there will be a remainder of paperwork that needs signed and dated, but then the client is free to go home, but under the obligation to appear for all scheduled court hearings. If they fail to appear for even one court date, they forfeit their bond, legally-bound to pay their entire bond amount, and issued a warrant for their arrest.