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Understanding your options after you or a loved one has been arrested may be difficult. You can look over our frequently asked questions list and PDF and if your specific question has not been answered, you can call us at anytime and we will answer all your questions. Call us today for all your bail bond needs and learn your options.


What is a bail bond?
A monetary guarantee for the court that a defendant will appear each and every time they are ordered to do so while their case is pending.
If arrested, what are the available release options?
There are five release options available: cash bond, surety bond, property bond, and citation release. Cash Bond: To be released on cash bail, someone must post with the court the total amount of the bail, in cash. The purpose of this is to secure his or her return to court on an appointed date, and thereafter until the case is concluded. If the defendant shows up for his/her scheduled court appearances, the cash is returned to him/her, minus any court fees and fines. If s/he fails to appear, the cash bond is forfeited to the court.
Surety Bond (also known as bail bond):
An alternative to cash bail is the posting of a surety bond (Bail Bond) This process involves a contractual undertaking guaranteed by an admitted insurance company having adequate assets to satisfy the face value of the bond. The bail agent guarantees to the court that they will pay the bond forfeiture if a defendant fails to appear for the scheduled court appearances. The bail agent’s guarantee is made through a surety company and/ or by the pledge of property owned by the agent.
Property Bond:
In rare cases an individual may obtain release from custody by means of posting a property bond with the court. Here the court records a lien on property, to secure the bail amount. If the arrestee subsequently fails to appear at the scheduled court date, the court may institute foreclosure proceedings against the property to obtain the forfeited bail amount.
Citation Release:
This procedure, known as the “cite out”, involves the issuance of a citation by the arresting officer to the arrestee, informing the arrestee that he or she must appear at an appointed court date. The Cite out usually occurs immediately after an individual is arrested. Then it all depends on the arrestee if s/he voluntarily returns to court.
How much will bail cost me?
Ten percent of the bail amount, except for Federal, Immigration and Appeal cases, which may be as high as fifteen percent. Also most bonding companies have a minimum of $100 for bonds of $950.00 or less.
What is a “premium”?
A “premium” is the amount paid to a Bail Bonds company for the many services and financial risks assumed by the Bail Bonds Company, on behalf of the defendant. The amount of this premium is usually 10% of the amount of the bail and is regulated by the state. This is similar to payment of any premium for an insurance policy.
Do I need Collateral?
Every case is different. Sometimes a co-signer is sufficient. Many bails are of such a high amount it only makes sense that collateral is needed.
When do I get my Collateral back?
Upon completion of the court case. This happens when:
  • The charges are dropped
  • The person is found innocent at trail
  • The person is sentenced at trail
Of course, the collateral will only be returned if there is no outstanding balance due on the Premium. The Bail Bond Agent has a fiduciary (formal legal) responsibility to safeguard all Collateral in their possession.
How long does it take to get out on Bail?
The paperwork takes approx. 30mins. The release time after the jail receives our paperwork depends on each county; however it’s generally one hour or less in Cowlitz County.
What happens if the person does not appear in court as promised?
A bench warrant is issued for the defendant’s arrest and the defendant’s name will appear in police bulletins as a fugitive. Although specifics vary depending on the jurisdiction, generally the court also authorizes the Bail Agency arrest authority for the individual as well. The Bail Agency normally calls the person’s home, work, and other references to try to find the fugitive and convince them to appear. If these efforts are unsuccessful, the Agency may then search and employ Bail Bond Recovery Agents (aka Bounty Hunters) to arrest the fugitive. From the perspective of someone who guaranteed the appearance by posting Collateral, you want to convince them to fugitive to surrender himself to the police or court as soon as possible. Normally, if the fugitive is returned before the actual bond payment due date to the state, you can usually get your collateral back. Also, judges tend to get more irritated the longer a fugitive stays at large. If the fugitive does not surrender and cannot be found by the forfeiture date, the Bail Agency pays the entire bond amount to the courts and proceeds with legal action to seize and liquidate your collateral. By law, the Bail Agency is required to refund any value received in excess of the Bail Amount, minus costs, following liquidation.

Because Freedom Bail Bonds has very experienced Bail Agents and Bail Bond Recovery Agents we have one of the best appearance rates in the industry. As a cosigner, you will be glad that we are good at what we do.
Are Bail Agents licensed and registered?
Yes, Bail Agents must undergo a background check, pass two exams, and obtain a license from the Washington State Department of Licensing and The Insurance Commissioner. To maintain the license, agents must attend yearly continuing education.
What does “forfeiture” mean?
Forfeiture occurs if a defendant fails to appear in court as scheduled. In this event, the Bail Bonds company has approximately sixty days (depends on county, some are as low as ten) to “surrender” the defendant to the court with no financial consequences. If this does not happen, the bond is payable to the court by the Bail Bond Company.
What does “exoneration” mean?
A bond is “exonerated” when the defendant appears in court as scheduled. This means that neither the people who supplied Collateral or the Bail Bond company has any further financial obligation to the court in reference to the defendant’s case.
Where do you offer bail bonds?
We currently post bonds in Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, Lewis & Clark Counties. Stay tuned for new updates.


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