WHAT IS BAIL?
Bail is guaranteed by the 8th Amendment of the United States Constitution
and insures the Court that a criminal defendant will appear for
WHAT DOES A BAIL AGENT DO?
A bail agent is paid a premium or fee to insure that a criminal
defendant, released into the custody of the bail agent, fulfills
the obligation to appear for subsequent hearings and for trial,
as ordered by the court. A bail agent never releases a defendant
from jail - rather they are paid to insure the appearance of the
defendant. If the bail agent fails to have the defendant in court
at the proper time and place and cannot seize him and deliver him,
they must pay the civil penalty in the face amount of the bail bond.
USEFUL TIPS WHEN POSTING BAIL
- Make sure you only deal with a licensed bail agent. Ask to see
the bail agents license and identification prior to any bail transaction.
- Make sure the bail agent explains the premium you are being
charged. The premium charged for a bail bond varies from state
to state. Additional charges above the allowed premium should
be itemized and explained to your satisfaction.
- Make sure you are given itemized receipts of all charges.
- Make sure you are given copies of all signed contracts and agreements.
- If financing is provided, make sure you understand the terms
of the financial agreement prior to signing and be sure you are
given copies of anything you sign.
- Make sure the bail agent you contract with will be available
to you after the bail bond has been posted. Part of what you pay
for is service. Any professional bail agent will be available
for questions or concerns throughout the entire process.
In the State of Oklahoma, bail bondsmen are licensed and regulated
by the Oklahoma Insurance Department (521-6610) and have required
yearly continuing education requirements which are provided by the
Oklahoma Bondsman Association (524-5920). If you have any questions
regarding bail or your bondsman, please do hesitate to give them