Bail Bonds Questions and Answers
Frequently asked questions about bail, bonds, and courts. (FAQs)
Question: How fast can you get me or my loved one out jail?
Answer: This varies greatly on the time of day, day of week, jail location and situation, etc., but generally speaking, most city
or municipal jail releases take 1/2 hour or less. County jails and justice centers can take a bit longer. The City of Saint Louis
Justice Center clearly posts a sign claiming that all releases will take a minimum of 4 hours. Similarly, the Saint Louis County
Justice Centers posts that releases will take a minimum of 2 hours.
Question: What is the purpose of a bail bond?
Answer: A bail bond serves as a guarantee that the arrested person will return to all his or her court dates. The bond remains active and in good standing as along as the arrested person attends all their court dates and follows the court's instructions.
Only if the arrested person fails to appear in court or fails to follow any court instructions is the bond at risk of loss,
revocation, or forfeiture.
Question: Why should I use a bail bondsman?
Answer: A bail bondsman will help facilitate the posting of the bond at a reduced rate, the timely release of the defendant,
and be available to assist you during the entire legal process. A bail bondsman also serves to help guarantee the cash and
monitor the arrested person, to help logistically in out-of-state and/or long distance cases, and to assist if you do not have
the full cash amount.
Question: Are you available at all hours, 365 days a year? Even holidays?
Answer: Yes we are available "24/7" 365 days a year.
Question: Why should I use Action Fast Bail Bonds and not the other guys?
Answer: With our proven track record of honesty, integrity, reliability, and experience, coupled with our extensive network of agents, lawyers, and contacts, we can guarantee your satisfaction with our services. We do exactly what we claim we will,
and just as importantly, we don't do things that other bond companies are reputed to do. We will work with you on getting you
or you loved one out immediately! With over 30 years experience in the justice system, we know what we are doing when it
comes to providing you the best, most complete bail bond service.
Question: What do I need to hire you?
Answer: Like all bonding companies, we require a cosigner to sign on the bond with the arrested person. Requirements to
be a cosigner do vary with the bond and location, but generally we like to have a cosigner who is gainfully employed, or is a property owner, or possess other type collateral to guarantee the bond. We have found that family members, friends, and employers make the best cosigners. We generally prefer a cosigner to be at least 21 years of age, but they must be over the
age of 18.
Question: What are the responsibilities of the cosigner once the bond is posted?
Answer: First and foremost, the cosigner must assist in making sure the arrested person attends all their court dates and
follows any instructions the court may give. Cosigner do not have to appear in court with the arrested person. The cosigner
needs to assist the bondsman in maintaining contact with the arrested person, and serves as a secondary point of contact
between the bondsman and the arrested person. If the bond is at riskof revocation or forfeiture, the cosigner must assist the bondsman in correcting the situation, or the cosigner will be at risk of bearing the financial loss of the total bond amount.
Question: What does it cost the cosigner?
Answer: That is between the arrested person and the cosigner. Per the bond contract, the cosigner will be responsible for
paying any balance of the bond fee that may remain unpaid, as well as any surety recovery costs or bond amounts that may forfeit. Usually this is a family mattermatter handled privately between the arrested person and the cosigner.
Question: How do I pay you?
Answer: We accept Cash, Money Orders, Cashier's or Bank Checks, and all Major Credit Cards. Special, prior arrangements
must be made before we can accept a personal check. We accept US Government 3rd party checks. We can also provide payment plans after accepting a standard down payment towards the bond fee.
Question: How much is the bond fee? What does all this cost?
Answer: We post a surety bond with the court for the full bond amount. For this service we charge a percentage fee.
Generally, we charge a standard 10% fee, but this does vary with the bond amount. We're sure you can understand that we have minimum costs associated with writing any bond, no matter the amount, so it would not be economically feasible to charge only $25.00 on a $250.00 bond or $50.00 for a $500.00 bond. etc. Certain bonds require a higher percentage fee. Please call to discuss your individual bond fees. Once the bond fees and any associated jail processing fees are paid, there will be no more money
due as long as the arrested person meets their responsibilities and does not cause thebond to forfeit or cause risk of bond forfeiture.