Questions & Answers
Bailing someone out of jail is a foreign concept to most people, and it is something that many people have never had to deal with. This leads to lots of questions when they need to use it unexpectedly to rescue a friend from jail. At Rodney’s Bail Bonds, we do their best to educate their clients, and help them understand how bail works.
How much does bail cost?
The amount of a person’s bond depends on a lot of different factors. These factors include the person’s criminal record, what the crime was, the likelihood of them returning to court, and the threat the person may pose to the community. A judge looks at all of these factors when determining a person’s bond amount. The amount of a person’s bond may also be set when they are booked into the jail, based on a preset bond list. Once the bond amount has been set, a bondsman can post a bond to secure their release. The amount a bondsman charges to do this may vary.
Can you tell me what my friend/family member was arrested for?
Yes, we can do that. First, we will need the name of your friend/family member, plus his or her birthday, and the county where he or she was arrested. This will allow us to look up your loved one in the county jail system and get you specific answers about his or her case.
Will I need to put up collateral for the bail bond?
In most cases, you do not. Here at Rodney’s Bail Bonds, we prefer to not use collateral for our bonds, however collateral may be needed for large bonds or when there is not a cosigner available.
Can you bail my friend out of jail in Nevada?
No, Rodney’s Bail Bonds and our agents are only licensed to operate within the state of Oklahoma.
Q: Why should I choose Rodney and his team to be my bondsman?
- We offer round the clock, 24 hour services, 7 days a week.
- We are dedicated to having friendly customer service to our clients.
- We respect & value your privacy.
- We have a strong knowledge base and expertise with the bail bond process.
- We offer a wide range of payment options.
- We will not judge, we know that no one is perfect and bad things can happen to any of us.
Q: How does the bail process work in the state of Oklahoma?
Jurisdictions very in their policies and procedures. In general, when a person is arrested on an existing warrant, the amount of their bond has been predetermined by a judge. If the individual has been arrested on new charges, the bond amount will often be determined by the jail, based on a preset “jail bail” schedule. If no bond amount has been determined, the individual will have to wait to go before a judge.
Once a bond amount has been set, a bondsman can post an appearance bond with the court, guaranteeing that the individual will return for all of his court dates.
The bail process is regulated by the Oklahoma Department of Insurance.
Q: What documents are required to bail someone out from jail?
The following are required by a cosigner who needs to bail someone from jail:
- Valid ID
- Social Security Number
- Job Description
- A cosigner must be a U.S. citizen
- A cosigner must be 18 or older.
- A signed indemnity agreement
Q: How long does it take to fill in all the paperwork for the bail process?
The paperwork process takes no more than 30 minutes and you will be all set.
Q: What is the estimated duration or length of time does it take for a person to get out of jail?
This depends on the jail and county where the arrest took place. At most facilities, this does not take more than two to six hours. Oklahoma County jail averages between 8-12 hours, but can take up to 24 hours to release an individual after the bond has been posted.
Q: What are the responsibilities of a cosigner and a defendant?
A cosigner is responsible for the following:
- To make sure the defendant makes all appearances to court.
- To make sure the premium is paid (if applicable).
- Help Rodney locate the defendant if needed.
- There may be other responsibilities that will be outlined for the cosigner depending on the facts of the case.
- Being a co-signer is an important responsibility. Please make sure you understand what you are agreeing to.
A defendant is responsible for the following:
- Upon being released, the defendant will need to immediately report to Rodney and complete the necessary paperwork.
- They must also immediately report to Rodney any changes to their phone number, address, employer, etc…. As well as keep Rodney updated on court dates, and results. Communication is VERY important.
- Find an attorney to represent them during the court process. They may apply to have a court appointed attorney, but there is no guarantee that it will be approved. There are many good private attorneys. We highly recommend talking to several to find one that the defendant feels comfortable with. Ask about payment plans and their experience with your type of charges.
- The defendant MUST show up to all court dates and complete the instructions of the court.
- There may be other responsibilities that will be outlined for the defendant depending on the facts of the case.
Q: Can I make the payment but have someone else cosign the bond?
Yes, the payment may be made by anyone, even the defendant themselves.
Q: Am I eligible for a refund after the defendant goes to court?
The premium you paid is not refundable, that is what the bondsman charges to write the bond. However, if there was collateral put up to secure the bond, it will be returned once the defendant has successfully concluded their case and the bond has been exonerated.
Q: Will I need to hire an attorney?