What is a
When a defendant is charged with a crime, bail is
set by the courts to assure the defendant's
appearance for future court dates. The bail amount
depends on the charges, past criminal history and
likelihood that the defendant will appear for future
court dates. When the bail bond is posted for a
defendant, it remains active until the defendant is
sentenced or the charges are dismissed or
Should I hire an attorney?
Consulting an attorney is always a wise choice when
dealing with legal matters. Attorneys can be of
great assistance in big or small cases. Sharp Bail
Bonding Agency Inc. Can help you by recommending an
attorney to best suit your needs according to what
crime you have been charged with.
What is a co-signer and who
can be a co-signer?
co-signer is someone who will be responsible for
making sure the defendant makes all of his or her
court appearances. If the defendant fails to appear
for a court appearance, the co-signer is responsible
for getting the defendant to turn himself or herself
in to the courts, jail and or to Sharp Bail Bonding
Agency Inc. and It's bail agents. By not doing so,
the co-signer is responsible for full amount of the
There are certain qualifications that must be met in
order to co-sign for a bail bond. Some of these
qualifications include being 21 years old, being a
citizen of the U.S., and having stable employment
and sufficient credit. Whether a person qualifies to
co-sign for a bail bond is looked at on an
individual basis. Most co-signers are family members
or close personal friends.
What if the
defendant accidentally misses court or is unable to
appear in court?
The court will
notify Sharp Bail Bonding Agency Inc. If a defendant
fails to appear in court. In turn, Sharp Bail
Bonding Agency Inc. will attempt to contact the
defendant and the co-signer in an effort to rectify
the situation in a timely fashion.
Can the bail bond be used
for fines, restitution or court fees?
No. The bail bond
only guarantees court appearances. If the court
orders fines, restitution or court fees, it is the
defendant's obligation to pay. The co-signer of the
bail is not responsible to the courts for these
fees. However if the defendant fails to appear in
court and Sharp Bail Bonding Agency Inc. is assessed
court costs or incurs a financial loss the defendant
and its co-signer are responsible for those costs.
What happens if I am
arrested and released from jail without being
charged with a crime?
The courts often
release people from jail without charging them with
a crime. Also known as a (P.F.I) "Pending Further
Investigation" It is likely that you will be charged
in the future. You can set up a bail bond in advance
if there are charges pending. Contact Sharp Bail
Bonding Agency Inc. and we will explain your