Since 1997, 3-D Bail Bonds has been answering hundreds of questions by thousands of people relating to the CT bail process, types of bail, fees, bail bonds meaning, financing, and cosigners’ responsibilities. We have compiled our Bail Bonds FAQs below.
The bail bond process can be frustrating and confusing especially if this is the first time you are going through it. We have highly trained staff available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer these and any other questions you may have. If you don’t find your question answered below, please call us, we can help!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are your bail service hours?
Our bail bond service is open 24 hours. 3-D Bail Bond Agents are always on call for immediate dispatch and response to any jail, police department, and courts in the state of Connecticut.
How much do I need to post the bail bond?
That would depend on the amount of the bail bond. The State of Connecticut mandates the fee for bail bonds to be 10% of the first $5,000 and 7% of anything in excess. This means a $5,000 bond would be $500 while a $5,100 bond would be $507. An easy equation would be any bond over $5,000 is 7% plus $150. We take 35% of that down and can offer payment plans for the balance. See our updated 2018 CT bail bond fees here.
What happens if the defendant doesn’t appear in court?
I just found out I have a warrant. What do I do?
If you suspect you have a warrant or if you received a call stating “you have an active warrant“, don’t hesitate to call 3-D Bail Bonds to find out what you need to do. Our professional Bail Agents will contact the court or police department and get the important details you need to know. It is important for you to act quickly. If you get pulled over driving they may tow your vehicle. You may end up locked up over a holiday, or worse, what if you have your child with you? We can help you secure release prior to turning yourself in. Going in on your terms or schedule is always better. Don’t be fooled by anyone advising you to come right down or to turn yourself in early in the morning so you may go to court. They are not working for you. They are on the side of the prosecution. Their job is to arrest, prosecute and incarcerate offenders. Always secure your release with a reputable 3-D Bail Bondsman so you can sleep comfortably in your own bed rather than a big cold jail cell.
Do I need collateral?
In most cases, your signature is our collateral. There are however occasions when we are required to hold some other form of collateral. Call and ask one of our agents for more information about collateral. There are many forms of collateral for different scenarios such as defendants residents of another country or state.
Do you do out of state or immigration bonds?
We are teamed up with bail bond agents in just about every state to be able to get your loved one out of any jail. We have a relationship with an immigration specialist who can handle all immigration bond. Contact us to discuss your options and process.
How do I find the cheapest bondsman?
You can find the cheapest bondsman by evaluating the quality of service and reputation of the bail company. The State of Connecticut requires all bail bondsmen to charge the same amount (CT Bail Bond Regulation). So there is no cheapest bondsman but there is a wide range of payment options at 3-D Bail Bonds. The premium charged cannot change from bondsman to bondsman. A benefit of hiring a 3-D agent is we offer weekly, biweekly and monthly payment plans to meet almost any budget. Call us today at 860-247-2245 and talk to one of our professional associates, they will help you get your loved one out at the lowest price possible.
“Can I use my AAA membership card for bail bonds to get out?”
The answer is, sorry, not in Connecticut. The AAA bail bonds service provided by AAA is good for motor vehicle charges and you may use your AAA membership card for any motor vehicle violation except those involving driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquors (DUI), drugs or narcotics; failure to appear for violations; driving on a suspended/revoked driver’s license; hit and run; failure to present evidence of insurance; illegal use or falsification of license or registration; engaging in a felony; attempting to elude/eluding police, or while driving a vehicle used for commercial purposes.
In Connecticut, you will not receive bail bonds for any other motor vehicle charge besides those listed by AAA as excluded above.
How do I find bondsman near me?
We recommend caution with this question, the nearest bondsman may not be the best. It is important to research both the bail bondsman and company he or she represents. You will need to give a lot of personal information and may need to contact him or her until the case is closed. A better question may be “How do I find a bondsman near me that I can trust?” In fact, we put together an article about things to consider when hiring a bondsman that may be very helpful when looking to hire a local bail agent. Since its establishment in 1997, 3-D Bail Bonds has provided tens of thousands of bail bonds for people in every community in Connecticut. Our bail service is highly recommended and recognized for being friendly, fast and most important very affordable. On top of that, we treat all sensitive information as such with secure encryption and utilization of the professional services of “The Shredding Source”.
How is the bail bond posted?
The bail bond is posted by a licensed bail agent who usually underwrites bail for a local company. First, you should find a bail bonds company. A licensed agent can post the bond at the police department or jail where the person is locked up. They can post bail at all correctional facilities and courthouses in Connecticut. Once a cosigner fills out paperwork, pays for the bond and authorizes a bondsman to post bail, the defendant will be released. Often the release of the defendant will depend on how busy the police department could be at that moment. There are times when defendants are released in as fast as 20 minutes.
Anyone who is at least 18 years-old and is working. The most important part is that the person who signs on a bail bond is willing to take responsibility for the person arrested. This signer will make sure the defendant returns to court and continues to go to all of his or her court dates until the case is over.
How old do I have to be to post a bond?
You must be a minimum of 18 years old to co-sign on bail bonds. Occasionally we are asked to execute bonds for defendants who are not yet 18. A parent or legal guardian is usually required in this situation. Please contact our office to discuss the details of minors release and process.
Do I have to go to court once I am bonded out?
Yes, you are required to go to court – if the bond is posted at the police department and you are bonded out for a family violence case, the court date will usually be the next day the court is open. If it is not for a family violence matter the first court date will typically be within the next 14 days. We always recommend getting bonded out prior to arraignment. See your next court date – pending cases in CT.
Do I get money back after posting bail?
The short answer is, it depends. If you paid the full amount of the bond in cash at the courthouse or police department in Connecticut then you can get the money back once the case is terminated. However, the court can charge court fees and fine payments out of that amount you originally paid. Now if you used a Connecticut bail bondsman you do not get the bail money back. Learn more here: The truth about getting money back after posting bail
What are other types of bail bonds?
Other types of bonds are Professional, Cash Only, 10%, Property, and Non-Surety. Although some believe bonds other than Surety are a good alternative, we caution in their use. A Surety Bail Bond Agent is often much less expensive, especially with a bond that has a 10% option. That means you have to pay 10% of the bond amount at front, no payment plans. By choosing the 10% option you are fully responsible for the full amount of the bond. In case your loved one does not appear to all court dates, this option can be very costly. 3-D Bail Agents in some cases can take as little as 2.5% up at front and place remaining balance on a low weekly or monthly payment plan. Surety Bail Agents typically employ professional Bail Enforcement Agents who assist families in making sure their loved one appears as required.
What is a Surety Bail Bond?
A Surety Bail Bond is an insurance policy written by a Bail Agent, licensed by “Connecticut Department of Insurance”, to secure the appearance of a defendant in court.
What is an arraignment?
An arraignment is a court proceeding where a criminal defendant is formally advised of the charges against him or her and is asked to enter a plea to the charges. In Connecticut, the court also decides whether the defendant will be released pending trial and sets the terms of such release. The arraignment is held on the first court date after a person is arrested. If not bonded out, the person is brought to court by a police officer. Defendants are then held in a cell, usually with everyone else of the same sex who was arrested and not released within the court’s jurisdiction. After being interviewed by a representative from the Bail Commissioner’s Office and a Defense Attorney (either a Public Defender or Private Attorney) they are brought before the Judge handcuffed and in shackles. The Judge reads the police report and makes a determination if there was sufficient probable cause for the arrest. If the Judge makes a finding of probable cause, he or she will ask the Bail Commissioner to make a recommendation for a bond amount and ask for any comment from the Prosecutor and the Defense Attorney. After taking all of this into consideration, the Judge makes a determination and sets “reasonable” bail for the matter. An arrested person is only in front of the judge for a minute or two and arraignments are often not until very late in the day.
“I’m trying to teach him or her a lesson – I think I will leave them in jail.” Does it make sense?
No.It doesn’t make sense. There is no lesson to learn in jail. We have heard a lot of frustrated clients say this and on the surface, it sort of makes sense. You must, however, consider when arrested, people are often not in a good place mentally or emotionally, and quite frankly, the police are trained interviewers and interrogators. You must get your loved one out quickly so they don’t admit to something they may, or may not have done. Also, if they are not bonded out, they are brought to big jails like the many correctional centers across the state. After being processed in, they are incarcerated with everyone else who didn’t bond out. Some of the dorms have as many as 70 other inmates in the same room and they are definitely not teaching the lessons you want your loved one to learn. See our blog article “Top Ten Reasons To Post Bail” and learn about the importance of release on bail.
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