Bail Bonds

How does bail work?

The process of bail is regulated by the State of Florida. A Judge within the county of arrest sets the bail amount. Once bail is set, a Big Johnson Bail Agent will charge 10% of the Bail Bond or $100 minimum per charge. (The State of Florida regulates this fee and all Bail Bonds agencies charge the same rate). With payment and a co-signer that meets our qualifications, the bond is then posted and the accused is released.

What do I need to bail someone out of jail?

There are several things that a co-signer needs to bail someone out of jail:

  • Valid Identification
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.

How long does it take for paperwork?

It will take about ten minutes.

How can I pay?

We take Cash, Checks, All major Credit Cards, Money Orders, Western Union Quick Collect and American Express Travelers Cheques.

What is collateral?

Collateral is something of value used to financially secure a bail bond. Some examples of collateral include cash, credit/debit cards, checks, houses, cars, boats, jewellery, and electronic equipment. Collateral must be returned within 21 days of when the court discharges the bail bond.

How long does it take for a person can get out of jail?

It depends on the jail and the county the accused was arrested in. Most facilities range between thirty minutes to four hours.

What are the responsibilities of a co-signer?

A co-signer, someone willing to sign for the accused, is responsible for the following things:

  • To make sure the accused makes their first and all subsequent court appearances.
  • To make sure the accused notifies Big Johnson Bail Bonds of any change in address or employment.
  • To make sure the accused follows the Salient Bail Bond conditions provided by the Department of Financial Services.
  • To make sure the accused does not leave the county or state.
  • To make sure the premium is paid (if applicable).

What are the responsibilities of a accused?

  • Upon being released, the accused will need to immediately make an appointment and report to our local office to complete the necessary paperwork
  • After completion, the accused will receive upcoming court date information.
  • The accused must notify Big Johnson Bail Bonds of any change in address or employment.
  • The accused must follow the Salient Bail Bond conditions provided by the Department of Financial Services.
  • The accused must make their first and all subsequent court appearances.

Do I get my money back after the accused goes to court?

No. Bail bond money is a non-refundable premium once the bond has been posted. However, if we are unable to post the bond under certain circumstances, we are able to issue a refund

What are the benefits of bailing someone out of jail?

  • The accused can go back to work, school, home, family, and continue with usual daily life.
  • Permits the unhampered preparation of a defense
  • Serves to prevent the infliction of punishment prior to conviction.

Can I drop the money off and have someone else co-sign?

Yes. However, if there is any type of refund it will be given back to the co-signer.

Do I need to come back with the accused to complete paperwork?

No, but the accused must make an appointment and report to our local office after being released.

Can I take care of a warrant with Big Johnson Bail Bonds?

No, but the accused must make an appointment and report to our local office after being released.

Yes! Bail before jail can be posted through Big Johnson Bail Bonds. You can make an appointment, come to our office (to complete the necessary paperwork), and we will follow you to the county jail where the warrants are processed. They won’t even make you dress out of your street clothes.