How the Bail Bond Process Works

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Step One
Find out where the defendant was arrested, what city or county.  If you do not know, you can give us a call or click on the link above labeled ‘Locate Inmate’ to search the database.  Then call us with all information you have and we will assist you with the next step and answer all of your questions.

What’s Next?
If your situation meets our qualifications, we will immediately begin our side of the process.  One of our team will then go to the jail and take all necessary steps to bail you out of jail.  10% of the bond is collected up front from the defendant or the person bailing them out of jail.  The defendant and the co-signer are responsible for making sure the defendant is aware of court dates and shows up to court.  Get Smart Bail Bonds may request collateral to assure the defendant will show up to court.  Once the case is resolved the bond will be released to the agency and if there is collateral it will be returned. Bail bond is a three-party contract; 1) the Agent, 2) Indeminator (Guarantor), and 3) defendants and all parties must be willing to follow the contract (see attached Bail/Bond info sheet.) While on bond - - communication is essential for a successful outcome and we require weekly phone contact. 


1.  If the principal fails to appear in court;

2.  If principal shall depart the jurisdiction of the court without the written consent of the court and the Surety, or its Agent.

3.  If principal shall move from one address to another without notifying the Surety, or its Agent, in writing, prior to said move.

4.  If principal shall commit any act which shall constitute reasonable evidence of principal's intention to cause a forfeiture of the bond(s).

5.  If principal is arrested and incarcerated for any offense other than a minor traffic violation.

6.  If principal shall make any material false statement in the application.

7.  If principal shall violate any special restriction or condition of the bond(s) imposed by the Court.

How Long Does The Process Take?
The Get Smart Bail Bonds team works as quickly as possible to help the client in need.  We use completely up to date computer software and services to process all applications, forms and payments.  When we have completed our process, it is then up to the jail or release center to take the documents and release the defendant.  There is no definite time frame as to when the defendant will be released to this point.  In the 
counties it could take anywhere from 4 to 10 hours with holidays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays being the busiest days.  Calling us as soon as possible with all necessary information will help sped up the process.

Appearing In Court
It is critical for the defendant to make it to all court dates and meet all requirements. If the defendant fails to appear in court a bench warrant will be issued for the defendant's arrest. The defendants name will also appear in police bulletins as a fugitive. 

Follow Up
Defendants are required to come into our office within 24 to 48 hours after being released to sign all proper documentation. At this 
time, current contact information should be provided to our agency. It is very important for all defendants to contact our office if any contact information has changed or if the defendant is planning to travel out of town for any reason while out on bond.