Bail Bond FAQ

Liberty Bail Bonds of Kelso, WA

When you are in need of a bail bond – make sure you stay informed. Here are answers to our most frequently asked questions to help you through this difficult time.

If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to call us at 888-496-9636.

Q. What does it cost to get someone out of jail?

There are many different variables in determining the cost of getting an individual out of jail. These variables include, but are not limited to the following:

  • The county and jail they are being held in
  • The status of their account with Liberty Bail Bonds
  • The bail amount set forth by the courts
  • Their court attendance record

Call the nearest Liberty Bail Bonds office and a qualified, friendly agent will be able to determine precisely what it would take to get an individual out of jail.

Q. Do I have to pay cash, or can I just use collateral?

Washington State Law dictates that we MUST take at least 10% of the total bail amount in order for us to be able to post the bond. In short, this means that we cannot take solely collateral and no money.

If you do not have the cash readily available, that does not mean that we would be unwilling to bail the individual out. Please refer to our payment plan FAQ listed on this page.

Q. I have most of the money, but not all of it. What can I do?

If you don't have the full premium to get an individual out of jail, you still have some options.

Generally if you have half of the premium, or close to it, a good signer and some sort of collateral to put up, we can work out a payment plan that is mutually convenient for both parties.

To determine if you are eligible for such a plan, please call your nearest Liberty Bail Bonds office and an agent would be more than happy to work with you.

Q. Do I need collateral to bail someone out?

Collateral is sometimes required, but not always. Whether you need collateral or not is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Generally, most bonds do not require collateral unless you are trying to set up a payment plan. Other variables include the employment status of the Indemnitor (co-signer) as well as the size of the bail the courts have set forth for an individual.

Any agent will be able to determine if you need collateral or not, so if you're not sure the best thing to do is call our nearest office and an agent will inform you if any collateral is required

Q. Do you have any payment plans?

Payment plans can be arranged on a case-by-case basis. In order to set up a payment plan you are required to provide some type of collateral for us to hold onto until the rest of the debt is paid in full.

You are also generally, but not always, required to pay half of the premium or close to it upfront to be eligible.

To find out more about our payment options, please contact the office nearest to you.

Q. What are my responsibilities if I'm out on bail?

If you are out on bail with us we require you to come over to our office as soon as you get released from the jail you're being held in to fill out some paperwork. Paperwork generally only takes 15-20 minutes and requires you to have the following:

  • Current address
  • Current telephone or message number
  • Driver's License
  • Social security number
  • Six contact numbers of friends/family

We will need first and last names of the contacts, along with their current address and phone number. This information is a must.

We also require that you come into our office after each court appearance to give us any new court dates you may have received. You must then continue to check in until either charges are dropped, or you have been sentenced.

Q. What happens if I miss court?

First and foremost DO NOT PUT IT OFF SO MUCH AS ONE DAY! Don't panic, a missed court date doesn't necessarily mean that you will be sent back to jail.

Q. Why would my bond get pulled?

Pulling a bond is a big deal and there are only certain things that would cause us to do this.

First and foremost, if you miss court and don't deal with it in a timely fashion, we would have no choice other than to consider you a flight risk.

Our Recovery Agents will start calling both you and your co-signer. If your number has changed or has been disconnected without informing us first, or if you have since moved without informing us, then you have a real problem on your hands. This is why it is imperative that any and all contact information is updated with us BEFORE they change.

If you get re-arrested we will call the person that bailed you out to see if they would like to bail you out again, if they do not wish to do so, we will drop off a Surrender at the jail you're being held in to absolve ourselves of the bond.

This means that you will need to bail out on all previous charges as well as your current ones.

Your Indemnitor must have a clear and legitimate reason to have your bond pulled. Your Indemnitor simply being angry at you does not fall under these conditions.

If a significant other is the one that signed for you and your relationship goes south, this is no legitimate reason for your bond to be pulled.


Q. What happens if I get re-arrested on separate charges?

If you happen to get arrested while out on bail with us, we will call the person that bailed you out the first time and ask them if they'd like to bail you out again.

If we cannot find someone else to bail you out, we have the option of taking a Surrender over to the jail you're being held in to absolve ourselves of the bond. This means that you will have to bail out on your previous charges along with the new ones you racked up.

Q. What is required to sign for someone in jail?

If you wish to be an Indemnitor, or co-signer, for someone who is currently incarcerated there are a few guidelines we typically follow.

Generally, but not always, we require that our Indemnitors have a job or some other type of steady income such as state assistance, social security, disability or retirement.

If you do not have a steady source of income, but you have the money to bail an individual out, sometimes collateral can be substituted for employment status at our owner's discretion.

If you meet these minimum requirements, all you need to bring is yourself, photo ID of any type, a piece of mail with your current address (if you just moved recently this step can often be waived) and some type of proof-of-income whether it be a pay stub, bank statement or a print-out from the state (this step may also be waived in certain situations.)

However, if you owe us money from a previous bail we require that you pay your past debt before we will let you sign for someone else.

Q. What Responsibilities do I have if I sign for someone?

If you sign for someone, your first and foremost responsibility is to make sure they go to court EVERY time they are scheduled to appear. If the defendant misses court and fails to appear and cancel their resulting warrant, you could be responsible for the total bail amount and forfeit any collateral you have used to get the person out of jail.

If at any time you feel as if the person you signed for is a flight risk it is imperative that you inform us immediately as this is in everyone's overall best interest, especially if we're holding onto collateral from you.

Q. What happens to me if the defendant jumps bail?

If the defendant you signed for fails to go to court and seemingly vanishes into thin air, you are equally responsible for the full cost of their bond and all expenses incurred as a result.

If you fear a person you have signed for is a flight risk, the best thing that you can do is call our corporate office at 360-501-4277 and report them. Generally, if you are cooperative with our Recovery Agents and the defendant can be found, your costs will be kept to a minimum.

Q. When is collateral needed?

Collateral is sometimes required, but not always. Whether you need collateral or not is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Generally, most bonds do not require collateral unless you are trying to set up a payment plan. Other variables include the employment status of the Indemnitor (co-signer) as well as the size of the bail the courts have set forth for an individual.

Any agent will be able to determine if you need collateral or not, so if you're not sure the best thing to do is call our nearest office and an agent will inform you if any collateral is required and exactly how much.

Q. What is an acceptable form of collateral?

The only acceptable forms of collateral are titles to vehicles owned by either the defendant or their indemnitor, or a deed to a piece of property owned by the defendant or their indemnitor.

If the vehicle in question is still financed by a bank or other institution, we cannot use it. In order to use the vehicle title in question, it must be provided by the defendant or one of their indemnitors, not just a random person. If they wish to use their title to get you out, they must also sign for you as well.

If the property is still financed by a bank or other institution, we must verify the amount of equity you have built up in your property before we can accurately determine if it is acceptable or not.

If neither of these two options is available to you we can also accept full cash collateral in addition to our premium. The full cash collateral would be returned just as any other form of collateral would be, minus our premium.

Q. How long will my collateral be unavailable to me?

Once the defendant has been sentenced they can either bring in their sentencing paper to speed up the process, or we must be notified by the courts that your case is final and your bond exonerated.

After we have received the proper notification, please allow up to 21 days for your collateral to be returned to you. We can either mail it to an address you prefer, or you can come down to our office in Cowlitz County with photo ID to sign for it.

Q. What would cause me to lose my collateral?

In order for your collateral to be forfeit, the defendant would have to fail to appear at court. If this happens, our Recovery Agents will call both the defendant and indemnitor to try and figure out what the problem is. If you get a call from one of our Recovery Agents, the best course of action would be for you to be extremely cooperative and help us try and find the defendant in question.

We are a very customer-oriented business that values our clients and we are not out to take your collateral from you. As long as you are cooperative and your defendant is found, your expenses will be kept to a minimum and your collateral will be returned to you as soon as those expenses are paid in full.

For any other questions you have on bail bonds, don’t hesitate to ask. Call Liberty Bail Bonds today at 888-496-9636 for bail bond assistance 24 hours a day.

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