Gary F. Dunham Jr.is the principal of Alliance Bail Bonds LLC in Mesa, Arizona. He has kindly agreed to answer the following questions, which I get asked all the time, about bonding out of custody from an Arizona jail.
If a family member is out the state and cannot come to Arizona, can you help them bond a friend or family member out of an Arizona Jail?
If someone is out of state and cannot come to Arizona, they are able to post a bond via telephone and fax/email using either a credit/debit card, wire transfer or a piece of property. If someone calls us collect from the jail, we are able to gather the information they provide to us, contact their family/friends for them and arrange a bail bond. Once arranged, then we can post a bond to get the defendant released from custody.
If the judge orders “cash only” bond, what does that mean?
Cash Only means that the jail will accept only "Cash Money" as a form of payment to secure a defendant's release from custody. Not a paper bond. "Cash or Bond" means that the jail will accept either a "Paper Bond" or "Cash Money" as a form of payment to secure a defendant's release from custody. Both can be considered appearance bonds unless the "Cash Only" designation is for unpaid fines, in which case the "Cash Money" paid to secure the defendant’s release from custody is likely to be applied to the unpaid fine amount by the court.
How does the bail bonds process work? In other words, let’s say someone has a $30,000 secured bond, and a family members wants to get him out but they do not have $30,000 on hand, what would should they do?
The first thing to do is to contact a reputable Bail Bond Company to arrange the bond. In this example of a $30,000.00 bond the required in accordance with the law is to secure collateral (Something that has a value of $30,000.00 or more) that the Bond Company could hold in their possession or attach a lien to. The Bond Company will also charge as their fee for posting the bond 10% of the bond plus expenses. ($3,000.00 + expenses) Expenses vary and are mostly related to costs of lien attachments, notarization of documents and time of day the bond is posted, although Bond Companies fees can vary.
A lot of people assume that if a bond is secured, they can get out by only paying 10% of the bond amount and no other property or cash is require. Is that correct?
That is a common misconception. If you contract with a Bail Bond Company the fee govened by law is 10% of the bond + expenses. But collateral is required on all bonds posted in the State of Arizona.
Do you handle all the court paperwork once someone hires your company as far as filing with the court?
Yes, we produce all the court required documents necessary to secure the release from custody of a criminal defendant after we are contracted with.