Below are some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to bail bonding. If you have questions that remain unanswered or need further specification, please feel welcome to contact us directly. We are happy to assist with all requests in the State of Michigan.

I need a bail bondsman, what are my responsibilities?

A signer for an individual or an individual signing for a bail: The signer is responsible for the full amount of the bail posted. The signer is responsible for the defendant to appear for every court date. The signer is responsible for the defendant to comply with the bail bond conditions. If the defendant fails to appear for a court date, the signer is responsible for the full amount of the bail.

What information should I know before I contact 2nd Chance Bail Bonds?

There is certain information that a bail agent will need in order to help you:

Where is the person in custody? (Make sure that you ask the person in custody where they are located including the city, state, and the name of jail).

What is the full name and booking number of person in jail? The bail agent will need this information in order to contact the jail. The bail agent can get the booking number for you if you forgot or if it was not available.

How much is the bail? The bail agent will get this information when they contact the jail if you do not have it. With the bail amount, the bail bondsman can tell you the amount it will cost to post a bond and requirements to get the person out of jail.

What if I think the defendant is not going to show up for court after I have posted the bond?

There are remedies that can be done here as well, contact the bondsmen as soon as possible so that they can discuss your option in full detail with you.

What happens if the defendant gets re-arrested while out on bond?

Once the defendant is back in custody the bond can be surrendered and your liability will be terminated. There are a few problems here: if you decided to surrender the bond you will lose the premium that was paid, and if you decided to get the defendant out on bond again, you will now have to post two new bonds and pay the premium on both bonds again.

How soon can 2nd Chance Bail Bonds have the defendant released from jail?

2nd Chance Bail Bonds is the fastest way to arrange bail, period. As soon as you’re approved, one of our agents is alerted and will start drawing up the bond immediately.

Our agent will express deliver the bond to the appropriate facility and notify you as soon as delivery is made. It can take some time for the city to process the defendant’s release, but our agent will do everything possible to expedite that process.

How long does it take to get out of jail?

The paperwork takes approximately 15-30 minutes. The release time after the jail receives our paperwork is generally one hour or less for local police stations and 1-4 hours for county jails. Generally speaking, the busier the holding facility, the longer it takes.

What is the purpose of a bail bond?

The purpose of a Bail Bond is to allow an accused person to be released from jail and to guarantee to the court that the person being released on the bail bond will make all of their required court appearances.

What is the role of a bail bondsman?

A bail bondsman acts on behalf of the accused. The bondsman will secure the funds needed (the bail bond) to free them from jail. The bondsman will communicate with family and friends and gather everything needed to release the defendant from jail. The bail bondsman finances the bail bond for a ten percent fee. Doing this guarantees the person will present themselves in court.

How can a bail agent help me?

A bail bond agent, also known as a bail bondsman, help to ease the financial burden for persons that cannot meet the amount set. The bail agent will put down the money for the bail in exchange for the defendant providing a certain percentage of the bail amount.

The agent is responsible for making sure that all the requirements are met and posting the bail so that the defendant can be released. The jail has strict procedure and will not allow anyone to be released if the proper conditions have been met.

For example, if a person is accused of a crime and the bail is set at $50,000, the person and their family may not have $50,000 to pay the court. They will approach a bail bondsman, who will then go to the court and accept liability for the money if the person does not appear at court. The bail bonds agent will usually require that the defendant give them a certain percentage of the bail in cash or assets to ensure that they will appear at court. If the defendant does not appear, then the bond agent will have to pay the court the $50,000.

I don’t have all the money right now, what are my options?

We provide a multitude of payment options. Some bonds can be posted with as little as 10% down. Ask to see if you qualify.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash and money orders as well as Visa, MasterCard, Discover, PayPal, Western Union, and American Express.

Are there any additional fees?

Occasionally. Some courts charge a fee when an agent posts a bond. These fees vary. The agent will be able to inform you as to what the fees are at the particular court where your friend or loved one is charged.

Have a family member or loved one in jail?