Get answers to common questions. Gain peace of mind with a better understanding of how the bail process works.
How does the bail bond process work?
1. Call us
2. We get your loved one out of jail. At a fraction of the cost.
That’s the simplified version. In detail, we research charges and bail the moment we receive your call. We write a bond to the jail, usually for 10% of the original bail amount. All you have to do is wait for the paperwork to go through. You’ll then receive a call from the jail confirming your loved one’s release.
What should I know before I contact a bail bond agent?
The name of the facility. We need to know where the detained person is being held so we can call or find their records in our database.
The full name of the person in custody. A booking number is helpful, but not necessary—we can get this information from the jail.
The bail amount. If you have this information, we can usually tell you over the phone how much it will cost to get a person out of jail. If you don’t have this information, we can get it from the jail.
How do I get someone released from custody?
There are a few ways you can get a person released from custody.
Use a bail bondsman. If you choose to work with us, you’ll usually end up only paying 10% of the bail amount.
Pay the facility directly. This requires cash for the full amount of the bail bond paid to the court or jail.
Use physical property (like a home) as collateral. This is in place of the amount required for bail.
Alternatively, the judge may simply release the defendant.
Do I get my money back once the case is resolved?
When you work with us—or any bonding office—the 10% is collected as a fee for our services and is thus non-refundable. If for any reason we fail to meet any part of our contract, then and only then is this fee refundable.
Are there any discounts on bail bond fees?
Bail bond companies in the state of Utah cannot charge less than 10% of the total bond amount. State laws regulate the minimum amount a bail bond company can charge a client. In Utah, that minimum is 10% of the total bond amount. If any bail bond agent in Utah charges less than 10%, they can lose their license.
If I don’t have enough cash, what can I use as collateral?
Real estate, cars, credit cards, stocks, bonds, jewelry, personal credit or bank accounts. Need to use collateral but don’t have any of these options available? Call us to discuss alternatives!
Do I have to use my house as collateral for posting bail?
We rarely ask for collateral, and can often work out bail based on a steady and long job history alone. We’ll help you get your loved one out of jail with the least amount of risk to you and your family.
Thad Ellis is our Utah County Bail Agent. If you are looking for where to go, how long it will take to get your loved one out of jail, or any other questions, you can visit Thad Ellis’ page here.
Does bail money get returned?
It depends on the type of bail required. You won’t always have your money returned when you post it directly to the court or jail. Is it a Surety Bail, Cash Bail, or Property Bond? AboutBail has a quick guide to this on their informative website: Will I Get My Bail Money Back?
Sportsmans Bail Bonds
Helping people get bailed out of jail all throughout the Utah Valley. From Salt Lake City Metro Jail to Utah County Jail and more.