What is a Bail Bond?

A bail bond is a form of insurance that is given to the court to secure release from custody.  It is meant to guarantee the individual's appearance to all court hearings.


What should I know before contacting a Bail Bondsman?

Our Bail Bond Agents will work with you through the process, so you don't need to have a lot of information.  Basic helpful information includes the name of the individual in custody, the detention center the individual is being held at, and if possible, how much the bail is.


How do I get a Bail Bond?

You simply need to give us a call in Helena, Butte, Missoula, Kalispell, or Livingston.  We can post the bond for you with any court in Montana.


Will I need Collateral?

There are instances where collateral may be required.  This is done to secure the bail bond and help guarantee the defendant will make all court appearances.  Collateral is returned only when the bond has been completely discharged by the courts, with a guilty, non-guilty, or dismissed verdict.  Once the court has discharged the bond and we receive it, the collateral is returned to the rightful individual.


Do I get my premium back once the case is over?

The premium paid to the bail bondsman is not refundable.  This fee is what allowed the defendant to get out of jail and is fully earned once the defendant is out of custody.  An individual who is rearrested is not eligible to receive a refund on the previous bond, even if it happens within the day.


What does a Bail Bond Agent accept as Collateral?

It can vary per situation, but collateral that is accepted includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Vehicles
  2. Credit Cards
  3. Real Estate
  4. Cash
  5. Personal Checks



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