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  • What is a bail bond?
    A bail bond is a contract between the bail bond company, the courts, and a third-party indemnitor. It is the indemnitor that guarantees to the bail bond company that the accused will appear for all future court dates. The bail bond company charges a small non-refundable percentage of the total bond for their service. This is a more affordable option than paying the full amount of the bond directly to the court.
  • What do I need to bond someone out of jail?
    You will need to pay a small non-refundable fee to the bail bond company, have a third-party indemitor (a cosigner), and possibly some form of collateral.
  • What information do I need when I call?
    In most cases, we will need the following information on the defendant: Name, date of birth, and jail they are being held at (County).
  • Do You Offer Payment Plans?
    We know that when a loved one becomes incarcerated it is usually an unexpected expense trying to get them out of jail, we are willing to work with you. Please call our offices for details.
  • What is collateral?
    Collateral is money, property, or anything of value that we hold while the accused is out on bail. This collateral is returned when the defendant's case has been exonerated (Closed, Sentenced, Dismissed or Discharged with the courts) and all financial obligations to J&J Bail Bonds have been satisfied.
  • Where do you write bonds?
    J&J Bail Bonds, Inc. has offices all over the state of Michigan; we can do bonds in virtually any part of the state and country. However here in Michigan we cover Allegan, Barry, Battle Creek, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Montcalm, Muskegon, Oceana, and Ottawa counties just to name a few.
  • Is the bail bond fee refundable?
    No. Once a bail bond has been posted for a defendant, the money is then earned by the bail bond company.
  • What is a cosigner?
    A cosigner is the person who takes financial responsibility for the bail bond if the accused fails to appear in court. They are also referred to as third-party indemnitors.
  • How do I know when the defendant has to go to court?
    It is your responsibility to know when the defendant has to go to court. Typically, the courts will notify the defendant by mail when they are to appear for a court hearing. It is important that the defendant verifies that the court has the correct address and contact information.
  • If I'm a co-signer for a friend or family member and that person misses court, do I have to pay you the full value of the bond?
    You are liable for the full amount of the bond plus expenses if your friend or relative does not go to court. However, a failure to appear in court does not necessarily mean you will have to pay the full amount of the bond. While there is no excuse for missing court, we strongly encourage our clients to notify us of any unusual circumstances so that we can advise them as to the best course of action.
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