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What you should know when signing for a Bail Bond Indemnitor (CO-SIGNER):

It is the responsibility of the indemnitor (co-signer) to see that the premium is paid. A bail bond is an appearance bond and is good for one year. If the case continues longer than a year, and additional premium is due and is collected for each additional year.

These premiums are not refundable and upon the release of the defendent are fully earned. Any expenses incurred in the transaction of a bail bond, such as long distance calls, travel, or posting fees are to be paid by the indemnitor to the bail agent. Most additional expenses we incure. It is the responsibility of the defendent or indemnitor to supply accurate information.

The defendent is obligated by the bail agreement to appear at each and every court appearance required by the court. The failure to do so will result in the forfeiture of the bond. Failure to act immediately can add up expense, such as tracing fees, court costs, and attorney fees if legal action is taken. The indemnitor is liable. The law provides that the associated expenses can not exceed the face amount of the bond. (California Regular Code Title 10 Section 2081(d).

You are no longer liable for the defendent's bond when he/she has completes all of their court appearences, and when all premiums have been paid. It is best to contact the agent when the bond is exonerated by the court, for the fast return of any collateral pledged and to confirm that the bond is exonerated.In the event of forfeiture, the indemnitor is liable until the full amount of the bail has been paid, plus any expenses incurred or until the court exonerates the bond. The bond then becomes void.

It appears you may be looking to obtain a bail bond in the state of Wisconsin. Well, we apologize, because your state does not offer private bail bond services. This means that if you need to bail someone out of jail in the state of Wisconsin you must go to the jail directly and pay the bail there.

Bondsman from other states are unable to assist you in Wisconsin. Why you ask? We invite you to ask your local government representatives. Here are some Wisconsin government links that you can follow and ask your government representatives why they do not offer private bail bond services. Who knows, if enough letters are written you may be able to open your own bail bond company before you know it.

If we may help you with a person that is being detained in another state please feel free to call us immediately at 1-800-824-6614.

Below is a list of Jails, Police Departments, and Courts in your state.

Requirements For Licensure:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • a citizen of the United States or resident alien
  • not have committed a crime in any jurisdiction in the preceding ten years
  • be employed by a licensed bail bond agency or be licensed as a bail bond agency
  • pay the required fee

  • Meet the requirements of a bail bond agent;
  • provide proof of at least three years experience as a manager, supervisor or administrator in the bail bond business or pass an examination;
  • file a $10,000 surety bond
  • pay the required fee
Bail Bond Agent $400
Bail Bond Agency/Branch Office $1000

Renewal Fees:
Bail Bond Agent $250
late renewal $350
Bail Bond Agency/Branch Office $800
late renewal $1000

Only for bail bond agencies (qualified agents) who do not have three years of experience. - HowBailWorks

Bail bonds are provided to any Court jurisdiction, jail or police agency in California through our network of licensed agents. We also have the ability to offer bail bond services in many other States through our professional affiliation with several large Insurance or Surety Companies and their respective licensed agencies in those geographical areas.

The premium or fee for a bail bond is generally ten percent of the actual penal amount of the bond set by the State Legislature, County Court or County Jail Commander. The indemnitor is the working adult who generally pays the premium and signs all of the required documents before the bail bond is posted with the Court. The indemnitor will be asked to provide not only the premium but some form of valuable collateral that is generally of a value close to the penal amount of the bail bond. Collateral should be a short form deed of trust on a piece of real property with sufficient equity. However, in some cases, on approved credit of the indemnitor and the incarcerated subject, other collateral may be accepted. Other collateral could be pink slips (ownership certificates) on vehicles; formally appraised jewelry; assignments of bank accounts or some bonds and of course, full cash or credit card deposits in the amount of the bail bond.

Prior to the actual bail bond being issued and posted with the respective Court jurisdiction, all the arrangements, required signatures of indemnitors and deposits of collateral must be made between the indemnitor and the licensed bail agent. The incarcerated subject will not be released from custody until the paper work has been completed. The incarcerated subject will be required to come in later or the next day to complete the required forms and sign the contract documents.

The contract signed by the indemnitor, indemnitors and the defendant or incarcerated subject basically allows the accused to experience freedom and prepare for the required Court appearances. This contract specifically calls for the accused person to make all of the mandated Court appearances, including the sentencing hearing or final adjudication of the case. The indemnitor, in signing the documents and contract, promises that they will be totally responsible for the accused subject during this period of time.

Should the accused subject fail to attend a mandated hearing or Court appearance, the Court will simply issue an arrest warrant for them and submit a forfeiture notice to the bail bond agent, requiring the agent to pay the full amount of the bail bond to the Court.

Should this occur, both the accused and the indemnitor will be responsible for paying not only the full amount of the bail bond but any other costs associated with locating and returning the accused to custody.

Bail Enforcement Agents (formerly known as bounty hunters) are employed to track, locate and arrest the subject if they fail to make their Court appearance. These agents are trained, experienced members of the National Association of Bail Enforcement Agents. Several are employed by our organization as are a number of State licensed private investigators who supervise the actual investigation of these people, locating them and bringing them back into custody.

We encourage any Attorneys, criminal justice officials or educators and anyone who believes they may become an indemnitor, to contact our organization to assist them with any specific bail bond situation or application.