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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS A BONDSMAN?
He or she is a private businessperson, who is licensed by the N.C. Department of Insurance for the purpose of posting bail for individuals in jail.
WHAT IS A BAIL BOND?
A Bail Bond is the legal instrument or contract which releases an individual from custody. The Bail Bond also ties contractually, the state, the bail bondsman and the defendant together.
HOW DOES A BONDSMAN GET PAID?
The bail bondsman is paid a regulated fee not to exceed 15% maximum by the individual or someone on his behalf.
DO I GET THE PREMIUM (BOND FEE) BACK?
The only money returned is collateral when required by the bondsman in certain cases.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN THE CASE IS OVER AND MY LIABILITY ENDS?
Your liability ends when a final disposition is entered by the state and no appeal is pending.
WHAT IS COLLATERAL?
Collateral may be required when someone has few ties if any to the area which he is required to appear in court, or has a past record of missing court.
WHEN IS THE COLLATERAL RETURNED?
After we have received written notification from the court that the case is over and the bond is no longer in effect.
CAN BAIL BOND COMPANIES USE MY COLLATERAL?
No, The collateral has to be in safekeeping or in a trust account.
AM I LIABLE IF I SIGNED FOR AN INDIVIDUAL AND THE PERSON CANNOT BE LOCATED?
You have signed a binding contract and are financially responsible for the amount of the bond. If the person out on bond forfeits the bond by not showing up for court and they cannot be found within the five months, then the full face value of the bond is your financial responsibility and is due on demand.
WHAT DOES THE BAIL BONDSMAN DO?
A The bail bondsman is the only part of the criminal justice system involved from the point of arrest until the case is disposed of regardless of the length of time it takes. The bail bondsman not only gets a person out of jail, but must keep up with each and every court date both in district and superior courts. The bail bondsman must make sure his client appears for each court date. The bail bondsman makes sure the client appears for each court date. The bail bondsman is required to know the whereabouts of the client a all times. If a court date is missed, the bail bondsman must locate the client. The bail bondsmen will help the client obtain a new court date when an honest mistake is made. The bail bondsman will travel to all fifty states in order to return a client back to the court system. North Carolina bail bondsmen have a return rate of 97.8 percent.
IS A BONDSMAN A BOUNTY HUNTER?
No, the State of North Carolina does not recognize bounty hunters. All North Carolina bail bondsmen licensed in this state must arrest their own clients.
   

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