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Frequently Asked Bail Questions / The Bail Process:

Help my loved one has just been arrested....what do I do?

Bailing somebody out of jail can be a stressful and confusing time, but Dale's Bail Bonds is here to make the process as smooth and hassle free as possible. Below is a list of steps you should take and what information you will need and what you should expect as you try to bail somebody out jail.

Firstly, find the proper phone number for the closest Dale's Bail Bonds location to you and give us a call and we will walk you through each step of the bail process. While all bails posted in Delaware must go through a similar process, we here at Dale's Bail Bonds think everyone deserves to be handled individually on a case-by-case basis. So give us a call now, the sooner you call the faster your loved one will be released!

You will need the following information when you call:

  • Defendant's full name and known aliases
  • Defendant's date of birth
  • Current location of defendant (if known)
  • Date of arrest

After giving us a call we will arrange a time for you to fill out 10-15 minutes worth of paperwork required to bail any person out. That paperwork will ask for general information about whomever you are trying to bail out as well as whomever the signer is: Name, date of birth, address, phone number, social security number, contact information and work information, and at least 3 character references for the defendant including names, addresses, and phone numbers of close family/friends.

For you to be eligible to sign as an indemnitor on someone's bail application you must provide some sort of state or federal photo identification and a current pay stub with a year-to-date amount or a work ID card and employer contact information.

How do bail bonds work?

After a person is arrested they will be arraigned by a judge and bond will be set according to certain state guidelines. The bail will be set as: released own recognizance (ROR), unsecured, secured(10%), cash(20%-30%, or the defendant may be held without bond under certain circumstances(VOP, Fugitive, Capital crimes cases, Extreme flight risk).

What is the difference between secured, unsecured, and cash bail bonds?

Unsecured means you only need to sign to be released and promise to pay the full amount of the bail bond if you fail to appear for future court appearances.

Secured means the bail bond must be backed by monetary value equaling the total bail bond amount, usually a bail bondsman will submit a power of attorney for the total amount of the bail to guarantee the defendants appearance in court, the fee paid to a bail bondsman for this service is 10% of the total bond, this fee you do not get back. If you put the entire bail bond amount up to the court directly you would get all of this money back once the case was completely finished (usually 6 months or less).

Cash bail bond means the total bail bond needs to be paid in cash to the court before they will release the defendant. You can do this yourself much like secured bail by paying the full amount, or you can go through a bail bondsman which charge anywhere from the state law minimum 20% up to the maximum allowed by law 30%, again the money you pay to a bail bondsman is not refundable.

How much does it cost to bail someone out?

State law mandates we charge certain percentages for bail bonds, secured bonds cost 10% total of the bail bond with lower minimums for those who qualify for payment plans, cash bonds start at 20%-30% of the cost of the bail bond and must be paid before we are able to post the bond.

What is required to sign for someones bail?

At Dale's bail bonds we require signers to be at least 21 years old and gainfully employed for over a year with proof of employment and state or federal identification, this person must also be a U.S. Resident with local ties to the area. The signer must also be a close friend or family member with substantial personal knowledge of the defendant, such as home/work addresses, phone numbers, and physical attributes of the defendant.

How long does it take to get someone out of jail once bail has been posted?

Depending on the location of the defendant, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 days, if he or she is incarcerated at one of the state prisons/vop center it will take longer for central records to process defendants paperwork and check for outstanding warrants before sending the release to the prison for out-processing. Usually a defendant is released within 24 hours, but central records technically has 72 hours to release the inmate once bond paper work has been sent to them. Remember to be patient and allow time for processing, the prison will allow the defendant a phone call when they are able to be released.

What is an indemnitor?

The indemnitor is the responsible party, who is the signer of the bail bond application.

If I sign for someone, what am I responsible for?

As the indemnitor you are responsible for getting the defendant to all future court appearances until the case is resolved. You are also responsible for getting the defendant into our office to sign his or her bail application and following any bail bond conditions on the bond, examples: no contact orders, reporting to pretrial supervision, no driving, substance abuse evaluation, no drinking/drugs, etc.

Delaware Bail Bond Premium Laws effective January 1st, 2014

Title 18 Chapter 43 Subchapter II Bail Bond Agents

Secured Bail Bonds

The total filed premium for a surety bail bond shall be at least 5% and not more than 10%. It shall be unlawful for a bail agent to post a surety bail bond without first charging and receiving at least 5% of the surety bail bond amount, and entering into a written contract, signed by both parties containing all the terms and conditions of the bond.

Cash Bail Bonds

The total charges or commissions for a cash bail may not be less that 20% or more than 30% of the bail amount posted by the property bail agent. It shall be unlawful for a property bail agent to post a bail without first charging and receiving at least 20% of the cash bail amount, and entering into a written contract signed by both parties containing all terms and conditions of the bond.