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The following is a Q & A format article addressing questions involving the Missouri Bail Bond Process. It does not recommend or support any one particular surety company; it addresses the FAQs Missouri Bail Bond Agents deal with most often. Missouri bail bonds may involve a surety company (bail bond agent or company), but do not have to involve a surety company.

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Questions and Answers about the Missouri Bail Bonds process. Frequently asked questions about surety or secured bail, bonds, and courts in the state of Missouri. (FAQs)

The followings FAQs apply to MISSOURI BAIL BONDS. While some information is more than likely generic and applicable to other states, this information applies to MISSOURI BAIL BONDS specifically.

Question: How quickly can a bail bond be posted in Missouri? How soon will my loved one be released? Answer: This varies greatly on the time of day, day of week, jail location and situation, etc., but generally speaking, most city or municipal jail releases take 1/2 hour or less. County jails and justice centers can take a bit longer. The City of Saint Louis Justice Center clearly posts a sign claiming that all releases will take a minimum of 4 hours. Similarly, the Saint Louis County Justice Centers posts that releases will take a minimum of 2 hours.

Question: What is the purpose of a bail bond in Missouri? Answer: A Missouri bail bond serves as a guarantee that the arrested person will return to all his or her court dates. The bond remains active and in good standing as along as the arrested person attends all their court dates and follows the court's instructions. Only if the arrested person fails to appear in court or fails to follow any court instructions is the bond at risk of loss, revocation, or forfeiture.

Question: Why should I use a bail bondsman? Answer: In most cases you do not have to use a bail bondsman; they serve as a viable option to assist you in posting the bond. If you or your loved ones have the entire bond amount in ready cash and meet any and all court directed surety requirements, you do not need to use a bail bondsman. You may however, still elect to use a bondsman to help facilitate the bond and release and legal process, to help guarantee the cash and monitor the arrested person, to help logistically in out-of-state and/or long distance cases, and to assist if you do not have the full cash amount.

Question: Are Missouri Bail Bond agents available at all hours, 365 days a year? Even holidays? Answer: Yes, agents are available "24/7" 365 days a year.

Question: Why should I use Action Fast Bail Bonds and not the other guys? Answer: With our proven track record of honesty, integrity, reliability, and experience, couples with our extensive network of agents, lawyers, and contacts, we can guarantee your satisfaction with our services. We do exactly what we claim we will, and just as importantly, we don't do thingsthat other bond companies are reputed to do. We will work with you on getting you or you loved one out immediately! With over 30 years experience in the justice system, we know what we are doing when it comes to providing you the best, most complete bail bond service.

Question:What do I need to hire a Missouri bail bond agent? Answer: All bonding companies require a cosigner to sign on the bond with the arrested person. Requirements to be a cosigner do vary with the bond and location, but generally we like to have a cosigner who is gainfully employed, or is a property owner, or possess other type collateral to guarantee the bond. We have found that family members, friends, and employers make the best cosigners. We generally prefer a cosigner to be at least 21 years of age, but they must be over the age of 18.

Question: What are the responsibilities of the cosigner once the bond is posted in a Missouri court? Answer: First and foremost, the cosigner must assist in making sure the arrested person attends all their court dates and follows any instructions the court may give. Cosigner do not have to appear in court with the arrested person. The cosigner needs to assist the bondsman in maintaining contact with the arrested person, and serves as a secondary point of contact between the bondsman and the arrested person. If the bond is at risk of revocation or forfeiture, the cosigner must assist the bondsman in correcting the situation, or the cosigner will be at risk of bearing the financial loss of the total bond amount.

Question: What does it cost the cosigner? Answer: That is between the arrested person and the cosigner. Per the bond contract, the cosigner will be responsible for paying any balance of the bond fee that may remain unpaid, as well as any surety recovery costs or bond amounts that may forfeit. Usually this is a family matter matter handled privately between the arrested person and the cosigner.

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Question: How do I pay the bond fee? Answer: Most Missouri bond agencies accept Cash, Money Orders, Cashier's or Bank Checks, and all Major Credit Cards. Special, prior arrangements must be made before we can accept a personal check. We accept US Government 3rd party checks. Agents may also provide payment plans after accepting a standard down payment towards the bond fee.


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