FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

What is a bail bond?

A bail bond (surety bond) is a financial guarantee to the court that the defendant will appear at each and every court appearance as the court directs. Failure of the defendant to comply with the conditions of the court could result in a warrant being issued and your bail bonds forfeited.

Failure to Appear?

Failure to appear is the legal term for when a defendant/respondent does not appear in court when he/she was ordered to do so by the Judge. If someone you know has failed to appear in court, a bench warrant will be issued for their arrest. If the defendant had a bail bond posted for him/her and does not show up for any of the court dates set forth by the court until the case is dismissed a bench warrant will be issued. However, if you know you missed court call us right away we can help keep you out of jail. Failure to appear may also apply when a particular individual has been issued a subpoena and does not show up on the date stated in the subpoena.

Where can a bail bond be posted?

Most jails accept bail bonds 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 of the year. The  Indiana Jail releases prisoners by appointment only!  First make arrangements with your Ivy Bail Bonds agent and your agent can make your appointment, 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days of the year.

How much does a bail bond cost?

Most bail bond premiums are ten percent of the full bail amount. For example, if the full bail amount is $10,000.00, the premium (fee) for the bail bond is $1,000.00 and in some cases $800. These NON REFUNDABLE fees are established by the surety companies and regulated by the Department of Insurance. Most county jails have an additional $5.00 bond fee.

Is the bail bond premium refundable?

Once the bail bond is posted and accepted by a jail, liability is taken on the bail bond. At that point the bail bond premium is fully earned and is not refundable.

Who is liable for the bail bond?

The indemnitor (co-signer) is financially liable for the bail bond. The indemnitors liability is limited to the full face value of the bail bond, or necessary fees to return the Defendant to the Court or Jail.

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