Xenia Bail Bonds 

How does bail work?

How Does Bail Work?


When your friend or family member has been arrested, chances are they will need someone to post bail on their behalf. At that point you may ask "How does this work?"  If this is your situation you have options .

BAIL PROCESS for DEFENDANT: (The person that gets arrested is called the "defendant")

  1. The defendant is held in jail while waiting for an initial court appearance, This is a brief hearing where the judge sets a bond amount that must be paid before the person is released from jail. (Arraignment)
  2. Once the judge sets the bond, either the defendant, a friend, or a family member can pay the full amount of the bond.
  3. If no one has enough money to pay the full bail amount they can call a bail bondsman. This way, they only need to pay a small percentage of the bond to get the defendant out of jail.
  4. After the bond is paid, the defendant is released from jail.
  5. The defendant must appear at all court dates for the bond to remain active. Failure to appear may result in loss of money, collateral and, most importantly, the defendant’s freedom.


How much does a bail bondsman charge?
A bail bondsman in Ohio charges a 10% premium of the full bond amount. For example, a $10,000 bond will cost a $1,000 premium. Once the premium has been paid, the bondsman will post the full amount of the bond and the defendant will be released from jail.

What information do I need to post bail for a friend?
When you call a bail agent you’ll need to know the defendant’s full name and the location of the jail, and charges, and the bond amount.  The more information that can be given to the bail agent the quicker the process.

Do I need to provide collateral to get bail money?
Depending on the amount of the bond and the severity of the alleged charge, a bail bondsman can require collateral to be signed over. Collateral is in addition to any paid premiums and could be cash, property or any other asset. The purpose of collateral is to help guarantee the defendant appears in court.

After bail is paid, how long does it take to get out of jail?
Bail agents are always available 7 days a week, so our response time is fast. Even though we can post your bail quick, it depends on different factors on how soon the defendant is released... how crowded the jail is at the time the defendant is waiting to be released and sometimes shift changes effect release times..

For more information on an Ohio bail bond or to speak with a bail bond agent, call Xenia Bail Bonds at (937) 372-9000. We have locations across Ohio and can connect you with a local bondsman who can meet you at the jail or even your home. We have a nationwide network of bail agents and we are here to help.

We have been providing bail bond service to Greene county for over 20 years.

home office located at 12 W. Columbia, Springfield, Ohio 45502

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