|Travis Bail Bonds||Saint George|
|B & K Bonding||Osborne|
|American Eagle Bail Bonds||Manhattan|
|A-AAA Bonding Co||Wichita|
|Anytime Bail Bonds||Wichita|
|Barb's Bail Bonds||Liberal|
|A-Aero Bail Bonds LLC||Olathe|
|Barb's Bail Bonds||McPherson|
|Viking Bail Bonds||Lyndon|
|Barb's Bail Bonds||Hutchinson|
|A 1 Bail Bonds||Manhattan|
|M & M Bonding||Garden City|
|M & M Bail Bonds||Chanute|
|A1 Bail Bonds||Topeka|
|Bail Now LLC||ShawneeMission|
|Lewis Bail Bonds LLC||Emporia|
|ASAP Bail Bonds||Topeka|
|Hartman & Sharp Bail Bonds||Olathe|
|Kevin Coon Bail Bond||Winfield|
|Fisher Bail Bonds||Wichita|
|G & M Girard Bonding CO||Girard|
|Alpha Bail Bonds||Lawrence|
|A-1 Bail Bonds||Spring Hill|
|Ken Palmer Bail Bonding CO||Wichita|
|Alpha Bail Bonds||Junction City|
|Jones Bail Bonds||Iola|
|Freebird Bail Bonds||Wichita|
|Aero Bail Bonds||Kansas City|
|Discount Bail Bonds||Wichita|
|Freedom Bonding LLC||Kansas City|
|E Z Bail Bonds||Wichita|
|7 Percent Bail Bonds||Salina|
All bail bondsmen are required to be licensed through the Department of Insurance in order to provide their services in the state of Kansas. The purpose of a bail bondsman is to assist arrestees in obtaining their release from jail when posting bail is an option. Also, a bail bondsman has the responsibility of making the decision to post bail for an individual while considering the protection of the public’s safety in the community.
The privilege of bail is based on the nature of the crime committed and the past criminal history of the arrestee, among other considerations. If the crime committed is violent in nature, bail may not be permitted for pretrial release, and the individual will have to wait for the bail or arraignment hearing, which typically takes place within 48 to 72 hours after the arrest, where the judge will make the decision to allow, or not to allow, bail.
What is a Bail Bond?
The best definition of a bail bond isthat of a written promise signed by a defendant and/or a co-signer (Indemnitor), or a surety (an insurance company promising to act in place of another) to pay the bail amount fixed by the court should the defendant named in the document fail to appear in court for the required bail or arraignment hearing on the date and time specified.
How much will I pay for a Bail Bond in Kansas?
The cost of a bail bond is set by the state of Kansas Department of Insurance, which is 10% of the total amount of the bail set by the judge based on the crime committed and the past criminal history of the defendant. For instance, if bail is set at $15,000, the non-refundable premium required by the bail bondsman will be an affordable $1,500. As long as the defendant appears at all scheduled court dates, this will be all that is required to secure their release from incarceration.
What happens to the Bail Bond if the defendant fails to appear?
If a defendant fails to appear in court as scheduled, the bail bond will be forfeited. What this means is that the court will issue a demand for full payment of the bond by a certain date, or the surrender of the defendant prior to that date to avoid being re-arrested and returned to jail. The judge will also issue a bench warrant in many cases for the arrest of the defendant.
At this point, the bail bondsman has the authority to search for and re-arrest the defendant in an attempt to protect his financial risk of having to pay the full amount of the bond, along with that of the co-signer, who most likely put up the money on behalf of the defendant. Usually the bondsman will have 180-days to locate and surrender the defendant to the court, and you can be sure that the bail bondsman will do everything they can to find the defendant.
What types of bail bonds are available in Kansas?
The purpose of a bail bond is to assure or guarantee the appearance of the defendant in court as required. In some cases this might be called an “appearance bond”; however, the reality is that all bail bonds, regardless of how they are structured, are “guaranteeing the appearance” of the defendant in court.
Therefore, the differences in bail bonds are really based on what or who is backing the bond.
- Cash Bonds are backed by just that, cash. The defendant or a family member or friend will pay the full amount of the bail in cash directly to the court. If the defendant works with the court through to the close of their case, all or part of the cash paid up front will be returned.
- Property Bonds are backed by real estate property, usually a single-family home or condominium, and must be appraised at a value at least double the amount of the bond. The deed will be used as collateral until the case has closed and a final judgment is made. This collateral backs up the non-refundable 10% paid up front to the bail bondsman who posts the bond for the defendant’s release.
- Surety Bonds are backed by a surety (insurance company) that the bail bondsman works closely with, and the surety is actually guaranteeing payment in full to the court if the defendant skips bail. The bail bondsman and the co-signer of the bond contract to pay the minimum of 10% of the total bond, but they will also have to reimburse the surety for the amount they pay out to the court.
How do I find a reputable Bail Bondsman?
In any city or county in the state of Kansas you will find many different bail bond agencies available to help you. But how to you know which one to choose? First, you should beware of bail bondsmen advertising very low rates because all bail agents are required to charge the same minimum of 10% by law. Second, it’s important to know how long they’ve been in business, which will tell you something about the sustainability of their company. Third, you can always contact your local Better Business Bureau to see if there have been any complaints filed against them and how they resolved the issue, if at all. The bail bond industry is highly regulated, but there is always someone who will challenge the authorities even at the risk of losing their license. Buyer Beware!
In some cases, bail might include conditions. These conditions could be part of the bond contract drawn up by the bail bondsman or dictated by the judge when deciding to grant bail at the hearing. Conditions are usually situations that will keep the defendant in check, and not permit contact with people involved in the case, travel out-of-state and possibly GPS monitoring. Each situation is different, so the bondsman or the judge will decide if conditions need to be included for the defendant to be released on bail.