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7 Frequently Asked Bail Bond Questions

What Should I Know Before I Contact a Utah Bail Agent?

Getting mixed up with legal trouble can be scary and confusing especially if you are not sure of how to post bail to get out. Bad Boys Bail Bonds Utah is able to assist in posting bails, navigating the bail system, and help your loved ones figure out what they need to even begin.

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When I am arrested, how long will it take for me to get booked, processed and ready for a bail agent (Bondsman) to post my bond?

When you or a loved one is arrested by the police, it can be a scary, uncertain time. Here we describe what you should expect after someone is arrested in Utah, and when in the process a bail bondsman can help you get released.

What happens after an arrest depends on the jail where the person is being booked.

Salt Lake Adult Detention Center or Purgatory Correctional Facility in St. George

  • If you or your loved one is being booked at Salt Lake ADC or Purgatory in St. George, you will generally spend 30-60 minutes in the “booking room” while the arresting officer completes legal paperwork. Once the paperwork is filed, the inmate proceeds to an area called the “first pit.” Arrestees will spend about an hour in the first pit being fingerprinted, taking mug shots, and providing information. Here, there is an opportunity to call friends or family from a pay phone.
  • After leaving the first pit, inmates proceed to ”pre-trial services”, where they will spend 20-30 minutes. At pre-trial services, inmates undergo an interview. After the interview, it is determined whether bail is required or if the person can be released on their own recognizance. If pre-trial services determines that bail is required, the inmate is taken to the “second pit.”
  • Once the inmate is in the second pit, they or a representative can contact the bail bondsman. It takes about 30 minutes for the bondsman to prepare the necessary paperwork, which is then faxed to the jail. The inmate typical spends an additional 2-4 hours in the second pit before the bond is officially posted.
  • On average, inmates are released about four hours after the bond is posted, though this can take more or less time depending on how busy the jail staff are. Officially, the jails say to expect a 2-8 hour wait.

If you are trying to track an inmate, the Salt Lake ADC has an inmate lookup tool (http://iml.slsheriff.org/IML) which is updated daily.

All Other Utah Jails

All the other jails in Utah it usually takes 45 minutes to an hour to be booked and about the same to be released after the bail is posted. (The paperwork process, once they meet us, is usually 20 minutes from start until we post the bond then it is up to the jail for the rest of the time)

Bad Boys Bail Bonds Can Help

Bad Boys Bail Bonds of Utah is here to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Don’t hesitate to call with questions. We understand what our clients are going through, and our staff of experienced professionals is committed to resolving your situation as quickly as possible. We are here to help! Contact Bad Boys Bail Bonds in Utah online or Call us at 801-895-4014.

Our bail bond agents are available in every corner of Utah, with counties including Salt Lake , Utah, Washington, Carbon, Summit, Tooele, Weber, and Wasatch counties, as well as several others. Our bail agents treat you with respect and work hard to get you or your loved one home as quickly as possible. Trust us to provide the attention and high-quality customer service you deserve.

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What is a Bail Bond?

Bad things can--and do--happen to good people. An unexpected chain of events can lead to jail time. If this happens, we want to do everything possible to help the situation. Legal proceedings can be very confusing. Part of the procedure includes posting bail for the jailed person, but we may not be able to afford the funds necessary. This is where Bad Boys Bail Bonds can help. We’ll help you through the entire process of understanding the types of bail needed and supplying you with the necessary funds.

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How long is a person on Bond or how long is the person responsible and accountable to the Bail Agent?

If you've been arrested on a criminal charge in Utah, and you need to go back to court for more hearings until your case is concluded, the Court has ordered a bond to guarantee that you will come back for your hearings. Otherwise, the Court believes there is a possibility you could flee. Whether or not you are guilty, you might not want to be there for your trial and risk jail-time. If you don't fulfill whatever the Court has ordered your bond to be, you'll stay in jail until your trial is over.

A Signature Bond or Promise to Appear

In Utah, it's possible if your charge is minor and the Court doesn't believe you are a flight risk that they have ordered a signature bond, where you sign and promise to go back to court. The Court won't order just a signature bond if it believes you are a danger to the community. But with many charges, the Court orders defendants to pay money to get out of jail.

Bail vs. Bond

If the amount of money is small enough, you may be able to make it available to someone who could bring it to the jail to post as your bail. Maybe your parents or friends could pay, and after they bail you out you will hopefully pay them back. If you miss any of your court hearings after you've been bailed out, whoever paid that money will lose it and the Court will order a new bond.

But often the amount of money is too large, and most people won't be able to come up with it. Maybe the judge has ordered your bond to be $5,000. You may still be able to get out of jail, but you need to find someone the judge trusts who is willing to guarantee you will go back to court. It would be a Constitutional violation if the judge set the bail amount so high that you couldn't get out and get ready for trial.

Bail Bondsmen

This is where a bail bondsman can help you. For just a fraction of the total bond amount, and sometimes collateral such as a vehicle or property, your bail bondsman will post the entire amount so that you can be released from jail immediately. You won't get back the percentage you paid, but if you don't go back to court, your bondsman will lose out on the entire amount.

Contact Bad Boys Bail Bonds in Utah

If you need a bail bondsman, Bad Boys bail bonds in Utah can help you out. The jail is open for business 24/7, but so are we. We serve the entire state of Utah, and are very knowledgeable about the arrest process. We make it easy by getting you out of jail quickly so you can take care of the important business of preparing for your trial. Feel free to contact Bad Boys Bail Bonds in Utah today by calling us at 801-895-4014.

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