The Process

What is a bail bond?

A bail bond is a financial guarantee made by or on behalf of a criminal defendant that is used to guarantee their appearance in court through the end of their trial upon release from custody. Failure by the defendant to appear will result in a bond forfeiture.

Interest-Free Payment Plans

Cruz's Bail Bonds provides simple, easy, interest free payment plans that enables you to secure their release quickly and affords you some peace of mind in knowing that there is someone on your side to "help you through it."

Bail Bond payment options are determined by the amount needed to post bail and who will co-sign the bail agreement should the individual be unable to pay the premium amount on their own. There are a multitude of payment options we'll discuss with you. Cruz's Bail Bonds tailors every payment option to the individual needs of our clients.

Collateral is sometimes needed, but not always. There are rare instances when we request it, but these are considered on a case-by-case basis. Ultimately, we focus on creating a solution that is comfortable for your specific situation.

How long does it take to get out of jail?

The paperwork takes approximately 15-30 minutes. The release time after the jail receives our paperwork is generally 2-4 hours for county jails. Generally speaking, the busier the holding facility, the longer it takes.

Why can’t I bond myself?

You usually can for traffic and minor violations (non-arrest bonds), but in general a bail bond agent usually requires someone other than the Defendant to be responsible in order to guarantee appearance in court so there is not a bond forfeiture.

What happens if the person does not appear in court as promised?

A bench warrant is issued for the person’s arrest and the person’s name will appear in police bulletins as a fugitive. Although specifics vary depending on the jurisdiction, generally the court also authorizes the bail agency arrest authority for the individual as well.

The bail agency normally calls the person’s home, work, and other references to try to find the fugitive and convince them to appear. If these efforts are unsuccessful, the agency may then search and employ apprehension specialists (private investigators) to arrest the fugitive.

From the perspective of someone who guaranteed the appearance, you want to convince the fugitive to surrender himself/herself to the police or court as soon as possible. Normally, if the fugitive is returned before actual remittance to the state, you usually are not liable for any additional court costs beside the actual recovery costs.

If the fugitive does not surrender and cannot be found by the forfeiture date, the bail agency remits the entire bond to the court and proceeds with legal action return the full cost of the bond.

Because Cruz's Bail Bonds has very experienced bail agents, we have one of the best rates in the country. We also have some of the best private investigators in the business that have apprehended major felons and fugitives for other agencies. As a guarantor, you will be glad that we are good at what we do.