J&J Bonding Co
424 9th Street Suite 10 Columbus, GA 31901
Phone:706-660-8800 or use our contact form.
24 hours, 7 days weekly
when the jail closes!
Our bondsmen have more than 44 years of combined experience serving Muscogee County. We look forward to working with you! Contact us to learn more and to obtain customer references.
THE BAIL BOND PROCESS:
Bail bonding companies in Muscogee County operate under the authority of the Muscogee County Sheriff's Department and the rules governing them.
The bail agent guarantees to the court that the defendant will appear in court each and every time as required
until their case is closed.
Initially our office is contacted by the defendant (applicant for the bond), family member or friend to arrange for the posting of bail. The defendant or applicant for the bond is charged a bonding fee (percentage of the bail amount) for the bond service. During the application process the defendant (applicant) and the indemnitor (co-signer if required) sign a contractual agreement guaranteeing the appearance of the defendant (applicant) or full payment of the bond amount if the defendant (applicant) fails to appear in court.
Collateral is not always required for a person to be bailed from jail. Depending upon the particulars of the case, a person can be bailed from jail on the signature of a friend or family member but the bonding fee is still required. Cosigners typically need to be working and either own or rent a home in the same area for some time.
If the defendant fails to appear in court, "skips" or jumps bail, the cosigner is immediately responsible for the full amount of the bail. In most cases if the defendant fails to appear for legitimate reasons, then schedules and completes what is required and the case is close by the “show cause” date, no further action is required. However, if the defendant does not reschedule but is located and arrested by the bail agent or other law enforcement, the co-signer is responsible for all expenses the bail enforcement agent incurs while trying to locate defendant.
Am I due money back after the defendant goes to court?
Once the case is closed for the defendant according to the processes agreed to in the contract, the defendant and co-signor(s) are released from all obligations. Release of liability or exoneration is when the court case is closed or the defendant has been “surrendered” back into custody. You will not receive any money back that you have paid the bail bondsman outside of cash collateral (minus any expenses incurred by the bonding company if the defendant “skipped bond”).
What happens if the defendant forfeits the bond but appears later?
A judge usually orders that bail be forfeited on the defendant’s nonappearance, then “lifts” the forfeiture to reinstate the bail when the defendant appears and offers an explanation for the absence (this should be done immediately, within days of the missed court date). Some instances of this would be the non-appearance because of death, illness, or insanity, or detention by civil or military authorities.