FAQ

  • If I have more questions, who can I ask?

    Our bond agents are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.  Call us at 713-224-3600 with any questions you may have.
  • How long does it take for my loved one to be released?

    We can typically have him out of jail in a few hours.
  • Do you provide notary services?

    Yes, we do.
  • What if I have no collateral?

    We may be able to make other arrangements to secure a bond for you with no collateral.
  • How much does a bond cost?

    A bail bondsman will charge a non-refundable fee of 10% of the bail amount (Godfather’s charges 9% if the bail amount is more than $5,000) and 15% for federal cases.  Most bondsmen offer several payment options including debit cards, credit cards, and installment plans.  They’ll work with you to figure out what fits your budget.
  • What if I have enough money to pay the bail in full?

    You should still call a bondsman and have him explain your options.  There are several reasons that you should consider using a bondsman even if you have the cash.
    • Tying up all your cash may make it difficult to pay your bills while you’re waiting for trial.
    • You may be denied a court-appointed lawyer if the court knows you have cash.
    • The court will take the cash to pay any fines or court fees.
  • What if I put up collateral and I find out the defendant is planning on skipping?

    Call your bondsman immediately.  There may still be opportunities to rectify the situation before your property is forfeited.  
  • What if the defendant skips?

    If the defendant fails to appear, an arrest warrant is issued for him and the bondsman or a recovery agent will track him down and return him to jail and bail is revoked.  Costs associated with his recovery may be passed onto the defendant.  Any collateral will be sold to pay for the bail.
  • What is a cosigner?

    A cosigner, also called the Indemnitor, is the person that puts ups collateral on behalf of the defendant.  It is the cosigner’s property that is at risk if the defendant flees.
  • Who can put up collateral?

    The defendant or a friend or family member may offer collateral.  It is important to consider offering collateral very carefully.  If the defendant “skips” or doesn’t show up for trial, any collateral will be forfeited so it is your responsibility to make sure the defendant makes his appearances.

30 Years of Experience

We don't mess around when it comes to getting your loved one home safe from jail. That is why we are dedicated to keeping our office open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days out of the year. In fact, our office hasn't closed in 30 years! We're open on weekends and holidays to better serve you in your time of need.

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