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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a Bail Bond?
    Bail is the money a defendant must pay in order to get out of jail. A bail bond is posted on a defendant’s behalf, usually by a bail bond company, to secure his or her release. Defendants with pending warrants are usually not eligible for bail. Bail is a way of securing a defendant’s agreement to return to court. Bail is like collateral left with the court to ensure that, after the defendant’s release from jail, he or she will return for the remaining parts of the criminal case. If the defendant fails to appear or violates the conditions of the release, he or she might forfeit the amount paid. If the defendant posted a bond, the bail bond company forfeits the money. Dukes Bail Bonds offers bondsman services for the following types of bonds: Surety Bonds Cash Bonds Citation Release Bonds Immigration Bonds Recognizance Release Bonds
  • What Do I Need to Get a Bail Bond?
    In order to obtain a bail bond, you will need the following items: Bail Bond Fee / Premium Gov't Issued Identification - Drivers License or Passport Verification of employment such as a pay stub Employers Information - name, address and phone number Your Full Address Date of Birth Social Security Number
  • Who is liable for the Bail Bond?
    The indemnitor is financially liable for the bail bond. The indemnitor’s liability is limited to the full face value of the bail bond and any expenses that are accrued if forfeiture occurs. It is very important the indemnitor feels confident the defendant will appear in all his or her court appearances or posting a bail bond is not recommended. It is important that the co-signer maintain a very close relationship with the defendant and an open line of communication during the process.
  • Where Do You Post a Bail Bond?
    Most courts or jails will let you post a Bail Bond. Most jails accept Bail Bonds 24 hours a day.
  • Do Florida Bail Bonds Expire?
    Per Section 903.31, Florida Statutes, bail bonds expire 36 months after they are posted to release a defendant from custody. If 36 months has passed and the court has not ruled on the case, a new bail bond would be necessary.
  • How Much Does a Bail Bond Cost?
    Most bail bond fees start at 10% of the full bail amount. For example, if your full bail amount is $10,000, the fee for your bail bond would be $1,000. Bail bond fees are determined by the surety companies and regulated by the Department of Insurance.
  • What Forms of Payment are Accepted By Dukes Bail Bonds?
    We accept Cash, Cash App or Apple Pay. Collateral may be needed under special circumstances. At this time we do not accept credit cards due to an increased volume of fraudulent credit card transactions.
  • Is the Bail Bond Fee (Premium) Refundable?
    The bail bond fee/premium is not refundable. Once the bond is posted and accepted by the appropriate authorities, the Bail Bond takes on a liability so the fee is fully earned.
  • Why Should I Use A Bail Bond Instead of a Cash Bond?
    When a person posts a cash bond, in some cases, the money is returned to the depositor when the case is over. If a person pays a bail agent for posting a bail bond, however, this money is the agent's fee and is not returned. Top Reasons to use a Bail Bondsman: When posting cash bonds, you must be present to do so. Most county jails will only accept cash and do not accept credit cards. A common misconception about cash bonds is that the full amount of money paid will be returned when the case is closed. In many cases this may not happen. In the State of Florida, the courts can take any court fees, costs or fines that have accumulated during the case. When using a bail bond agency, the courts are not able to use the bond money for these fees. You will be charged the 10% premium, but that is all the fees you will have to pay. In addition, any collateral (cash or collateral) is returned in full. Using a bondsman is typically the fastest and easiest way to get someone out of jail in addition to requiring the least amount of cash up front.
  • What Is A Self-Arrest?
    If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, in some cases it is possible for the bail to be paid without going through the process of being detained in jail. Contact Dukes Bail Bonds, if you believe you have a warrant for your arrest. Here's how we can help: Free warrant search to verify the record Consultation on the self-arrest process and requirements Accompany you to a facility that accepts self-arrests
  • What Type of Charges Are Covered By Bail Bonds?
    Dukes Bail Bonds is a preferred Tampa bail bondsman for a variety of criminal charges: DUI / Traffic Violations Theft Assault & Battery Felony Bail Bonds Drug Possession Burglary Bail for Weapons Charges Transfer Bail Bonds Credit Card Fraud Misdemeanor Bail Bonds And More!
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