If a loved one gets arrested, you probably want to post bail as soon as possible. Before you contact a bail bond agent, however, it’s wise to familiarize yourself with the process so you know what to expect along the way. Here’s what you need to know.

What You Should Know Before Contacting a Bondsman

1. Fee Is Nonrefundable

The standard bond fee in Ohio is 10% of the total bail amount. That means if the total is $10,000, you’ll have to pay a bondsman $1,000 for their services. While the money will be returned to the bondsman once the case has been resolved, this fee is nonrefundable. As such, review your finances and confirm you can afford it before calling an agent.

2. Co-Signer Is Financially Responsible

By taking out a bond for a loved one, you become financially responsible for the total bail amount. That means that if he or she fails to appear in court, you’ll have to cover the entire bond or surrender the collateral property you pledged in exchange for the money. As such, you should only ever follow this process for those whom you trust will attend all scheduled hearings.

3. Agent Will Need Several Details

bailIf you can afford the bond fee and you have faith that your loved one will appear in court, there’s one more step to take before calling a bondsman. The agent will request a number of details to facilitate their release, so gather the following before placing the call: the suspect’s full name, their booking number, the location where they’re in custody, and the total bail amount.


If you need to post bail for a close friend or family member, turn to Bob Shropshire Bail Bonds in Cincinnati, OH. This family-owned business has four generations of experience navigating the criminal justice system. As a full-service agency, they’re proud to assist with contractor bonds and SR-22 insurance, as well. To contact a bondsman on their team, call (513) 721-3915. Explore their services online.