Frequently Asked Questions

What is the bail process in Tennessee?


Once someone is arrested and booked on a criminal charge, that person may be held in jail for trial unless he furnishes a required bail amount. This amount is set by the magistrate, in accordance with the schedule of the offense and the risk involved, in order to ensure that the charged individual shows up in court to respond to the charges madeagainst him/her. Bail may be posted with the court in several ways, usually in the form of cash, or by using a professional bondsman. Ask First Bail Bonds highly recommends using a professional bail bondsman to post a bond.




How do I use a bondsman in Tennessee?


Call, Asj First Bail Bond, at anytime 24/7 to arrange your bond. The state of Tennessee's bail bond fee is 10% of our bond, plus tax.




Why would I choose a bail bondsman instead of posting the entire amount myself?


Most people do not have readily available funds to post a bail in its entirety. By using our services, you can secure a release quickly. Also, posting the entire bail amount, with the court, would be very costly until a final dispostion is reached in your case.




How long am I obligated to my bondsman, and what are my obligations to him after my release?


Ask First Bail Bond customer and each co-signer is liable and responsible for each defendant until a final dispostion is reached in the case. Specific oligations include: showing up on time to each scheduled court appearance; paying the bond fee in full; notifying the bail bondsman at any time if arrested while out on bond; and informing the bondsman of any changes of personal information. (address, phone number, traveling outsided of jurisdiction.




How does bail work?


The process of bail is regulated by the State of Tennessee and Mississippi. A judge, within the county arrested, sets the bail amount. Once the bail is set, an Ask First representative will charge 10%. The state of Tennessee regulates this fee. All Bail Bonds companies charge the same rate in Shelby County. The state of Mississippi requires that we charge 10%(15% for outside residents) for posting bonds. After payment is made, we go to the jail & post the bail.




What do I need to bail someone out of jail?


There are (4) things a cosigner needs to bail out of jail: - Valid ID - Paycheck Stub - Payment - Must be a US Citizen and 18 & over,




How can I pay?


We accept cash, check, credit card, money order, and/or online.




What are the responsibilities of a co-signer?


A co-signer is the responsible party for defendant and ensures that: - Defendant appears at all scheduled court appearances. - notifies Ask First Bail Bonds for any missed appearances - premium is paid to Ask First (if appllicable)




How long does it take to complete paperwork?


At Ask First Bail Bond, we pride ourselves for our fast and efficient customer service to adhere to your urgent need.




What is the defendant's responsibilities?


Upon release, the defendant is to report immediately to the local office to complete paperwork. After completing paperwork, defendant will be given scheduled MANDATORY court appearances. If new court dates are issued, defendant is to call Ask First Bail Bond immediately.




Can I pay for bond but have someone else co-sign?


Yes.




Do I get my money back after defendant goes to court?


No. All payments are non-refundable upon release from posted bond. However, if bond is unsuccesful, we are able to issue refund.




Can I take care of a warrant with Ask First Bail Bond?


Yes. Warrants are issued to a person when a judge wants to see them in court. Bond can be posted at our office.




Do I need to comeback with defendant to complete paperwork?


No. Yet, you are responsible that defendant immediately comes to local office, after release, to complete paperwork.