If you’re like many people, you’ve heard of bail bonds – but you may not know the scoop on how they work. Illinois is different from some neighboring states, so check out this bail bond FAQ for Illinois. If you don’t see your question answered here, please call us at 847-920-4540 – we’ll be happy to give you a free case review!
Bail Bond FAQ for Illinois
Some of the most common bail bond questions we hear include:
- Do you get your bond money back in Illinois?
- What happens if you violate a bond?
- Does Illinois have bail bondsmen?
- Can you bail yourself out of jail in IL=llinois?
- How long does it take to get your bond money back in Illinois?
Here’s a closer look at each.
Bail Bond Question #1: Do you get your bond money back in Illinois?
When you pay to get out of jail, you will most likely get the majority of your money back – but really, that depends on your actions. Often, the court will use some of your money to pay fines, court costs or other fees. Then the court returns what’s left.
However, if you fail to show up for court, you’ll most likely lose your bond money (and the judge will issue a warrant for your arrest, which – depending on how much your bond was – might be an even bigger problem).
Bail Bond Question #2: What happens if you violate a bond?
Every bond comes with conditions attached, and if you violate those conditions, there’s a good chance you’ll end up back in jail. The judge might issue you a new bond, but there’s no guarantee.
Bail Bond Question #3: Does Illinois have bail bondsmen?
You cannot borrow money from a private bail bondsman in Illinois. You can, however get bail bond money from a government agency. Your attorney can give you more specific details.
Bail Bond Question #4: Can you bail yourself out of jail in Illinois?
You can bail yourself out of jail in Illinois. You can’t use a bail bondsman – those are prohibited in our state – but another individual can post your bail for you. That means you can use your own funds or get funds from a friend or family member.
Bail Bond Question #5: How long does it take to get your bond money back in Illinois?
It can take up to ten business days to get your bond money back after the court releases it.
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