How the Bail Bond Process Works

When you or a loved one is arrested, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure of what your next steps should be. Affordable Bail Bonding is here to help you every step of the way. We take pride in offering customer-focused bail bonds in Virginia that help individuals get out of jail quickly and easily. Unlike other companies, we are completely transparent about what our bail bond process entails because we want you to feel 100% comfortable working with our team.

So, how does it all work? The bail bond process begins when you or your loved one gets arrested. Upon being processed and booked into the local jail, a judge will review the case to set the bail amount necessary for the defendant’s release. To determine this, they consider more than just the charges against the defendant. They may also consider the defendant’s standing in the community, their criminal history, and the likelihood of them skipping their future court date related to their case.

Many times, the bail amount is more than most people have readily available. This is where Affordable Bail Bonding comes in. You place a call to us for help and we gather the details needed to complete bonding paperwork for a bail bond. We collect a small percentage of the total bail amount as our fee, otherwise known as the bail premium, then we pay the full amount of bail to the courts for you or your loved one’s release. Freedom is restored, allowing you or your loved one to prepare for the upcoming court date.

If you have questions about the process, we are happy to speak with you. We want to ensure that you are completely comfortable and know what to expect before you begin working with our bondsmen.

Bail Bond FAQs


The bonding paperwork takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes once our bondsman begins working on it. The release time after the jail receives our paperwork is typically less than an hour for local police stations and two to 10 hours for larger county jails. Generally speaking, the larger the holding facility, the longer it takes for you or your loved one to be released. Either way, the sooner you contact Affordable Bail Bonding, the sooner you will be getting out of jail.


A bail premium (the 10% fee) is the Bail Agent’s fee for posting the bond. This is spelled out in the Affordable Bail Bonding contract that is executed at the time the bond is posted.

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