Frequently Asked Questions



What are bail bonds?

Bail Bonds, or secured appearance bonds are a way to provide the funding necessary to post a bond that was set by a judge after an arrest, or at arraignment. Those funds are held by the court until the Defendant attends all mandatory court dates, and/or complies with all of the terms and conditions of said court.

Typically, a secured appearance bond would cost 10% of the total bond amount. In addition to the price of the bond (10%) you will be asked to "secure" the entire bond amount. In the example of a $5000 secured appearance bond, 10% = $500, and collateral amount equals $5000. Collateral may be anything worth the entire bond amount. In this example, the collateral would have to equal $5000. Common collateral items include: paid off vehicles (free of liens), house/property/land that has sufficient equity, firearms, gold, other precious metals or stones, boats, RVs, quads, motorcycles, valuable electronics, or any other item that can have a lien placed on it, or be stored. Vehicles may be kept in the possession of it's owner under the right circumstances, but is considered a privilege – not a right. There is a cost associated with this service, but it's a great alternative to the bond company storing your vehicle during the bond period.

The Defendant is responsible to comply with all of the terms and conditions of the release from the courts, and the bail bond company. Upon successful completion of the bond, and when the court releases the bail bond, the collateral will be returned, assuming there aren't any unpaid balances.

Can I pay off the bond myself, or do I need to use a bail bondsman? What are my options?

You always have the option to pay or post the bond yourself. Payments must be made in the form of a Western Union money order, Postal money order, certified check (with a business card to call check issuer to validate check) only. Payment must be for the exact amount, as the jail does not give change. The following forms of payment are NOT accepted: cash, credit or debit cards, personal checks, or money orders not issued by Western Union.

Can I post a bond in one state for a person incarcerated in another state?

Yes, currently all states except Oregon, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, and Maine have a bail bonds system in place, and we can help you in almost any situation.

What are cash bonds?

Cash bonds are sometimes issued by a judge in lieu of a secured appearance (bail bond), or an accused person's O.R. (own recognizance) for any number of reasons including elevated flight risk, history of failure to appear, or any other reason deemed necessary by the judge. Most bail bondsmen do not offer cash only services, but Ayala Bail Bonds has options to get your loved one back at home.

If my vehicle or property has multiple owners, does everybody need to sign the paperwork?

Yes. We require anyone having an interest in the vehicle, real estate, or other property being used as collateral, to sign the required paperwork.

Since my property is on the hook for the bond amount, what if I no longer wish to be a part of the bond?

If at any time you believe that the Defendant is not complying with the terms and conditions of the bond, you may remove yourself from the financial responsibility by informing your bail bondsman, and producing the Defendant to be surrendered to the detention facility he or she was bonded out from. Fees may apply.

What happens if the Defendant gets arrested on bail?

When you are out on bail, you have certain terms and conditions which you must abide by. One of the conditions is that the Defendant will not get arrested, have new charges brought up against him/her, or give any suspicion or reason for the Bondsman to believe there is potential for a bond forfeiture. If the Defendant is arrested on new charges it is considered to be a breach of contract, and the bond will be revoked. Additional fees will apply.

Can the Defendant leave the State or Country while on bond?

If the Defendant gets written permission from both the Court and the Bondsman, they may be able to leave the State under certain circumstances.

When a Person is arrested, what happens after that?

Typically once a person is arrested they will be brought to the arresting jurisdiction's substation to complete the initial arrest process. If the accused was arrested for a prior warrant that already has a bond attached, some municipalities will allow for bonds to be posted at that location, and the inmate to be released from that location.

If not, municipalities will transport their inmates to the County Sheriff for housing. On Average it will take a couple hours to Book, and process the inmate through the jail's Medical department before a Booking number is assigned, making the inmate "in the system" and now bondable. If the inmate does not have a bond, or was arrested for new charges, they will see a Judge about 6-8 hours after booking, depending on how busy the jail or court is.

Once the first court appearance (commonly referred to "initial appearance") has concluded the inmate should be bondable, if a bond amount was set. They start the "dress down" process (dressed in inmate apparel), and start the process of getting "Housed" (transported to the main jail housing facilities). It typically takes about 6-8 hours after their initial appearance before they are transported.

On average, it takes 1 to 5 hours release time from most jails once the bond is posted. In Maricopa County, there is a 2 to 6 hour release time from Intake. However... once they are in the main jail housing locations, if you post their bond anytime that day, they will be released from the jail the following morning, usually between the hours of 4am and noon.

To bond a person out of jail as quickly as possible, it is important to contact a bail bond agent as soon as possible after the arrest. In many cases, the bond can be posted and the Defendant released, before they ever make it to housing. The earlier the bail bond agent starts the process, the faster the Defendant can be released.

How long does a Bail Bond last for?

Unless a Defendant's case is not filed, or is “scratched” (Prosecution currently not pressing charges, but charges may be brought up for a specified amount of time, usually 7 years) the case can last anywhere from 2-3 months. If the case is not disputed, and/or the Defendant accepts a plea agreement, the average is from 6 to 18 months, depending on how the Defendant fights the case. The Bond is exonerated after the court's final disposition is filed, and a bond exoneration is issued and turned into the Bondsman’s office for return of collateral.

Is the 10% that I paid returned after the bond is exonerated?

No, the 10% is the premium (cost) of the bail bond service. The premium is considered fully earned, once the defendant is released from custody at the jail.

Can the Bail Agent arrest me and put me back in jail for any reason if they want to?

NO!! The Bail Agent MUST have a legitimate reason if they choose to arrest or apprehend the Defendant and return them to custody.

The primary reason a Bail Agent has the right, as well as the responsibility to arrest the Defendant is if the Defendant willfully and with intent fails to appear in court and subjects the Bail Agent to being ordered by the court to pay the bond, due to the Defendant’s failure to appear.

Other reasons that will justify the Agent’s arrest of the Defendant are...

  • • If any false or misleading information is provided by the Defendant and/or Indemnitors during the posting of their bond(s)
  • • If the Defendant leaves the jurisdiction of the court without permission or consent
  • • If the Defendant moves from one residential address to another without notifying the Bail Agent PRIOR to the move
  • • If the Defendant is re-arrested for any new criminal offense other than a minor traffic offense while the original bond is active.
  • • If the Defendant, during any course of time while the Defendant is on bond with the agent, does anything or commits any act that reasonably and verifiably leads the Bail Agent to believe that the Defendant will cause a forfeiture of the bond, breach of the bond, or violation of the original bond conditions.
  • Can You help me post Large bonds, like $150,000.00 or more?

    Absolutely! Ayala Bail Bonds has experienced Agents that have the tools necessary to obtain all of the Information needed to qualify a Co-signer for any size bond. We are large bond specialists, and are glad to help you with any bond, any size.