Top 7 Questions About Bonding Out of Jail

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Here are seven of the most common questions we are asked about bail. If you find yourself in jail and need someone to bail you out, this will help you out.

1. Q: Where can I pay a cash bond or percent bond? 

A:  A cash bond or percent bond must be paid with the Marion County Clerk’s Office. There are two locations where payment is accepted:

City County Building, 200 East Washington St., Room W122
Hours of operation: 24/7
But the best time to go is between the hours of 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).

2. Q: What types of payments do you accept?

A: They accept all types of payments (cash, money order, cashier’s check, credit/debit cards) except personal checks.

3. Q: If I bond someone out of jail and charges are not filed will I get my money back?

A: No, unless ordered by a Judge.

4. Q: May a bail agent post any type of bond if I cannot make it to the Clerk’s Office?

A: Yes, a licensed bail agent may post any type of bond. However, if any portion of the bond is refunded, it will go to the bail agent who posted the refundable portion of the bond.

5. Q: Can I bond myself out of jail?

A: The short answer is no, you cannot. Another person must sign a document and take responsibility for you to appear in court, although they could use your money to pay the bond.

6. Q: How long will it take for a person to be released once they are bonded out?

A: The release time depends on the location where the person is being detained. If a person is held at the Arrestee Processing Center, it usually takes a few hours. At the Community Corrections of America site (also known as Jail 2 or CoreCivic) it will take about two to three hours to release someone. An individual detained at the Marion County Jail is typically released in about four hours. Of course, every situation is different and these times are subject to change.

7. Q: How much will it cost to bond out?
A: The amount of bond varies with the charges, the past conduct of the person, flight risk, and threat to the community.  A list of the most recent bond schedule for Marion County, Indiana can be found here: Marion County Bail Schedule.

If you need helping getting out of jail or are out of jail and need an attorney, contact attorney Mark Nicholson.  He is an experienced lawyer and will fight to help you get out of jail or stay out of jail. Call the Law Office of Mark Nicholson at 317-667-0718.