Category Archives: FAQs

What are the guidelines I must follow when I’m out on bail?

Everyone is different, but bail bondsmen normally require their clients to check in with the bondsman once a week in person. Bondsmen also require that the Defendant not leave the jurisdiction without permission and notify the bondsman if any of the Defendant’s contact information changes at all. Personally, we also require that our clients pay us in a timely manner for any premium owed.

Basically, the bondsman has the right to know where the Defendant is at all times because they are more or less the Defendant’s personal jailer. So when false information is given or the person has fallen out of contact with his or her bondsman, the bondsman is more than likely going to turn the Defendant back in to jail and be released from the liability of the bond amount.

Unlike some other bail bondsmen, Thunder Bail Bonds will make sure you understand all of your guidelines. We will provide you with an agreement which goes over all of your requirements and the rules you have to follow. We understand things come up and everyone’s situation is different, and we try to make it easy on everyone. If you work with us, we will work with you. Simply put, Thunder Bail Bonds’ main concern is that you stay in contact with us. So long as you stay in contact and follow our guidelines, everything will go smoothly!

What happens if you skip bail or forfeit your bail bond?

According to Oklahoma Statutes, Title 59, section 1335, jumping bond in Oklahoma is a felony offense which carries a penalty of up to 2 years in prison and/or up to $5,000.00 in fines. Also, skipping bail or forfeiting on your bond will likely cause harm to your loved ones as well. Most bail bond contracts provide that the indemnitor is liable for the bond amount, as well as the cost of apprehending and returning the bail-jumper to jail.

Under the above-referenced statute, a person who surrenders within thirty (30) days is not subject to prosecution for bond forfeiture. So if you do miss that court date, do something about it immediately before it’s too late! No one runs forever, and the consequences will most likely end up being worse than they would be if you simply showed up to court.

Is the premium ever returned?

Oklahoma bail bondsmen do not return the premium they are paid even if the bond amount goes down after they have posted it at a certain amount. Why? Acting as a surety on someone else’s bail bond is an extremely risky business. When bondsman make themselves liable for a certain amount of money, the fee is earned by taking that risk. It does not matter if one day or one year has passed and the Defendant’s case is dismissed or plead out. Likewise, it makes no difference if the Defendant goes back to jail. At the end of the day, the premium charged by the bail bondsman is earned immediately upon assuming the liability of writing the bond.

What is collateral?

Collateral is something of value used to secure the bond amount owed if and when the Defendant forfeits his or her bond, i.e. does not show up for his or her court date. For purposes of posting bond in Oklahoma, collateral is normally in the form of cash; however, the bondsman might also place a lien on the co-signor’s, and or Defendant’s, property or mortgage. In some cases the bail bondsman might place a lien on vehicles and other items of value as well. The collateral is not to be used by the bondsman, and it is returnable after the court proceedings have officially ended.

What determines my bond amount?

Ultimately the judge makes the final decision on your bond amount. Things that they take into consideration include but are not limited to; the Defendant’s criminal record, employment status, length of residency and involvement in the jurisdiction where charged, the seriousness of the crime, and the likeliness of the person to cause harm to others or flee from the state.

What is a bail bond?

A bail bond is simply a financial guarantee made by, or on behalf, of a criminal Defendant that is used to guarantee the Defendant’s appearance in court through the end of court proceedings. Failure by the Defendant to appear will result in a bail bond forfeiture.

What is Bail?

Simply put, bail is something court systems do to prevent the overcrowding of jails. When you make bail you are free to go home, work, and most importantly prepare for the Oklahoma Trial Process that awaits you. The bail bond is put in place by the courts to make sure that you show back up for all of your court dates if you post bond and are released from jail.