How Do Transfer Bonds Work

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Transfer bonds work differently than traditional bail bonds. If a loved one or friend is incarcerated out of town, city, or state, it can be difficult for their family or friends to post their bail because of travel restrictions. Transfer bonds allow friends or family to file a bail bond from their local office in the event this happens. Bail bond agents know it is not always possible for people to travel long distances to bail out their loved ones. For the convenience of their clients, the bail bond agents are willing to travel to file the bail bond in their client’s place.

Transfer bonds often require a bondsman to file paperwork at the jail where the defendant is held. This requires the bondsman to travel long distances. When a person files the transfer bond, they will be asked to pay the normal bond fee, generally 10% of the bail amount, plus extra fees to cover the travel time or paperwork transfer. The extra fees will vary based on the defendant’s location. Each bail bond agency will have different limiting factors regarding how far they will travel to post the bail.

For example, your friend or loved one may live in New York near you and is traveling in Pennsylvania when police take them into custody. You want to file a bail bond to get them out, but it is not within your means to travel to the city where they are located. Instead, you go to your local bail bond office to file a bail bond. The bondsman at the office tells you that they can file a transfer bond and travel to the Pennsylvania jail in your place. You agree and the bondsman travels to the jail, posts the bail bond, and the jail releases your family or friend.

It should be noted that the defendant may have to stay in the location of their arrest if there is a pending investigation. The law also requires the defendant adhere to any court dates while out on bail. Failure to do so will result in police arresting the defendant again. The family or friend who signed the bail bond may also be responsible for covering the bail amount. If the person who filed the transfer bond put up collateral, the bail bond agency is at liberty to seize it to cover the cost of the bail. It is not within the bail bond agency’s capacity to be held accountable for the defendant’s choices once they are out of jail.

Hopefully this post helped you understand the difference in types of bonds. For more information on transfer bonds or how you can acquire one, please visit: We have a variety of resources to help educate you and also get you out of jail if you need it.

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