Frequently Asked Questions

The arrestee is fingerprinted, photographed and relieved of their personal belongings (a process known as “booking”). Following booking, they are taken to criminal magistrate who determines the bail and/or other Conditions of Release before being placed in a holding cell. Depending on the offense, an arrestee may be subject to a chemical analysis or a “hold period”, as is the case with D.U.I./D.W.I. and Domestic Violence offenses respectively . In most cases bail is set within a few hours of arrest.

Bail is a monetary “Condition of Release” imposed by a judicial official that must be met before the release from custody of a person accused of a crime.

A bail bond is contractual arrangement where in exchange for a fee, a bondsman pledges the entire amount required for bail to secure the release of the person in custody.

In the State of North Carolina, the regulatory bond fee limit set by the North Carolina Department of Insurance is 15%. The Bond Fee is the charge for services and IS NOT refundable. For example, the maximum fee charged for a $1000.00 bond would be $150.00. Case Closed Bail Bonds offers the most competitive rates and flexible payment arrangements in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Exact figures and terms are determined on a case by case basis. Call Now to speak directly to an agent!

It’s a standard industry practice for bail agencies to require an indemnitor or co-signer for every bond. This person is usually a friend or family member of the defendant and shares contractual risk with the bondsman for the appearance of the principal in court. At Case Closed Bail Bonds the Indemnitor must be a responsible adult at least 25 years of age.

Case Closed Bail Bonds of Raleigh proudly boast quickest response time and service in the Research Triangle. While the administrative paperwork may only take us 20 minutes, release times vary and revolve around other factors such as detention staff workload, shift changes and mealtimes. Release usually takes between 30 minutes to a couple of hours. Notifying us at the time of the arrest and completing our Forms beforehand can drastically cut down on the wait.

Collateral related to a bail bond is the pledge of specific money or property to secure the fulfillment financial obligation in addition to the 15%. Collateral is separate from, and in excess of the 15% bond fee but IS returned or discharged upon fulfillment of the obligation. The most common form of collateral used is a signed Indemnity Agreement. In certain situations collateral may be a vehicle or real property. The important distinction to make is that Collateral is returned after the case, the Bond Fee is not. At Case Closed, bail bonds are quick and simple. In most cases, the only collateral needed is a signed piece of paper!

Yes. Principals must comply with court orders, not leave the state without permission, notify surety any address change, attend all scheduled court appearances, pay bond premiums and disclose all felony convictions and other material information completely and accurately.

Yes, with limitations. Bondsmen may only re-arrest their principal, a process known as a “bond revocation”. The most common reason for a bond revocation is the defendant’s failure to appear in court.

Yes. You have the option to pay the entire bail amount directly to the magistrate’s office in cash. Upon disposition, the funds are returned to you, regardless of the outcome of the case. If court obligations are not met, the entire amount is forfeited, which means you do not get it back.

Yes. Visit the North Carolina Department of Insurance’s Licensee Look Up page where you can search by name or license number.

No. In some states “bounty hunter” is the term given to contracted individuals and firms that act as recovery agents for bail agencies by apprehending absconders for a fee. Bounty Hunting is illegal in North Carolina.

Jails are short term detention centers which primarily house pre-trial detainees and persons convicted of minor offenses serving less than a year under the custody of a local sherriff. Prisons are run by the NC Department of Corrections and house longer term, post-conviction detainees serving sentences of a year or more. Bail bonds are used to secure the release of individuals from local county jails, and not useful in the prison setting.

The day following the arrest when charged with a felony in State of North Carolina the defendant is brought in front of a district court judge who (1) formally reads the allegations, (2) offers the opportunity to apply for a public defender, (3) sets the next court date and (4) considers bond modifications. Only persons accused of felonies are arraigned and required to go to 1st appearance.

 an individual in custody during the pre-trial phase of criminal proceedings.

or “Processing” as it is referred to at the Durham, Orange and Wake County Detention Center is the process of fingerprinting, photographing and formally identifying persons accused of a criminal offense.

Per North Carolina General Statute 15A-534, a judicial official must impose at least one of the following 5 conditions for pre-trial release: (1) written promise to appear, (2) an unsecured bond, (3) custody release, (4) a secured bond or (5) electronic monitoring (house arrest). In determining these conditions the magistrate considers weight of evidence, danger to the community, length of residence in the area, employment, and failure to appear history among other things to make a decision.

Under this condition, the defendant is placed in the custody of a competent person or organization that agrees to supervise him/her

a temporary hold that postpones the obligation for a judicial official to render bail for a defendant for a short period of time. This caveat is used often when the alleged victim’s safety is a concern. The maximum time for a hold of this type in North Carolina is 72 hours. In Chapel Hill, Durham and Wake County the hold is usually 48 hours.

 a Condition of Release where the defendant is placed on house arrest, monitored by an electronic tracking device with allowances made for work and school.

 An indemnitor, or cosigner is the responsible adult sharing the contractual risk with the bail bond agency on a bond contract. Indemnitors are usually required to furnish State Issued Identification and Proof of Residence.

a judicial official appointed by the Clerk of Court tasked with lower level criminal and civil court proceedings. The magistrate usually sets the bond for criminal defendants in Wake, Durham and Orange County.

A Condition of Release imposed by a magistrate that requires a specific financial obligation be met before the release of an accused person from pre-trial detention.

a judicial official appointed by the Clerk of Court tasked with lower level criminal and civil court proceedings. The magistrate usually sets the bond for criminal defendants in Wake, Durham and Orange County.

Under this condition, the defendant is released without having to post bail up front. The bail amount only must be met if and after the defendant fails to meet their obligation.

A Condition of Release where the accused is allowed to sign an affidavit promising to appear for all scheduled court dates.