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Cook County Jail Bail BondsThe state of Illinois does not allow private bail bond agencies. You must work directly with the jail. There are three types of bonds in Illinois, none of which you can work with a bondsman to secure (again, you must work directly with the jail):
I-Bond = personal recognizance
D-Bond = you have to pay 10% of the bail in cash or by credit card (in person at the jail or courthouse)
C-Bond = you have to pay the entire bail amount in cash or credit card
A person may use property to pay the bond, but this must be approved by the court and proceeds from criminal activities cannot be used. If you are charged with dealing drugs, for example, the States Attorney will ask the judge to make you PROVE the money was frmo legitimate employment and not proceeds from drug deals. You can put up the equity in your house or any property as bond money but the defense attorney may need to help you get this approved by the court.
Information generously shared by Linda Shelton, Ph.D., M.D.
With the sea of bail bond providers available, how do you know which one to choose? What is the difference between different bail providers?
First of all, a good bail bond company will be available 24 hours a day. If you are arrested in the middle of the night you don't want to stay in jail overnight waiting for your bail bondsman to come down and bail you out.
Another factor to consider is how quickly the company will be able to make a decision on whether they will underwrite your bond. Most people think that the bail bond process is as easy as paying 10% of bail and getting out of jail - in reality, the bail bond companies has to make a decision on whether they think you are a flight risk since they stand to lose the entire face value of bail if you skip town.
Most bail bond companies with a lot of experience can make the decision quickly - usually within an hour of receiving your application. The best indicator of how quickly a bail bond company will move is just how fast they are when you call them up. If they don't answer you should move on.