What happens if the defendant misses court or fails to comply with an order of the court?

In a Bail Bond undertaking, the defendant promises both the court and their bail bondsman that they will appear in court as scheduled and that they will follow any instructions of the court. If the defendant fails to appear or violates an order of the court, they forfeit their bail bond agreement with both their bondsman and the court. It now becomes the bail bondsman’s responsibility to guarantee that the defendant is returned to the custody of the court. This process is called a Surrender and is essentially the same as an arrest.
This next part is really important!!!!

If the defendant cooperates with the bondsman, most often, arrangements can be made to keep the defendant out of jail until their case comes to court.

If the defendant fails to be cooperative, runs, hides or flees the jurisdiction, all bets are off. The bondsmen will make every effort to find the defendant within the bounds of the law. The bondsmen have a right to locate and seize (arrest) the defendant anywhere and at any time (see Taylor v. Taintor below). Furthermore, because the defendant failed to appear or violated a court order, an Order for Arrest will likely have been issued by the court for law enforcement to arrest the defendant. If the Police / Sheriff / Federal Agents find the defendant first, don’t bet on getting a new bail bond. If the bondsman locates the defendant first, they will surrender the defendant to the jurisdiction of the court from which the defendant was originally bonded (or from which the charges originated).

NOTE: If you’re reading this and you are a defendant “on the run”, ALL County Bail Bonds HIGHLY recommends that you immediately get in contact with your Bail Bondsman. You may have to go back, go before the magistrate, get a new bond, etc. but we can promise you that you have more options available to you if you’re cooperative than if you keep running.

Where in the world is the Hamilton County Jail?

No matter which agency arrests a person, whether it is the County Sheriff, a police department officer or the Indiana State Police, anyone arrested in Hamilton County will ultimately be transported to the Hamilton County Jail.  Where is it? 

18100 Cumberland Road, Noblesville, Indiana.

Across the street from the Noblesville High School.  Yes, the High School!  (Sometimes mistaken for the jail.)

Next door to Merideth Bail Bonds (shameless plug).

Also included in the complex are the Juvenile Services Center and the Community Corrections building.

The Sheriff’s website is here:  http://www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/departments.asp?id=2316

The phone number is (317) 776-9800.

The jail is not downtown by the courthouse, as you might think.  It is on the east side of town, with Indiana State Road 37 directly east of the facility.  It is easily accessed by locating the intersection of SR37 and SR32 (which runs east and west through Noblesville and is also commonly known as Conner Street) and going one block to the west, where you will find Cumberland Road, and if you go half a mile or so north you will be in front of the jail.  Is it overly obvious to state that the jail is open 24 hours a day?  Maybe, but you should also know that people can only be bonded out at certain times of the day, and that is why you may want to call us (your bondsman) first.

The county seat of Hamilton County is Noblesville.  Other towns or cities include:  Carmel, Fishers, Westfield, Sheridan, Cicero,  Atlanta and Arcadia.  Speaking earlier of downtown by the courthouse, the Old Hamilton County Sheriff’s Residence and Jail is indeed located there, and is a well restored structure that can be explored via guided tour to learn its history.

Welcome to Bail Bonds 101.

You have landed on this blog for one of a few reasons, one of which may be, you need to get someone out of jail.  Immediately!  If that is the case, then stop:  reach for your phone, and call us now.  If you are just interested in learning something about bail bonds, then read on.

By way of introduction, please let me say a few words about Merideth Bail Bonds.  We are a family-owned bail bond agency in Hamilton County, with a little office right next to the jail in Noblesville, Indiana.  We have been here for more than twenty years, and while some things have changed, many things have stayed the same.  We know a lot about bail bonds and within the boundaries of confidentiality I’d like to share some of it with you.

There are normally two specific ways to get someone out of jail when they have been arrested on a criminal charge.  A cash bond is posted by taking the full amount of the bond in cash or certified funds, such as a bank check, directly to the jail.  The courts will retain this money for the duration of the defendant’s case, and as long as that person attends all of his or her hearings as directed, the court will return those funds after they make certain deductions.  A bail bond is posted by meeting a licensed bail bondsman (that’s us!) and paying the one-time nonrefundable premium, which in Indiana is 10% of the face amount of the bond.  Like most bondsman, we accept payment in the form of cash, approved checks, credit and debit cards.

So the obvious difference between a cash bond and a bail bond (also known as a surety bond) is the money you need to have right up front.  A bondsman can certainly offer a great convenience when it’s not possible or practical to come up with 100 of the bond money, or if you don’t want to tie that money up with the court for extended periods of time.  Every case is different so it’s not possible, as a rule, to say how long any person’s court case will last.  Also, because bondsmen may accept checks and credit or debit cards, that can be more convenient for some people.   A professional bondsman will guide a customer throughout the bonding process which can take a lot of the burden and stress out of the situation.  You can see more at our website, www.merideth-bailbonds.com.

These initial points sum up the very basic elements of Bail Bonds 101.