Posting Cash Bail Bonds
Everyone wants to save money. When it comes to spending money to bail someone out of jail, most people hate doing it as much as they hate going to the dentist. Everyday we get calls from people wanting just information on how they can post their own bond without using the services of a bondsman. People expect us to provide them with detailed step by step procedures on how they can post a bond without paying for the service. So, for those of you that want to post your own bond, here you go:
- Call the Maricopa County Jail Hot Line at (602) 876-0322 and choose “Inmate Information” from the automated choices. You must know how to spell the inmates full name and their date of birth. Write down the Booking Number once the system locates the Inmate. Alternatively, you may go to https://www.mcso.org/InmateInfo and locate the inmate there. Frequently, the information between the phone line and the website do not match.
- Cash bonds require the exact amount of cash to be provided to the clerk at the jail. If your bond is not “cash-only” you may use cash, Postal Money Order, Western Union Money Order, or Cashier’s Check made out to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for the exact amount of the bond.
- Go to the Fourth Ave Jail (201 S. 4th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003).
- Take a number at the bond out window.
- Fill out a Request Form located at the bond out window
- And, when it’s your turn, give the bond clerk your cash, Request Form and Drivers License.
That’s it! Not too bad eh?
Not so fast
There are a number of things that can happen to delay or prevent you from quickly accomplishing your money saving task.
- If the bond amount was incorrectly reported, or you didn’t understand that there were several cases from different Courts and you didn’t obtain separate money orders for each case, or you don’t have the exact amount of cash, you will not be able to post your bond. The clerks have strict procedures to follow – no leeway.
- Although the 4th Ave Jail is a 24 hour jail, there are shift changes that may delay a quick posting.
- If you have a warrant for your arrest, whether you know it or not, and you hand the clerk your identification, expect to go to jail.
- If you are an illegal alien, or have been incarcerated in the Maricopa County Jail in the last year, or named as the victim in the Defendant’s domestic violence case you will NOT be able to post your bond.
These are some of the aggravating circumstances that can happen to anyone posting bail at the jail. Do I recommend posting your own bond? Only if it is a bond under $1,000.00. Posting bail is only part of the fun, getting your money back from the court frequently is difficult at times. A professional bondman will fight to get your money back promptly. Additionally, when you post your own bond you do not have the authority to rearrest the defendant. My advice is hire a professional bondsman. Use a Phoenix bondsman that has been operating for a few years and one who posts bonds full time.
Maricopa County Bail Bonds is dedicated to posting your bond professionally:
- We have been posting Phoenix Bail Bonds since 2005.
- 70% of the bonds we post are cash bonds.
- Cash collateral is refunded within 24 hours of the bond’s exoneration and return of the funds posted with the court.