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How to Post Bond

How to Post Bond

When someone has been arrested for a crime in Maricopa County, law enforcement may take them for booking to the 4th Avenue Jail in downtown Phoenix. Upon arrival, a defendant will be processed, which includes the taking of fingerprints and a mug shot. Anyone who has been arrested and booked into jail will see a judge within 24 hours of their arrival at the jail. When a defendant appears before a judge, s/he will decide if a bond is needed and the appropriate amount of the bond.

Bond or bail is the temporary release of an accused person awaiting trial, sometimes on condition that a sum of money lodged to guarantee their appearance in court. You may choose to go through a bail bond agency or post the bond yourself. If you choose not to use a bail bond agency, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office only accepts bonds in the form of a cashier’s check, U.S. Postal Money Order or a Western Union Money Order made payable to Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Cash, personal check, credit card or debit card are not accepted.

Bond will be posted at the 4th Avenue Jail located at 201 S. 4th Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85003. You will need to go to the Bond and Fine Department located on the north side of the building. You will need to know the person’s full name, booking number, jail location and bond amount prior to posting bond. Please be aware that any bond of $10,000 or requires the person posting the bond to provide their social security number at the time of purchasing the cashier’s check and again when posting the bond. This is a mandatory requirement of the IRS. After the bond has been posted, it may take up to 48 hours for someone to be released. Once a bond payment has been received, there will be no refunds.

If you choose to use a bail bond company, you will be required to pay 10% of the total bond in cash and then provide collateral valued over the amount of the bond. Collateral is something of value given to the bail bond company to cover the bond amount in full. Collateral can be vehicles, real estate, jewelry, etc. When going through a bail bond company you will need to provide your driver’s license, address, phone number, social security number and a current pay stub. In some cases, it is more beneficial to use a bail bonds company. We recommend you call Randolph Bail Bonds at 480-893-2245. Tell them Skousen & Reedy referred you.

If you or a loved one has been charged with any criminal offense, contact our office at 480.889.8909 for your free consultation.

Our office DOES NOT have information on inmates. For information on inmates, you can contact the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Jail Information line at 602-876-0322 for information on when someone will be released, what their charges are, how much bond has been set at and when their next court date is. You will need their full name and date of birth to obtain any information.


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