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Paying a Bond in Maricopa County

Armando Nava

Having a friend or family member charged with a crime is a scary experience. It can become overwhelming when that person is booked into the Maricopa County Jail. Most people have no idea how to start trying to get their loved one out of custody. Fortunately, the process is easy and straightforward once you know what you’re doing.

First, you’ll want to find out whether your loved one already has a bond. You can call the Jail Information system at 602-876-0322 or go online to the website of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. You will need their first name, last name, and date of birth. If they have not seen a Judge yet, there may not be a bond. No need to fret. They will see a Judge within 24 hours of being booked into jail and have a bond set. There are different types bonds and can all be found here.

The most common types of bonds are secured appearance bonds and cash bonds. A secured appearance bond is an appearance bond secured by deposit with the clerk of security equal to the full amount of the bond. A cash bond is a secured appearance bond consisting of actual cash deposited by the defendant or someone acting on the defendant’s behalf. If the bond is too high you will most likely have to contact a bail bondsman. The bondsman will post the bond in exchange for you paying a percentage of the bond to them, usually 10%.

If you can afford the bond, the next step is easy but time intensive. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office does not yet allow bonds to be posted over the phone or online, so someone must physically go to the jail located at 201 S 4th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003. There is a door on the corner of 4th Ave and Madison St. that leads down to the basement. You may need to push the intercom button to be let in. You will need a Government Issued ID and only certain forms of payment are accepted. They are:

  • Western Union Money Order
  • Post Office Money Orders
  • Cashier’s check from a bank
  • Cash (Exact Amount – no change given)
  • Credit Cards (Visa & Mastercard)
  • Credit cards are assessed a non-refundable fee.

Once the bond is posted, the jail will begin the process of releasing your loved one. It can take a few hours for a person to be released, so don’t freak out if it seems to be taking a while. If you have questions or need help, please do not hesitate to call The Nava Law Firm for a free consultation!

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