FAQ ABOUT BAIL
How Bail Bonds Work?
When you need to know how California bail bonds work to get the fastest release at the best possible price.
If the defendant is not bailed out of jail, they will remain in custody. This could be as short as a few weeks to as long as a few years depending upon the case. Being in custody when fighting a court case is not going to help. Your legal resources are very limited.
The defendant will attend a bail hearing within a few hours or days of being arrested. This may reduce (or raise) their bail costs. The determining factors are the severity of the crime, the defendants standing in their community and if they are deemed a flight risk.
When the defendant is brought to court for the bail hearing and a reading of charges, they may also enter a plea in court (CONSULT AN ATTORNEY).
Bear in mind that regardless if the defendant was truly innocent or guilty, a guilty plea creates a criminal record for the rest of their life. They may be put on probation for years with the threat of going to prison/jail if they commit any additional crimes, don’t report to probation or test positive for drugs/alcohol. It’s always best to consult an attorney in this and any other matters.
Generally, the cost of bail in California is 10% of the bond. There aren’t (and shouldn’t be) any hidden costs.
Bail Calculation Example: If the bail is set at $10,000 then the payment made to a bondsman would be $1,000.
This premium is non-refundable.
Essentially, paying a bondsman 10% of the bail total allows the defendant to use the 90% savings on an attorney, living expenses or to get their car out of impound after arrest.
It can be anywhere from one hour to several hours. This all depends on how busy the jail is that the defendant is being booked into.
When a person is arrested by local police. The arrestee is brought to the city’s jail to be processed. They may have bail set for them there and be released. But, if no jail is available, or if the bail isn’t met then the defendant is brought to a county jail.
At the county jail they are in-processed (booked) and will be made to wait longer periods of time to even use the phone.
It’s always a good idea to get the person out of jail as fast as possible so they don’t sit in a cell with people that are unknown to them and who may be having substance withdrawal issues or may be mentally unstable.
Our bail bond company does offer financing and different payment options. We take into account the defendants charges, who they are in the community, are they a flight risk, who the cosignor is, etc. Please speak with one of our professional bondsman @ 714.253.3047