Bail is when a defendant is released from jail with a set amount of money, real property, or a bail bond posted to the court system to ensure the defendant's court appearances. This allows defendants to continue their daily lives while awaiting trial. Once they have attended all court dates and their case is closed, the defendant and cosigners are absolved from responsibility to the court and/or bail bonds company.
It is possible to post a cash bond to a court if the amount is equal to the full bail amount. Real property can also be posted when worth 150% of the full bail amount. A bail bond is when the defendant enters into a contractual agreement with a bail bonds company to attend all of the court dates and in turn, does not have to pay the full bail amount. The bail bonds company agrees to pay the full bail amount to the courts if the defendant does not appear to court.
Mandated by the Department of Insurance in the State of California, a bail bond is 10% of the full bail amount, commonly known as the premium. Some circumstances, such as being military personnel, allows the premium to be legally discounted to 8%. Some cases also allow for a 7% premium. If the full premium cannot be paid upfront, 20 Something Bail Bonds provides payment plans to help. Any bail bonds company that charges less than 10%, 8%, or 7% under the certain circumstances is acting illegally and you should use good judgement to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Besides the options shared above, the cost of a bail bond is set at 10% of the total bail amount. Any bail bonds company discounting the premium for less than that is performing an illegal act. That could be the start of a toxic exchange with a dishonest company. 20 Something Bail Bonds understands that you want the best deal. Being owned an operated by one bail bondsman assures that 20 Something Bail Bonds can offer you the best, no-hassle payment plan and do so legally.
Being a cosigner on a bond is accepting the liability to pay the full bail amount if the defendant does not appear in court. Make sure that you trust your loved one to show up in court. If you do not trust them to appear in court, 20 Something Bail Bonds does not recommend cosigning.
Bail premium and other incurred expenses throughout the course of the bail is earned by the bail bonds company and legally owed to them once the bond for the defendant is posted. It will not be returned even if the defendant is later found not guilty, the case is dismissed, or if the defendant is placed back into custody on a separate offense. If the full premium cannot be paid upfront, 20 Something Bail Bonds provides competitive payment plans to help.
Payment is commonly required before the posting of a bail bond to the jail. The type of payments that 20 Something Bail Bonds accepts are cash, Visa, MasterCard, and Tax Returns, dependent on your situation. We know that the full premium amount is not always readily available, so 20 Something Bail Bonds offers payment plans that best fits your situation.
Once a defendant is arrested, they are taken to the nearest jail and booked in. The booking process consists of fingerprints, pictures, and database searches to input the defendant into the system. It can take anywhere from 2 hours to 8 hours depending on the jail, the amount of traffic, and changing circumstances inside the jail. Once the defendant is fully processed, the jail information will update in the jail's system and provide the bail information. At that point, a defendant is ready to be bailed. A bail bondsman will meet with the family, go through paperwork, collect any required premium, and post the bond.
Judges determine bail amounts. Due to the fact that most people want to get out of jail immediately, a standard bail amount has been pre-determined for common charges. This document with pre-determined amounts is known as the bail schedule. Every county's bail schedule is different. Extra amounts can be added dependent on prior offenses, the severity of the offense, etc.
If there is a legitimate reason for a defendant's absence from a court date, a court date can easily be rescheduled with a call to the corresponding courthouse. 20 Something Bail Bonds also helps you with this. Communication is key. If a defendant has no intention of going to court, they can be bounty hunted. If the defendant is not returned to jail within 180 days, any collateral taken by the court system or a bail bonds company can be used to pay the full amount of the bond and any additional fees acquired.