How Do Bail Bonds Work: An Easy To Understand Guide

You may have heard that someone you know has been arrested. Or maybe you are just curious about this fascinating business of bail bonds. First, we will talk about why bail is needed when someone is arrested and then the bail process from arrest to court. By the end of this breakdown, you will understand how bail bonds work.

Arrested and Charged: Bail Amount Given

Once a person is arrested, they are taken to the nearest jail and booked into the county jail system. Fingerprints, pictures, and information are added into the jail’s system while paperwork is completed.


This is also the point of the process where charges, then bail amount, are given to an arrestee. Each county produces their own bail schedule which, basically, is a document with a list of bail amounts for each charge. The bail schedule is used to determine the bail amount for each person based on the alleged crime they were charged with.

So Why Is a Bail Amount Given?

When a person goes to jail, a case in the court system is opened for them. They have to appear in a court of law for a judge to decide a ruling on the case or trial, which can take weeks, months, or even years, to finish.


To ensure that an arrestee will attend all court dates, they will either stay in jail during this time period or be bailed out. To be bailed, the court system needs a financial guarantee that the defendant will attend all court dates. This financial guarantee is the bail amount given to a person that was based off of the bail schedule.

This money can be paid in full by the family or a bail bond premium fee of 10% of the bail amount (mandated by the State of California) can be paid when using a service through a bail bond company such as 20 Something Bail Bonds.

Once again, this bail amount is given to serve as a financial guarantee that a person will appear in court.

Ready For Bail

The booking process can take a long time to complete. You can give the bail agent of 20 Something a call to follow the process and keep you informed.


When the jail is able to give out bail information - such as charges, bail amount, and the court date - paperwork and payment can be completed to get the arrestee out. An indemnitor, or cosigner, is often required to sign paperwork assuring their loved one will go to court dates. A payment or plan is agreed upon.


A bond will be posted at the jail for the complete bail amount and your friend or family member will be well on their way to being released.

Court Dates and Beyond

So, instead of waiting in jail for their case to close, your loved one gets to return to normal life. A court date is scheduled a couple of weeks out. The court dates continue until the close of the case where the bond is exonerated. Exoneration means that cosigners, defendants, and the bail bond company are no longer liable for the full bail amount.

o keep you on track until the end of the case, 20 Something Bail Bonds assists you with court reminders.


Call the bail agent of 20 Something Bail Bonds to begin the bail process. Having been in the bail industry for more than 3 years, this bondsman is able to guide you and works with you to make this process easy whether it is your first time or third. Go with the bail company that cares, operating in Ventura County, Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, and beyond.




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