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    Arrest Process & Role of the Bail Bondsman

    When an individual is arrested, generally, they will be taken to a local law enforcement station for processing and booking. Processing and booking can take a considerable amount of time, but in smaller jails generally happens quickly.

    After they have been booked, three things may happen:

    • Defendant may be released with no charges filed.
    • Bail and arraignment may be set by the jail or court. The defendant must post the bail bond amount or make arrangements with a bail bond service to have a bond posted in order to get out of jail.
    • Defendant may be released on their Own Recognizance.

    For more detailed information on arrest and booking, please visit our What Are Bail Bonds page.


    A bail bond, technically a "surety bond", is a contractual undertaking guaranteed by a state licensed bail bondsman who is backed by an insurance company. The bail agent guarantees to the court payment of the full amount of the bond if the defendant fails to appear for their scheduled court appearances. For your protection, always deal with licensed bail bond services.

    The co-signer of the contract (usually the arrestee or a friend or relative of the arrestee) guarantees to pay the full amount of the bail if the defendant fails to make scheduled court appearances.

    In order to approve a bail bond, information will be collected by the bail agent through an interview. Some bail bonds require collateral in order to secure the full amount of the bond. 888 Bail Bonds often provides no collateral bail bonds.


    Generally, a friend, relative or defendant will contact a bail bond service by phone. During the initial phone consultation, most companies will collect basic information about your situation in order to determine the risk involved in the bond and begin the approval process.

    If the customer chooses to purchase a bail bond, the customer will need to sign basic bail bond documents including an application, Indemnity Agreement, and receipt. Our company can process the paperwork by fax or e-mail in just a few minutes or we can dispatch a licensed bail agent to the customer.

    After the paperwork is finalized, a licensed bondsman will “post” the bail bond at the appropriate detention facility which will result in the release of the defendant. From start to finish, a competent bail bond service will complete the entire process in 1-2 hours. For this service, the customer is charged a bail bond fee (generally 10% of the full bail amount, which is mandated by state law).


    In most states, including California, the cost of a bail bond is 10% of the bail. Note that each state sets their rates and the rates are non-negotiable. There are no hidden fees or taxes for a bond. By example, if the bail is set at $25,000, then the fee charged is $2500 and no more.

    Because the bail bond cost is fixed by law, beware of any California bail bond services offering cheap bail bonds, 5% or less for example. They are simply acting illegally or they may be advertising that rate as a down payment only.

    We provide several flexible payment options for bail bonds. You may pay our company using cash or credit card. We can also provide easy, no cost flexible financing for qualified customers.


    If the defendant is not bailed out, he or she will generally remain in custody until the matter has been resolved in court. The benefit of arranging a bail bond is that the defendant will have more time obtain legal services and present the case in a complete manner. Additionally, the defendant can get affairs in order in the event jail time will be required.


    • We are able to handle all bail bond documentation by e-mail and fax in a matter of minutes.
    • If necessary, we can have a licensed bail agent travel to you to facilitate the process. Generally, our agent can be to you in less than an hour.
    • We have a strategic network of licensed agents throughout California who can “post” bail bonds at the appropriate jail.
    • From start to finish, most bail bonds are completed in 1-2 hours.

    If you call us, we will give you realistic time frames to complete your bail bond. We will quickly advise you if we’re unable to efficiently service your needs.

    Call us at 888-BAIL BOND or 888-224-5266.