These are our most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about bail.
Our licensed bail agents can provide you with information specific to your case.
For answers to your bail questions, please call us toll-free at 888-BAIL BOND (888-224-5266).
What is a Bail Bond?
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 company. [Video: What is a Bail Bond?]
What is the Cost of a Bail Bond?
There are no hidden fees or taxes for a bail bond. By example, if the bail is set at $25,000, then the fee charged is $2500, no more and no less by law. [Video: Bail Bond Cost]
Can I Find Cheap Bail?
We often get the questions from potential clients: “Can you do it for less?”, “Would you take 5% if I pay cash?” Any agent offering bail at 5% in the State of California is simply acting illegally or deceptively.
We understand that you want your bail bond at the lowest cost. If possible, you want "Cheap Bail Bonds". We will work with you to find the best situation to obtain bail in a legal manner.
How Do I Pay for the Bail Bond?
We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Most of our clients pay using credit card.
At 888 Bail Bonds, we know the cost of the bail bond is more than many people have at hand. Therefore we offer various payment options, flexible financing and payment plans when acquiring a bail bond. In many cases, we can offer no collateral bail bonds. [Video: Bail Payment Options]
What Happens When a Person is Arrested?
Bail cannot be arranged until the arrest process is complete. However, we can start the process for a bail bond almost immediately. [Video: Booking & Arrest Information]
What is 'Cite Out' or 'Cite & Release'?
No bail bond is required.
What is O.R?
In such a case, the defendant is released with a written promise to appear in court and no bail is required.
Can I Just Pay the Full Amount for the Bail?
What is the Procedure for Bailing Someone Out of Jail?
Can Your Company Quickly Handle Bail Bonds for Any Jail in California?
Do You Offer Financing or Payment Plan Options?
- We do not charge a fee for financing.
- We will work out payments that you can afford.
- We offer no collateral bail bonds to qualified applicants.
- We accept cosigners (make sure you understand your bail bond indemnitor responsibility before you sign).
- Video: Bail Bond Payment Plans
What Happens if the Defendant is not Bailed Out?
The defendant is taken to court in jail attire. There the defendant can be represented by an attorney, if they have one. At court, several things may happen.
Initially, the judge may raise bail, lower bail, leave bail the same or remove bail.
The defendant may also enter a plea in court. Remember, a guilty plea creates a criminal record for the rest of the defendant's life. Job applications and other situations require a convict to report such matters.
What Other Bail Information and Legal Resources are Available?
What is Collateral?
Do I Always Need Collateral for a Bail Bond?
These are called signature bonds. We find that most of our customers are eligible for a signature bond. [Video: No Collateral Bail Bonds]
If I Use Collateral for a Bail Bond, When Do I Get it Back?
Will the Court Take My Property as Bail Collateral?
However, because Property Bonds involve real estate and can be likened to the buying or selling of a home, the process usually takes several weeks.
Equity in the property must be equal to 150% of the total bond amount.
If I Bail Somebody Out of Jail, What is My Responsibility?
You take full responsibility for the defendant to show up in court when you bail someone out of jail.
Most issues with appearance in court are easily resolved and rarely escalate beyond a simple phone call. [Video: What is the Financial Responsibility of a Bail Bond Signer]
What Happens if a Defendant is Bailed Out and Fails to Appear in Court?
Courts generally understand that people get sick, traffic or car problems arise and other unforeseen circumstances occur. This is most commonly the situation and is easily remedied. [Video: Skipping Bail]
How Do We Know We Can Trust Your Bail Bond Company?
You can trust our company by verifying our bail bond license status by contacting the California Department of Insurance at 1-800-927-HELP (4357).
More Bail Bond FAQs from our blog For answers to your specific bail questions, please call us toll-free at 888-BAIL BOND (888-224-5266).