What is a Bail Bond?
A Bail Bond is a contract between the bail bond a company, the courts, and an indemnitor. It is the indemnitor that guarantees the bail bond company that the accused will appear for all future court dates. For this the bail bond company charges a percentage of the bond.
What do I need to bond someone out of jail?
You will need the fee, a cosigner, and possibly some form of collateral.
What information do I need when I call?
In most cases, the defendant’s full name and jail location is all we need.
How much does a bond cost?
In California, the fee for a bail bond is 10% of the bond.
Is the Bail Bond fee refundable?
No. Once a bail bond has been posted for the accused the money is then earned by the bail bond company.
What is a cosigner?
A cosigner is the person who takes financial responsibility for the bail bond if the accused fails to appear in court.
What is collateral?
Collateral is money, property, or anything of value that we hold while the accused is out on bail. This collateral is returned when the defendant has completely settled the case.
How do I know when the defendant has to go to court?
It is your responsibility to know when the defendant has to go to court. Typically, the courts will notify us when the accused is to appear. You may call our offices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to check on the status of any court dates.
If I’m a co-signer for a friend or family member and that person misses court do I have to pay you the full value of the bond?
You are liable for the full amount of the bond plus expenses if your friend or relative does not go to court. However, a failure to appear in court does not necessarily mean you’ll have to pay the full amount of the bond. While there is no excuse for missing court we strongly encourage our client’s to notify us of any unusual circumstances so that we can advise them as to the best course of action.