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Things You Should Know About Bail Bonds in California

Posted on May 11th, 2017 by Super User 121 Views

If you're in jail, whatever the charges, you likely want to get out as quickly as possible. The first thing you should do is make a call to (844)400-BAIL, so that Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds can get to work processing your paperwork, to get you out of jail as quickly as possible. If someone you know is in jail, and you want to help them get out fast, you can call Mr. Nice Guy and get them working for your friend or loved one, right away. Mr. Nice Guy, and his team of licensed, professional bondsmen, will help you work through the bail process to get you, or your loved one, back home in no time.

What are Bail Bonds?

When a person is arrested and charged with a crime, there is an amount of bail set by the court that will allow that person to get out of jail while the legal process gets worked through. The process of working through criminal charges, from beginning to end, can be time-consuming. Most people do not want to sit in jail while the lawyers and judges work things out. They have work and families that need their attention. So the court set up the bail process, as a way of ensuring that if someone got out of jail, they would still show up for hearings and trial.

Bail money is deposited with the court and then returned to the defendant once the charges have been resolved. If someone else pays the bail on the defendant's behalf, the bail is returned to the person who paid it to the court. Property can also be used to pay for bail. But, if a property is used, the value of the property must be twice the amount of the bail being asked.

Who Can Pay For My Bail?

If the court believes that the money being used to pay your bail came from illegal activity, they can hold you in jail until they can have a hearing about the money being used to post bail. The court gives a person the opportunity to post bail if they believe the person is likely to show up for hearings and trial because of the money they paid for bail. If the money being used for bail was gotten by illegal means, then the court has good reason to believe that there is enough additional money that the bail won't ensure cooperation with the legal system in the future.

How Do I Get Bail Bonds?

If a person doesn't have the money on hand to just pay their bail (and most people don't), then you call a bail bondsman like Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds. A bail bondsman is a person who is licensed by the state and works with an agency to post bail for others. When a bond company pays the bail, it is underwritten by a type of insurance company called a Surety Company. The state of California and the individual Surety Company both regulate how bail bondsman can operate. He is required to charge a premium for the person for whom he is posting bond. Once a person has paid the premium, for themselves or another person, the bail bond company will then post the bail with the court so that the defendant can get out of jail.

Do I Get Money Back From Bail Bonds?

No. The money from bail is tied up with the court until the entire legal process has been thoroughly worked through. This can take more than a year. Once the process has come to an end, the bail bond company will get the bail money back. The person who was bailed out of jail has already gotten the value of the bail bond by being out of jail. Since the defendant didn't post the bail for himself, the bail is returned to the bond company who posted it for him or her.

Can Someone Else Pay For My Bail Bond?

Anyone can pay the premium for your bail bond to help you get out of jail. You can pay the premium on a bail bond for anyone else to get out of jail. If you have a friend or loved one in jail, the most important thing to you is likely getting them out of jail and back home with you. Call Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds to get to work getting your loved one home, right away.

What Can I Use To Pay For Bail Bonds?

Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds accepts all major credit cards, debit cards, cash, checks, Bitcoin, and PayPal. If you have other property that you'd like to have considered as collateral for a bail bond, call Mr. Nice Guy and speak to a licensed member of his team. They can help you work out a payment plan or make other arrangements to help you get your loved one out of jail as fast as possible.

What Happens If I Don't Show Up For Court?

A bail agreement is a contract between the defendant and the bail bond company. The agreement outlines the obligations the defendant has to make court appearances, as well as complete a payment plan and pay any other fees that are involved. If a defendant fails to show up for court appearances, or if they leave the area while released on bail, this is called “Bail Skipping.” When a defendant misses a scheduled court date or doesn't comply with court-mandated conditions, the court will issue a bench warrant, and the bond will be forfeited. If you miss your court date accidentally, it is important to let the Mr. Nice Guy know as soon as possible, so that they can make alternative arrangements with the court. This can avoid being re-arrested and incurring additional fees with the bond company.

What Happens If I Leave The State Of California While Out On Bail?

Most conditions of bail do not allow a person to leave the state of California until their court proceedings have concluded. It is important to abide by all of the conditions of your bail, to avoid being re-incarcerated. If a person runs from their legal obligations, a bail enforcement agent, or bounty hunter, will have to find them and bring them back. This is not a good solution for any of the parties involved. While facing the legal consequences may not seem desirable, it's important that a person meet their legal obligations and spare their friends and loved ones the pain of watching them run from the law.

Who Has The Best Rates On Bail Bonds?

The state of California requires that all bail bond companies charge 10% of the total amount of bail, in order to post bond for a defendant. The rates are set by statute, and all bail bond companies are required to charge the same amount.

California law allows for a discounted rate on bail bonds if the defendant retains a private attorney and pays the premium in full within 72 hours. These discounts are allowed for government union workers, members of the military, and AARP members. These discounts are determined by the surety company that is writing the bonds for the bail bond company.

Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds uses a Surety Company that allows them to discount bail bonds to just 7% if the defendant retains a private attorney and pays the premium within the first 72-hours. There's no lower rate available, anywhere.

Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds saves you money in other ways, as well.

Other companies charge hidden fees like:

  • Notary Fees
  • Travel Expenses
  • Posting Fees
  • Annual Premiums
  • Late File Premiums
  • Interest on Financing
  • Processing Fees

Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds doesn't charge any of these fees. There is always just one flat rate, no interest, no hidden fees, no surprises. Other companies may advertise the same 10% rate that everyone is required to charge. But, what they don't tell you is all the other fees you'll end up paying. Mr. Nice Guy never charges these additional fees, so you'll end up paying a lower rate, no matter what the other guys are advertising.

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If you or a loved one has been arrested and need to be bailed out quickly and confidentially or if you simply have questions regarding bail, an arrest, or inmate information please do not hesitate to call or fill out our contact us form. We are available 24/7 for all of your bail needs.