You may have found yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of needing a bail bond in California. If you’ve been arrested with a felony charge, you likely have to pay some hefty fees in order to be released, or “bailed out,” from jail before your court date. The average cost of bail is $50,000 and the more serious the crime, the higher the bail is set.
As no one ever plans on being sent to jail, you likely won’t have the funds set aside for an emergency such as this, which is why you will have to work with a bail bonds company that can provide the money for you.
What is a bail bond?
A bail bond is a method of paying unaffordable bail amounts through a third-party system, known as a bail bonds company. A bail bondsman pays, up-front, the full bail amount in the form of a bond to secure your release from jail.
The bail bonds company and the individual who needs the bond enter a contractual agreement that the accused person will attend all of their court appearances. In the event that they do not, the bonds company will have to pay the remaining about of the bail.
In an attempt to ensure that the accused felon does not skip out on their court appearances, they have to put up collateral for the remaining amount of their bail after the up-front portion has been paid. Collateral may come in the form of a house, car, or jewelry.
To make sure you’re working with the best bail bonds company in California, keep these 5 tips in mind:
- Call Mr Nice Guy Bail Bonds
Few people have more experience working with bail bonds companies as we do. They will be able to point you in the direction of the best bail bonds company for your situation.
- Ask about their fees and discounts
Most bail bonds companies charge a 10% fee for providing their service, but it’s always good to double check when using a new company. Read through the contract thoroughly to discover if there are hidden fees, annual premiums, recurring fees, etc.
In addition to asking what their fee is, you’ll want to find out if they offer any discounted rates for members of certain unions, the military, law enforcement, homeowners, AARP members, union members, first responders, doctors, nurses, or teachers.
- Check the bail bonds company license with the state of California department of insurance
You’ll want to make sure you’re working with a company that is in good standing with the department of insurance. Otherwise, you may be at risk of getting swindled.
- Talk to a lawyer
Before agreeing to work with one bail bonds company or another, talk with a lawyer and have them read over proposed contracts. They will help you find the best deal and make sure you aren’t taken advantage of by a greedy company.
- Check reviews
Go on review sites like Yelp, Google, and BBB to see what other people are saying about the bail bonds company that you’re interested in working with. Or you can start on the review sites and only look at companies that have 4-5 stars and plenty of glowing reviews.
In the reviews, look for things like
- Whether or not you can receive bail bonds over the phone
- The general demeanor of people at the bail bonds company
- The speediness of their services
Working with Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds
Mr Nice Guy Bail Bonds offers the lowest rates in California and has easy payment plans with no hidden fees. You can receive bail bonds online or over the phone, so you never have to worry about driving to a remote location in the middle of the night. Local bail agents also available to meet in person at all jails and courts in California.
Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds offers discounts available for union members, active military members, retired military members and their families, law enforcement, home owners, AARP members, teachers, doctors and first responders. Choose the best bail bonds company in California and call Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds today!