The bail amounts set by courts are often far to expensive for most americans to afford. By hiring a bail agent, you can pay a small fee called a “premium” and have the bail agent post the entire bail amount.
Bail works by releasing the defendant, often referred to as the arrestee in exchange for a financial deposit. The court holds the bond (money), referred to above as financial deposit until all of the court proceedings and trails surrounding the accused person(s) are completed. This deposit helps to ensure the defendant will show up to court. Often times, court proceedings and trials can start months after the defendant was arrested. So, without the option of bail, the defendant would have to sit in jail until the trial was concluded.
A bail bond is basically like an insurance policy that the defendant will appear in court as directed by the court system.
A licensed bail agent is a professional that is contracted to pledge money or property as bail for the appearance of the defendant in court.
When a person is arrested and booked for a crime, he or she must wait in jail until a bail hearing. A judge will set the bail amount based on a number of variables. If he or she is not able to afford the bail, then the person would have to wait in jail until the court date set by the judge. Unfortunately, court dates are often weeks or months away, leaving the arrestee in jail unable to go back to work or their families. This is where we can help!
The bail premium is the fee charged by the bail agent or bail bonds company for their services in posting and servicing the bail bond. Typical bail premiums in California range from 7-10%, please contact us for the exact rate. Please note, bail bond rates for federal courts are set at 15% and immigration bonds are set at 20%. Contact us for additional information.
Bail agents typically charge between approximately 10% of the total bail amount. However, in certain circumstances bail bonds can charge as low as 7%*. Please contact us for the exact premium amount. We accepts major credit cards, debit cards, cash, checks, Bitcoin, and PayPal payments.
In certain circumstances collateral may be needed to secure the bail bond. Collateral is property such as house, car or cash. Collateral on a bail bond helps to guarantee that the defendant (person being bailed out of jail) appears for their court date. As soon as the premium has been paid, the collateral has been signed over and all necessary forms signed, the bail agent at can post the bail and have the defendant released.
This depends on a number of variables including: jail location, time of day etc… Often times this can take a few minutes to several hours.
The defendant must show up for all court proceedings and must meet any other conditions as set forth by the court.
The court may issue a warrant for the defendants arrest. Any collateral may be forfeited. It is of the utmost importance to not miss any court dates. Always keep in touch with the bail agent. Especially if there are any questions, concerns or issues that arise while out on bail. We are always here to help! Communication is the key. If the defendant appears in court as scheduled and any other conditions are met, then there should not be anything to worry about.
There are solutions to this, but you must contact the bail agent immediately to discuss your options in detail.
The premium amounts are regulated by the state. Typically premiums are set at 10% in California. However, in some cases this can be discounted. Please contact us for additional information.
Full legal name(s), jail location, booking number, charges (what the person is accused of). The more information we can gather, the quicker and process will be. But don’t worry! We can help with all of this. Contact us today!
Our agents can meet you wherever it is most convenient. For example, at the jail, your office or home. Most often all of the paperwork can be handled electronically or over the phone.
The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires that bail not be excessive. In other words, the bail amount should not be used to raise money for the government or to punish a person for being suspected of committing a crime. The purpose of bail is to give an arrested person his or her freedom until he or she is convicted of a crime and the amount of bail must be no more than is reasonably necessary to keep the person from fleeing before a case is over.
Contact us for additional information regarding payment plans. In addition, if you can’t afford the amount of bail on the bail schedule, you can ask a judge to lower it. Depending on the location, your request must be made either in a special bail-setting hearing or when you appear in court for the first time, usually called your arraignment.
This varies on the location (county, court location. Etc..). A person taken to jail must be brought “without unnecessary delay before the nearest available magistrate.” In no event should more than 48 hours elapse (not counting weekends and holidays) between the time of booking and bringing you to court.
Although the right to bail has constitutional recognition in the prohibition against excessive bail, bail is not always a matter of right. However, with certain exceptions a defendant charged with a criminal offense shall be released on bail. Those charged with capital crimes when the facts are evident or the presumption of guilt great, are accepted from the right to release on bail. However, a defendant charged with a capital crime is entitled to a bail hearing in the trial court to determine whether the facts are evident or the presumption great. A capital crime is an offense that a statute makes it potentially punishable by death or life imprisonment, even if the prosecutor have agreed not to seek the death penalty (depending on the state). It is presumed that the risk of flight of the defendant is too great when he or she is facing death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The consumer is agreeing to:
- Pay the premium for the bond at the established rates.
- Provide required collateral.
- Keep the bail agent advised of address/employment changes of the defendant or other parties to the agreement.
- Aid the bail agent/skip tracers in locating the defendant (where someone other than the defendant has secured the bond).
- The consumer should read all agreements thoroughly, asking questions until all items and obligations are understood.
- Pay actual, necessary and reasonable expenses incurred by the bail agent in connection with the transaction.