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How Bail Bonds Work in California

Below we have put together an infographic to outline how bail bonds work in California. Please note that Federal and Immigration bonds operate on a different system. The bail bonds system in other states will also vary slightly depending on the location. If you have questions about posting a bail bond in the state of California, please contact us for additional information. 

How bail bonds work in California in 8 easy steps:

  1. Arrested and taken to jail. Finger prints, mug shots and background warrant search completed.
  2. Bail amount is set according the county bail schedule or by a judge. Defendant is allowed to make a few phone calls to contact a bond company or family/friends.
  3. Defendant either calls the bond company directly has a friend or family member call.
  4. Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds collects basic information and explains the available bail bond options.
  5. Bail application paperwork is completed online or in person.
  6. Friends or family pay the bond company. Credit Card, Debit Card, PayPal, Venmo, Cash, Check, Coinbase or wire transfer. Payment plans are also available.
  7. Bond is delivered to the jail by the bail bond agent.
  8. Defendant may remain free on bail until the case has been completed or the charges are dropped.

How bail bonds work in California infographic