How Do Bail Bonds Work? – A Step-By-Step Guide
15 Apr, 2015//Posted by : aebbvelocityloca//Category : blog
What is Bail?
Bail is money is an amount given by the court after a person is arrested, booked, placed in jail and determined entitled to bail. Bail is paid to the court to ensure the defendant will appear in court when required to do so. This money is refunded if the defendant appears in court, if the defendant fails to show up in trial, the court keeps the money and issues a warrant of arrest.
Three factors determining bail amount
California law allows the judge to ultimately set the bail amount and can deviate from prescribed bail schedule based on:
Possibilities of light risk
Severity of the crime
There are 3 common ways to post bail
Cash – may also be in form of personal check, traveler check, money order or cashier’s check
Bail Bond – the most popular of three methods, posted through a bond agency
Property Bond – your property is used to guarantee your court appearance in place of cash.
Bail Bond Step-by-Step Guide
Step 1: The defendant, a family member or a friend makes a phone call to the bail bond agency.
Step 2: The bail bond agent gathers information about the defendant and the case and discusses options.
Step 3. The defendant’s party pays a nun-refundable premium to the bond agency. This is usually set at 10% of the total bail amount and can be paid via cash, credit card or payment plan.
Step 4: Required paper work is filled up and sent to the bond agent via post, email or fax.
Step 5: Bail bond agent will post the pail in behalf of the defendant, processes necessary paperwork and defendant is released.
FREEDOM is guaranteed until the court proceedings are compete or the charges are dropped!