How Bail Bonds Work In California


behind barsIn California, a bail representative (called a bondsman) offers an opportunity for the person who allegedly broke the law and was arrested to be let out of jail (called  custody) till the day they must appear in court.  This, obviously, is eminently more preferable to them spending, perhaps, months behind bars in a cramped jail.

The bondsman, basically acting as an insurer, provides a surety of money (set by the court and called the bail amount) that the defendant will show up for trial when they are supposed to.  In California, the all bail bondsmen must be certified and follow a strict set of rules including how much they charge for their services.

This is either 8% or 10 of the court set bail amount – no more and no less – so when looking for the best bail bonds Glendale you should be look at the services they provides and not just the amount they charge.  You should look to see if they offer to help find the arrest person in the local jail system (which can be a job in itself) and make sure they offer low deposits and a payment plan that is fair and flexible.

Bond representatives offer the arrested person and the co-signer with the receipts and copies of all signed files and the info relating to the condition of the bond and modifications, if any, in designated court dates. They must supply clear documents pertaining to the condition of any expenses due, which were enforced by the court. The bail bondsman need to have the ability to offer the prompt return of security upon exoneration of the bond.

The co-signer is liable in the case of an absconding accused who fails to show up in court. In such cases, the bail representative will charge the co-signer for the bail amount surety and use the legally binding agreement made to collect the money.  They will also, usually, look for the the arrested person to bring them back to face trail.  The costs associated with this will also be charged to the unfortunate person who signed for the arrested, and now “on the run” person.



Posted January 27, 2014 by admin in category Law