Working with a Bail Bondsman: What to Expect
Although some people may have a level of familiarity with the bail bonds process - there are far more people who have never received the “I’ve been arrested can you help bail me out” call. It’s an unnerving message to receive.
People from all backgrounds, ethnicities, income brackets and walks of life have found themselves in a position where they are under arrest. All of these people, however, have one thing in common: they want to get out of jail fast. If you find yourself in the position where you’ve been asked for assistance, you may be wondering who to call and what to expect.
Bail bondsmen are a dime a dozen in front of every jail in California but not every bail company works the same. The most important thing you’ll want is to find someone who is honest, professional and will work with confidentiality. An expectation to be treated fairly is not unreasonable.
How Bail Is SetIn California, when a person has been arrested his or her bail will be set by something called a "county bail schedule". That schedule is set by judges annually and provides bail guidelines for local police to use when setting bail. If someone has been charged with a serious crime and/or has a prior history of arrest, he or she can expect their bail to be set higher than that of someone who has been charged with a minor crime and has a clean record.
Working With A Bail Bonds CompanyIn working with a California bail bonds company, you’ll only be required to post 10% of the total bail amount to get them out of jail. Usually, this is paid in advance of release from jail. However, you may want to look for a company that offers various bail payment options. For example, are you ready to pay cash or will you want to use a credit card? Do you need a payment plan? Are you prepared to put up collateral or will you be looking for no collateral bail bonds? Are you prepared to go to a bail company's office or will you want to complete your bail bonds online?
An expert bail bondsman will be able to answer any questions you might have about arrest, posting bond and how to get someone out of jail.
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