If you’ve been asked to help arrange bail bonds for a friend, loved one, roommate or spouse, it’s natural to want to have their bail bonds posted as quickly as possible.
Below is a quick list of things you can do to help expedite the process.
First, find out the basic details of the arrest. When was the defendant arrested, why was the defendant arrested, where is the defendant being held (aka, which jail are they at) and how much is their bail.
In the state of California, the cost to purchase bail bonds will be 10% of the defendant’s total bail amount.
Second, figure out who will be paying for the bail bonds and how you plan to pay the bondsman’s fee.
Will mom or dad be able to pay in full using a debit or credit card? Is there someone else who plans to help with the fees, but that person wants to know more about bail bonds payment plan options?
If you need a payment plan, find out how much money you have available to put down and how much you can afford to pay each month. If the bail bonds cosigner has good credit (the bondsman will ask permission to run your credit), the bondsman will be happy to discuss flexible and creative payment plan options.
Third, you’ll want to determine who will be the primary cosigner on the bail bonds. As a rule of thumb, a reputable bondsman will want a cosigner who is established and by this, someone who is at least in their mid-20s, who has decent credit and a steady source of income (although, if the defendant has a retired parent or relative who owns their home and/or has good credit, this could work as well.)
The bottom line is that a reputable bondsman won’t let an 18-year-old or 19-year-old cosign for bail bonds—even if the bail bonds fee is being paid in full.
For more information on how to expedite the bail bonds process call our office now at 888-224-5266.
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