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Frequently Asked Questions About Bail

QWhat is bail?
AIn order for a person to be released from jail, they must agree to post “bail”. Bail is a monetary deposit or promise paid to the court that ensures the defendant will appear for their next scheduled court hearing. If they do not appear for court as promised, the will forfeit their bail bond and be responsible for the entire amount of the bond. When the case is closed, the remainder of the bail money will be returned to the cosigner if the defendant has followed through with their end of the agreement.
QThe Bail Bond Process
AOnce an inmate has been processed and booked, bail will be set either by a judge or according to a bond schedule. When bail has been set, the inmate can begin the process of having bail posted. They or one of their loved ones can contact a bail bond agent to secure bond and have it posted. Bail bond agents are licensed individuals who are allowed to negotiate and write bail bond agreements on behalf of a cosigner. The process of writing a bail bond does not take very long and can obtain the release of an individual in just a few hours.
QBail Bonds
AA surety bond is also known as a bail bond. It is a financial promise made to the court promising the defendant will appear at every scheduled court appearance set by the judge in their case. Failure to do so will result in the individual being returned to jail and the bail bonds being forfeited.
QWho Writes Bail Bonds?
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Bail bonds are written by licensed bail bonds agents. If you need a bail bond, we can help you. All you have to do us at our toll free number, 888-722-1880. One of our licensed bail agents will talk to you about your situation. Our agents are very discreet and will do everything possible to help you get the bail bond process underway.

QHow Expensive Are Bail Bonds?
AThe fee for bail bonds is normally 10 percent of the total bond amount. Most fees are established by the insurance companies that guarantee the surety bonds. The Department of Insurance strictly regulates the fee schedule associated with the bail bond industry. An example of this would be the 10 percent fee charged on a $25,000 bail bond. The total owed to the bail bond agents would be $2,500.
QDo Bail Bonds Expire?
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A bail bond agreement is written for one year. A premium must be paid a second time if the case lasts longer than the one year time frame.

QWho Is Responsible for the Bail Bond?
AThe cosigner or indemnitor is financially responsible for the full face value of the bond. Although you only have to pay the 10 percent premium, you are responsible for the whole amount if your loved one fails to fulfill his end of the agreement.
Payments and Financing

QWhat is the premium?
AThe cost of the bail bond is also called the premium. The industry strictly regulates how much can be charged for a bail bond. In most cases, the premium is 10 percent of the total bond amount. This is non-refundable. The premium guarantees the release of the defendant in accordance with the bail bond agreement.
QIs the premium refundable?
AThe bail bond premium is not refundable. After the bail bond has been posted and the court accepts the agreement, the bond has been earned and cannot be returned.
QWhat is Collateral?
ACollateral is anything of valuable that can be used to secure a bail bond. Cash, credit cards, vehicle titles, jewelry or deeds to property can be deposited with a bail bond agency to secure a bail bond. The collateral is held by the bail bond agency until the case is finalized at which time it is returned to the cosigner. There are some situations in which no collateral is needed. Filling out an application will determine if you are eligible for a signature bond
QWhat is a cosigner (indemnitor)?
AA cosigner is someone who agrees to cover the entire cost of a bail bond if, for some reason, the defendant fails to appear for their scheduled court appearance. The must pay all bail bonds fees and costs that result from the person not appearing. If a bail bond has more than one cosigner or indemnitor, the entire amount of the bail bond can be collected from one or both of them if the defendant fails to appear.
Convenient Locations

QWhere do I find a bail bonds agent?
AIn California, a licensed bail bond agent can be found by looking at our website. We have convenient locations in several areas including Corona, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, Temecula and San Bernardino.
QWhat if I'm located out of state?
ANo matter where you are located, collateral may be needed to secure the bond. Collateral can be anything of value including homes, cars, bank accounts, credit cards and cash. There are several situations in which collateral will not be needed. A bail bond agent will have you fill out a simple application to determine if you qualify for a signature bond.
QWhat are the hours of most bail bond agencies?
ABail bonds agencies are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Arrests do not take place according to a schedule. You need a bail bond agent who can take care of your needs, any time day or night. For a bail bond agency to be effective, they must be staffed every minute of every day. No one can predict when an arrest will take place. It's this unpredictability that makes the need for a bail bond so spontaneous. Bail bond agents must be willing to work round the clock to ensure their clients have the information and bail bonds they need to obtain the release of their loved ones from jail.