A bail bond is an insurance policy that you can purchase to be released from custody while awaiting a trial.
You pay the bail bondsman some amount of money (usually 10% of the total cost of the bail that’s been set) and the bondsman posts bail for you.
The price of a bail bond is regulated by the state. In California, the regulated price is set at 10% of the bail cost.
The amount of your bail will vary, depending on a number of circumstances regarding the alleged crime. The judge has the final say as to what your bail amount will be, though in the vast majority of cases judges will follow the recommended, most commonly used amounts.
Bail is not guaranteed, depending on your situation. If a judge denies bail, there isn’t anything a bail bondsman can do to change that. A judge’s decision in the matter is final and any reversal is up to the court.
When a bail bondsman posts bail for you, they are guaranteeing your appearance in court. If you make your court appearance, the money can be returned to you (or whoever posted bail for you). If you don’t make your court appearances, the court keeps the money that was posted for you.
This is why it’s so important to make your court appearances. If you want to avoid any more unnecessary costs incurred on you, showing up is the most important thing.
The laws surrounding bail and bail bonds differ from state to state, so you should always speak to a professional in legal matters. Depending on the state that the court is located in, there may be minimum bail amounts regardless of the total bail amount.
You, as the indemnitor, are ultimately responsible for all costs and obligations of the bail. You must make sure that all court appearances are made and, in the event that they are not, you are responsible for the full amount of the bail.
A bail bond is only good for one year. If the defendant remains out on bail for more than that time, an additional 10% of the bail cost is required to maintain the bail bond. Once the case is dismissed or the defendant is sentenced, the judge exonerates the bond and the court returns your collateral.
If you’re in need of a bail bond, contact Bail Bonds America today!