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How Bail Works

Bail is an amount of money set by a court that can be pledged to the court in order to have a suspect released from jail. If the suspect doesn’t appear for their trial, the bail money is forfeited to the court and cannot be reclaimed. The amount of bail can vary based on a number of factors, differing from state to state. Bail amount can be vastly different depending on how severe the crime is. Judges can also determine bail amount based on their own discretion.

In some cases, bail may not even be granted. A court may not grant bail if it is determined that the suspect is likely to flee, likely to obstruct justice in some way, or likely to engage in witness tampering. Further, if the crime is too severe or the suspect is a repeat felony offender, a court may decide not to grant bail.  Bail laws can vary from state to state, but usually someone who isn’t charged with a capital crime will be granted bail.

If someone you know is in need of bail, Bail Bonds America may be able to help. Bail bonds are insurance policies that mean we guarantee somebody’s appearance in court. They are set at 10% of the bail’s cost by the State of California. Bail bonds are only good for one year, so if a person remains out on bail for more than that time, an additional 10% will be due. The paperwork for a bail bond is simple and bail is posted immediately. You, as the indemnitor, are responsible for the cost of the premium and, if the defendant fails to appear in court, the full amount of the bail as well.  It is also your duty to see that the defendant appears in court for reinstatement of the bail or is surrendered back into custody.

The indemnitor is liable for the defendant’s bond until the defendant has completed all of their court appearances and all of the premiums have been paid. Upon sentencing or dismissal of the case, the judge will exonerate the bond and your collateral, if any, will be returned.

If you have any questions regarding the bail bond process or are interested in a bail bond, give us a call today.