What Are Bail Bonds?
Bail bonds are known as “Surety Bonds" – They are a contract that guarantees the defendant’s appearance in court. By posting a bail bond, a bail agent and a cosigner (also known as the indemnitor) agree to be responsible for the full amount of bail should the defendant fail to appear in court.
Bail Bond Process
When a person is arrested, a relative, friend, attorney, or the defendant himself/herself will contact a bail bond company. The bail bond company will collect basic information about the person got arrested, like where is the person is being held, charges current address, what his/her occupation, etc. The bail bond company does this to assess the risk that is associated with providing a bail bond for the person in custody.
Once a friend or family member has decided to take responsibility for the bail bond. Bail Unit Bail Bonds will fill out the Bail Bond Application, Indemnity Agreement, and a receipt. Bail Unit Bail Bonds is able to process your bail bond within just a few minutes by either fax or electronically via our Paperless bail bond process and save you a trip to jail. Alternatively, we can meet you at your home, work or the jail – it is up to you what will work best for your particular situation.
Once the bail bonds paperwork is complete it, the licensed bail bondsman will “post” the bail bond at the jail so that the defendant will be released from jail. The bail bond process should be completed within 1 to 2 hours. It is important to note, though, that no bail bonds company, including Bail Unit Bail Bonds, is able to begin the bail bond process until after the arrest process and the booking process are completed.
Bail Bonds Fees
There is state regulated fee of 10% of the total bail amount for Bail Bonds Services. This is regulated by the California Department of Insurance (DOI). Bail Unit Bail Bonds provides payment plans (O.A.C.) and interest free financing to those who qualify. Bail Unit Bail Bonds also accepts all sorts of payments to make it easier, including all major credit cards, money orders, and virtually any type of check (even personal and cashier’s).
It is important for you to stay clear of bail bonds companies offering bail bonds at less than 10%; bail bonds agents who charge less than 10% are violating the law and may get you in trouble, and can result in you spending more money than is necessary. Additionally, your loved one may be put back in custody.
The fact that defendant’s friends, family, and/or collateral are involved reasonably assures Bail Unit Bail Bonds that the defendant will make his/her court dates when the time comes. Bail Unit Bail Bonds has a financial responsibility to keep an eye on those who are bailed. If a defendant does “skip bail,” the bail bonds recovery experts will have search for the defendant and put him/her back in custody.
The fact that the bail bonds agent will look for a defendant who fails to show up for his/her court date should be kept in mind by those who are willing to become bail bond indemnitors for those who are jailed. If you have agreed to co-sign on someone’s behalf, you are expected to know the whereabouts of that person and help bring that person back to court if he/she fails to show up for his/her assigned trial.
Contact Bail Unit Bail Bonds at: (310) 842-9900 to receive expert bail bonds advice and so that we can start the bail bond process as soon as possible.