How Bail Bonds Work

How Bail Bonds Work


How Bail Bonds Work

When you hire a bail bondsman you are having the bail bond company put up the full amount of the defendant's bail for a fee. The fees are approved in California by the Department of Insurance and are set at ten percent (10%). There may be discount bonds for clients that have a privately retained attorney. One can expect to pay around eight percent (8%) of the bond if this applies to your case. Contact your bail bondsman for more information regarding discounted bail.

The bond fee or premium paid to your bail bondsman is non-refundable. This is the fee charged to complete the bond paperwork and post the bond at the jail for the defendant release. The fee is considered earned, once the defendant is released from jail.

When the defendant steps out of jail, the fee (bail premium paid) is considered earned and non refundable. 

 On bail, the defendant is considered to be in the bail bondsman's custody and may be required to check in with the bondsman periodically. Check with your bondsman if this is a requirement of your bail. When on bail, the defendant and the Indemnitor (co-signer) have agreed that the defendant will meet all court dates as are required by the court or be fully responsible for the full bail bond amount payable to the bail bond company. 

Here is a copy of the bail bond agreement regarding your terms and conditions as it relates to your bail bond. 

Key points to note in the agreement that you are agreeing to:

      1. Pay the premium for the bond at the established rates to the bail bond company. Once paid, premium is not refundable.  

2. Provide required collateral. 

3. Pay actual, necessary and reasonable expenses incurred by the bail agent in connection with the transaction. Credit cards fees, etc.

      4. Bounty agent/skip tracer expenses (These are usually based upon the amount of the bond).

      5. Payment of the bond amount for the defendant’s failure to appear.

      6. To pay Attorney fees and court costs.

      7. Keep the bail agent advised of address/employment changes of the defendant or other parties to the agreement.

      8. Aid the bail agent/skip tracers in locating the defendant (where someone other than the defendant has secured the bond).

      9. The consumer should read all agreements thoroughly, asking questions until all items and obligations are understood.




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