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A bail bond, also known as a surety bond, is a financial guarantee provided to the court to ensure that the defendant will appear at all required court appearances. If the defendant fails to comply with the court’s conditions, it can result in the issuance of warrants and the forfeiture of the bail bond. This system helps secure the defendant’s release from jail while awaiting trial and ensures their commitment to meeting court obligations.

Bail is a cash deposit or pledge made to the court to secure the release of a suspect from jail. This arrangement ensures that the suspect will return for their trial or risk forfeiting the bail amount. If the suspect makes all required court appearances, the bail money may be refunded at the end of the trial, regardless of whether the suspect is found guilty or not guilty of the charges. Bail serves as a financial incentive for the suspect to comply with the court’s requirements while awaiting trial.

In California, the general requirement for posting a bail bond is a non-refundable fee of 10% of the total bail amount. However, this percentage can sometimes be reduced based on various factors, including:

  • The nature and severity of the charges
  • The defendant’s criminal history
  • The defendant’s credit score
  • Employment status
  • Collateral that can be offered
  • Discounts for military personnel
  • Discounts for union members
  • Discounts for clients with a private attorney

It’s best to discuss your specific situation with our agents to explore all available options.

You can use our inmate information and bail bonds services to find an inmate in any California detention center or jail. Simply use our online inmate locator tool by entering the person’s name and other identifying information. Alternatively, you can submit a form on our website, and we will get back to you promptly. For immediate assistance, you can also place a phone call to one of our live agents, available 7 days a week, who will assist you in locating your loved one.

Typically, you’ll need the inmate’s following information: 

  • Full name
  • Date of Birth
  • The county or city where they were arrested.

Having additional information, like their booking number, can also be helpful.

In California, the cost of a bail bond, known as “the premium,” is typically 10% of the total bail amount. This fee is non-refundable and is fully earned upon the release of the defendant from jail. In some cases, rebates may be applied to reduce the premium cost. The premium covers the services provided by the bail bondsman in securing the defendant’s release and ensuring their compliance with court appearances.

Once the bail bond is posted and accepted by the court or jail, the liability is assumed, and the bail bond premium is fully earned. At that point, the premium is not refundable, regardless of the outcome of the case. This fee covers the services and risk taken by the bail bondsman to secure the defendant’s release.

An indemnitor or co-signer is a person who agrees to be financially responsible for the full amount of the bail bond if the defendant fails to appear in court and cannot be returned to court. The indemnitor is responsible for covering any bail bond costs incurred due to the defendant’s missed court dates. If there is more than one indemnitor on a bail bond, they are jointly liable, meaning the money could be collected from one or both of them.

The jail booking process usually occurs after a suspect is arrested and taken into custody. This process varies from county to county but generally includes the following steps:

  • A police officer records the suspect’s personal information.
  • Details about the alleged offense are documented.
  • The suspect’s background is checked for warrants and previous crimes.
  • Fingerprints and photographs are taken.
  • A full-body search is conducted.
  • A general health check is performed to determine if the suspect needs medical care or poses a threat to others.
  • Personal items, such as keys, wallet, and clothing, are confiscated.
  • The suspect is placed in a holding or jail cell.

To determine bail amounts and expedite a defendant’s release from custody, contact us. We are open 24/7 to provide bail assistance whenever you need it.

Yes, you can bail someone out of jail on a weekend, depending on the jail facility’s operating hours. This usually involves working with a bail bond agent like us. We are open 24/7 to provide bail assistance at any time, ensuring that you can secure the release of your loved one even on weekends.