How do bail bonds work?
Before we talk about how bail bonds work it is important to understand what bail itself is and what it means. When bail is granted it means that a guarantee has been issued stating that the defendant being released from jail will appear at all of their upcoming court dates. In order for bail to be issued a certain dollar amount must be paid. Many people are under the impression that bail is extremely expensive, tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, because of the way that bail is portrayed in the media. The amount being referred to is the full bail amount and without a bond this must be paid for a defendant to be released. This dollar figure is set by a judge and is based on the crime, previous arrest records and other factors.
Fortunately the US court system accepts bail bonds, which must be issued by a professional bail bond agency such as Arrow Bail Bonds. For a bail bond to be issued a person must co-sign a contract between the bail company and the court system stating that if a defendant was to miss a day in court that the bail company would be responsible for the full bail bond amount. The co-signer, often referred to as the indemnitor, must also pay an initial fee, usually about 10 percent of the full bail amount.
The bail bond process in Southern California is not too complex, but there are a lot of parts to it. We encourage you to call the agents at Arrow Bail Bonds in order to have any questions answered regarding bail bonds in Southern California or anywhere else for that matter! We'll be happy to provide you with fast, honest answers. Give us a call at (909) 891-0578 to request more information about bail bonds in Southern California.