Frequently Asked Questions


  • A bail bond guarantees the court that the bail bonds company will pay the entire amount of the set bail if the defendant does not appear for his court case. The bail bond company then charges the person seeking the bond 10 percent of the total bond amount. This fee, called the premium, is what the bail bond company charges in return for putting up the entire bail amount. Bond premiums are not refundable, even if the defendant goes to court as required or is found innocent.
  • Failure to make a scheduled court appearance will result in revocation of the bail. The bail bond company will have to pay the full bail amount to the court and an arrest warrant will be issued for the defendant. In California, bail bond company's have legal authority to employ people called "bounty hunters" to locate defendant who fail to appear and bring them to court.
  • Often, the bond premium is paid by cash, check, money order, credit card or debit card. In some cases, the bond company will require collateral, such as real estate, vehicles or other valuable property. This happens more often in situations with a heightened flight-risk or a previous criminal history.
  • The person seeking the bond contacts a bail bond company and provides information about the defendant, the crime they have been charged with and the bail amount the court has set. The bail bond company will determine if any collateral is necessary and approve the bond. If no collateral is needed, the bondsman will simply collect the premium fee and go to the jail to put up the bail and release the defendant. If collateral is required, the person seeking the bond must provide information and documentation of the property before the company will front the bail.
  • Contact the county sheriff's department that you know or believe your loved one is being held in. You can also visit our Resources page to find a link to several county sheriff websites.
  • Bail bond collateral is any type of asset that is pledged to cover the costs to the bail bondsman in the event that the client should fail to appear in court on the appointed date and time. The collateral is above and beyond the fee that the bondsman charges for the services provided. Typically, the current market value of the collateral must be equal to the total bond amount set by the court and not just the percentage that the bondsman provides on the front end.


    When is Bail Bond Collateral Required?

    A bonding company may require collateral when the amount set by the court is over a certain amount. In order to protect the interests of the bonding company, the client will be required to provide collateral that is at least equal in value to the bond amount set by the court. Typically, most bonding companies will only require collateral when the total amount of the bond is more than $20,000 US dollars.

    In the event that the client chooses not to appear in court, the bonding company has the right to seize control of the collateral. The asset can then be sold and the proceeds used to reimburse the expense of tendering the entire bail amount to the court. In most cases, the bonding company will make due effort to locate the client and urge him or her to return for a rescheduled court date. When those efforts fail, selling the collateral is the only remaining option.


    What Types of Collateral are Accepted?

    Bonding companies set their own standards when it comes to considering different types of collateral. For many, real estate that is currently not under any type of lien would be considered acceptable. Motor vehicles in good condition may also be accepted, provided the client owns the car or truck in full and is not still making payments. Some bonding companies will accept personal assets like jewelry, expensive clothing and even coin or stamp collections. The determining factor is the resale value of the asset and the potential for finding interested buyers.

    It is important to remember that the collateral must be considered unhampered. That means the property is owned solely by the client and is not currently being used as collateral for any other type of debt obligation.


    When Does the Bonding Company Release My Collateral?

    Once you have appeared in court on the appointed date and time, the obligation between you and the bond agent has been fulfilled. Since you showed up as you had promised, the transaction is considered complete and the bonding company no longer has any claim on the pledged asset.
  • California counties each have a bail schedule set forth by the county's superior court. These schedules have an extensive list of crimes that a person may be arrested for and the bail that they must pay to get out of jail. This bail only applies to people who have yet to stand before a judge for a bail hearing. Once a person sees a judge, it is up to that judge to set a specific bail amount. This amount could be higher or lower than what is listed in the bail schedule.

    Bail bond agents in California are usually able to get a person out of jail within a few hours of their arrest. The United States in general has some of the highest bail amounts in the world, and it is no different in California. If a person wants to use the bail schedule to secure their own release, they will have to pay the full bail amount. Depending on the crime, this can either be a few hundred dollars or a few million. If a person contacts a bail bond agency, they can get out of jail for only ten percent of the bail amount on the county's schedule. This is because bail bond agencies can legally only charge ten percent of the bail amount.

    Bail bond amounts will vary depending on which county a person is arrested in, but the crimes that bring the highest amounts of bail are the same in most counties. Assault with a semi-automatic weapon, for instance, will require a large bail amount. Santa Clara County sets the amount at one-hundred thousand dollars. This crime would require a ten-thousand dollar payment to a bail bond agent to secure release.

    Using an explosive to terrorize people in certain areas also carries steep penalties in California counties. Sticking with Santa Clara County, the bail amount is one-million dollars. Any person who has forty kilograms of heroin, cocaine base, cocaine, PCP or methamphetamines also faces a one-million dollar bail amount in Santa Clara. These million dollar bail amounts would require a defendant to pay 10%, or pay one-hundred thousand dollars to a bail bond agency.

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    Here is a list of our normal large bail bonds amounts. The number is not always a rounded number by the judge but the total amount set by the judge, you will be responsible for 10% of this amount. We do offer flexable financing and bail collateral so give us a call to discuss a solution. Thank you, Bail Bonds CA team.

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  • When an individual is arrested and taken to a California detention facility for processing and booking, they become known as a defendant. If charges are filed and a defendant is not released on his own recognizance, then a bail amount and an arraignment date will be set by the court. When a court sets a bail amount and arraignment date then, in order for the defendant to get out of jail, he or she must post the full bail amount set by the court or secure the services of a bail bondsman to have a bond posted on their behalf.

    A bail bond, or surety bond, is a legal agreement between the defendant and a state licensed bail bondsman. The bondsman guarantees to pay the defendant's full bail amount if the defendant fails to appear for their scheduled court appearances. The defendant agrees to appear in court as required. Typically, the bondsman requires a friend or relative to act as a co-signer for the defendant. The co-signer agrees to pay the full amount of the bail if the defendant breaches the agreement and fails to appear in court.

    The bail bondsman will require some basic information about the circumstances surrounding the arrest before they agree to take on the risk of "bonding out" a particular defendant. If the bail bondsman agrees to post the bond then the requisite paperwork is filled out, bond is posted at the proper jail or detention center, and the defendant will be allowed to leave.

    California law sets the cost of a bail bond at a flat 10% of the total bail amount. There are no additional fees or taxes.

    Defendants who are not bailed out of jail are kept in a detention facility until released by the court.


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    Here is a list of our normal small bail bonds amounts. The number is not always a rounded number by the judge but you will be responsible for 10% of the total amount set by the judge. We offer flexable financing and bail collateral so give us a call to discuss a solution. Thank you, Bail Bonds CA team.

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