Key Things to Know About California Bail Bonds

If you’ve never needed to hire a California bail bonds before, you probably have lots of questions about how the process works. Below are several key things you’ll want to keep in mind.

  • Bail bonds fees are non-refundable no matter what happens in court. The fee you pay to a California bondsman will not be returned, in part or in full, regardless as to the outcome of the case.
  • The cost to purchase bail bonds in California are set according to state law. All companies are required to charge the same rate, regardless as to whether the defendant was arrested in a large city or a small rural town.
  • Many people think a bondsman needs to be paid up front, in full, in cash. This is not true. Bail bonds companies accept many forms of payment and some will allow you the option of paying off the full cost of the premium over time.  You should also keep in mind that all bail bonds payment plans are not alike.  Some companies require a set percentage down while others are more flexible based on the credit worthiness of the cosigner.  The length of the payment plan can also vary quite a bit from company to company.  Be sure to ask lots of questions before you sign any paperwork.
  • Bail bonds can be posted 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. You will not need to wait until the following business day to get someone you care for out of jail.

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