The High Cost of Cheap Bail

Written by Tonya Rynerson on June 4, 2009 – 12:14 pm -

bail fraud handcuffs and dollarsWe hear it almost everyday: “What’s your rate?” or “Can I get a bond at 5%?

We know when someone calls and starts with those questions, we probably aren’t going to write the bond. How do we know? We know because the legal bail rates in California are clear. The people we deal with for bail are concerned with our professionalism and how quickly and efficiently we can get their situation settled. They aren’t looking to do business illegally.

So why do people who need bail call with such questions? One word: “Undercutting.” This is the term used for the practice of offering illegally low rates on bail. It’s a major problem Read more »

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