What is a bail bond?
A bail bond is usually referred to as a “surety bond”. A surety bond is a contract guaranteed by a state-licensed bail bondsmen who is backed by an insurance company. The bail bondsmen guarantees the court the full payment of the bail amount if the defendant fails to appear in all scheduled courts. You should always deal with a licensed bail bond company when using bail bond services.
What happens when a loved one is arrested?
The process is usually the same per county, but it may differ slightly. When a loved one gets arrested, they are taken to the local police department. After arrival, they get their fingerprints taken and their property gets confiscated by police officers. They are then processed and booked for bail which usually takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on location, amount of people arrested or time of the day. Inmates have 48 hours to see a judge in regards to their accusation unless you bail them out prior to those 48 hours (which is highly suggested as stated in our home page). If you are not sure which jail your loved one may be at, call us at Avolevan Bail Bonds. We have the tools and expertise to help you find your loved ones quickly.
How is the bail amount set?
The bail amount is set by taking into considering several factors. One of these factors is public safety. If the crime is less severe, then the bail amount will typically be lower. However, if the crime is serious, then the bail amount will usually be higher. For example, driving under the influence (DUI) usually comes with a set bail schedule. However, if you are driving under the influence and cause an accident, then you are now facing a DUI charge along with injury and the bail amount is usually higher according to the bail schedule.
How much does a bail bond cost?
In California, the cost of a bail bond is 10% of the bail amount. Each state sets their own rates, but all rates are non-negotiable. There are no hidden fees or taxes for the cost of a bail bond. For example, if the bail is $50,000, then the fee charged is $5,000. By law, no bail bond company can charge more or less than 10% of the bail amount.
How do I qualify for a bail bond with Avolevan Bail Bonds?
A bail bond is similar to a loan from a bank. The application process is virtually the same, just not as lengthy.
1. Indemnitor – Person signing responsible for the person arrested
2. Stability – How long at current residence and how long at current job
3. Ability to pay – Having the ability to pay the full bail in case defendant flees
4. Worthiness – Does the indemnitor have good credit or assets which could be liquidated in case the person fails to appear in court?
5. Credibility – Does the person arrested have integrity? Have they been arrested before? Are they legal in the county? Do they have a good job and family? All this is on a case-by-case basis depending on the accusations and bail amount.
How can I pay for a bail bond?
Avolevan Bail Bonds accepts different forms of payment. We accept cash, VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. If you do not have the full amount up front, we can work with you to figure out a solution that works for us all. We have affordable monthly payments with no interest if paid on time. Call us so we can give you your options.
Can I just pay for the full bail amount myself?
Of course you can! To post a cash bail, the person must deposit the money with the court. This can be paid by either cash or a cashier’s check. It is always suggested that you check with the bond clerk to verify forms of payments. On large bails, the source of money may be asked to be proven when wanting to pay for higher bonds.
What is the process for bailing someone out?
Usually a family member or friend contacts the bail bond company via phone to start the bail process. While on the phone consultation, you will be asked basic questions regarding the situation. The reason behind this is to assess the risk of the arrestee and begin the bond approval process. Once the bond is approved, the family or friend will need to sign bail bond documents that include an application, an agreement and a receipt. Once the paperwork is finished and payment has been received, our highly trained licensed bail bondsman will post the bail bond at the jail.
Is financing available?
We offer interest-free financing and affordable payment plans that suit your situation. Collateral bonds for qualified individuals are also available. We accept co-signers, but please understand your responsibilities and duties as a co-signer before singing.
What is collateral?
Collateral is something of value that can be held as security for the repayment of the debt with the bail bond company. Collateral also ensures that the defendant will show up to each and every one of their court dates until the case is over. Most forms of collateral are typically real estate or cash. The bail bond company will return all collateral once the case is dismissed and any or all debts are paid.
What are my responsibilities if I bail someone out?
When you bail someone out of jail, you are deemed the bail bond indemnitor. This means that you are taking full responsibility for the defendant to show up at each and every one of their court dates. The court issues regarding court appearances can be easily resolved with a phone call.