Imagine it’s the middle of the night and you get a call from a loved one that he or she has been arrested. Your first instinct will likely be to inquire as to what happened. Next, you’ll probably start researching to figure out what needs to be done to get the accused out of jail. Depending on how much the bail is set at, you may or may not have access to enough cash to pay the bail outright. If you’re concerned about your ability to bail your loved one out without financial assistance, your first call will likely be to a reputable bail bonds company.

At Future Bail Bonds in Bloomington, we’re happy to help when you need us most and we’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We provide compassionate, fast bail bonds to residents of the San Bernardino area, and we’d love to help you too. Give us a call today for a free consultation and to learn more about our services. In the meantime, we’ve provided some tips on a few things to consider before you pick up the phone and call a bondsman.

Gather Information

The time following an unexpected arrest can be emotional and chaotic. While your first instinct may be to contact a bail bond company immediately, knowing what information you’ll need to provide can help make the phone call go a little more smoothly. At a minimum, try to have the following details about your loved one’s case when you pick up the phone:

  • Full name of the accused. This might seem like a no-brainer, but is one of the most important pieces of information.
  • Booking number. This is provided to your loved one when he or she goes through the booking process at the jail.
  • Defendant’s location. Where is the accused being held? Be sure to have the city, state, and name of the detention center.
  • Amount of bail. If you know this information, it is helpful to provide to the bondsman up front. If the bail amount hasn’t yet been set, the bondsman can work to find this information for you.

Gathering this basic information ahead of time will save you and the bondsman valuable time, and it can help move the bail bonds process along more quickly. If your loved one has been arrested and you’re not sure about what other information is needed, our friendly staff will gladly speak with you to assist.

What About Discounts?

This is a question that is commonly asked when customers are looking for fast bail bonds. The idea of saving money is alluring in any situation, and bailing a loved one out of jail is no exception. In the state of California, the standard premium for a bail bond is 10 percent of the bail. Whether or not a bondsman chooses to adhere to that standard is entirely up to that individual company. However, if the bond company chooses to offer premiums at a lower rate, they are in jeopardy of losing their license.

The bail bond industry is a highly regulated one, and California bail agents are expected to abide by the state’s bail laws as defined by the California Insurance Code. While it can be very tempting to seek out the bondsmen offering discounted premiums, remember that entering into a bail bond contract is a serious financial obligation. If a company is offering lower than 10 percent premiums, it’s worthwhile to inquire as to the fee breakdown to confirm what the end rate actually ends up being. At Future Bail Bonds, we believe in operating with full transparency. Our agents are licensed and bonded by the state of California, and we take our job very seriously, striving to provide only ethical, compassionate bail bonds.

Will You Need Collateral?

Whether or not collateral is necessary is something that varies widely by state. Some states allow the use of collateral in bail transactions and some don’t. California is a state that allows collateral to be used in bail bonds transactions, and real estate is the most common source of collateral. If you’re considering using valuable real estate for collateral, it’s always recommended that you seriously consider the reliability of the accused. If you’ve put something up as collateral and the defendant violates his or her bail conditions, you risk losing your valuable asset.

Many bail agents will require collateral if the bail amount exceeds a certain threshold as a means of financial recovery should the accused skip bail. Really, whether or not collateral is needed largely depends on various factors. When you call Future Bail Bonds, one of our experienced bondsmen will speak with you about your situation to determine whether or not collateral will be required, and if so, what forms are acceptable.

At Future Bail Bonds, our mission is to provide compassionate, fast bail bond services that help reunite families. For the convenience of our customers, we offer flexible premium payment plans and reminders about court dates to streamline the process. Our licensed, bonded professionals are always here when you need us, day or night.

Contact us at 909-990-5700 today to learn more!

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