Bail Bond FAQs
What is bail?
Essentially, bail is a cash deposit paid to a court. It’s used to persuade the court to release a suspect from jail. However, an understanding exists that the suspect will return for the trial or forfeit the bail and potentially be charged with failure to appear. Sometimes bail money is returned once the trial concludes, provided the suspect appears at all court dates.
How does the bail bond process work?
After you’re arrested, you’ll be booked into jail. Once booking is complete, a bail amount is determined. Your friends or family can contact a professional bail bond agent to begin the process and help you post bail. Bail agents can solicit, negotiate, and otherwise assist with bail undertakings on behalf of any surety insurer.
What is a bail bond?
Also known as a surety bond, a bail bond is a financial guarantee to the court that the defendant will appear at every court appearance required. If the defendant doesn’t comply, the bond can be forfeited and an arrest warrant can be issued.
Where can I get a bail bond?
It’s simple! Contact the friendly professionals at San Bernardino bail bonds. You can contact us by phone at 909-900-5700 or online. Our licensed and bonded bail agents will confidentially discuss your case and your options with you.
How much do bail bonds cost?
Usually, bail bond premiums are 10% of the full bail amount. For example, if the bail amount is $10,000, the premium, or fee, for the bond is $1,000. Fees are established by surety companies and strictly regulated by the Department of Insurance.
How long do bail bonds last?
Bail bonds are good for one year. If your trial goes beyond one year’s time, the premium needs to be paid again to keep the bond current.
Who is liable for the bail bond?
The co-signer, also known as the indemnitor, bears responsibility for the bond. Their liability is limited to the full face value of the bail bond.
What is collateral?
Collateral is considered to be money, property, or other items of value deposited with the bail bond company. Collateral will be held until the bond has been exonerated and the premium has been fully paid. However, collateral isn’t always required, as every defendant’s case is different.
What is an indemnitor / co-signer?
An indemnitor is a person who agrees to be financially responsible for the full amount of a bail bond, particularly if the defendant fails to attend a court appearance. If that happens, the indemnitor will be responsible for also paying any bail bond costs incurred. There can be more than one indemnitor on a bail bond and both are jointly liable, meaning that funds can be collected from either or both of them.
Can a tax return be used as a payment method?
Absolutely. Since your tax return is your credit, we’re happy to accept it as a payment solution. We can also assist you with free tax preparation if the return is going towards bail.
How can I find a bail bond agent?
Contact us online or by phone at 909-900-5700 and we can begin the process for you.
What if I’m calling from out of state?
No problem! The vast majority of our services can be handled over the phone, by fax, or online.
What are your hours of operation?
People can be arrested at any time of day or night. Because of that, we’re available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including holidays, to help get the bail process going.