South Gate Bail Bonds FAQs
What are Bail Bonds?
A bail bond can also be referred to as a “surety bond” because it is a contract that the bail bondsman makes with the client. This contract guarantees that the bail bondsman is who he or she says he or she is and that he is backed by an insurance company. The contract states that the bail bondsman will post the full bail amount on behalf of the arrestee and that if the defendant fails to appear to court, then the bail agency is responsible for the full bail amount.
How do they set the Bail Amount?
When the courts come up with the bail amount, they put a number of things into consideration, such as public safety. The more severe the charges are and the bigger threat the arrestee poses to the community will alter the bail amount.
What happens when someone is arrested?
When a person is arrested in any city, they will be taken to the nearest jail from the location of the arrest. Once they get to the jail, the arrestee will undergo some initial screening and then they will need to complete the booking process. After the booking process, the defendant will undergo the fingerprint scan to determine if he or she has any outstanding warrants. Once that is complete, the jailer will then clear the inmate for bail, at which time, you could bail your loved one out of jail. This whole process could take several hours depending on how busy the jail is at that time.
How much are bail bonds?
In most states in America, the price for a bail bond is 10% of the full bail amount. The bail bondsman cannot legally charge you more or less than this amount. This law is set so that the bondsman is properly compensated for taking the risk of posting bail and to make sure that the defendant doesn’t get overcharged. However, we do offer the option of financing if you cannot come up with the full 10% of the bail bond.
How can I pay for a bail bond?
There are a number of ways to pay for the bail bond. At Sunrise Bail Bonds we accept all major credit cards, debit cards, atm cards, and personal checks. We do also offer the option of financing a bail bond and we will work out a payment plan that works for you. However, if you choose to finance the bond, then we may need to collect some form of collateral.
Can I pay the full bail amount?
Yes you can definitely pay the full bail amount if you have it and you would pay it directly to the court. This would mean that you do not need to consult a bail bondsman. If you do pay the full bail amount, then you would have to either pay in cash or a cashier’s check.
What counts as collateral?
Collateral is anything that you can post up of value that backs up your loan or finance. This means that if you were to stop paying off your payments, then we would have the right to take ownership of whatever collateral you posted. The value of the collateral should be worth as much or more than the amount of the bail bond. This is just to make sure that the bail bondsman will get paid.
When will I receive my collateral back?
When we collect some form of collateral, we will return it once we have no more use for it. If we collected the collateral in order to take the bail bond then you will receive it back when the case is completed. If we collected the collateral for a payment plan, then you will receive it back when you have completed all of your payments.
What do I do if I fail to appear to court?
If you for some reason fail to appear to court, then you must contact your bail bondsman immediately and explain your situation. The bail bondsman will then contact the court and ask for a new court date and will explain your situation. The court will then set a new court date to accommodate your situation.
Can I find a Cheap Bail Bond Company?
The bail bond amount is set by the Department of Insurance, which is set at 10% of the full bail amount. This is set by the state and would be illegal for any bail agency to charge you anything less or more than the 10%.