Santa Monica Bail Bonds FAQs :
A bail bond is a document that is also known as a surety bond and is a contract between the client and a bail bonds agent. This contract is basically the client promising that the defendant will go to every court date until the case is over.
Who comes up with the bail amount?
The bail amount is set by the court and they will base the bail amount for each crime by determining the amount of danger it causes towards the public.
How much does a bail bond cost?
According to the California State Law, every bail bonds agent must charge a client ten percent of the original bail amount in order to complete the bail bond.
Are there any discounted bail bond agencies?
No, it is illegal for any bail bonds agency to charge anything other than the 10% of the full bail amount in the state of California. However, we do offer the option of setting up a payment plan if you cannot come up with the 10% of the bail amount.
What do I do after bailing someone out of jail?
When you choose to bail someone out of jail, you will need to fill out some paperwork promising that you will make sure the defendant shows up to all of his or her court dates. If the defendant fails to show up to a court date, then you will be held responsible for the full bail amount.
What happens if I miss my court date?
If you fail to show up to your court date, then you will have an arrest warrant issued out for you, but you could still fix it. Just contact one of our agents and he or she will give you the proper paperwork to get a new court date.
Do I need to use collateral?
The only way you will need to put up some form of collateral is if the bail is large enough and you have to use a payment plan to pay it.
Can I finance a bail bond?
Yes, here at Santa Monica Bail Bonds, we offer the option of financing a bond with no interest and we will negotiate a monthly payment that fits your budget.
What can I pay the bond with?
We accept most forms of payment such as cash, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, and personal checks. You could also finance the bond if you need to.
Do I get my collateral back?
Yes, any collateral that you may need to use for the bail bond will be returned to you once the case has been dealt with and the bail bond is exonerated.