How Do Bail Bonds Work In California?

April 20, 2023

Here is the video transcript:

Wondering how bail bonds work in the state of California?

Allow me to walk you through a typical bail bonds transaction:

When someone is arrested, they are taken to the nearest holding facility where they are fingerprinted, booked, and assigned a bail amount based upon the crime they are being accused of.

At this point, they have two options:

  1. Wait in jail for an arraignment, where they will plea guilty or not guilty, or
  2. Contact a bail agent to have their bond posted immediately so they can fight their case from the outside. This option allows the defendant to be free for the duration of their case up to the point of sentencing.

Once contacted, the bail agency will post a bail bond in the full amount.

When the defendant is released on a bail bond, their bondsman will provide them with their return court date and conditions of release.

From there, they are free during trial, and are allowed to continue with life as normal, so long as they remain within the jurisdiction of the court and abide by all post-release conditions.

This bail bond transaction can be considered a “temporary loan”, reason being, the bail amount paid by the bonding agency will be fully refunded to the family as long as the defendant appears in each and every court date until the case is closed.

This is why only 10% of the total bail amount or premium is due when you post bail for someone. Although 10% is the standard rate set by the Department of Insurance, we at Roger Sayegh Bail Bonds have infinite financing options and an excellent relationship with our surety company allowing us to qualify almost anyone.

If they’re bailable then we’re available.

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