In Order to Be Released from Jail You May Need to Get a Bail Bond
If you are arrested on anything other than a minor misdemeanor charge there is a likelihood that the Judge will require you to post bail before you will be released from custody.
One method of posting bail is to post cash bail. For example, if the bail amount is $75,000 you may post $75,000 cash with the court. The court will then release you but will hold onto that money to secure your attendance at each of your court appearances. Once your case is over the money will be returned to you. The problem with cash bail is that most people do not have large sums of money laying around that can be given to the court.
The other method of posting bail is through the use of a bail bond. Posting a bail bond will only cost you 10 percent (sometimes less) of the total bail amount. For example, if your bail is $75,000 you only need $7,500 to get a bail bond. However, you will never receive this money back. This constitutes the “fee” for the bail agent.
Sometimes the fee can be less than 10% and payment arrangements can often be made with the bail agent.
Because most defendants are financially unable to post their own cash bail, they seek help from a licensed bail agent who can post the bail for their release in the form of a bail bond. The bail agent then immediately becomes liable to the court for the full amount of bail if the you fails to appear for the court date.
If you need to obtain a bail bond please call Paul Tyler at (805) 889-9000. He will answer your call personally and will help you chose the right bail agent and obtain the best bail rate. The bail agents we work with will typically reduce the 10% fee to 8% and will issue the bond as quickly as possible.