Whittier Bail Bonds FAQs :
What exactly is a bail bond?
Another name for a bail bond is a surety bond. A bail bond is basically a contract that is issued by a state licensed bail bondsman. The bail bondsman can issue this contract because they are backed by an insurance company that supplies the money for the bail bond. This money is used for the court payment and the bail agent will be responsible for the money if the arrestee fails to appear to court. Make sure that you are always dealing with a licensed bail bondsman.
What happens after getting arrested?
The steps that occur after someone is arrested vary in certain areas, so it may be different depending on where the person is arrested. However, the usual process is that the arrestee will be taken to the police station for booking. The defendant will have his or her personal belongings confiscated and then they will have to answer some questions and go through a fingerprint process to see if they have any warrants or is wanted by any other agency. The arrestee could await trial in jail, which will usually be up to 48 hours after being arrested, or they could bail out of jail and be scheduled a much later court date. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us at any time.
What determines the bail amount?
There are a lot of things that determine the bail amount. The court will take public safety into consideration when reviewing all of the arrestee’s charges. The more dangerous and serious the charges are on an individual, the higher the bail will be. This is to ensure that the defendant realizes how severe his or her charges are and will hopefully stop them from committing the crime again.
How much does a bail bond cost?
In most states all throughout the United States, a bail bond will cost 10% of the total bail amount. Some states will set a different rate but the standard rate is 10%. This is a one-time fee that the bail bond agency charges to post the bail and this money will not be refunded to you after the trial.
Can I only use cash to pay for a bail bond?
No, of course not, at Sunrise Bail Bonds Whittier we accept most forms of payment. We accept cash, visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and personal checks. We also offer the option of a payment plan or financing, but there may be some form of collateral involved depending on the situation. If you have any further questions regarding collateral, feel free to contact one of our agents at any time.
How does bailing someone out of jail work?
In order to bail someone out of jail, the jailer will have to clear them for bail, and then you could contact one of our agents to begin the process. You will have to provide some personal information and fill out some paperwork, claiming responsibility for the inmate if he or she does not show up to their assigned court date. Once all of the paperwork is done, our agent will get if verified with the jailer at the police station and then the inmate will be released to your custody.
Can I finance a bail bond?
Sunrise Bail Bonds Whittier offers free financing and will try our best to create a payment plan that fits your situation. We also offer collateral based financing, which will usually be a lower monthly payment. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact one of our highly trained agents.
How does collateral work?
Collateral is when you pledge something of value for the repayment of a loan to ensure that you repay the debt on time. This means that if you fail to repay the loan according to the contract you set up with the company, then they could take ownership of the collateral as payment. Bail Bond agencies will sometimes take collateral to ensure that the inmate shows up to court, depending on how high risk the bond is. The bail bond company must return all collateral once the trial is over.
What is my responsibility for bailing someone out of jail?
When you decide to bail someone out of jail, you are taking full responsibility to make sure that the inmate shows up to their assigned court date. If the defendant decides to skip bail and not show up to court, then you will be responsible to come up with the full bail amount or turning in the inmate.
What are the consequences for missing my court date?
If you bail out of jail and for some reason forget to show up to court or some issue occurs that prevents you from going to court, then you will have to contact the bail bond agency who will then contact your lawyer and arrange a new court date. Most courts will understand that life happens and will easily assign a more probable court date.