Do I have to Use a Bail Bondsman to Post Bail?
When someone you care about has been arrested it is likely you will want to help them get out. There are a few things you can do to help, but it is important to understand your options. For many people their initial thought often goes to the use of a bail bond to secure the release of their friend or relative. This is a great notion, but it may not be your only option.
Do I have to use a bail bond for bail?
To put it simply, no, a bondsman is not necessary to post bail.
In order to post bail for a friend or relative you simply need the total bail amount as set by the judge. However this number is often very high, such as $25,000 or more. If you do have that mount you can post cash bail directly at the jail. To do so you would take the $25,000 in cash or in the form of a cashier's check to the jailer to pay for the release of the defendant. Now, once the case has been settled in court you will be returned this money minus any fees. But do you have $25,000 on hand that you can let sit around for months and months as the case is deliberated? If you don't, you will likely want to get in touch with a bail bondsman.
Bail Bondsman Fees
By state mandate Bail bonds companies generally charge 10 percent of the total bail amount in order to post a bail bond. So if the bail is set at $25,000, it would cost you $2,500 to bail out your friend or family member using a bail bond. This is the fee paid to the bondsman for assuming the liability of the full bail amount. Bail bondsmen make posting bail financially affordable for the average citizen. While the amount paid to a bail bondsman is a premium that is not returned it is easy to understand how paying just 10% for a bail bond is much more affordable that coming up with $25,000.
You should also remember that if you do pay the full bail amount that if the person you bail out does not return to court or otherwise skips bail your money will be withheld until (and if) the person is caught. Should they go on the run the money you put up will be used to locate them. This means you may not get nearly all of that money back. For this reason it is important that you completely trust the person that you're bailing out of jail.
To learn more about the use of bail bonds in San Rafael or to begin the bail process be sure to reach out to 5 Star Bail Bonds. Fore more than five decades we have been helping people walk free as they await their day in court. Call 5 Star Bail Bonds at (415) 479-4800 to request more information about bail bonds in Marin County.
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