Below is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions we get in the bail bonds industry. If you still have questions after reading don’t hesitate to call us. Avenger Agents are standing by 24/7.
- How does bail work?
- How much does bail cost?
- Can I put some down now and make payments?
- How long is the release process?
- They gave me a court date. Is it the only one?
- I missed my court date! What do I do?!
- What happens when my case is over?
- How long is my bail good for?
- I went to court but they didn’t file charges. What does that mean/What do I do now?
How does bail work?
Bail is a type of insurance. Any agent who posts bail on your behalf must be licensed through the California Department of Insurance. When you post bail you are purchasing an insurance policy for the court, in the amount of your bail, that guarantees your appearance in court. The amount you pay for your bond is the premium on the insurance. Hence you don’t actually pay the full bail amount unless the court appearance policy is violated.
How much does bail cost?
Bail costs are set by the State and in California are listed at 10% of the total bail amount. For instance, if you or your loved one has a listed bail amount of $10,000, you can pay a licensed bail agent 10% of that amount ($1,000) for them to assume the liability for the full sum and get you out of jail. It is possible for insurance companies to file for slightly lower rates. However, be very careful when receiving discounts for bail bonds. If the rate is not approved with the agents insurance company AND the state it is illegal. Just because one agent can doesn’t mean another can. Always ask for their license information to protect yourself from being involved in any kind of fraudulent situation, or you may end up needing bail also.
Can I put some down now and make payments?
Not all bail companies are willing or capable of allowing their clients to make payments on the price of their services. At Avenger’s we understand the strain these unexpected, and often catastrophically high, costs can put on you and your family. Your financial stability is extremely important to us. If needed, we will work with you to facilitate an INTREST FREE payment plan that is realistic and comfortable for your budget. We believe that facing your legal defense out of jail— with your support system and dignity—is a serious entitlement for all Americans and we strive to help as many people as possible take advantage of their right to bail.
How long is the release process?
Avenger bondsmen put a tremendous amount of importance on getting your bond processed and posted with the appropriate jail as quickly as possible. Our paperwork can easily be finished in under an hour. Unfortunately once the bond is submitted to the jail, the wait is subject to their schedule and release times; which can vary widely by location and staff. Typical jail release times are between 6-10 hours but can be much quicker or longer. By law the jail must release an individual within 24 hours of accepting our bond. Our agents are diligent in keeping an in person presence at the jail and placing frequent calls until our clients are out of custody.
They gave me a court date. Is it the only one?
Depending on the charges, open cases often face multiple court dates. Each of these mandatory appearances is assigned after the completion of the previous hearing. It is very important to be aware of all necessary court appearances in order to avoid bench warrants that will void your bail release. Always ask the judge or your representation for clarification if you are unclear with the court’s requirements.
I missed my court date! What do I do?!
Making your court dates is extremely important. However, if you are out on bail and miss a court appearance due to circumstance or emergency, do not panic. Avenger Bail Bond does not want to see you back in custody. If you are facing a bench warrant for re-arrest after missing a court date, please contact us immediately. Bail companies are able to submit Letters of Reinstatement to the court on behalf of their clients. These letters of reinstatement will put your bond back in good standing so that you are no longer subject to re-arrest for your non-compliance. Alternatively, if you are taken back into custody before a Letter of Reinstatement has been requested, a new bond will have to be issued at your expense. Your missed court date does not have to be a source of anxiety and can be corrected quickly if we are contacted in time!
What happens when my case is over?
How long is my bail good for?
I went to court but they didn’t file charges. What does that mean/What do I do now?