What Is bail?

What is Bail?

The temporary release of an accused person awaiting trial…

When a person is charged with a crime, there is a period before their required court appearance. During this period, the suspect must either remain in the custody of the judicial system or pay a certain amount of money in order to be let go. This amount of money is known in California as bail, and it can be paid by anyone directly to the jail or detention center.

In most every case, bail is given back to the person or persons who paid it at the end of the trial, regardless of guilt. Bail is returned only if the suspect goes to all of their court appearances, and he/she fulfills his/her legal obligations. These legal obligations can be such as phoning or checking in with a probation officer. Most of every person in California has the right to post a bail in their criminal case depending on their crime.

One method of releasing an accused is called recognizance. This means that the court trusts the suspect based on past behavior, or other factors enough to let them go without any bail paid upfront. The bail is only to be paid if the accused does not fulfill their legal duties, and court appearances as promised. The accused must also adhere to a strict set of laws and legal obligations. If these are not met, the bail amount is due and additional jail time may be added to any sentence.

Many people accused of crimes need to post bail in order to obtain their freedom. This can be done by the person’s family, or friends. However, if the money is unavailable, a company known as a bail bonds agency can post the amount for the accused. This situation is known as surety when a company, such as Always Fast Bail Bonds, agrees to take responsibility for the accused and posts the amount needed to release the detainee.

Because of this responsibility and the costs involved, Always Fast Bail Bonds receives 10% of the bail amount as payment from our clients. This is a California State regulated amount, and we only take payment upon successful completion of the trial. In some cases, the court may take 10% if a bail bonds company is not used. If our client misses any of their legal responsibilities while out on our bail, additional fees are applied.

In some rare cases, we use the resources of our bounty hunters, legally trained employees who find bail jumpers (people, we bailed out who did not show up for court appearances) and bring them back into custody. In these cases, the fees paid by the accused are even greater as they include payment for our bounty hunter services. Bounty hunters have authority to enter the premises of others, and they usually operate independently from law enforcement.

Always Fast Bail Bonds – San Diego County Bail Bonds Specialist – provides bail services throughout San Diego County. We are able to travel to meet with our clients. Always Fast Bail Bonds respects each and every client, and we provide highly confidential and professional bail bonds services for just about anyone.

Most bail bond premiums (fee) start at ten percent of the full bail amount. For example, if the full bail amount is $25,000.00, the premium for the bail bond is $2,500.00. These fees are established by the surety companies and regulated by the Department of Insurance.