Bail, bail bonds, and how the bail process works aren’t something most people think about until they’ve been arrested. The problem is that most people don’t know how bail works when they’re arrested and don’t fully understand what they’re getting into when they post their own bail, how to identify a trustworthy bail bonds agency from a con-artist, and what limitations will be placed on them once they’re bail is posted.
One of the reasons that so many people think they should post their own bail is because they’ve heard bail is refunded. And it is, but there’s a catch.
What many don’t realize is that while bail is refunded, that refund doesn’t appear until the court case has been completely resolved. Not fully understanding this and being in desperate need of the money back has forced some people to take plea bargains they wouldn’t have agreed to otherwise.
When you opt to use a bail bond rather than posting your bail yourself, you only have to come up with 10% of the total. This is the fee the bail bonds agency charges. That 10% isn’t refundable, but most find that it works out better for them, especially when they take advantage of our zero-interest payment program.
You can call around to different bail agencies for several different reasons, including:
What you shouldn’t do is spend hours on the phone with various bail bond agencies trying to negotiate for a lower bail. Bail bond agencies have nothing to do with the amount of bail money you need. The state of California creates bail guidelines and a judge uses those guidelines to determine how much you’ll need before you’re released from jail.
Each bail bonds agency has its policies regarding payment plans. If you already know that the 10% fee is going to be too much for you right at this moment, it’s in your best interest to ask about a payment plan. Making a monthly payment is often more feasible than paying the entire amount in a lump sum.
If you haven’t already contacted Lancaster Bail Bonds, now is the time to do so. We promise: