If you have learned that someone you care for has been arrested and detained in one of the San Diego jails, you do not need to work with a San Diego bail bondsman in order to get them released.
An alternative to purchasing a bond would be to post cash bail. In cases such as this a friend or family member would need to take the full amount of the defendant’s bail, in cash, and post it with the jail. The jail looks at that money like an insurance policy. So long as the defendant returns to court when needed in order to resolve the case, that money will be refunded, less administrative fees, to the person who posted it. There is no set time for the return of cash bail and it can often times take several months. If the defendant does not go to court and decides to flee, the money is considered forfeited.
San Diego bail amounts are among the highest in the nation and many people do not have immediate access to large sums of money. If they do, most are reluctant to have it tied up with the court for extended periods of time. This is why many people choose to work with an expert San Diego bail bondsman.
When you hire a San Diego bail bondsman they will, for a fee, post a paper bond with the court. This piece of paper promises two things. The first is the defendant will return to court when required. The second if the defendant fails to appear in court the bondsman and the contract signer are responsible to return the defendant to court.