If you are like most people, you have never imagined you’d be asked to help arrange San Diego bail bonds for a friend or family member. Many people have very little understanding of the commercial bail industry. The only exposure they have to these types of businesses comes from what they have seen on television. Hollywood often gets it wrong.
First and foremost, you may be surprised to learn that an expert San Diego bondsman will not look like they just rolled out of a biker bar. This person has needed to undergo extensive training and pass a state licensing exam. Some companies only hire people who have college degrees.
You might not need to meet with the bondsman in person. Some companies always require clients come to their office but there are others who have begun to offer online bail bonds by fax and email. In this case you can fill out the necessary paperwork from your office, home or hotel room. Many people find that online San Diego bail bonds are the fastest and easiest way to get someone out of jail.
You might not need to pay up front, in full, in cash. This more depends on the company you choose to go with. Each one will work a little bit differently than the next. Some offer payment plans, some accept credit cards. Be sure to ask lots of questions before you sign any paperwork.
When you cosign San Diego bail bonds paperwork you are taking responsibility for two things. The first is that the defendant will go to court and handle their case. If this person skips bail and cannot be located within 180 days you could find yourself on the hook for their full bail amount. If the defendant is someone you do not know very well or if you haven’t spoken to them in years, you may consider asking them to call a close friend or family member.
The second thing you are taking responsibility for is payment of the bond. It is important to remember that the bondsman’s fee is non refundable. It does not matter if the case is dismissed, if the defendant is found not guilty or if charges are never filed. The money that you pay to a bondsman is not something you will get back.
Lastly, every San Diego bondsman is required to charge the same, 10% rate. This has been set according to state law. A bondsman who offers to sell you discount bail bonds runs the risk of losing their bail license, being fined, arrested and being sentenced to jail time.
If you have additional questions about how San Diego bail bonds work be sure to contact a trustworthy agent in your area.