Westminster Bail Bonds FAQs.
A bail bond is an agreement between a bail bondsman and the client stating that the bondsman will post the full bail amount on behalf of the client as long as the client ensures that the defendant will show up to his or her court date. This contract can only be given by a bondsman that is backed by a surety company. If the defendant decides to skip bail, then the bondsman is responsible for the full bail amount.
What are bail bonds?
The only things that you will need to qualify for a bail bond is money and a California ID to prove your identity. In some cases, you may need some form of collateral in order for our company to accept the bond application.
What do I need to qualify for a bail bond?
The state of California sets the cost of the bail bond, which is at 10% of the original bail amount and it is illegal for any bail bonds agency to charge a different price than that.
How much do bail bonds cost?
What is a bail amount?
A bail amount is the amount of money you need to pay the court in order to be released from jail before your court date. Once your case is finished, the bail money will be returned to whoever posted the bail at the court.
What is the purpose of a bail bond?
The purpose of a bail bond is so that you could bail out your loved one for 10% of the original bail amount, but this money will not be refunded to you once the case is finished.
Is there financing available for a bail bond?
Yes, We do offer the option of financing a bail bond, but we may need to collect some form of collateral, depending on your case.
When will I need collateral?
You will only need collateral if the bail bond is a good amount of money that requires a payment plan that will last at least half of a year. One of our bail bonds agents will notify you if we need some form of collateral for your bail bond.
When will I receive my collateral back?
Once the defendant’s case is completely finished, then your collateral will be returned to you unless you still have payments left on a payment plan, then it will be returned after your last payment.
What are my responsibilities for bailing someone out of jail?
If you choose to bail someone out of jail, then you are responsible for making sure that the defendant shows up to court. If the defendant skips bail, then we could hold you accountable for the full bail amount.
Do different bail bond agencies have different pricing?
It is illegal for any bail bonds agency to charge anything other than 10% of the full bail amount according to the law in the state of California.