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What is bail?

Everyone has a right to bail, which is an aspect of our legal system that allows for someone accused of a crime to be temporarily released from custody. In turn for release, either the full bail amount, surety bond, or property must be posted in order to guarantee that the defendant will appear in court. The amount of bail is determined by the court system.

What is a bail bond & how does a bail bond work?

A bail bond is much like insurance, offered by a third-party company or agency that guarantees the court that the bail will be paid in the event that the defendant does not appear as required.These bonds are offered at a premium – usually ten percent of the bond amount – that is non refundable.So if the bond set is $30,000, then the premium charged by the company is $3,000.

What is the difference between bond amount and bond premium?

The bond amount is set by the court system, and is the full amount of bail required to temporarily release the defendant. The bond premium is what a bond agency will charge, generally 10% of the total bail amount.

What is the Premium?

In Southern California, the premium is usually 10% of the total bail amount. This is a nonrefundable amount that the bail bond agency receives in return for putting up the bail to release the defendant.

When does a bail bond forfeiture take place?

When a defendant misses a court date, this will result in automatic bail bond forfeiture. A warrant will be issued for the defendant’s arrest, and the bail amount must be paid to the court or the bond must be reinstated.

How much does it cost to bail someone out of jail?

This specific question should be handled directly with a licensed bail agent like a Lopez bail bondsman. Please contact us by phone or through this website.

How do I pay for the Bail Bond?

We offer several payment options, but do require some sort of payment in advance of posting bond for a defendant – whether that is through cash, check or a credit card. We currently accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.