One of the first questions our clients have is about bail bond cost and payment.
It’s important to know that the bail bond industry is regulated by the California Department of Insurance. All bondsmen must be licensed by the Department of Insurance. This agency also determines how much a bondsman may charge for their services. The amount in California, and many other states, is 10 percent. This means that, if a defendant’s bail is $25,000 the fee (also called premium) for the bail bond will be $2,500.
There should never be additional fees or taxes added into the bail bond premium. A bondsman is also not allowed to offer “cheap bail” to clients.
If a company to offer you a “cheap bail bond”, is may be acting illegally.
In many cases, you may be getting a classic “bait and switch”. These agents are telling you that the price is reduced, but what they are actually doing is offering you a lower up-front rate while collecting the remaining amount with a payment plan.
You should always check if the company has had any complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau as well as the California Department of Insurance. This will tell you if you are working with a reputable bondsman.
For questions about Alameda County Bail Bonds call us at 510-291-4169.
Bondsmen require payment before posting a bond for any defendant. Payments can be made with cash or credit cards. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.
When the cost of a bail bond is too much for a client to afford, we offer payment plans to those who qualify.
This will help ease the financial burden by fixing a regular payment that fits with the client’s budget. There is no additional fee for financing.
There are rare instances where a client qualifies for an 8% bail bond premium, according to state restrictions.
No Collateral Bail Bonds
Many bail bond companies will require some form of collateral in order to ensure that the defendant returns to court after they have been initially released from jail.
The most common forms of collateral are real estate or cash. Once the case has been resolved, the collateral will be returned.
Some companies also offer “signature bonds” to clients, which do not require collateral. When you call us, ask if you qualify for a signature bond.
The amount of risk for the bondsman determines what type of bond is offered. Typically, if the bail is more than $150,000 or there is some other risk involved, like for foreign citizens, then collateral will be required.
When you call our office at 510-291-4169, a licensed, professional bondsman will give you a free consultation and guide you through the Alameda bail bond process.
We are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week and can post bail to any California jail at any time.