Bail bonds always need to be paid for in full, in cash, before the defendant can get out of jail.
This more depends on the Livermore bail bonds company you’re working with. Some agents still require their clients pay up front whereas others allow their clients to pay the balance off over time. If someone you care for has been arrested by a member of local law enforcement and you don’t have immediate cash on hand to pay the bondsman in full, be sure to ask if they can help you with a bail bonds payment plan.
The money I pay to the bondsman will be refunded when the defendant’s case is over.
Many people get confused on this point so it’s best to explain the difference between cash bail and bail bonds. If a person is able to take the defendant’s full bail amount to the jail, in cash, the jail will allow them to be released. They will hold onto that sum and as long as the defendant makes all of their necessary court appearances the money will be refunded to the person who posted it after the case is over. Most people are unable to pay cash bail. This is where the commercial bail industry comes in. For a fee equal to 10% of the defendant’s total bail amount a bondsman will post a piece of paper at the jail called a bond. This promises two things. One, the defendant will return to court when required. Two, if they decide to flee and cannot be returned to the system within six months the bondsman and the person who cosigned the bail contract will be on the hook to pay the defendant’s full bail amount to the court as a penalty.
Bail agents taken on a certain amount of liability every time they post a bond. This is why they charge a nonrefundable fee for their services.
If you want to talk to an agent to learn more about how bail works, we can help. Call Adelante Bail Bonds now at 510-291-4169. Someone is available to take your call 24-hours a day.