Myth: A bondsman will not post bail bonds in Alameda County, CA unless I am able to pay in full, in cash.
This all depends on the company you choose to work with. Although there are certainly a number of agents that require the full cost of a bond be paid up front, in full, in cash, there are others that allow their clients to pay via debit or credit card, Western Union, wire transfer or cashier’s check. Some companies even offer a zero percent bail bonds financing option to those who need to pay the balance off over time.
Myth: It’s best to call around to a number of companies to make sure I get the best deal on a bond.
The California bail industry is regulated by the state Department of Insurance (DOI) and they, not individual company owners, set the rate at which bondsman are to charge their clients. That rate is 10%. No matter where in California a person is arrested, the cost to purchase a bond will be the same.
Myth: I need to meet with a bondsman in person in order to get someone out of jail.
This also depends on the bondsman you work with. There are some companies that allow clients the option of bail by fax and email. In this instance the contract can be sent to you electronically. Not only is this often the fastest and easiest way to get someone out of jail, it can be especially convenient if it is late at night or if you are unable to drop everything to meet an agent at their office.
If you have additional questions about how bail bonds work in Alameda County and how to get the person you care for out of jail fast, call Adelante Bail Bonds now at 510-291-4169 for a free, confidential consulatation.