When someone is arrested and taken to the Santa Rita Jail their friends and family often have lots of questions about arranging bail bonds.
If they have never needed to get someone released from custody before it wouldn’t be unusual for them to have no idea how the commercial bail industry works. A lot of times people will draw on what they know from television or the movies.
They likely understand that the cost to purchase a bond will be some percentage of the total bail amount. In California, these amounts are higher than anywhere else in the nation. Getting someone out of jail can be very very expensive. Is there a way to get a better deal? Does a Santa Rita Jail bondsman ever have a sale?
There are a lot of companies that will advertise having the cheapest bail bonds in town. This, unfortunately, is a very underhanded marketing strategy. Here’s why.
Everyone who is licensed to negotiate, transact and post Santa Rita Jail bail bonds is required to be licensed through the CA Department of Insurance (DOI). The DOI regulates the commercial bail industry in a number of ways. They tell company owners what they can and can’t name their agencies. They have strict guidelines about what is to be included in advertising.
They have also set the statewide rate that every bondsman is to charge their clients. That’s right. It doesn’t matter if the defendant was arrested in a major city or a small rural mountain town. The bondsman’s fee will be the same no matter where a person is taken into custody. This rate is 10%.
This can be a little bit confusing, especially if you’ve seen advertisements for 2% Santa Rita Jail bail bonds. How can that be?
Those advertisements are essentially a bait and switch marketing ploy. A client sees the rate, thinks they will be getting a deal and drives over to that office. When they start filling out the required paperwork they soon realize the discount rate refers to the amount of money they’d need to put down on a payment plan.
The full 10% will still need to be paid off before the balance is fully resolved.
The majority of Santa Rita Jail bail bonds professionals have strong ethical values but there are a handful that will use every trick in the book to lure in clients. Remember, anyone who says they can offer you the cheapest rates in town are only saying that to try to get your business.
For more information on Santa Rita Jail bail bonds contact an trustworthy bondsman in your area.