Most people who have never needed to hire an expert Alameda bail bondsman before tend to use the terms bail and bail bonds interchangeably. What they don’t realize is the terms have different meanings.
Bail is an amount of money that, when posted with the jail, allows a defendant to return to their day-to-day life while awaiting their court date. California has some of the highest bail amounts in the country and the state’s average bail is about $25,000. The two fastest ways to get someone released from custody are posting cash bail or hiring an Alameda bail bondsman.
In the case of cash bail you would want to take the full bail amount, in the form of cash or a cashier’s check, and post it at the jail. The court will hold onto this money and as long as the defendant makes all of their necessary court appearances it will be refunded, in full, to the person who posted it once their case is over. This refund often takes several months to process.
If you don’t have immediate access to such a large sum of money you can hire an Alameda bail bondsman to post a bond. For a fee equal to 10% of the defendant’s bail amount the bondsman will post a piece of paper with the jail. This piece of paper promises if the defendant is released they will return to court when required. It also promises the bondsman will assume responsibility for the defendant’s full bail amount if they fail to appear and are not returned to custody within six months. All bondsmen are required to be licensed by the California Department of Insurance, so it may help to think of a bail bond similar to the way you’d think of an insurance policy.
If you have additional questions about the differences between bail and bail bonds, or you need help getting someone you care for released from jail, we can help.
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