FAQ: Will I get my bail money back?
If you post the entire bail amount directly to the court or jail, then once the case is resolved you will get that money back, less any fees.
However, the fee paid to an Alameda bail bondsman is not returned.
This fee is paid in exchange for the bondsman assuming the risk of the defendant returning to court.
The advantage to the bail fee is simply that it is 10% of the full bail amount. Alameda bail amounts vary greatly, but a bondsman is typically used in bail over $10,000. Most individuals simply do not have $10,000, $25,000, $100,000 or more that they are able to, or want to, give to the county for the duration of a court case.
Court cases may be over within a month, but many drag out significantly longer. The more serious the charges, the longer the case is apt to go on. Once the case is complete, the county has 90 days to return bail to an individual. However, if the court has imposed fees to the defendant, return of bail money will be delayed until payment is received on the behalf of the defendant.
Call Adelante Bail Bonds at 510-291-4169 for additional information on Alameda County Bail Bonds.