Our intention with How Bail Works is to give you the both the legal definition as well as the layman’s understanding.
For most people, the understanding of the bail process is limited to what they see on television and other media. That picture is fairly limited.
To get technical, the Alameda bail bonds process involves the exchange of a fee for a defendant’s release from jail.
By paying bail, you are guaranteeing that the defendant will return to court after he or she is initially released from jail to further address the case. Court cases can take weeks, months and even years to resolve.
By allowing defendants to post bail (a constitutional right), the individual is free to go about their daily life during the duration of the judicial criminal process.
The Bail Process
When someone is arrested in Alameda County, they will be taken to the local detention facility for booking. Personal property will be collected and held until they are released from the jail.
The defendant will have been fingerprinted and photographed and a background check and warrant search has been completed.
At some point, the defendant will be allowed to make a phone call so that they can make arrangements for personal situations and bail by calling either a friend or family member or a licensed bail bondsman.
Bail in Alameda County is set according to the bail schedule. The type of crime will determine how high or low the bail amount is. The judge will look at the severity of the crime, the flight risk of the defendant, and whether or not they are a repeat offender when setting their bail.
Posting a Bond
Once bail is set, the defendant is eligible to post bond. If the amount is low enough, it may be possible to pay the full amount directly to the jail or court. Once the court case has been resolved, this money should be returned to you, minus any fees.
Bail amounts in California are amongst the highest in the nation. It may not be possible to post the full bail amount for your friend or family member.
Cost is why many people seek the help of a licensed bail bondsman. The cost for a bail bond is only 10% of the defendant’s total bail. For example, if the bail is set at $12,000 then you will only need to pay $1,200 for a bond.
This fee is retained by the bondsman and will not be returned after the case is concluded. This is paid to the bondsman in exchange for assuming the risk and paying the bond for the defendant.
Alameda Bail Bond Process
If you need more information about the Alameda bail bond process, call to speak with a licensed, professional bondsman at 1-510-291-4169.
We are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. We can answer any questions you have and get started on the bail bond paperwork right away. Our simple forms can be completed in person, by fax or email, or over the phone. It will only take a few minutes to complete the paperwork.
Payment for the bail bond can be made with cash or credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. For some clients, we can make payment plans to help ease the heavy cost of a bail bond. There is never an additional cost to finance a bail bond.
The bail bond process can be complicated, but with the help of one of our experienced bondsman it can be simplified.
Call us now for information about the Alameda bail bond process at 510-291-4169.