FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How does a bail bond work?
A: The State of California regulates the bail bond process. When a person is arrested, the judge in the county where the arrest occurred will set the bail amount according to the crime that was committed. After a person's bail has been set, a co-signer can work with the agents at 50 Bail Bonds to arrange for the bail to be paid and the defendant released. The normal fee for a bond is 10 %. This fee is regulated by the State of California. Every bail bond agency charges the same amount.
Q: What is required to bail a person out of jail?
A: A co-signer will need to provide the following three pieces of information if they want to bail a loved one or friend out of jail:
- Valid identification
- Stub from a recent pay check
- A utility bill that has their current address
The co-signer must also be 18 years of age or older and be a citizen of the United States.
Q: Does bail paperwork take long to complete?
A: From start to finish, bail paperwork takes as little as 20 minutes.
Q: What methods of payment can I use?
A: 50 Bail Bonds accepts several methods of payment. We take cash, checks credit cards, Western Union Quick Collect or money orders.
Q: After bail has been posted how long before my loved one is released?
A: Once bond has been posted, the defendant will be released as soon as the bonding process is complete. This can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on the size and location of the facility.
Q: Does the co-signer have specific responsibilities?
A: Co-signers who pay the bail to get someone out of jail agree to be responsible for them until their obligations to the court have been met. This means they will make sure the defendant appears at any mandated court hearings, informs 50 Bail Bonds of any changes to upcoming court dates and makes sure that all bond premiums are paid.
Q: What is defendant responsible for?
A: Defendants are required to report to the bail bonds office immediately upon their release from jail. Once the paperwork is finished, the defendant will then be given a copy of the contract that includes all upcoming court dates as well as a list of their responsibilities. When the defendant receives new court dates, they must report them to our local 50 Bail Bonds office by calling 818-772-6969 or Toll free at 877-50-BAILBOND. Defendants who are released on bail must attend all mandatory court hearings or risk forfeiting their bail money.
Q: What area does 50 Bail Bonds service?
A: We have offices in Beverly Hills, Van Nuys, Ventura County, Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley and San Fernando Valley. In addition to our offices in California, we are capable of providing nationwide coverage when it comes to posting bail and providing assistance with other matters related to bond issues.
Q: Can I give the money to someone else and allow them to co-sign the bond agreement?
A: You can provide the money and allow another person to sign the bail bond contract. If there would happen to be a refund, all monies will go to the person who actually signed the agreement.
Q: After the defendant appears in court, will my money be returned?
A: No. The premiums paid to post the bond are non-refundable. If, for some reason, we cannot post the defendant's bail, we will promptly issue a refund.
Q: Can 50 Bail Bonds resolve a warrant?
A: Yes, we can! Judges will issue a warrant if they want a person to appear in their court. You can post bond through 50 Bail Bonds at a local law enforcement agency without having to go through the process of being arrested, processed and taken into custody.
Q: Must I accompany the defendant to the 50 Bail Bonds office after they are released from jail?
A: The defendant must report to our local office immediately after they have been released from jail. You do not have to be with them to fill out the remainder of the paperwork.
Q: Are there benefits to posting bail for a defendant?
A: Posting bond offers the defendant many privileges. They are allowed to help in preparing their case and help to prevent them from being punished before they appear in court. Once a defendant is bailed out of jail, they can return to work or school. They can resume their daily activities and continue to provide for their families.
If you want to exercise your 8th Amendment Right, call 1-877-50-BAILBOND today.