If arrested, what are the available release options?
There are five release options available: surety bail bond, cash bond, property bond, own recognizance (O.R.), and citation release.
What does "forfeiture" mean?
Forfeiture occurs if a defendant fails to appear in court as scheduled. In this event, the bail bonds company has approximately six months (depending on the State and type of bond) to "surrender" the defendant to the court with no financial consequences. If this does not happen, the bond is payable to the court by the bail bonds company.
What is a "premium"?
A "premium" is the amount paid to a bail bonds company for the many services and financial risks assumed by the bail bonds company on behalf of the defendant. The amount of this premium is usually 10 percent of the amount of the bail. This is similar to payment of any premium for an insurance policy.
Are bail bond agents licensed and registered?
Yes, bail bond agents must undergo a background check, pass a four-hour examination and obtain a license from the California Department of Insurance. To maintain the license, agents must attend six hours a year of continuing education.
How much does a bail agent charge?
Per state law, a bail agent charges the amount of the premium.
What is a bail contract, and what are the main terms?
A bail contract spells out the relationship and obligations of the defendant, the court, the bail bonds company, the surety insurance company behind the bond and the indemnitors of the bond.
What is the duration of a bond?
A bond is in effect until the defendant completes his obligations to the court. This usually means that it ends when the defendant has appeared at the final scheduled court date. Most Surety Bail Agreements are “per annum” (must be renewed at anniversary date).
What is "collateral"?
Collateral is usually supplied by relatives and friends of the defendant and provides added financial security to ensure that the defendant appears in court when he or she is supposed to. Collateral can be in the form of anything of financial value that is legally pledged to back up the promise that the defendant will appear on his or her appointed court date.
What happens if the defendant fails to appear?
This is considered a "forfeiture."
Is the premium paid refundable?
No. The premium amount is for the many services provided by the bail bonds company to release the defendant from jail and make sure he appears in court. The premium is not refunded when the defendant appears in court, even if the charges are dropped.
When do I get my collateral back?
Collateral is returned to its owners immediately following the payment of all premiums and the exoneration of the bond by the court.
What does "exoneration" mean?
A bond is exonerated when the defendant appears on the final court date as scheduled. This means that neither the people who supplied collateral nor the bail bonds company has any further financial obligation to the court in reference to the defendant's case.
What is a "misdemeanor" crime?
Misdemeanors are defined as crimes that are punishable by up to one year in the county jail, such as petty theft and drunk driving.
What is a "felony" crime?
Felony crimes are crimes that are punishable by one year or more in a state prison. Examples of felony crimes are rape, murder and armed robbery.
What is a defendant?
The person arrested.
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102 Lincoln Ave.
Salinas, CA 93901
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