Even though bail and bail bonds essentially perform the same function, they are somewhat different. Many people will have heard the terms on television shows or in the movies, however the perception given and the reality can of course be very different. For professional assistance, people should call a bail bonds Newport Beach company.
Considering both are integral parts of the judicial system, they can easily be confused as they are interchangeable. By getting out of jail, a defendant is free to pursue their daily lives and prepare their legal defense. Both work in conjunction to have a defendant released from custody however, both can be used together, but only one can be used independently. Sound confusing? Let us explain.
When an individual is arrested, they will be conveyed to a local law enforcement station to go through the booking process. In California, a defendant will find out whether they are eligible for bail following the booking process. They will then be permitted to make one phone call for assistance. They could also find out at this time, exactly how much their bail will be.
Once the bail amount is known, the amount needs to be raised and paid before the defendant can be released from custody. As the state of California has the highest amounts of bail anywhere in the United States, raising bail can be virtually impossible for many people. However, if they can manage to make the bail, they will then be free to leave custody and live their daily lives until their court case. There are always conditions associated with any bail and in order to remain free, the defendant must adhere to the conditions.
If a defendant fails to meet the conditions and does not show up to court when required, bail will be revoked and a bench warrant issued for their arrest. This falls on the taxpayers as Government resources will be used to track down and apprehend the defendant. The defendant will lose any bail and/or collateral put up to secure their release, and they will not be eligible for bail again.
While bail bonds also help a defendant get released from custody, the process is rather different. A bail bonds company such as ours will post the bail on behalf of the defendant for a non-refundable fee. The California Department of Insurance (CDI) mandates that the fee must be 10% of the entire amount of bail. For example, if bail has been set at $35,000, then the fee will be $3,500.
Our bail bonds firm can even organize a payment plan for those clients who qualify. This is just one of the many ways in which our bail bonds company assists our clients in their hour of need. One the fee has been organized and the necessary paperwork completed, our bail bonds company will post the bail on behalf of the defendant. The defendant and any co-signer/s are then responsible to the bail bonds company to ensure the defendant adheres to all conditions associated with their bail bond.
If the defendant flees, the onus falls upon the bail bonds company to track down and apprehend the defendant. All associated fees and costs will fall upon the defendant and any co-signer/s. This alleviates financial pressure from the taxpayer.
If you find yourself in the position of requiring a bail bonds company, call us immediately on (949) 424-0390. You can contact us at any hour over a 24 hour period, as we are available on a 24/7 basis, 365 days a year. Even more valuable information is available by visiting our website.