My cousin was arrested for unpaid traffic tickets and her bail is $1,572. Does this mean we can just pay $157.20 to a Santa Clara bail bonds company?
The chances of your finding a bail bonds company that is willing to help you with such a small bail bonds amount is very slim. The reason for this is that state law prohibits bail bonds companies from charging more than 10% to transact bail bonds. The problem, is that the cost for the company to transact this bail bond will be more than they are legally allowed to charge for it. (There are fees that need to be paid to the surety that backs the bail bonds company, there is another fee that needs to be paid to the bondsman who goes to the jail and there is a chance that the person who helped write the bail bond may receive a small commission if the bond goes through.) When defendants have very small bail amounts the family may want to consider posting cash bail, which involves putting the full bail amount up with the jail, in cash. For more information on how that would work in this case you’ll want to speak with a local jailer.