I was arrested last month and hired a Gilroy bondsman to help get me out of jail. I missed my court date because I was sick. The guy who helped me called a few days later saying I had a new court date, they made sure the “failure to appear” warrant was lifted and were able to get my bond reinstated. He is also now saying I need to pay them $300 for taking care of that. I already paid the full 10% to purchase my bond. Are they allowed to come back and try to charge me more? I thought this was not allowed.
You mostly have that right. The cost to purchase bail bonds in Santa Clara County is set according to state law and that rate is 10%. When a defendant does not appear in court a bench warrant is issued for their immediate arrest. If this happens the defendant will need to contact their bondsman right away in order to get this resolved and have the case put back on the calendar. It sounds as if the court contacted the person who helped you directly, and they took care of this for you. The fee they are wanting to collect sounds like a fee based on the company handling this themselves. You will still want to call and speak with them directly to make sure this is correct.
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