It is not uncommon for a person to feel a little bit scattered when they find out they need to hire a bondsman to help get a friend or family member released from the Elmwood Correctional Facility. They may be on auto pilot when they meet with the bondsman and fill out the paperwork needed to get that person out of jail. Clients should keep in mind that a bail bond agreement is a legally binding document and they should take the time to understand what it is they are signing.
One of the most common mistakes people make is thinking the bail bonds premium will be refunded when the defendant’s case is over. Sometimes people will call the agent they worked with saying the charges were dropped, the defendant was found not guilty or the judge dismissed the matter entirely. “When can I expect to get my money back”, they ask. They do not realize that the fee that is paid to a bondsman is just that, a fee. It is not something that will be refunded.
Everyone who negotiates, transacts or posts bail bonds in Santa Clara needs to be licensed through the Department of Insurance. In that respect you can think of a bail bond as being similar to an insurance policy. It insures the behavior of the defendant, namely, that this person will appear in court. Much like your auto insurance premium is not refunded at the end of the year if you do not get in any accidents or tickets, the premium you pay to a bondman is not refunded when the defendant’s case is over.
If you need help getting someone out of the Elmwood Correctional Facility call Adelante Bail Bonds now at 408-899-5755. All calls are handled confidentially and consultations are always free.