Q. My fiance was arrested last night and his bail has been set at $20,000. I’ve heard that when you hire a San Jose bail bonds company you only need to pay 10%, which I can do, but we just don’t have the means to pay the other $18,000 to get him out. How does all of this work? How do most people pay for Santa Clara bail bonds?
A. Yes, it is true that when you hire a bondsman that your fee will be equal to 10% of the defendant’s bail amount, so in this case, $2,000. As long as your fiance goes to court when he is supposed to and finishes his case you won’t need to pay the bail bonds company any additional fees. (If the court imposes fines or monetary penalties as part of his sentence, that is a separate issue.) The only time the full $20,000 would come into play is if your fiance decided to skip bail (aka, he makes a run for it) because he’s trying to evade prosecution. When this type of situation happens the bondsman and the person who cosigned for the defendant’s bail bonds have a set amount of time to get them back into the system. If they fail, the full initial bail amount becomes due to the court as a penalty.