If you have been notified that a friend or family member has been detained by the Los Gatos Police Department you will want to do your best to remain calm. You will want to grab a pen and paper and take down some important information. This will be helpful when you begin the bail bonds process. Be sure to ask the defendant for the correct spelling of their first and last name, their date of birth, booking number if they know it, bail amount if they know it, the nature of the crime they are being accused of and how long ago they were taken into custody.
You will then want to reach out to an expert bondsman. The cost to purchase bail bonds in Los Gatos will be 10% of the total bail amount. Some companies will require you pay up front in full whereas others can be more flexible in terms to payment of the balance. Every California bondsman is required to charge the same rate but that is not to say that all agencies are alike. There are several things you will want to consider before you decide who to hire.
- How long has the company been around?
- Do they have a Yelp page and/or are they accredited with the BBB?
- What types of payment do they accept?
- Can they help you with a payment plan?
- What are the eligibility requirements?
- Will you need to pay off the balance within 12 months or can they be flexible with the length of the term?
- Will you need to go to their office to fill out paperwork or can they help you with online bail bonds by fax and email?
- Can they help you on nights, weekends or holidays?
- Are they licensed to negotiate and transact Los Gatos bail bonds?
- Can an agent be dispatched to your location if that is most convenient?
- Will collateral be required or does their company offer no collateral bail bonds?
- Do you get the sense that the person you are speaking with genuinely cares about helping you through this situation?
Getting someone out of jail is not nearly as complicated as you might assume. The person you are speaking with will begin by asking you to provide information relating to the defendant’s arrest and bail amount. They will also ask several other questions pertaining to how long they have lived in the area, if they rent or own, whether they are employed, the type of work they do, if they have family that lives in the area and whether you think they will go to court. The bondsman may as you a similar set of questions. They may inquire what your relationship is to the defendant, how long you have known each other and if you own your home. If you need assistance with a monthly payment plan they will also ask several questions about the health of your credit.
The next step involves filling out a bail bonds agreement form. This document will take about 10 minutes to complete. Once this is done and payment has been arranged an agent will be sent to the Santa Clara County Jail to post the bond.
The most important thing you want to remember about arranging Los Gatos bail bonds is that you are taking responsibility the defendant go to court and handle their case. If they have been accused of a minor crime there will likely be just one hearing. If they have been accused of something more serious they may need to appear on several occasions. You will also want to remember that the fee you pay to a bondsman is just that- a fee. It is earned in full at the time your loved one is released from jail. It will not be refunded in part or in full regardless as to whether the case is dismissed, dropped, if charges are not filed or if they are found not guilty.