Most people who have never needed to arrange for Santa Clara bail bonds tend to use the terms “bail” and “bail bonds” interchangeably. They are not, however, one in the same.
When someone is arrested and taken to one of the Santa Clara jails the crime they are being charged with will be cross-checked against a document called the county bail schedule. The bail schedule is set every year by a panel of Superior Court judges and it provides different bail amounts for different crimes. The more serious the crime, the higher the defendant’s bail will be.
Once bail has been set the fastest ways to get the defendant out of jail is by posting cash bail or by hiring a Santa Clara bail bondsman. For cash bail you’d take the full bail amount, in cash and post it with the jail. As long as the defendant makes all of their necessary court appearances that money will be refunded in full to the person who posted it at the end of the case.
Most people do not have immediate access to tens of thousands of dollars and instead decide to work with a bondsman. For a fee equal to 10% of the total bail, the bondsman will post a piece of paper at the jail called a bail bond. This bond promises if the defendant is released from custody they will return to court when required. The biggest difference between cash bail and Santa Clara bail bonds is while in cash bail your money is returned at the end of the case, the fee you pay to a bondsman is a fee- it’s not something you’ll get back.
At Adelante Bail Bonds we are here to help you at any time, day or night. Call our office now at 408-899-5755 to learn more.