When someone is arrested in Santa Clara County they will likely be permitted to bail out of jail. Being out on bail allows the defendant to resume their day-to-day life while waiting for court appearances.
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Bail is most commonly posted in one of two ways: by posting cash bail or by posting a bail bond.
In the instance of cash bail, a friend or family member of the defendant would need to post the full bail amount with the jail in the form of cash or cashier’s check. If the defendant goes to court as needed and meets all their necessary obligations that bail money will be refunded at the conclusion of the case, less administrative fees, to the person who posted it. That return is not immediate, though, and it can take several months or more for the case to be complete.
A bail bond, on the other hand, is a legally binding contract between a bail agency and cosigner which guarantees to the court that the defendant will show up for appearances.
Most people choose to seek out the assistance of a bondsman to help get the defendant out of jail because the cannot afford the cash bail.
The California bail industry is regulated by the Department of Insurance and they are the agency that sets the rate at which bondsmen are permitted to charge their clients. That cost of bail in Santa Clara County and throughout California is 10% of the full bail amount.
This means that if someone’s bail has been set at $20,000, you can expect to pay $2,000 to a bondsman to purchase a bond.
Bail Bond Responsibility
When you bail someone out of jail, keep in mind that you are taking responsibility to not only pay for the bond, but also that the defendant will go to court. If you have arranged a payment plan for the bail bond you are also promising that the bond will be paid as specified in the contract regardless of the disposition of the case.
In other words, if the defendant is innocent or the case is dropped, the fee is still due to the bondsman.
If the defendant decides to flee their court appearances, you are agreeing to help the bondsman return the defendant to court. Generally, the court allows six months to return the individual to court.
For simple missed court appearances, your bondsman can help you arrange a new court date.
In the rare instances where the defendant is actively evading court, you are agreeing to be responsible for paying the cost of returning them to court or the full cost of their original bail to the court as a penalty if the individual cannot be found. It should be noted that these are extreme and rare cases.
Experienced Santa Clara Bondsman
At Adelante Bail Bonds, we have more than 40 years of experience in helping people get out of local jails.
A licensed, professional bondsman will take the time to explain how Santa Clara bail bonds work and will answer any questions you might have about the process.
Call our office at any time, day or night at 408-899-5755 to be directly connected to an expert Santa Clara bail bondsman.