How Bail Bonds Work
1st Class Bail Bonds is a Southern California Bail Bond Company dedicated to helping people get their friends and loved ones out of jail. We make the bail bonds process as simple and stress free as possibly. Each call we receive is different and each person's situation is unique so we tailor our bailbonds services to meet the needs of each individual client that calls us.
What Happens When You Call
Starting with the initial call, our bail bond agents will obtain the necessary information from you so we can:
- Verify where the person is in custody
- Determine if they have been fully booked
- Find out if the jail is planning on transferring them
- Get the bail amount, charges and court date
We will call you back and provide you with the information we have obtained from the jail. Then we explain the bail bond costs to you and what your obligations would be as Indemnitor if you decide to sign for the bail bond.
If you decide you want to bail the person out we will discuss payment options and make arrangements for you to sign the Bail Bond Agreement. Our bail agent will take the bail bond to the jail for you. There is no extra charge for this.
Release times vary from about twenty minutes to an hour at local police departments and anywhere from three to twelve hours and sometimes more at sheriffs departments and county jails. We give you the best estimate we can at the time we post the bail bond.
California Bail Bond Costs:
Generally, a California bail bond costs 10% of the total bail amount. For example, if the bail is $10,000 the bail bond would cost $1,000. The $1,000 is how we get paid to put up the full $10,000. You do not get the $1,000 back.
Once the person walks out of the jail, that money is spent. Whether they are out of jail for one minute or one year, it's the same price. If charges are not filed, the case is dismissed, the person was falsely accused, etc. you do not get the premium back. But on the other hand if the case goes on for several months, maybe a year, the person has the benefit of being free so they can work in between court dates.
Many people who get released on bail bonds feel they have a better chance of fighting their case because they will have better access to resources and can present a more favorable image to the judge dressed in a suit or nice clothes instead of a county jail jumpsuit.
Whatever you give us for collateral you do get back when the bail bonds are exonerated and the premium is paid in full.