BAIL BONDS FAQs
What is a bail bond?
A bail bond is usually called a "surety bond". Which is a contract guaranteed by a state licensed bail bondsman who is backed by an insurance company. The bail agent guarantees the court payment of the full amount of the bond if the arrestee fails to appear for court as scheduled. Always deal with a licensed bail Bond company.
What happens when a person is arrested?
Depending on the location the person is arrested in. The person usually gets taken for processing at a local police station. At the police station the person gets finger printed and whatever personal property they have is confiscated by police. Some inmates can sit in a jail for up to 48 hours before they are sent to see a court commissioner. By law the state of CA. has up to 24 hours to get an arrestee to see a court commissioner on misdemeanors and 48 hours on felonies. If your not sure about the specific location of where someone was arrested in and you want to know what jail they are in. Call us here at Sunrise Bail Bonds. We will get all the information for you.
How is the bail amount set?
When a bail amount is set. Public safety is taken into consideration. The more severe or dangerous the crime the higher the bail amount may be. County bail schedules will generally include bail amount for the crime and also for extenuating circumstances. For example a bail schedule for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI or (DWI) will also include a higher amount for the DUI if there was an accident with an injury or fatality.
What is the cost of a bail bond?
In California and most states the bail bond price is 10% of the bail. Each state sets their rates and the rates are non-negotiable. There are no hidden fees or taxes for a bail bond. Example: if the bail is set at $25,000, then the fee charged is $2500. By law the bail bond Company cant charge more or less than that
How do I qualify for Sunrise Bail Bonds?
Since a bail bond is almost like a loan that you would apply for at a bank. The criteria will be somewhat the same
The indemnitor- the person signing for the individual arrested.
Stability- How long at present residence and amount of time at current job.
Ability to pay- Can the bond be paid in full if arrestee runs from the law to avoid time in jail.
Willingness to pay- Does the indemnitor have good credit or own assets that can be liquidated if the person fails to appear in court. What is the integrity of the person arrested? Have they been arrested before? and for what? Do they have a family and a job? Are they an American Citizen? Do they have a passport? Keep in mind that the criteria is based on the alleged crime and bail amount.
How do I pay for a bail bond?
Sunrise Bail Bonds accepts cash, visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. We know that sometimes our clients don't have the amount needed for a bail bond on hand. We do offer different payment options. Like flexible financing and payment plans. Usually there is no collateral needed. We will work with you, so give us a call for more information.
Can I just pay the jail for the full amount of the bail?
Absolutely yes you can! In order to be released on cash bail the person must post the full amount of bail in court. The amount may be paid by cash or cashiers check. The person must check with the bail clerk first to verify the forms of payment accepted at the particular jurisdiction. Some courts may have restrictions or other options. When its a large bail, the source of the funds may be verified to make sure they don't come from an illegal source.
What is the procedure for bailing someone out?
Usually the arrestee or family member contacts a bail bond company by phone to start the bail process. During the phone consultation you will be asked information about the situation. The reason for the questions is to better determine the risk of the bond and to begin the bail bond approval process. When the bail bond is approved the arrestee or family member will need to sign the bail bond documents. Which includes an application, Indemnity Agreement and receipt. When the paper work is finished and payment is received, our licensed bondsman will post the bail bond in person at the jail.
Do you offer financing?
Yes we do!
Sunrise Bail Bonds offer free financing
We will work out a payment plan that works for you.
We offer collateral based bail bonds to qualified applicants.
We accept co-signers, Please make sure you understand your responsibility as an indemnitor before signing.
What is collateral?
Something of value pledged for the repayment of a loan or to ensure that you will indeed pay the debt.
Bail bond companies will sometimes take collateral to ensure that the arrestee will appear in court. Most collateral used for bail bonds is in the form of cash or real estate. The bail bond company must return all collateral when the case is resolved.
If I use collateral for a bail bond when do I get it back?
You will get the collateral back after the resolution of the case and after all financial obligations have been met.
If I bail someone out of jail,what is my responsibilty?
When a person bails someone out of jail. They are called the bail bond indemnitor. Which means you take full responsibility to make sure the defendant shows up at their court appointment. Court issues regarding court appearances are easily resolved by a simple phone call.
What happenes if someone is bailed out and fails to show up to court?
If the failure to appear to a court appointment is a simple mistake. The defendant's attorney or bail bond company can most times make arrangements for the defendant to return to court or get a new appointment. Courts usually understand that problems arise or even unforeseen circumstances happen. This issue is very common and easily fixed.
How do I know I can trust your company?
Sunrise Bail bonds is a family owned business and has worked with the community for many years. Our goal is your satisfaction. You can also verify our bail bond license or any other company's license status by contacting the California Department of Insurance 1-800-927-4357
Can I find a cheap bail bond?
The cost of bail bonds in California are set by the Department of Insurance at 10% of the total bail amount. People often ask ( Will you do it for less?), ( Will you take 5% if I pay in cash?) It is illegal for any bail bond agent to offer to take 5% in the state of California.
What if charges are dropped the next day after posting bail do I get my money back?
No! All money is earned at the time the bail bond is accepted by the court or jail on behalf of the defendant. Our office has no control over the defendant's case or the bond once its been posted.