Navigating California’s legal system can be overwhelming and frustrating, especially if you are unfamiliar with the vocabulary used by the courts, the complexities of the bail bond process, and, should you or a loved one be arrested, the rights granted to you by the United States Constitution. At Cecil C. Armstrong Bail Bonds, our friendly, knowledgeable professionals are here to answer any and all questions about bail bonds and the bail bond process, including the different types of bonds, and how each one functions to help get you or your loved one out of jail.
“Bail” is a part of the American legal system that allows a person accused of a crime, also called the “defendant,” to be released from custody so they can continue to going to work and spending time with their families while preparing for their day in court. In misdemeanor and felony criminal cases, bail can be a sum of money, a piece of property, or a bail bond posted by or on behalf of a defendant to guarantee they will appear in court on their scheduled court date. Should the defendant fail to appear in court, the bail will be “forfeited,” meaning the courts will keep the full amount of the bail (instead of returning it) or collect the full amount of the bond.
A bail bond, then, is a bond the defendant or family member of the defendant purchases to cover the cost of bail. Bonds are typically negotiated through trustworthy bail bond agents like Cecil C. Armstrong Bail Bonds, and cost between 8%-10% of the bail amount. (For example, if the court sets a defendant’s bail at $1000, then a bail bond will only cost $80-$100.)