Most Contra Costa bail bondsmen require payment in advance of bailing a defendant out of jail. However, with some bail companies a bail bond can be financed.
Some people still believe they need to pay the cost of a bail bond up front, in full, before the person they care for can get out of jail. This assumption can be extremely stressful, especially considering California has some of the highest bail amounts in the country!
Many bail bondsmen realize that coming up with thousands of dollars on very short notice can be difficult. This is why most bail agencies allow their clients the option of participating in monthly payment plans. Some even provide zero-percent bail bonds financing. If you are interested in a payment plan be sure to ask your bondsman lots of questions. Does their company require a set percentage down? Do they have a minimum monthly payment threshold? Does the bond need to be fully paid off in a specific amount of time? Some companies are far more flexible than others.
Eligibility requirements for payment plans can also vary from company to company, but the common thread is the need for the client to either have good credit or be a California homeowner. You don’t need to have perfect credit to qualify for a payment plan, but the bondsman will want to know if you have credit and use it responsibly. If you have a couple dings be sure to disclose that up front and be prepared to explain what happened, when, and why.
If you don’t qualify for a payment plan on your own be sure to ask your bondsman if they will allow you to have another person co-sign the bail bonds contract with you.
For more information about paying for a Contra Costa Bail Bond, call us at 925-231-4307.