If you are like most people you have never been in a position where you’ve been asked to help bail a friend or family member out of the Richmond jail. Below you will find answers to some of the more commonly questions and myths.
- Bail bonds need to be paid for up front, in full in cash. This is a myth. It more depends on the company you choose to hire. Some always require clients pay in full in cash. Others allow clients the option of paying off the balance over time. If you are interested in learning more about bail bonds payment plans be sure to ask the bondsman if they can help you with zero percent bail bonds financing.
- You need to meet with the bondsman at their office. This is also a myth. Some companies require this while others have begun to offer online bail bonds by fax and email for fastest service. Many clients find that online bail bonds are the fastest and easiest way to get someone out of jail. If you are not comfortable filling out the required paperwork without meeting someone in person you can always request the bondsman come to you. They can meet you at your home, office or even at the Richmond jail.
- Bail amounts are set at random. This is also not true. When a person is arrested the crime they have been accused of will be cross checked against the Contra Costa County bail schedule. This is a document that is set each year by a panel of judges. It tells the jailer which bail amounts are to correspond with different crimes. A very serious offense, such as premeditated murder, will have a much higher bail assigned to it than a very minor crime, such as being drunk in public.
- The bondsman’s fee will be refunded if the case is dropped. This is a very common misconception. It is also not true. The cost to purchase bail bonds has been set according to state law. That rate is 10%. The bondsman’s fee is considered to be earned in full at the time the defendant is released from jail. It will not be returned to the cosigner in part or in full. It does not matter if the case is dropped, if the accused is found not guilty or if charges are never filed. Selling discount bail bonds is against the law. Refunding bail bonds money after the defendant’s case is over is also considered a crime.
If you have further questions about how bail works at the Richmond jail be sure to contact an expert local bondsman you can trust.