If you are like most people, you have never been in a position where you’ve needed to get someone out of jail. The only exposure many people have to the commercial bail industry comes from what they’ve seen on television or in the movies. They imagine a bail bonds office as being in a seedy part of town and envision it will be filled with criminals and employees that look like they belong in a biker bar. The good news is that a professional bondsman in Walnut Creek is nothing like the stereotype. They are a highly trained expert that is well versed in the ins and outs of the Contra Costa County jails.
Another misconception about bail bonds in Walnut Creek is that your money will be refunded if the defendant goes to court, if the case is dropped or if charges are not filed. This is not the case. The bondsman’s fee is earned in full at the time the defendant is released from jail. It will not be refunded in full or in part regardless as to the outcome of the case. The only time money is refunded is if you were to pay cash bail. This would involve posting the full bail amount, in cash, with the court or at the jail. As long as the defendant goes to court that money will be refunded to whomever posted it, less administrative fees, once the matter is concluded. That refund often takes several months.
Some people think that they will need to pay the bondsman up front, in full, in cash. This more depends on the company you decide to hire. Every bondsman in Walnut Creek is required to charge the same 10% rate but that is not to say that all companies are alike. Some require full payment in cash before they will post a bond. Others accept Visa, Discover, Master Card and American Express. Some allow clients the option of paying off the balance over time. The terms and conditions for bail bonds payment plans can vary widely from company to company. You will want to have your bondsman go over this information with you before you sign any paperwork. A bail bonds agreement form is a legally binding document and it is important to understand what you are committing.
Lastly, you may think that you will need to meet with an agent in person. This also depends on the company you work with. You may be surprised to learn that there are companies that offer online bail bonds by fax and email for fastest service. Many people find that online bail bonds are the fastest and easiest way to get someone out of jail.