People who have never needed to work with a Contra Costa bail bonds company before often get the terms “bail” and “bail bonds” confused. They do not realize that the terms refer to different things and cannot be used interchangeably.
When someone is arrested and taken to one of the Contra Costa jails they will need to be booked into the system. Their fingerprints and mug shots will be taken and they will undergo a national warrant screen and background check. During this time the crime they have been charged with will be compared against the county bail schedule. This is a document that is set each year by a panel of Superior Court Judges and it lists different bail amounts for different crimes. The more serious the crime is, the higher the corresponding bail amount.
Once bail has been set the two most commonly methods of getting someone out of jail is by posting cash bail or by hiring an expert Contra Costa bail bondsman. In order to post cash bail you’d need to take the defendant’s full bail amount, in cash, and post it with the jail. As long as the defendant makes all of their necessary court appearances that money will be refunded, in full, to the person who posted it, at the end of the defendant’s case. This refund is not immediate and can take several months to process.
Many people do not have immediate access to large amounts of money and find that working with a Contra Costa bail bonds company to be the fastest and easiest way to get their loved one out of jail. For a fee equal to 10% of the total bail, the bondsman will post a piece of paper at the jail called a bail bond. The bond promises that if the defendant is released pending their court date they will appear before a judge when required. All bail agents are required to be licensed by the California Department of Insurance, so you can think of a Contra Costa bail bonds as being similar to an insurance policy.
If you have additional questions about Contra Costa bail versus Contra Costa bail bonds call our office at any time, day or night, at 925-231-4307.