Many people are unaware that they are not required to hire a Martinez Jail bondsman in order to be released from custody. The person who is arranging the defendant’s release has more than one option.
The first is to pay cash bail. In this case friends or family members would need to post the defendant’s full bail amount, in cash, with the jail or the court. The Superior Court would hold onto these monies and as long as the defendant handles their case, that sum will be refunded to whomever posted it, less administrative fees, after the matter is concluded. This return is not immediate and can take several months to process. This option is most frequently used when defendants have very low bail amounts.
A second option is to arrange a property bond. In this case a friend or family member who owns property that has 2.5 times the equity of the bail amount can work with the court to put their house up. Property bonds are very complex and take about 30 days to arrange. The home will need to be inspected, appraised, and numerous documents will need to be filed with the court. The cost to arrange this type of bond can often rage between $5,000 and $7,000. Property bonds are most frequently used when bail has been set in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Many people find the fastest and easiest way to get someone out of the Martinez Jail is to hire a local bondsman. Martinez Jail bail bonds can be purchased at a rate equal to 10% of the defendant’s total bail amount. If bail has been set at $30,000 you can expect to pay $3,000 to purchase a bond. The person who cosigns the necessary paperwork will want to remember that this fee is non-refundable. It does not matter if charges are not filed, if the case is dismissed or if the judge decides the defendant is not guilty.
When you hire an expert bondsman this person will be able to help you understand how bail works. They will be able to answer any questions you might have and can let you know what responsibilities you’ll take on when you cosign the bail bonds agreement form. In some cases you can fill out this paperwork through fax and email. For more information on the differences between cash bail, bail bonds and property bonds contact an expert local bondsman you can trust.