When someone is charged with a federal crime, it is important to find a bail bondsman who specializes in dealing with the federal bail bond process.
We can help you with federal bail bonds in Contra Costa or from any state and at any time. We are immediately available 24-hours a day. To speak with a licensed bondsman about the federal bail bond process, call us at 1-925-231-4307.
State Bail Bonds vs. Federal Bail Bonds
Each bond type serves as a guarantee to the court that the defendant will return to court for all upcoming hearings pertaining to the case until it is resolved. The differences between them are small, but it can still be confusing and overwhelming for some people to understand.
When someone is charged with a state crime, they will be given a bail amount prior to their court date. Their list of charges will be referenced against the county bail schedule where they were arrested. Each year, county judges will review the schedule for his or her county and make any changes that are needed. Factors considered by the judges include the defendant’s criminal history, the severity of the charges, and the defendant’s community ties. For state charges, the defendant does not have to go before a judge to have their bail set.
Before bail is set in a federal case, the defendant must go before a magistrate. The magistrate may allow the defendant to be released on his own recognizance, meaning they do not have to pay bail. They could also release the defendant on restricted on unrestricted bail. Having restrictions could prohibit travel and require the defendant to maintain employment, have mandatory drug and alcohol screenings, or have medical, psychological or psychiatric evaluations.
There is no bail schedule for federal bonds. Bail is set at the discretion of the judge and is typically higher than bail for state charges.
Cost & Payment
One of the main differences between a state bail bond and a federal one is the cost. Typically, state bail bonds require a fee equal to 10% of the defendant’s bail. Because federal defendants are considered high risk, the cost of a bail bond is increased to 15%. For instance, a bail of $50,000 in a federal case means you will have to pay a bondsman $7,500 as a fee. In a state case, the feel would only be $5,000.
These fees are strictly regulated and cannot be negotiated. A bondsman cannot legally increase or reduce the amount of any bail bond.
We gladly accept payments made with cash as well as any major credit card, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. To help ease the high cost of a bail bond, we also offer flexible payment options to those who qualify.
Examples of Federal Crimes
There are over 4,500 different crimes which can be prosecuted on the federal level. These can include:
- Customs violations
- Tax evasion
- Tax fraud
- Mail fraud
- Wire fraud
- Bank robbery
- Importing illegal drugs
- Organized crime
- Transporting illegal drugs over state lines
Any crimes that involve the Post Office can also be considered as federal crimes:
- Mailing illegal drugs
- Mailing ransom notes
- Vandalizing mail boxes
- Mailing harmful chemicals
Obtaining federal benefits fraudulently is also a federal crime and can include:
- Welfare fraud
- Social Security fraud
- Forging a deceased person’s signature on a social security check
We have years of experience in handling the federal bail bonds process. Our agents can work quickly to get your loved one released as soon as possible. When you call us at 1-925-231-4307, an expert bail bondsman will be ready to help you through the process for federal bail bonds in Contra Costa County.