After an arrest, the first thing on your list is to call a bail bondsman and arrange for the defendant's bond to be posted. It's a stressful time and most people forget to ask certain questions. It's only after the fact that you start to wonder if you will ever get your money back. The answer is yes and no, depending on the circumstances. When you have questions, you need to call your bail bondsman to get the answers. That's what they are there. You can call Rocco Edivan Bail Bonds in Rialto 24/7 to get the answers you need. Their office number is 951-788-2663. A live agent is always on call to answer your questions and get you the answers you need to make an informed decision.
Securing A Bond
When you secure a bond, you do so by paying a 10% premium that is required by the state. You can't negotiate the amount. The bond premium is the payment to the bail bondsman for their services so you won't be getting that back. In most cases, the only time bail bond money is returned is if you paid a cash bond or you paid over the additional 10% to the bail bonds agency. If more than the 10% premium has been paid, some form of physical collateral has been used to secure the bond. This can include a vehicle, boat, real estate, or anything else that holds value and is owned free and clear of any liens or judgments.
Cash or Collateral
Cash is the easiest form of currency when posting a bond. You can post a cash bond that is paid directly to the court, in cash, in full, in person. With a cash bond, you don't need to hire the services of a bail bonds agent. If you are dealing with a surety bond, you will have to hire a bail bonds agent. Instead of paying the full amount of the bond, you will only have to pay a 10% premium. Most bail bonds agencies will accept many different forms of payment including cash, check, money order, cashier's check, securities, and various types of physical property, including boats, real estate, jewelry, and vehicles. The value of the property must at least one and a half times the total value of the bond to cover any costs of selling the property if that needs to happen.
Getting Your Money Back
The type of bond posted and the final determination of the judge will determine if you get your money back and how much will be returned to you. If you posted a cash bond and the defendant was found innocent, you will receive all of your money back. If you posted cash and the defendant was found guilty, you will receive what money is left after court fees, costs and restitution have been taken out. If you used a bail bondsman, the 10% fee will not be returned and if found guilty, the defendant will owe their court costs and payment arrangements with the courts may have to be made. If you used any type of physical property to pay for the bond, you will either have to pay the 10% premium or the courts will sell the property and return the additional proceeds to you after the bond premium and court costs have been paid. In either situation, if the defendant fails to appear or is charged with additional crimes before their court date, the entire bond amount will be lost.
If you haven't received your money back within six months of the closing of the case, you need to call the courts to find out what is going on. Anytime you have questions concerning bail bonds or how they work, your first call should be to Rocco Edivan Bail Bonds in Rialto. Call their office at 951-788-2663 and speak to a live agent. The office is staffed 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Their goal is to make sure you have the information you need so you don't have to worry. An arrest is stressful enough, you shouldn't have to worry about the details. Our agents are available so that you have everything you need to get through a difficult time while still having peace of mind.