Did you know that there is actually a difference between a bail and a bail bond? Most people seem to think they are the same thing, which is understandable since most people do not need to worry about bail. However, you have now begun to look into the matter because one of your loved one’s got arrested. What you have found online has done nothing but confuse you, so let Lawndale Bail Bond Store try to clear some things up for you.
Bail is the amount of money needed to get someone out of jail. The amount is determined by a judge using a bail schedule, which is simply a list that says what crimes get what bail amounts. A bail needs to be paid in cash, up front, before your friend or family member can be released from jail. Bail can also be used as the actions of getting someone released from jail.
A bail bond is what you get when you use a bail agent to bail your loved one out of jail. You pay the bail agent a premium, which is only 10% of the person’s bail in California, and then the bail agent puts up the bail money for you. A bail bond can be paid through a variety of different methods, all depending on what the bail bond company accepts. Only a down payment needs to be received for your loved one is released, and then you continue to make payments on the remaining amount.
A bail agent is someone who is licensed to bail people out of jail. He or she has gone through training and knows how to help clients rescue their loved ones from jail.
A bail bondsman is the same as a bail agent. The two terms are used interchangeably.
A bail premium is a money that you pay to a bail agent, the 10% of the bail, to get your loved one released from jail. Bail premiums are not refunded after the trial like a bail would be, since they are considered payment for the bail agent’s services.
A bail bond company is a company that specializes in bailing people out of jail. At Lawndale Bail Bond Store, we have dozens and dozens of bail agents working all over the state of California. They work together to help you bail out you’re loved out of jail.
The steps a bail agent goes through to get someone released from jail. This can vary slightly from company to company, but it should be mostly the same throughout the state of California.
There are so many terms for bail bonds that we like to use in the industry, but you very rarely seen them explained. That is why we offer free consultations with our professional bail agents for all potential clients at Lawndale Bail Bond Store. Our bail agents will be more than happy to answer any questions that you might have about the bail bond process.