Southern California Bail Bonds provides expert assistance in providing Southern California bail bonds service. In order to write SoCal bail bonds, a bail agent must be properly licensed. The agents of are all fully trained and licensed to serve the Orange County and Los Angeles areas. The cost to the consumer for bail bonds is usually around 10% of the bond as determined by the court. While the percentage that can be charged by a bail bond agent is fixed by state law, the final cost will fluctuate up or down depending on the size of the bond and reasonable expenses incurred by the bail bond agent. In a bail contract, the consumer is agreeing to a number of terms.

The Bail Bonding Process in California

Some of the terms of a contract include:

  • On a contract, the consumer is typically agreeing to the following:
    • Pay the premium for the bond. As mentioned above this is usually around 10% of the total bond as set by the court.
    • Provide collateral on the bond. Very often this is in the home of a home or property, or other valuable property.
    • Pay any reasonable expenses incurred by the bail bond agent. Reasonable expenses may include:
      • Compensation for any long distance phone calls that are relevant to the delivery of the bond.
      • Excess travel expenses. Excess travel includes any long distance travel, or travel into an area where the bail agent doesn’t usually market or operate.
      • Posting fees. A posting fee is a payment made to a bail agent in another area to deliver a bond. Posting fees don’t apply to the delivery of a bond by the agent within his area of marketing and operation.
      • Bail enforcement agent and skip tracer expenses. These are usually based upon the amount of the bond, and only apply in the event the defendant fails to appear in court.
      • In the event, the defendant fails to appear the consumer is responsible for payment of the amount given on CA bail bonds.
      • All applicable fees pertaining to the appearance of the defendant in court, including attorney fees and court costs.
  • On most contracts, the consumer is held liable to keep the bail bond agent informed of any changes to the defendant’s address or place of employment.
  • If someone other than the defendant has secured the bail, that person is responsible for aiding bail enforcement agents and skip tracers in locating a defendant who fails to appear.

Further information about Southern California bail bonds can be found on the California department of insurance website. Bail bond agents of are also available to provide free information, and have decades of experience in dealing with bail bonds.