The Insider’s Guide to Bail Bond Pricing

Of all of the things you imagined you’d be doing today, looking online to find a bail bondsman probably wasn’t one of them.

It’s not under the most ideal of circumstances that you find yourself on this page now.  If you’re reading this it is likely because someone you know is in jail in Los Angeles and Orange County, and you want to get them out of there.

Unless you’ve dealt with a bail bondsman before, you probably don’t know much about what to expect and how this whole process works. It would be helpful if you could ask someone in the industry about what goes on behind the scenes, but it’s hard to trust what anyone says when they’re more concerned with selling you their services.

We believe that people have a right to certain information, which is why we’ve written this article so that you can have an insiders look at what really goes on in the bail bond industry.

Other bail bondsmen are going to be mad at us when they read this, but the truth needs to be out there so that people like you can make more educated decisions.

How much do bail bonds really cost?
If you’ve searched around you may have noticed a lot of people saying different things about how much a bail bond costs. Some people say 10%, some people say 8%, some people say 5%. So how much does a bail bond really cost?

The bail bond industry in California is regulated by the California Department of Insurance. It is written in the legal statute that the price of a bail bond is not to exceed 10% of the total bond amount.

Is there any way I can pay less than 10% for the bail premium?
While the California Department of Insurance sets the ceiling for the bail premium at 10%, it has become industry standard in recent years to accept as low as 8% for certain types of infractions.

There are a handful of infractions where bail bondsmen would be quick to offer 8% because they know that if they don’t then someone else will. Most other infractions you would almost never see a bail bondsman do it for less than 10%.

Anyone who says they will do a bail bond for 5% is misleading you in some way. Maybe they’ll do it for 5% down payment, but you’ll have to pay the other the 5% later.

What to look for in a bail bond company

You might be wondering what is the difference between bail bond companies if they all provide the same service. There are many differences that you should be looking out for when looking for a bail bondsman.

One thing you should look out for is the flexibility of the collateral that the bail bonds company will take. Some companies require that all of their customers put up a deed to their house as collateral, which puts a lot of unnecessary burden on the family. We don’t think that is a very angelic thing to do.

Another thing to look for is the quality of the experience that you get from the bail bondsman. Not all bail bonds companies are good people and they are just looking for easy money without caring at all about the people they are serving.

One thing to especially be on the lookout for is a money back guarantee. Some bail bondsmen don’t offer a money-back guarantee in the event that they can’t secure the release of the defendant from jail. What can end up happening is that you hand over your money to a bail agent, they can’t get the person out, and they keep your money.

We think this is a very dishonest practice and see it as a black mark on our industry. We offer a 100% unconditional money back guarantee in the event that we are unable to secure the release of your friend, family member or other loved one.

We pride ourselves on our professional and compassionate service. We’ve been serving Southern California since 1956 and have served more than 10,000 satisfied families.

We believe that all people deserve respect especially when they have fallen on hard times. It is in times like these when you need professional and confidential service from a company that treats you like a member of the family.

We hope you don’t need to use the services of a bail bondsman, but when you do we’d love to be the angel that guides you to the light at the end of the tunnel.

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