My sister was arrested late last night and her bail has been set at $75,000. From what I have read online it seems as if I’ll need to pay $7,500 to get her out of jail. I also think that I would become responsible for making sure she goes to court. Is that true? If she does go to court, will my money be refunded?
Bail law varies from state to state, but when someone is arrested by a member of the Brawley Police Department the cost to hire a bondsman will be 10%. That money, in this case, $7,500, is a fee that is earned by the bondsman at the time the defendant is released from jail. It is non-refundable.
The cost to purchase bail bonds is regulated by law and the law prohibits bail bonds companies from charging more or less than the legal rate. It also prohibits them from refunding money to their clients. In order to get your money back you would need to post the full bail amount at the jail, in cash. As long as the defendant goes to court when they are supposed to that money would be refunded, less administrative fees, several months after their case is over.
When you cosign a bail bonds agreement you are taking responsibility the defendant will make all the court appearances needed in order to resolve their case. If they decide to flee you will have six months to get that person back to court If you are unsuccessful you will need to pay their full bail amount as a penalty.
For more information on how bail bonds work in Brawley call 760-230-0194 now to speak with a licensed agent.