People usually have a basic understanding of bail bonds but they still have a lot of questions when they need to bail someone out of jail. At Martinez Bail Bond Store, our agents can answer any questions you might have, but we decided we would answer some of them for you here.
- What is better, a bail agent or a bail bondsman?
These two titles may sound different but they really mean the same thing. A bail agent is a bail bondsman and vice versa.
- How much does a bail bond cost?
Pricing is dependent on the amount of the bail. In California bail bonds companies charge 10% of the bail price. If your loved one’s bail is $10,000, then it will cost $1,000 to bail him out using a bail bonds company.
- Do you offer discounts?
Yes. At Martinez Bail Bond Store, we can offer a 20% discount on the price of the bail bond if a co-signer is a member of the military, AARP, is a homeowner or if the client has a private attorney. With this discount, instead of paying $1,000 for the same bond, you only have to pay $800.
- What is a co-signer?
A co-signer is anyone who is willing to sign for your loved one’s release. The signer is promising that all the money will be paid and that their loved one will go to all of their court dates. A co-signer takes responsibility for their loved one.
- How do I make payments?
We accept a number of different payment methods at Martinez Bail Bond Store. We accept cash, checks and most major credit cards. We also have the ability to accept payments online, over the phone or in person at an office.
- How much do I have to pay?
Again, cost depends on the price of the bail itself. Initially you need to pay 10% of the bail. Depending on your information, we may be able to offer discounts.
- With interest, how much do I have to pay?
At Martinez Bail Bond Store, we do not charge interest, you only have to pay the 10%.
- How much do I have to put up front?
We like for the initial payment to be around 1% of the bail, so if the bail is $10,000 we would like the initial payment to be at least $100. Again, pricing various from case to case and depends a lot on the people who are co-signing.
- How long does it take for my loved one to be released?
After the initial payment has been received, your loved one can be out in as little as two hours. However, the time varies from county to county. Time can vary anywhere from two hours to several depending on the current workload of the jail.
To learn more about bailing someone you care about out of jail, don’t hesitate to call Martinez Bail Bond Store at 925-228-5858.