Understanding Bail Bonds

Bail bond rates are established by the California Department of Insurance. According to your surety company, a bail bond agency can charge 8 percent or 10 percent. If you do not have the entire bail premium, T. JENNINGS’ can create a payment plan just for you.

Bail is a payment of money that allows a person in police custody to be released. When someone is arrested and awaiting trial, the judge will decide if bail will be set, the defendant will be released on their own recognizance, or if they will remain in custody.

In California, bail amounts will be determined by not only the crime involved but by what county the court is in. Ultimately, the judge has a large degree of discretion in setting the amount. Bail bond fee premiums are non- refundable.

Bail Bonds are a way for defendants to get out of jail before their trial by paying a fraction of the bail amount set by the court judges. A Bail Bondsman posts the full bail amount on behalf of the defendant and charges a fee, usually 10% of the bail, for their services. The bail bond serves as a surety bond that the defendant will appear for court. All fees are fully earned and non-refundable.