7-Frequently Ask Questions that you should know.
1. What is bail? The defendant must deposit or promise an amount of money, set by a judge in order to "post" bail. When a judge considers where to set the amount for bail he reviews a variety of factors that include the criminal history of the defendant (if any), the type of crime and if they are a danger to society. Typically the bail amount is closely related to the seriousness of the crime. 2. What is a bail bond? A legal agreement signed by a defendant to guarantee that they will appear at their trial. This obligation means that the defendant will most likely forfeit their money or property by not appearing for the trial. Bail bonds are simply bonds. 3. What is a Bail Bond Agent? Anyone or company, like ABCO who will act as a surety and pledge money or property as bail for the appearance of a criminal defendant in court is a bail bond agent. 4. How Do I Get A Bail Bond? Call ABCO Bail Bonds at (818)781-6011 and a California State licensed agent, will be able to sell you a bail bond according to your needs. ABCO Bail Bonds' agents will walk you through the process of what it takes to get a bond and post bail. 5. How long is a bond valid? A bond is valid as long as the case lasts. If the case lasts for more than a year, but not more than 2 years, the bond company is entitled to another full 'premium' payment. The same bond continues until the case is completed. 6. What about collateral? Is it always needed to secure a bail bond? Are there other options? With ABCO Bail Bonds, there are a variety of ways you can purchase a bail bond without collateral. Your signature may be the only guarantee necessary, especially if you are a home owner. In most cases, needing a bond does not mean that a lien against your property is required. This is typically determined by the size of the bond, the type of charge(s) and other factors. Our agents will help you work through this problem to make sure you get a bond that will work for you! 7. What happens if the person bailed out is late for court? Is the bond forfeited? Technically, the answer is yes, the bond is forfeited. Oftentimes the court will issue a bench warrant as they may consider the defendant's failure to appear as a willful act. Make sure, If you know the person is going to be late or can't find the right courtroom, to contact either your bail company to handle the situation by reassuming the bond, or by contacting the court clerk in any courtroom. They will direct you to your appropriate court. Always check in with the bailiff to let them know you are late. It's better to be late than to not show at all.