Ins & Outs of the California’s Bail System

There are times when we just don’t have the means to achieve something we want or need, daily necessities have to be under a strict budget, and wants have to be put aside. Even in California, where many of the rich and famous live, there are those who feel this problem on a daily basis; but what will you do if you are in a situation where you need money to have something as fundamental as freedom? Whether it is because of being part of a bad crowd or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time, there is a chance that at least once in your life you will experience going to jail.

More often than not, people going to jail have cases that are bailable, which is only good if you can pay for the bail bond. The problem is bonds are not cheap, most of the time the minimum amount is still in the thousands of dollars. If you’re a working-class person, living on a precise budget paycheck to paycheck, you probably don’t have enough to pay for your release. Luckily enough some people and companies can help you with this kind of situation, called a bail bondsman.

A bail bondsman is a company or individual that can help you pay for your bail in return you will need to pay him a small percentage of the original amount of the bail bond, typically 10 percent. You might ask how they make their money; well, bail bonds are actually returned once you come back for you hearing, so the bail bondsman pays the full amount and request you pay 10% the amount, when you return for your trial they get back what they paid and keep the 10% you paid.

If you are thinking of skipping town, getting plastic surgery, and assuming a new identity to avoid facing your hearing, that won’t exactly work. You see, bail bonds people are serious about their business, and they will use bounty hunters and their own agents to track you down to get their money back, and trust me when I say you don’t want anyone going full Liam Neeson on you.

Another security measure they might take is by requiring you to give collateral; these collaterals can be deeds to properties, jewelry, antiques, or anything of value equivalent or more than the amount of the bail bond. With that, you would at least have a good reason to go back to face your hearing, because if you don’t your grandma might lose her house, and if you don’t care you probably belong to jail anyway.

So there you have it! If you’re unlucky enough to experience going to jail and not have enough money to make bail, you’ve just learned of a way to grant you at the very least temporary freedom. Remember though; don’t run away from your responsibilities or better yet don’t go to jail.