This is a question we are frequently asked. Most people who are unfamiliar with San Mateo bail bonds use the terms interchangeably but there are key differences between them.
To start at the beginning, bail is a monetary amount that is set by the court. Upon being paid, it allows a defendant to be released from custody pending their next scheduled court date. Bail is set by cross-referencing the crime a person has been charged with by a document called the County Bail Schedule. This schedule is set annually by a panel of Superior Court Judges and it corresponds different bail amounts with different crimes. The more serious the crime, the higher the bail. Things like whether the defendant has a prior history of arrest, whether they are considered to be a threat to society and whether they may be a flight risk are also taken into consideration when bail is being set.
The three most common ways to pay for bail are cash bail, property bail and bail bonds. The first involves taking the full bail amount, in cash, and posting it with the jail. This money is refundable to the person who posted it at the end of the defendant’s case, so long as they appear for all of their required court dates. With property bail, the bail is secured by a piece of “real property”. In order to post property bail you need to go through similar processes as you would if you were selling it- which means the process could take upward of one to two months.
The third and most common way to bail someone out is to arrange for a “bail bond”. For a fee equal to 10% of the defendant’s total bail amount, a San Mateo bail bondsman will post a bond with the court. It promises that if released, the defendant will return to court when required. The biggest difference between cash bail, property bail and bail bonds is that while cash bail and property bonds are returned at the conclusion of a defendant’s case, the premium paid to purchase a bail bond is a fee. It is not something you’ll get back.
If you have additional questions about how San Mateo bail bonds work, call Adelante Bail Bonds now at 650-227-3547. Someone is available to assist you 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.