San Mateo Bail Costs
Bail is a regulated industry and the California Department of Insurance sets the rate at which all bail bonds companies are to charge their clients. That rate is 10%. The average bail amount in California is approximately $20,000, although $50,000 is not uncommon. This means the average cost to purchase a San Mateo bail bond can range between $2,000 and $5,000.
Purchasing a bail bond is not like buying a car and you will not be able to “wheel and deal” with your bondsman. It is illegal to sell San Mateo bail bonds for more or less than the legal rate.
The Release Process
When someone is arrested they will first need to be booked and processed. They will undergo a national background check and warrant screen, they will have their mug shots and finger prints taken and their information will be entered into the computer system. This process, on average, can take anywhere between two to four hours depending on how busy the jail is. The jail will not accept a bail bond until the defendant is fully booked in. During this time you will want to work with an expert bail bondsman to get everything in order so the bond can be posted as soon as the jail says they’ll take it.
You should know that bailing someone out of jail is not like checking out of a hotel. Once the bond is posted the release process can often take as much time as the booking process and can range between four and six hours. It may take anywhere between eight and twelve hours from the time a person is arrested for them to be released from custody.
Your bondsman can do everything from their end to get the paperwork processed and the bond posted as quickly as possible but they do not have any way to speed up internal processes at the jail.
If you need a bail bond at Maguire Jail or any San Mateo County jail, call Adelante Bail Bonds now: 650-227-3547.