When you need bail in San Mateo County, you do not need to hire a bail bondsman in order to get someone you out of jail.
When someone is arrested and their bail has been set, you have several options when it comes to bailing them out. The first option would be to post cash bail. This would involve taking the full amount of their bail, in cash or via a cashier’s check, and posting it with the jail.
A second option would be to post something called a property bond. This involves posting the deed of trust to a property that has equity equal to twice the defendant’s bail amount. Property bonds can often take 30 to 60 days to process and involve a number of steps, including structural and electrical inspections, an appraisal, and other requirements as specified by the court.
As long as the defendant makes all of their necessary court appearances cash bail and property bonds will be returned to the person who posted them at the conclusion of the case. Cash bail can often take several months to be returned.
The third and fastest option is to hire an expert San Mateo bail bondsman. For a fee equal to 10% of the defendant’s bail amount a bondsman will post a piece of paper called a bail bond at the jail. The bail bond promises that if the defendant is released they will return to court when required. The bond also acknowledges the bondsman agrees to take responsibility the defendant will make good on their promise to appear. In a way, a bail bond can be thought of as an insurance policy.
The biggest difference between cash bail, property bonds and a bail bond is that the cost you pay to purchase a bail bond is a fee, it is not something you get back. If you have further questions regarding how bail works be sure to ask your bondsman before moving forward.
To find out more about your San Mateo bail options, call Adelante Bail Bonds now: 650-227-3547.