When you help bail a friend or family member out of the San Mateo County jail you are first and foremost taking responsibility that person will go to court.
Bail bonds promise the jail two things. The first, is that if the defendant is released, they will return to court and handle their case. The second is that if they flee and cannot be returned to the system within 180 days, the bondsman and the person who cosigned the contract will be liable to pay their full bail amount as a penalty. If the bondsman is required to write that check they are legally permitted to recover that cost from the cosigner.
If you are unable to pay the bondsman all at once, many will allow you to set up a payment plan. The more willingness you show when it comes to working with them, the more likely they will be to help you work out an arrangement.
You will want to keep in mind that you are taking on certain responsibilities when you sign a bail bonds contract. If you do not know the defendant very well or if you are concerned they might skip town and flee, you might consider asking they call a close friend or family member for help arranging the bond.
At Adelante Bail Bonds we have more than 40 years of experience in helping people get out of jail fast. If you have additional questions about how bail works call us now at 650-227-3547 to speak to an expert bondsman