If you are like most people, you have never found yourself in a position where you’ve needed to purchase Redwood City bail bonds. Below are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the process, what you can expect and how bail works.
When the defendant is first arrested they will be handcuffed and informed of their right to remain silent and their right to speak with an attorney. They will then be transported to one of the Redwood City jails to be booked into the system. Their mug shots and fingerprints will be taken and they will need to undergo a national warrant screen. This is done by submitting their fingerprints to the Department of Justice (DOJ). As you can imagine, the DOJ gets thousands of sets of prints each day. It often takes between 4 and 6 hours for them to return the results of the warrant screen to the jail. The defendant cannot be released on Redwood City bail bonds until this step is complete.
Every Redwood City bail bondsman is required by law to charge the same rate. That rate is 10%. Do not be deceived by companies that advertise deep discounted rates. This is little more than bait-and-switch advertising. Clients will walk through the door thinking they are getting a deal. When they begin filling out paperwork they find out the discount percentage refers to the amount of money they need to put down in order to be eligible for a payment plan. The full 10% will still need to be paid before the balance is resolved.
The process of bailing someone out of jail is much faster and easier than many people think. Some companies have even begun to offer online bail bonds by fax and email. In this case you can fill out the required paperwork at home, at your place of work or even at your hotel. Many people find this is the fastest and easiest way to get someone out of jail.
The most important thing to remember about cosigning for Redwood City bail bonds is that you are taking responsibility for two things. The first is for payment of the bondsman’s fee. This fee is non-refundable no matter the outcome of the defendant’s case. Second, you are taking responsibility that the defendant will go to court and handle their case. If the person in custody is someone you just met or do not know very well you might consider asking they reach out to a close friend or family member.
Lastly, a bail bonds agreement form is a legally binding document. Be sure to ask the bondsman to clarify anything that doesn’t make sense before you sign on the dotted line.