4 Steps of the Bail Process

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When a friend or family member is arrested, the first thought you have is this: How do I get this person out of jail as quickly as possible? Without bail bonds, jails would have to hold people for weeks and even months at a time until a defendant’s court date comes around. Bail exists because a lot of people don’t deserve to sit in jail for more than few hours. Fortunately, most states (like California) allow you to bail people out of jail by using a bail bondsman.

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Expert Advice for Securing a Bail Bond

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Here are some need-to-know tips for defendants and friends/family members of defendants in need of a bail bond:

“Bail” vs. “Bonds”

Though they are used for the same reason, there is a big difference between bailing someone out of jail and getting a bond. Bail is cash, or when a person pays the court directly. A bond, or “surety” bond, is when your friends or family members use a third party (i.e. a bondsman) to front the money for bail.

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