How Do I Post Bail for Someone?
You get a call in the middle of the night from your dumb friend who has landed themselves in jail. What do you do now? Leave them in jail to learn their lesson? Bail them out so they don’t miss work? The decision’s up to you. If you do decide to get your friend out of jail, you’re probably asking yourself “How do I post bail?” There are a couple of different ways to post bail for someone. You can either give the full amount of the bond to the sheriff or use a bail bonds agency and pay just a portion of the bail amount.
Post Bail With the Sheriff
If you’d rather now use a bail bonds agency then you can post bail directly with the sheriffs. In order to do this you’ll need to pay the full amount of the bail. If someone has a $10,000 bond then $10,000 is what you’ll have to give the sheriffs. The good part about this method is that as long as the person in jail (defendant) attends all of their court dates you’ll get the full amount of the bail returned to you, usually within 60-90 days after their final court date. Different sheriffs want different forms of payment. Some will want cash. Some will want a cashier’s check from a bank. Some want money orders. Check with your local sheriff on what their policy is for accepting payment for a bail bond.
Post Bail with a Bail Bonds Agency
If you don’t have the full amount of the bail (which most people don’t) you can use a bail bonds agency and pay only a portion of the bail amount. It usually costs between 8% and 10% of the bond. Each state’s bail laws are different so the requirements to post bail is going to be different with each bail bonds agency. In Arizona a person is most likely going to have to put up 100% collateral plus the fees to post a bond. In California, most bail bonds agencies just require a person to have a job in order to post a bond.
The 10% is the bail agency’s fee for getting someone out of jail. That does not get refunded. A lot of people think that the bail fee is dependent on what happens with their case. Sometimes the defendant doesn’t get charged in court, which is great, however the full amount of the fee is still due. If you have setup a payment plan for the bail fee, that amount is still owed.
As always, please give our bail bonds office a call if you have any questions! 619-512-4111