Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Bail Bond?

A Bail Bond is also known as a Surety Bond. If someone is arrested on a criminal charge he/she may be held in custody, until the conclusion of the trial, unless they furnish the required bail.

The posting of a bail bond by a licensed and accredited Bail Agent such as Alomar Pasadena Bail Bonds, can help in releasing the arrestee. When a bond is issued, the bonding company guarantees that the defendant will appear in court at a given time and place.

The Government entity (state or federal) in whose court the defendant must appear, is protected by the bond. If the defendant fails to appear, the Bail Bond is forfeited and the bond amount becomes payable by the agent issuing the bond, or by the surety company.

What is the purpose of bail?

The purpose of bail is to assure the attendance of the defendant, when his or her appearance is required in court, whether before or after conviction. The court can request that the defendant appear in court multiple times.


How much does a bail bond cost?

The cost to the consumer will be 10% of the total amount of the bond, this amount is set by state law, (i.e.: a $10,000.00 bond will cost $1,000.00) plus actual, necessary and reasonable expenses incurred in connection with the transaction such as posting fees, long distance telephone calls, etc. The amount of the bond is determined by a Bail Schedule published by the county where the defendant is in custody.

Please be aware that companies claiming to charge less than the set rate per law may be advertising illegal rates or simply trying to have you call them and later will demand that the rest of the premium be paid or the defendant will be surrendered back to custody.

What is Collateral?

Collateral is something of value that is used to secure or guarantee the bail bond.

Collateral insures the Bail Agent that the defendant will appear at the hearings as mandated by the court. Collateral can be in the form of cash, a lien on real property or any other personal property.

The amount of collateral needed will vary in each case and can best be determined by the agent. But not all bonds will require collateral. For a better assessment, please contact Alomar Pasadena Bail Bonds at 626-449-4118 and we can determine what will be needed in your case.

What/Who is an indemnitor?

Indemnitor is someone who by signing the Bail Bond Agreement and presenting collateral to the Bail Agent will guarantee the appearance of the defendant in court.

The indemnitor may also be responsible for payment of premiums and other related expenses. It is also the responsibility of the indemnitor to maintain a line of communications with the Bail Agent and the defendant to insure that all parties involved are working together to best resolve any unforeseen problems.
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Are there any restrictions on how high bail can be?

The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires that bail not be excessive. This means that bail should not be used to raise money for the government or to punish a person for being suspected of committing a crime.

The purpose of bail is to give an arrested person the freedom to continue his/her normal life until the conclusion of the case. The amount of bail should be an amount that will ensure the court that the defendant will return to resolve the case.

What can a defendant do if the amount of bail set, is too high?

If you can’t afford the amount of bail on the bail schedule, you can ask a judge to reduce the bail.

The request may be made either in a special bail-setting hearing or when the defendant appears in court for the first time, usually called the arraignment. The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires that bail not be excessive. This means that bail should not be used to raise money for the government or to punish a person for being suspected of committing a crime.

The purpose of bail is to give an arrested person the freedom to continue his/her normal life until the conclusion of the case. The amount of bail should be an amount that will ensure the court that the defendant will return to resolve the case.

This typically happens with in the first 48 hours of the arrest (week-ends and holiday excepted).

How do I arrange a bail?

There are three ways to pay for bail.

You may either pay the full amount of the bail in cash (not recommended for any charges that relate to drugs, theft, burglary or any other similar offences where the funds, could be alleged come from illegal activity, your money could be ceased by the government)

You could purchase a bail bond. From a licensed and accredited Bail Agent. The Bail Agent by virtue of the bail bond will secure the release of the defendant and guarantee to the court, his/her appearance at every hearing. The indemnitor through his/her collateral, will in turn guarantee the Bail Agent that the defendant will appear at every hearing.

You could also post real property directly with court in place of cash or a bail bonds. This is commonly known as a property bond (see 1298 P.C.)
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What is the consumer (Indemnitor) agreeing to, by signing a bail contract?
The consumer is agreeing to:

Pay the premium for the bond at the established rates (10% of the bail amount).
Provide required collateral.

Pay actual, necessary and reasonable expenses incurred by the bail agent in connection with the transaction.
These may include:

  • Reimbursement for long distance phone calls.
  • Excess travel expenses (described as outside of the bail agent’s normal scope of business, or into an area where the agent does not advertise).
  • Posting fees (for payment to an agent in another area to physically deliver a bond. An agent should not charge a posting fee for the normal delivery of a bond in the agent’s advertising area).
  • Bounty agent/skip tracer expenses (These are usually based upon the amount of the bond).
    Payment of the bond amount for the defendant’s failure to appear.

Attorney fees and court costs.

Keep the bail agent advised of address/employment changes of the defendant or other parties to the agreement.
Aid the bail agent/skip tracers in locating the defendant (where someone other than the defendant has secured the bond).
The consumer should read all agreements thoroughly, asking questions until all items and obligations are understood before signing any agreements.

What does the bail agent do for the consumer?

Provides an avenue for the incarcerated person to be out of custody until his/her day in court, allowing the defendant to continue his/her day-to-day life until the criminal matter is resolved. The bail agent will provide the following:

  • Receipts and copies of all signed documents.
  • Information regarding the status of the bond and changes in assigned court dates.
  • The status of any costs due, as imposed by the court.
  • Assistance in locating the defendant should a forfeiture occur.
  • Appearance before the court regarding the bail bond when such appearances are necessary (sometimes requiring the hiring of legal counsel).

The timely return of collateral upon exoneration of the bond.

Is it true that a defendant can be released from jail without posting bail?

Yes, sometimes a defendant with a minimal or no criminal record can be released from jail without bail, after an examination of his arrest record by the arresting jail and a magistrate who will determine the merits of the request, the request can only be made by the defendant and can take as many as 12 to 24 hours.

This is known as releasing someone "on his own recognizance," or "O.R." A defendant released O.R. must simply sign a promise to appear in court. If the judge or magistrate denies the request the only other option is waiting until the arraignment to request from the Judge a new O.R. release or a reduction of the bail. In general, defendants who are released O.R. have strong ties to the community, making them unlikely to flee. Factors that may convince a judge to grant an O.R. release include the following:

  • The defendant has other family members (most likely parents, a spouse or children) living in the community.
  • The defendant has resided in the community for many years.
  • The defendant has a good reliable job.
  • The defendant has little or no past criminal record, or any previous criminal problems were minor and occurred many years earlier.

Who regulates the conduct of bail agents?

Bail agents are licensed and regulated by the California Department of Insurance. You can obtain the licensing status of a bail agent by contacting the CDI Consumer Hotline at 1-800-927-4357 or by visiting CDI’s Web site at www.insurance.ca.gov. At Alomar Bail Bonds we strongly recommend that you review the status of the license of anyone involved in the furnishing and negotiation of a bail bond it is illegal to enter into any bail agreement with an unlicensed person and it could result in having the bail revoked by the court and the defendant returned to custody.

What if I have a problem or dispute with a bail agent, such as a failure to return collateral?

Please immediately contact the California Department of Insurance via the above mentioned telephone number or web site and report any such activity.

It is a felony punishable by fine, jail term and or revocation of the license to defraud or use any collateral held by a bail agent for any purpose other than to guarantee a bail bond.

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