When in California, would you rather spend your time in jail for a crime you know you didn’t commit or enjoy your time while waiting for your hearing? Maybe take a look at the yacht club and dream of the day that you would be a member yourself, instead of singing “I dreamed a dream” in a cell. If so, you better have bail money, but if you don’t have enough money to do that don’t worry, you could always call a bail bondsman to help you out.
What is Bail?
Bail is an amount of money you can pay as a sort of security deposit assuring the court that you would return for your hearing. Failing to pay this amount would require you to stay in a jail cell until the time of your hearing, which depending on a number of things, could take time.
Am I Eligible for Bail?
You would actually know since you would be informed by the people who took you into custody, along with the amount you need to pay and such, they would often even provide you a list of bail bondsman you can work with.
Some offenses are unbailable, but if you ever get arrested because of these offenses bail should be the last thing on your mind.
Do I Get Bail Money Back?
If you paid for your bail entirely by yourself and you return for your hearing as promised you will get your money back. You may also pay by using your property as collateral, or what is known as a property bond, I have to warn you though if you fail to appear in court or plan to flee, the county will seize the property and whoever owns it will not get it back.
What Do I Do If I Don’t Have Enough Money For Bail?
As stated above there are a few ways that you could pay for your bail, to list them down they would be:
- Getting help from a bail bondsman, which are plentiful in the state of California. Where they will ask you to pay only a percentage of the bail, which they will keep as their fee.
- Negotiate with the county or a bail bond company to use the deed of a property collateral. Which in the case of the county they will return to you after your hearing and in the case of the bail bond agency will require you to pay cash to receive it back.
- You may also use jewelry or other valuables as collateral, but they must be equal in value to the bail bond price.
If you can’t do any of these or reach a friend or relative to help you out, you will have to spend your time waiting in jail.
There is one thing to allow you to enjoy your time in California, and that is not to get arrested in the first place, or at the very least not get caught. That way you get to use that bail money for something else, like saving up for that yacht and a membership to that yacht club.