I just got a call from my sister and I wanted to make sure I knew how bail works before I decide whether to help. We all live in Kansas but she is visiting friends in California. It sounds like she was arrested for DUI with some sort of accident. When she called me from the Ventura County Jail she said her bail has been set at $100,000. How much will it cost to bail her out? Will we ever get our money back? Do I need to fly to California in order to get her out of jail?
The good news is that if you decide to help arrange a bond for your sister is that you can likely do so without ever needing to leave your home or office. You will want to be sure to find a Ventura bondsman who offers online bail bonds by fax or email. They will begin by asking you some information about you, your sister, her charges and her bail amount. From there they will be able to send you the necessary paperwork electronically. You will simply need to fill it out and return it to their office.
The cost to purchase bail bonds in Ventura is set by the CA Department of Insurance (DOI) and that rate is 10%. That having been said, your total cost would be $10,000. That sum is earned by the bondsman at the time your sister is released from jail. It is nonrefundable regardless as to the outcome of her case.
The most important thing you will want to keep in mind is that by signing a bail bond contract you are taking responsibility your sister will return to court to handle her case. Based on the nature of this charge she may have a several court dates before the matter is settled.
If you have additional questions about how bail works call 805-496-2763 now to speak with a licensed agent in your area.