Some people think the only thing they need to worry about when helping arrange bail bonds in Ventura for a friend or family member is making sure the bondsman receives their fee. This is not true. Co-signing a bail contract comes with other responsibilities.
Everyone who negotiates, transacts and post bail bonds at the Ventura County Main Jail is required by law to be licensed by the California Department of Insurance (DOI). In that respect you can think of a bail bond as being similar to an insurance policy. Instead of insuring an item against theft or damage, bail bonds insure the behavior of the defendant. They promise the jail that if that person is released from custody they will return to court to handle their case. It also promises that if the defendant decides to flee and cannot be returned to the system within 180 days, the bondsman and the person who co-signed the bail contract will be liable to pay their full bail amount as a penalty.
The good news is that less than 2% of people who get out of jail with the help of a bondsman skip bail. To that same token, if the person who is asking you for help is someone you do not trust, of if you do not know this person very well, you may consider asking they contact a close friend or family member to help arrange bail.
If you have additional questions about the responsibilities you’ll take on by co-sigining bail bonds paperwork call Adelante Bail Bonds now at 805-582-0955 for immediate assistance.