Bail clients are often confused about the fees being refunded for bail bonds. When you work with a Ventura bail bonds company the money you pay to them is a fee for the service they provide. It is not something you will get back.
For a fee equal to 10% of the defendant’s total bail amount, a bondsman will post a piece of paper with the jail. This piece of paper is called a bail bond and you can think of it as being similar to an insurance policy. It promises the jailer that if the defendant is released from custody that they will return to court when required in order to have their case resolved. If the defendant decides they don’t want to take care of their case and instead opts to flee from justice, the bondsman becomes responsible for getting them back into the system. If they are unable to locate the defendant within a six-month time period, the bondsman agrees to assume responsibility for paying the full bail amount to the court.
Every time a Ventura bail bondsman posts a bond they are assuming a certain amount of liability. This is why they charge a fee for their services.
If you do not wish to work with a bondsman you don’t have to. Another option is to post something called cash bail. In this case you would need to take the defendant’s full bail amount, in cash or in the form of a cashier’s check, and post it with the jail. As long as the defendant makes all of their court appearances that money will be refunded in full, to the person who posted it, at the end of the case.
Most people find that working with a bondsman is the fastest and easiest way to get someone out of jail.