How Bail Works
How does Bail work?
This process involves a contractual undertaking presented to the court and guaranteed by a Bail Agent and the individual(s) paying for bail (Indemnitors). The Bail Bond Agency guarantees the court that the defendant will appear in court each and every time the Judge requires them to do so.

The Bail Bond Agency promises the court the defendant will appear as required or the Bail Bond Agency will pursue the fugitive absconder and bring him/her back to jail voluntarily or involuntarily without delay. The Indemnitor(s) are also financially responsible if the defendant should fail to appear in court. In turn, the Indemnitor(s) make a contractual deal with the Bail Bond Agency that they will assure the defendant complies with the bail regulations. This includes going to every court date on time, and they are responsible for advising or reminding the defendant to comply with dates, times and other requirements set forth by the court and the Bail Bond Agency.

If the defendant and/or the Indemnitor(s) on a particular Bail Bond fail to fulfill their obligations of the bond, it may result in serious financial ramifications if a court declares a forfeiture.
How much does a Bail Bond cost?
The standard rate is 10% of the Bail Bond amount.  If certain conditions apply, the rate can be reduced to 8% of the Bail Bond amount.  These rates are set by the California Department of Insurance.  The bond can be paid for using US Dollars or any major credit cards.
How long before a defendant is released from jail?
It depends on the jail. Many of the smaller facilities are able to release inmates as quickly as two hours, unfortunately, the larger facilities can take as long as six hours after the posting of the bond.  The Minuteman staff will do everything they can to insure that the inmate is released as soon as possible. Other factors, such as the inmate coming back from court that day or shift changes at the jail may also affect the release time.
My friend or relative was arrested. What do I do?
We know that you may be stressed once you get a phone call that your friend or relative is in jail. Don't panic. The Bail Doctor has helped thousands of families just like yours get their friends or relatives out of jail quickly. Just call us and let us know the name of the arrestee and where they are being held. If your are not sure where they are, we can find this out for you.
I live in another area, can I still help?
Yes. All the paperwork and payments can be handled over the phone. When can simply email or fax you the documents needed. The whole process can be done in as little as twenty minutes.
What is your refund policy?
If an event occurs during the posting of a bond and the jail will not allow a bond to be posted, all monies will be returned promptly.
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