Officials who work in the business of bail bonds in Santa Clarita want their clients to understand what they're agreeing to when they sign a bail contract.
First off, when you sign a bail contract to get your loved one out of jail, you're agreeing to pay the premium for the bond. In the state of California, the premium is 10 percent of the bond.
For example, your loved one is being held on $5,000 bail, you would pay $500 dollars to the officials selling the bail bonds in Santa Clarita, or wherever you live.
Second, you wll have to provide the required collateral which could be the deed to a house or the pink slip for a car.
"Family members who are trying to bail their loved ones out of jail don't always realise that there may be more expenses after they pay the premium and provide required collateral," said Inessa Chavez, co-owner of All American Bail Bonds.
Clients may have to pay reimbursement for long distance phone calls, excess travel expenses for the agent, posting fees, bounty agent/skip tracer expenses, payment of the bond amount for the defendant's failure to appear, attorney fees and court costs.
"Keep the bail agent advised of any address or employment changes of the defendant or other parties to the agreement," Chavez said. "Also, if your loved one has skipped their court date, help aid the bail agent and fugitive recovery agents in locating the defendant.
"The more help that indemnitors provide in locating fugitives, results in less costs. skip tracing can run anywhere from $100 dollars to $200 dollars an hour."
Skip tracing is a way to locate individuals who have skipped their court date after they have been bailed out
Agents are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through All American Bail Bonds in Santa Clarita.
"Our clients should read all agreements thoroughly, asking questions until all items and obligations are understood. This will help make the experience a more positive one," Chavez said. "Agents who are in the business of bail bonds in Santa Clarita want to help you and your family."