How Does Bail Work?

Amigo Bail Bonds

Setting Bail

When an individual is arrested, they are given a bail amount based on the charges, his or her prior record and how likely the will appear for court. *(For no bails, warrants, and holds please see below for further information).

Bail Bond

Bail bonds are also called surety bonds. They are the most popular form of bail. By California state law, the fee is 10% of the bail amount. So, if the bail is set at $5,000.00 the premium fee will be $500.00 this fee is not refundable after the bond is posted.


The co-signer/indemnitor guaranties the individual will comply with all the court dates. They are responsible to pay the full amount of the bail if the individual “skips” bail or misses court. A co-signer/indemnitor is required to fill out an application and sign a contract.

When the defendant attends all scheduled court date(s) and they are sentenced or dismissed on the case then the bond should be exonerated by the court. The co-signer has then fulfilled his or her contract obligation and will no longer be responsible for the bail bond. However, the 10% premium fee is still due if making payments on the remaining balance.


Collateral is normally a home or property which is owned by the co-signer and is used to secure the full amount of the bond. . Collateral is required on larger bond amounts. In the evet the individual misses court and “flees” the collateral is used to pay for the bail bond. Collateral is not always required and most of our clients use their signature and good standing to secure the bond.

Payment Plan

Payment plans are offered to anyone who co-signs for an individual. We offer half down (5%) and the other half in payments. However, depending on the co-signers credit we can make other arrangements if needed. We have many payment options and offer “0” down for home/property owners O.A.C.

To make a payment you can either pay cash, check or credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Discover Card). We offer many payment options, you can either mail, call or pay online.


Average release time is 1 to 4 hours which in includes completing contracts/application with our agent. Once the bail agent post the bond(s), the jail will begin the process for release. The release time is based on how large the jail or facility is. Our agents are efficient, reliable and know the importance of getting the person released quickly.

Misses Court

When an individual misses a court date, the court notifies our office. A bail agent or investigator contacts the co-signer/indemnitor and/or defendant. You have the option to reinstate or surrender the bail bond, administration and investigation fees may be applied.


A reinstatement is when the individual misses courts and the co-signer/indemnitor agrees to continue to take on the liability of the bond. The defendant will be required to appear in court with an attorney or a licensed bail agent to request permission from the judge. This may require payment upfront to began the reinstatement process. The best practice is to make sure the individual makes it to court so there is no more cost to you.


Investigators/bounty hunters make arrest on individuals who have violated their contract. They basically save the co-signer from paying the full amount of bond, in the event, the defendant “skips” or “runs”.

*No Bail

If the individual is arrested on a new charge and has a “No Bail” then they must wait until the judge/magistrate sets the bail amount. Most likely, the judge/magistrate will set it in a few hours from being arrested or “booked”.

If the individual was arrested on a “no bail warrant” due to a prior charge or a missed a court date; then they must wait until to see a judge before being granted a bail amount. Of course, it is up to the courts discretion.


An outstanding warrant is a request for an arrest by a judge. The individual most likely was brought up on a new charge or missed court on a previous charge(s) or case(s). If there is a bail amount on the warrant then the individual could post bail without being arrested and processed/booked. A co-signer is required to sign and pay the premium fee before the bond is posted. At this point, a court date will be set and the warrant should no longer be active.


If the individual has a Probation or Parole hold the bond can not be posted until the probation or parole officer lifts the hold. The individual has more then likely been in jail or prison on prior charges and has violated their probation or parole period.

Immigration holds are placed by Immigration Custom Enforcement (ICE). These individual(s) that are in custody on an immigration hold are considered “illegal” in the states. Unfortunately, if and when you post a bond in the current county they may not be released from jail and instead turned over to the ICE authorities. Once there, they may be given an immigration bail bond amount. At which time, an immigration bond must be posted. Immigration bonds have restrictions and may only be posted by paying the full amount in cash or putting up your property for collateral. There are very few immigration bail bond companies compare to surety bail bond companies. If you decide not to post a bond the individual may remain in custody until immigration deports them back to their country.

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