Common Questions about Bail


If you were to go out and ask random people questions about bail and bail bonds, they wouldn’t be able to give you much information. This is because most people never learn much about bail. Most people only know that it is the practice of giving someone money to get a friend or family member out of jail. There are a lot of questions that people have about bail, and so we are going to try to answer some of the more common ones here.

  • What exactly is bail?
  • Bail is an amount of money owed to the court that will allow a person to be released from jail if they pay it. This only applies during the person’s trial, meaning a person cannot bail out of jail after they have been found guilty. If the bailed out person goes to all of their court dates, then the bail money will be returned to the person who paid it at the end of the trial, regardless of the outcome.

  • What is a bail bond?
  • A bail bond is what a bail bond company uses to pay a court for a bail. It informs the court that the company or agent is bailing a certain person out of jail. If the person fails to show up to their court dates, then the company will pay the full amount of the bail to the court.

  • Why are bail bonds better than bail?
  • Bail bonds are considered better than bail for consumers because they are cheaper. In the state of California, a bail bond costs a person 10% of the bail it is paying for. For example, if a person’s bail is set at $20,000, his bail bond would only cost $2,000. On top of being cheaper, bail bonds are easy to pay for since bail bond companies offer flexible payment options than courts do for bail.

  • Are there discounts available for bail bonds?
  • Yes. Here at Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino, we offer a few different discounts to help make paying for the bail bond easier.

  • How much do I have to pay up front?
  • The size of the initial payment depends on the amount of the bail itself, and the financial strength of the co-signers for the bail bond. To learn more about your particular case, try talking to one of our professional bail agents.

  • What is a co-signer?
  • A co-signer is any person willing to sign the bail bond contract. By signing the contract, the person is taking responsibility for the bail bond. Co-signers are in charge of making sure their loved one goes to all court dates, as well as making sure all payments are made on time.

  • Who can be a co-signer?
  • Anyone who wants to bail their friend or family member out of jail. You do not have to be related to someone to bail them out of jail.

These are just a few of the questions that our bail agents answer on a daily basis. If you still have questions or concerns, you are more than welcome to talk to one of our bail agents. Consultations are always free. If you want to bail a friend or family member out of jail, just contact Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino at any time.

Talking to one of our agents is simple, all you have to do is call 866-736-6977 or click Chat With Us now.


Need Financing on a Bail Bond?


Many companies out there know that when they charge their customers large sums of money, they need to offer some sort of financing. Most people do not have a lot of money sitting around, waiting to be spent on frivolous things. Most people make just enough money to scrape by. They know what important thing their money will be used for before it is placed in their bank account. They have groceries to buy, utilities to pay for, and house payments to make.

This is why bailing someone out of jail can be difficult. Nobody has enough money left offer after their usual monthly bills and payments to try to bail someone out of jail. Luckily, Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino can jump in to save the day. We offer financing options for our clients.

We offer a few discounts to qualified clients, and we create personalized payment plans for all of our clients. We do this because no two clients are alike. Some have more money available than others, and so they all need their own unique payment plan.

By offering our clients their own customized payment plan, they are able to afford their loved one’s bail. Their payment plan breaks up the scary and intimidating cost of the bail bond into manageable monthly payments. Each of these payments is designed to fit into the client’s budget, which makes everything easier.

If a person is looking for financing options on a bail bond, they should contact Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino. We are an experienced bail bond company that has been helping Californians for the last 30 years. We know how to make our bail bonds affordable for everyone.

The best, and most affordable, bail bond help is just a phone call away. Call 866-736-6977 now.


We Answer Bail Questions All of the Time


Bailing someone out of jail is a foreign concept to most people. It is not something that many people deal with a on a daily basis. This leads to many people having questions about bail when they need to finally use it to rescue a friend from jail. Bad bail bond companies take advantage of this lack of knowledge. Good companies, like Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino, do their best to educate their clients, and help them understand how bail works.

  • What is the difference between a bail agent and a bail bondsman?
  • Actually, there is no difference between a bail agent and a bail bondsman. Both terms are used to describe the same job.

  • How much does bail cost?
  • The cost of a person’s bail depends on a lot of different factors. These factors include, the person’s criminal record, the crime itself, the likelihood of the person running while out on bail, and the threat the person may pose to the community. A judge looks at all of this when determining a person’s bail amount.

  • Can you tell me what my friend/family member was arrested for?
  • Yes, we can do that. First, we will need the name of your friend/family member, plus his or her birthday, and the county where he or she was arrested. This will allow us to look up your loved one in the county jail system and get you specific answers about his or her case.

  • Do I need to give collateral for the bail bond?
  • In most cases, you do not. Here at Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino we prefer to not use collateral for our bonds, however collateral may be needed for incredibly large bail bonds.

  • Can you bail my friend out of jail in Nevada?
  • No, Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino and our agents are only licensed to operate within the state of California.
    This is just a small sample of the questions that we get about bail bonds here at Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino. If you have any more questions, you check out some of our other articles on the website, or you can talk to a professional bail agent for free.

Talking to one of our agents is simple, all you need to do is call 866-736-6977 or click Chat With Us now.


Nobody Likes Pledging Collateral


Not many people like the idea of needing to pledge something as collateral. Everybody has their things that are theirs, and they want to keep it that way. So, when somebody even slightly threatens to take something of theirs away from them, people tend to get upset. This is definitely the case when someone is required to pledge their house or car as collateral.

While this may sound a bit far-fetched, it is actually a very common scenario when it comes to bail bonds. Bail bonds can be very expensive, and because of this, many companies require their clients to pledge collateral. Often times, the only things of equal value to the bail are homes and cars. These are two very important items to most people. The thought of losing either ones of these things would scare just about anyone.

At Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino, we understand that no one wants to lose their car or house. We understand that no one likes pledging something of theirs as collateral. This is why we do collateral a little differently. Instead of requiring clients to pledge something valuable of theirs as collateral, we only ask for the signature of a working co-signer.

To us, a working co-signer is so much more valuable than a house or a car. A co-signer who has been working at the same job for more than a year, shows dedication and commitment. We know that we can count on that co-signer to make sure that each payment will be made on time.

Needing to pledge collateral is not fun, and it can cause a lot of unnecessary stress. This is why we do not require collateral at Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino. All we need is the signature of a working co-signer.

To learn more about bail bonds and co-signers, check out some of our other articles. To talk to a bail agent for free, simply call 866-736-6977 or click Chat With Us now.


Want a Free Warrant Check?


Then a warrant is issued for a person’s arrest, the person who the warrant is for is not notified. The only notification that the person will get, is when the person is arrested. If the person is lucky, one of their friends or family members will hear about the warrant somehow and give them a heads up. Due to this fact, it can be difficult to know when a warrant has been issued for your arrest.

Luckily, it is possible for people to check for warrants. They can contact third parties, like Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino, who can check for them. This way, the person does not run the risk of getting arrested on the spot for trying to find out if they do actually have a warrant.

If you suspect that there may be a warrant out for your arrest and you want to check, just contact Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino. We have agents working around the clock to help their clients whenever. To get a free warrant check, all you have to do is give us your name, birthday, and the county where the warrant would have been issued. We will use that info to perform a warrant check for you.

If there is no warrant out for your arrest, you are free to go about your day feeling much more relaxed. If there is a warrant out for your arrest, do not panic. We can still help you. We may be able to get a bail bond setup and ready to go. This way, when you turn yourself in for the warrant, you will only stay in jail long enough for the police to book you into the system. After that, you will be bailed out of jail right away. You will have spent as little time in jail as possible.

Thinking that there may be a warrant out for your arrest can be truly terrifying. We understand that at Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino, which is why we offer free warrant checks. All you have to do is call in and give us a little information. We will do the rest.

To get your free warrant check today, just call 866-736-6977 or click Chat With Us now.


Don’t Let a Surprise Prevent You from Helping


There are several things out there that can happen without warning. Sometimes these things are good, like a surprise party, other times, these surprise aren’t that great at all. A perfect example would be discovering that one of your friends or family members got arrested. This could catch you completely off guard. After all, it is not like anyone plans on one of their loved ones getting arrested.

The first thing most people want to do upon learning of their loved one’s predicament, is figure out how to help. In the case of their arrest, that would mean posting bail. This idea can be intimidating to a lot of people, when it really shouldn’t be. Posting bail can be extremely easy, especially with the help of a professional bail agent.

Finding a bail agents is easy, all you need to do is contact Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino. We are a statewide company that has been serving Californians for the last 30 years. We know all about bail. We will walk you through the entire bail bond process step by step, and make sure that you understand what is going on throughout the entire process. You will not be left in the dark. With us guiding you through, you will see how easy and affordable it is to bail someone out.

Here at Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino, we strive to make our bonds as cheap and affordable for our clients as possible. One of the main ways we do this is by creating personalized payment plans for each of our clients. This way, the cost of the bail bond is broken down into manageable monthly payments.

The arrest of your loved one may have been a surprise that caught you off guard, but you will not let the shock stop you. With the professional help from Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino, you will be able to rescue you your loved one from jail quickly, at any time of the day. You will not let this surprise render you incapable of helping your friend or family member.

Call 866-736-6977 or click Chat With Us now so that you can talk to a professional bail agent for free.


What is Shoplifting?


Many people have heard of the term shoplifting. Some people do not have a full understanding of what it means. Others, are curious as to what the consequences for shoplifting are.

In the state of California, shoplifting is described as the act of entering an open business and intending to take items that total less than $950. In the past, what was considered shoplifting, was actually identified as burglary in the eyes of the law. This meant that prosecutors could charge it as a felony offense. Nowadays, shoplifting is its own thing and is a misdemeanor offense.

As a misdemeanor offense, a person being charged with shoplifting can face no more than 6 months in jail, a fine no larger than $1,000, or some combination of both. However, if a person has been charged with certain convictions in the past, the shoplifting offense could be charged as a felony instead of a misdemeanor. This would carry much steeper penalties.

Shoplifting is not worth the risk. A person caught shoplifting will most likely face fines that total more than the value of whatever was stolen. On top of that, the person could also face jail time, which is something that nobody wants.


You can Be Fined for Crossing the Street During the Countdown


Believe it or not, a person is violating the law if they cross the street in the intersection when the hand is flashing with a countdown. Many Californians do not realize, or they forget, that it is actually illegal. They believe that they merely have that countdown left to get across the street safely. Actually, pedestrians may only legally cross the street when the signal shows the human figure.

Samuel Chu is learning this law the hard way. He was given a $202 citation from an officer for stepping into the street when the crossing sign was counting down.

In fact, it is not uncommon for officers to issue these citations. It simply is not widely reported, which is why citizens may not know the law. Over the last 4 years, Los Angeles police officers issued 17,000 such citations.

Now, a couple of Los Angeles politicians are looking to change up the law so that pedestrians are not slapped with such an expensive ticket for such a minor offense. Councilman Jose Huizar and Assemblyman Miguel Santiago are pushing to ratify the law and let pedestrians legally continue crossing the street until the flashing light ends and the hand stops. As expected, there are pros and cons on both sides that are to be evaluated before any changes are made, which likely would not be for some time anyway.

A citation like this is often unexpected because most people who are given one do not realize they are violating the law. To them, they are merely crossing the street in the intersection as they should be. Nonetheless, it is against the law to cross the street when the signal is flashing.


How Bail can Affect Credit Score


It is no secret that posting bail costs quite a bit of money, even with a bail bond, because it can still be thousands of dollars. Most people who need to pay for something this expensive will typically do so using a credit card because it is the fastest and most secure way to do so. It is not often a person can pay for something so expensive with just cash.

When someone is paying for a bail bond with their credit card, they are more concerned with getting it done quickly. They want their loved one to be freed as soon as possible. They are not as concerned about how doing so might affect their credit score. It is a generous, selfless act for them to pay for a bail bond, but it is still important for them to consider their financial situation once the legal troubles begin to mellow out.

Here are a couple situations where your credit score could be affected should you use credit to pay for a bail bond:

  • Taking out a loan could lower your credit score, but it could also boost it, depending on the type of loan and the policies attached to it.
  • Paying the entire bail with your credit card, but not being able to pay it off in full immediately may cause your score to suffer later down the line. The best practice for paying off credit cards is to always pay it off in full as soon as possible, rather than paying a portion and letting the rest roll over to the next credit card due date.

Every person is in a different scenario so one person can pay their bail with a credit card and their credit will not be affected, while another person could see their credit score change. It not only depends on how much they have to pay for the bail bond, but also how they are set up with their bank and how much credit balance they are allowed to have. In addition, it could also depend on the bail bond company they are working with. Some bail bond companies have a higher fee than others, and some are more flexible in terms of payment due dates and schedule.

Before committing to one bail bond company, and before committing to paying the entire bail on your credit card, conduct some research and get consultations from different bail bond companies to see what they charge and what their bail process is like.

You will also want to review your financial situation and check with your bank to review options on how you can afford to pay off the bail. A good bail bond company will work with you on a custom plan to fit your needs, and so will a good bank.


How Bail Works for Undocumented Immigrants


A United States citizen who is arrested for committing a crime will stand before a judge to learn whether or not he or she can post bail to be released from custody pre-trial. What happens if an undocumented immigrant is arrested? Will they be handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and then deported as soon as possible?

Undocumented immigrants are not left hopeless if they are arrested. They are not automatically deported. Although they are not citizens, they still have rights and resources that will assist and protect them as much as possible, including a handful of immigration bonds. The immigration bond will allow the immigrant to be released from custody until his or her court date.

    Delivery Bond
    For someone to be released on a delivery bond, the immigrant has to obtain an arrest warrant and a notice of custody conditions. The delivery bond will ensure the immigrant will appear for their court hearing.

    Voluntary Departure Bond
    The only way an immigrant can be released on a judge’s voluntary departure bond is if they voluntarily leave the U.S. by a specific date. The immigrant can avoid any and all remaining court hearings if they qualify for and agree to this bond. If the immigrant fails to leave the United States by their specified date, the bond is revoked and they will face further legal consequences.

    Order of Supervision Bond
    Order of supervision bonds are reserved for individuals who must leave the United States, but are taking a little extra time while they obtain passports and other documents for their family, such as children. During this extra time, they are supervised by an agent and they must report to them on a regular basis to keep them updated on their progress.

Immigrants can pay for their immigration bond in two ways:

    1) With a surety bond where they work with a bond agent who typically will charge 15-20% of the total bond amount and is not refundable.
    2) With a cash bond where they pay ICE the full bond amount in cash or money order, which is refunded once the immigrant attends all their court hearings.

You will also want to review your financial situation and check with your bank to review options on how you can afford to pay off the bail. A good bail bond company will work with you on a custom plan to fit your needs, and so will a good bank.

Since immigration bonds are different than bail bonds, many bail bond companies do not provide them. A person seeking an immigration bond will have to find a company that specializes in immigration bonds.