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The Long History of Bail

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Bail is pretty well known of in today’s world. Most people grasp the concept of bail and how it works. It might come as a surprise to some people to learn that bail did not always work the way it does today.

The earliest evidence of bail can be traced back to Medieval England, around the 13th century. Back then, not every town had judge, which meant it could take months for a single criminal could be tried. This lead to overcrowding of jail cells. Local sheriffs soon learned that they could release criminals, and ensure their return for court, by threatening torture for no shows. This is very different than how things are handled nowadays.

Eventually, the system shifted to people paying to get out of jail with the promise of their money being returned. In 1275, British Parliament passed Statute of Westminster. This law listed what crimes were considered bailable and helped prevent sheriffs from abusing their power to grant bail in return for favors.

When the United States became its own country, it copied most of its justice system from the British system. This allowed the founding fathers to focus on creating a new country without needing to worry about how criminal activity was taken care of. Aside from the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which prevented excessive bail from being assigned, bail remained mostly the same.

Bail received a major overhaul in 1966 when Congress issued the Bail Reform Act of ’66. Before this, judges determined whether or not they felt a defendant should be granted bail. This law changed that, saying that anyone accused of a non-capital offense should be granted bail unless the judge felt the defendant was likely to flee. This was then amended in 1984 to allow judges to also consider if a defendant posed a threat to the community while out on bail.


Bail has been an important part of the justice system for nearly 800 years and it will most likely continue to be for a long time. In modern times, it allows accused individuals to avoid punishment until they are in fact proven guilty.


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What is Bail and Why does it Exist?

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Bail exists because it is unconstitutional to hold a person in jail for an unreasonable amount of time after their arrest, but before the declaration of guilt or innocence at the end of trial. Bail is the amount of money a person will owe to the court in order to be released from custody during the trial. The Judge will decides how much the bail is. The judge makes the bail decision based on the crime committed, the defendant’s ties to the community, his or her criminal record, and the threat the defendant may pose to the community.

Bail can be paid in 100% cash to the court, up-front, and then the defendant will be released, or 10% of it can be paid to a bail bond company like Chino Bail Bond Store, who will then act as a surety. This 10% would be paid off with a payment plan that continues after the defendant is released.

Now, not every arrestee will be allowed to post bail. The ones who are denied bail are the ones who would have a long history of legal issues, are accused of a very serious, heinous crime, are a flight risk, and/ or pose a real threat to the community. All other defendants who are eligible to post bail, should post bail.

You can learn more about bail and bail bonds by talking to a representative from Chino Bail Bond Store. We hope you will never actually need our bail bond services but if you do, we will help you out.


We can be reached online, or at 866-736-6977 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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How Do I Choose a Bail Agent?

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Choosing the right bail agent is a very important task, your loved one’s freedom hangs in the balance. So, how do you do it? It is not like they teach you how to do this in school. Luckily, San Bernardino Bail Bond Store is here to help you.

When looking at a bail agent, you need to consider how much experience he or she has. The longer someone has been in the business, the better that bail agent probably is. The more time you spend bailing people out of jails, the more you learn about the bail process. Bail agents who have been working at their job for years, have learned hundreds of little tricks that help speed up the bail bond process, or make it easier for you.

You also want to find a bail agent that can actually help you in your area. This can be difficult, if you are trying to bail a loved one out of jail on the other side of the state. In instances like that, you will want to work with a statewide bail bond company like San Bernardino Bail Bond Store. One of our bail agents will be able to work with you locally, while another works with the jail.

Most importantly, you want to find a bail agent that you can trust. The best way to decide if you can trust a bail agent, is to ask for his or her license number. Ours is 1841120. If the bail agent will not share their license number with you, then something is wrong and you need to find another bail agent. Having the bail agent’s license number allows you to look him or her up and see how good of a bail agent he or she is in the eyes of the state of California. A trustworthy bail agent will have no problem sharing that information with you.

If you need to bail someone out of jail, trust that the experienced bail agents at San Bernardino Bail Bond Store will be more than happy to help you. We are a statewide bail bond company that has been helping Californians for 30 years now.

Call 866-736-6977 or click Chat With Us now to talk to one of our expert bail agents now.

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How Much Does a Bail Bond Cost in California?

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Are you looking to bail a friend or family member out of jail, but are worried about the cost? Do not fret, San Bernardino Bail Bond Store can help you out. We have been making bail bonds cheap and affordable for Californians for the last 30 years.

In California, all bail bonds start out as 10% of the person’s bail. This means that if your loved one’s bail is set at $10,000, his or her bail bond will only cost $1,000. This is the standard price set by the state of California, however, some bail bond companies can offer you a discount.

At San Bernardino Bail Bond Store, we are able to offer qualified clients a 20% discount on the price of the bail bond. What this means is, instead of paying 10% of the bail, you only pay 8%. If we use the same bail from before, the new price of the bail bond would be $800 with this discount. To qualify for this discount, you must be one of the following:

  • A union member
  • A member of the military
  • A member of AARP
  • A homeowner
  • Have a private attorney

If you meet one of those requirements, then we can give you the discount.

On top of that discount, all of our clients can pay their bail bond off with a personalized payment plan. At San Bernardino Bail Bond Store, we know that no 2 people are alike, which means we should not expect 2 individuals to pay off their bail bond in the same way. That is why our bail agents will work with you to create a customized payment plan.

If you are looking for an affordable bail bond, then come to San Bernardino Bail Bond Store.

You can talk to one of our bail agents now by calling 866-736-6977 or by clicking Chat With Us.

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Common Bail Bond Related Terms and What They Mean

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To most of you, the bail bond industry is probably a bunch of mumbo and jumbo that you don’t really understand. You hope you will never need to know anything about it, but for some of you, that will not be the case. Some of you will eventually find yourself wrapped up in the middle of it in one way or another. Maybe you were arrested, or maybe your best friend was. Whatever the case, you are involved and now need to know some important details. Here are some important bail bond related terms, and what they mean.

    Bail: When a defendant is arrested, they are given bail, which is an amount of money they must pay in order to be released from jail.

    Cash Bail: Cash bail is a way of paying bail where the defendant, and/ or anyone on his or her behalf, pays the full bail amount, in cash, to the court. The full amount must be paid in order for the defendant to be released, and this cash may be refunded at the end of trial.

    Bail Bond: Bail bonds are another way of paying for bail, where the defendant, and/ or anyone on his or her behalf, hires a bail agent, who issues a bail bond. It costs 10% of the full bail amount and is paid over multiple installments. The payments continue to be made after the defendant is released from custody, but this 10%, called the premium, is not refunded.

    Own Recognizance: Occasionally, a judge will grant own recognizance release to a defendant. This means he or she does not need to pay any money to be released. They are not considered a flight risk, are honest, and it is believed they will obey their release terms and conditions.

These are the basics to know about bail bonds. Once you know what bail and release method you will be using, then you will figure out what else you need to know after that.

A bail agent from Victorville Bail Bonds can help you with all of that and get you the affordable bail bond that you need.

Victorville Bail Bonds can be reached 24/7, both online, and on the phone at 866-736-6977 .

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This Is A Gift That Shouldn’t Wait Until Christmas

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The holidays are approaching and every year the issue of gift giving comes about. “I should have started planning months ago!” and “This person is the hardest to shop for!” and “I always get this person the same, predictable gifts each year…” are nonstop. This year though, there may be something so generous and thoughtful you can do. It’s not a material gift, but it certainly is quite the gesture that the receiver will be forever grateful for. But this gift idea will only apply to a select group of people. You can give it as an early gift now, or anytime until Christmas for when you’re given the green light.

The gift is a bail bond, and the green light is the moment you learn your loved one has been arrested and granted release upon bail.

While still much more affordable than cash bail, bail bonds can still be rather pricey; after all, it’s something no one is ever prepared to pay for because it’s not like they know their loved one will be arrested some day. But your troubled loved one might need your help to get out of jail. And knowing you and how much you care for this person, you’re not going to turn your back to them.

So, we say, use this as your “gift” to this person this holiday season. How’s that for something new and thoughtful?

Redlands Bail Bond Store can help you with this “gift” of a bail bond and they will make sure your loved one gets it sooner rather than later (in this case, waiting until Christmas morning to get it isn’t ideal).

Talk to a representative now for bail bond details either online or by calling 866-736-6977 .

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Everyday Is Important. Bail Out Today.

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As a new parent, you probably learned that being there for your child as they grow up is absolutely critical to how they develop and the person they become. Even being absent momentarily can leave a little bit of an unwanted mark. Being around for your child’s everyday routines is just as important as being there for major holidays, their birthdays, their dance recitals and sports games. You should never make your child miss you and think that you don’t love them.

Getting serious… we’re talking about jail. Obviously you should never let commit a crime and get arrested. But not everyone is perfect and some parents do end up in jail. And if this is you or someone you know, do your absolute best to bail out of jail as quickly as possible so that your young child might not even realize that you’ve been missing abnormally long.

San Bernardino Bail Bond Store is readily available to help you and your loved one bail out of jail; we’re here to help you reunite with your family. We offer affordable bail bonds with customizable payment plans to fit your financial situation.

Please contact us online or on the phone at 866-736-6977 to learn more about how exactly we can help you!

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The Truth About San Bernardino Bail Bond Store

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The truth about bail bonds is that for anyone out on bail through a bail bond is more likely to abide by their release terms, conditions, and agreements. They’re more likely to show up for their court dates. They’re more likely to meet all bail bond payment deadlines. They’re more likely to enroll and complete guidance sessions or community service. Why? Because they are well aware that loved ones are literally putting money down for them, banking on their belief that the defendant is a good and honest person who made this one mistake and is not a repeat offender. The defendant knows that loved ones are putting their money, assets, and good word at risk, all for them and the trouble they caused. Their loved ones aren’t obligated to offer this generous service, but they’re doing it. San Bernardino Bail Bond Store also believes the good in defendants and believes in their right to bail. We won’t hesitate to help with that part, no matter who the defendant is and what they were arrested for.

We provide free consultations and can answer any and all questions you may have, even if you don’t currently need a bail bond just yet. Or if you do need one, we’ll definitely get started on papers immediately so that your loved one can come home as soon as possible.

Either way, we can be reached 24/7 online and at 866-736-6977 .

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Here Is the Positivity in Bail Bonds

We want you to know that even though your loved one has been arrested, there is a lot you both can look forward to. San Bernardino Bail Bond Store is the bail bonds company that is going to help get your loved one out of jail and back home. It is the company that is going to show you that you do not need to stress over this bail bond. San Bernardino Bail Bond Store is the company that is going to show you how to look at the situation in a positive way.

Without a bail bond, most people will not be able to afford bailing out of jail with cash. Bail amounts are set incredibly high because the money acts as an incentive to get that person to show up in court. Bail bonds are the more affordable alternative to cash bail, asking for only 10% of the full bail amount and they can be paid off over a period of time, rather than all at once.

With San Bernardino Bail Bond Store‘s professional and quick help, your loved one will be home in no time. This means they can return to work, spend time family, and really focus on the situation at hand and the next steps to deal with it. When your loved ones are in jail, they do not get any of this. When they are bailed out of jail, they get the opportunity to live as much of a normal life as possible. They will be surrounded by love, support, and family.

This is why bail bonds are a good thing, and should be looked at with positivity. Bail bonds, and San Bernardino Bail Bond Store, have the power to reunite your family again.

Give us a call at 866-736-6977 , or Chat With Us online at any time of the day for all your bail bond needs.

The Price of Collateral

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Many bail bonds will require collateral in order to be authenticated. Collateral is typically property, vehicles, and valuables that a person pledges to the bail bond company. The bail bonds company uses collateral as insurance.

You see, the big thing about bail bonds over cash bonds is that a bail bond costs 90% less than cash bonds. The defendant will need to show up for court in both cases, but for bail bonds, the collateral acts as a big incentive for the defendant to honor this agreement. If the defendant fails at showing up for court, the bail bonds company can, and will, claim the collateral from the original owner.The original owner loses whatever property, vehicles, and/ or valuables they pledged. Knowing they have loved ones putting so much at stake for them is the incentive for the defendant to go to court. Otherwise, the loss of collateral is at the fault of the defendant.

To find out what collateral is accepted, and to get all your other bail bonds related questions answered.

We urge you to contact a professional from San Bernardino Bail Bond Store now online or at 866-736-6977 .