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Common Questions about Bail

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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.


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Need Financing on a Bail Bond?

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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.


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We Answer Bail Questions All of the Time

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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.


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Nobody Likes Pledging Collateral

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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.


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Want a Free Warrant Check?

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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.


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Don’t Let a Surprise Prevent You from Helping

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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.


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Weird Laws and Halloween

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With as many laws as there are in the state and federal governments, there are bound to be some weird ones out there. Just about every state in the country has its fair share of laws that make no sense to a sane person. Many of these laws make you wonder how they became laws in the first place.

  • It is illegal to wear masks in public in Alabama. Halloween must be a lot of fun here.
  • Any misdemeanor committed in Arizona while wearing a red mask becomes a felony. Be extra careful of committing crimes on Halloween if you are in Arizona.
  • R rated movies cannot be shown at drive-in theaters in Delaware. The real trick here, would be finding a drive-in theater.
  • Men may not be seen in public in any kind of strapless gown in Florida. This eliminates some costume ideas for some men.
  • Se offenders in Illinois are prohibited from participating in holiday events like handing out candy on Halloween, except under specific circumstances. This one makes sense, except for the specific circumstances part.
  • Candy cannot contain more than 1% of alcohol in Massachusetts. Some states believe that no candy that is given to trick-or-treaters should have alcohol in it.
  • In Montana, it is a misdemeanor to show movies that depict felonious crimes. Guess that means no scary movies with any murder in them.
  • It is illegal to congregate in public in New York when 2 or more people are wearing a mask or any other sort of face covering that disguises the person’s identity. Be sure to plan any group costumes accordingly.
  • Organizations in North Carolina may not hold meetings while their members are in costumes. Guess that means no company Halloween parties.
  • Children are not allowed to go trick-or-treating on Halloween in Virginia. Well, there goes all of the fun for this holiday.
  • All lollipops are banned in Washington. You’ll have to find another candy to give out on Halloween.

It is interesting how many weird laws there are out there that affect Halloween. Breaking some of these laws might not get you into trouble, while other probably should. However that is up to local law enforcement to decide if they want to arrest someone for giving lollipops to trick-or-treaters.

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Scary Legends of California: Alcatraz

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Probably one of the more famous haunted places in all of California is Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. The island has served as a military fortification, military prison, and as a federal prison. The place has been associated with suffering and death for a long time, and that association has left an imprint on the minds of those who visit the island.

Long before the island was built upon, Native Americans feared the island. They believed that evil spirits resided there, and that the island itself held a portal to another realm. The local tribes would send people there as punishment for breaking tribal laws.

Around 1850, Alcatraz Island was acquired by the US government, and turned into a military fort. Soon enough, starting in the 1860s, the fort slowly became more of a military prison. It housed hundreds of inmates from both the Civil War, and the Mexican-American War. Construction on the concrete cellblock, which is the main feature on the island, started in 1909 and was completed 3 years later. In 1934, Alcatraz became a federal prison. It remained in operation for 29 years. The island is now a Nation Historic Landmark, and is quite the tourist destination.

Park rangers who live on the island have heard and seen things that cannot be explained. One of the worst places is the main cell block, and the dungeon beneath it. They say the air within this building is often cold, and filled with the wails and screams of those who suffered on the island. Stories abound of ghosts of dead inmates walking the halls, or standing within their cells, still imprisoned to this day.

Worst of all, are the stories of a creature known only as The Thing. It is a dark, ghostly figure with glowing red eyes. The apparition haunts the cells of Alcatraz, and is rumored to have killed some of the inmates. One particular story tells of an inmate who was placed into solitary and began screaming that a creature with glowing red eyes was in his cell and attacking him. The man screamed late into the night, until the screaming eventually stopped. The next morning, the guards found him dead in his cell with hand prints around his throat. He had been strangled.


Many visitors to Alcatraz say that they have heard and seen the ghosts roaming the grounds of the island. Even those who do not believe in ghosts, have had their minds changed after a visit to the island that these restless spirits call home.


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The Brief History of Halloween

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October is here, and that means fun and frights for many people across California, and the country in general. Just about everyone celebrates Halloween in some shape or form, but not everyone knows how the holiday got its start.

It is believed that the holiday started out as the Celtic festival of Samhain, (pronounced sow-in). Samhain was an end of the year celebration for Celts over 2,000 years ago. For them, the New Year started at the end of summer and after the harvest of their crops. This was a time to celebrate what they had accomplished for the year, and to remember all of those who came before.

The cold, dark winter months were often associated with the ideals of death. The Celts believed that on the night of the New Year, which for them was October 31st, the spirit world was at its closest to the living world. For them, this was the perfect opportunity pay their respects to their ancestors, and even possibly gain insight into their futures.

The people would celebrate by creating large bonfires, and burning offerings for the spirits of the deceased and their deities. These offering would typically by some of their harvest, or even animals. The people would also dress in costumes, typically those resembling animals. At the end of the celebration, the people would use these sacred bonfires to light the fires in their hearths to help protect them through the coming winter.

Over the next few centuries, the celebration was adopted and molded to fit other holidays. This was first done by the Romans, who used the celebration to remember their own dead, and to honor one of their own gods. The celebration was later adopted by the Western church to remember and honor martyrs and saints of the church. This made it a part of All Saints Day, which was celebrated on November 1st. All Saints Day was also referred to as All-hallows, and the day before it as All-hallows Eve. This eventually lead to the 31st of October being called Halloween

The Holiday eventually made it to America, where it was used by communities to celebrate the year’s harvest, share the stories of deceased relatives. Soon, the practice of telling these stories turned into telling ghost stories. The sharp increase of Irish immigrants seeking refuge from Ireland’s potato famine in 1846 helped spread the practice of Halloween across the country. It also helped reintroduce the idea of dressing up for Halloween and create the practice of trick or treating.


By the 1950’s, Halloween had become a kid oriented holiday with lots of parties where people could get together and have fun. Trick or treating proofed to be a cheap and easy way for people to participate in the holiday. This is what led to Halloween being celebrated the way it is today.


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Serving California for 30 Years

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One of the most important facts that we have learned at Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino over the last 30 years, is that a person can be arrested at any time. An arrest can occur at 4 in the afternoon, or 1 in the morning. No matter when it happens, it will never be convenient for you. It will interrupt your schedule, and stress you out as you try to find a way to help.

Luckily for you, Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino is here to assist you. We have been helping Californians with bail bonds since 1987. One of the more important ways that we help our clients, is simply by being there for them. Our clients can get ahold of us whenever they need us. We have agents working at 4 in the afternoon, and 1 in the morning.

As soon as you find out that one of your friends or family members has been arrested, you can talk to one of our professional bail agents. While not all of our agents have been with us since the beginning, they are still experts. Not only do they have years of training behind them, they also have the rest of the Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino family backing them up. You can trust that your bail agent will always know the best way to help you in your situation.

When you come to Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino for help, you get nothing short of the best bail help in California. Our agents will be with you from the beginning, and they will be there with an answer any time you have a question. That is what being in the business for 30 years has helped us achieve. We are able to provide our clients with the best bail service around, at the exact moment that they need it.


No matter the time, you can talk to a bail agent right now by clicking Chat With Us or by calling 866-736-6977.