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What Happens If I Don’t Pay For My Bail Bond?

February 4, 2022

Most people can’t afford the full cost of bail. This is why most people obtain the help of a bail bondsman to get their loved one released from jail. Let’s discuss what a bail bond is and what may happen if you do not pay for or follow the requirements of a bail bond.

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What is a Bail Bond?

When someone is arrested for a crime, they may be granted bail. This is a set amount of money they can pay to the court to be released. The cost of bail will be determined by many factors, such as:

  • The severity of the crime
  • The defendant’s past criminal record
  • If the defendant is a flight risk
  • If the defendant is a risk to the community
  • Local bail schedules

In the more severe cases, the defendant will not be granted bail at all. They will have no opportunity for release through the duration of their case.

When individuals cannot afford the bail set by the court, they can contact a bail bond agency. The bail bond agency will cover the majority of the cost of bail as long as the defendant or defendant’s loved one pays a set percentage of the total cost. By law, the percentage cannot be over 10%.

For example: if the defendant’s bail were set at $10,000, the defendant (or their loved one) would contact a bail bonds company for help covering the total amount. The defendant could be asked to pay a premium of up to $1,000 to the bail bonds agency. The bail company will then put up the other $9,000. A total of $10,000 has been paid using a bail bond, and the defendant can be released.

How Quickly Can I Be Released from Jail With a Bail Bond?

If you get a bail bond from The Bail Boys, we can have you or your loved one released from custody within hours. If you do not pay for a bail bond, you could remain in jail for the entirety of the case.

Paying for a Bail Bond in Los Angeles

At The Bail Boys, clients are able to pay for bail using:

  • Credit cards
  • Cash
  • Money order
  • Western Union Quick Collect

In most cases, the individual seeking a bail bond will be required to pay for their bail bond prior to their loved one being released. However, in some cases, payment may be made after their loved one is released. In rare cases, people may try to get away with not paying for their bail bond. Let’s discuss what happens if this occurs.

Failure to Pay for a Bail Bond

If you don’t pay the premium set by the bail bonds agency, the contract is void. They no longer are required to pay your bail, and you can remain in jail.

If you were released prior to the bail premium being paid, the bail bonds agency has a couple of options. First, they may go to the court and inform them that you or your co-signer has not paid the premium, and they no longer wish to take responsibility for you. In this case, you can be sent back to jail, and you will have to find a new bail bond agent to cover your bail cost. However, this will be much more difficult, as you now have a record of not paying for bail bonds services.

Another option would be for the bail bonds agency to locate you and bring you back into custody. This may involve a bounty hunter.

Additionally, the bail bond company has the right to file a civil lawsuit against you to obtain the funds as agreed upon in the contract.

Affording a Bail Bond in Southern California

You never want to sign a contract to pay a bail premium you cannot afford. If you do and don’t pay, you could face the above consequences and obstacles.

At The Bail Boys, we understand that even 10% of the cost of bail can be out of budget for many people. We want to do everything we can to help you bring your loved ones home from custody, so we offer additional help with financing. We offer zero, 1%, or 2% down bail bonds for individuals in tight financial situations. To discuss your premium payment options further, contact our team.

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If you need assistance bailing your loved one out of jail, contact our bail agents at The Bail Boys. We work quickly and efficiently to bring your loved one home as fast as possible.

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