A bail bond, also known as a ‘surety bond’, is one of the best tools to keep you out of jail during your trial. If you cannot afford the bail amount that is required to be posted, you’re going to need a bail bondsman or bail bond agent to help you post the bail bond.
Because the Orange County Jail is located in Santa Ana, you should look for bail bonds in Santa Ana and neighboring cities, like Huntington Beach. When someone calls you to help them post bail and you contact the bail bond agent, their primary responsibility is to post the bail amount at the jail. They will take a percentage of the total bail amount for their services – usually 10% in California – and the person who is being held in jail must return for their court date or the bail agent is responsible to pay the full bail amount. In case the person jumps bail and does not show up in court, the agent is legally allowed to find them, detain them and bring them to court themselves. (This is where bounty hunters come into play.)
Bounty hunter is a person who puts up the money for your bail and guarantees that you will turn up for your next court date. In exchange you pay him a percentage of the bail. In case you jump bail, the bondsman is legally allowed to find you and make you come to court.
When looking for the best bail bonds in Orange County, there are a few keys to look for.
Every bail agent or company needs to be licensed by the State of California. Ensure that the company that you are dealing with is properly licensed to ensure their legitimacy.
Once you’ve checked their license, the next thing to consider is their experience. Like in any industry, experience is crucial. The agent should be familiar with the court with which you are dealing with. They should have a good rapport with former clients and both the OC Jail and OC Sherriff’s Office so that you know that they know what they’re doing.
It’s very important that they’re flexible. The best agents in Santa Ana will provide you with payment options and flexible plans. Along with financial flexibility, you should be able to contact them easily at almost any point of time.
Because many people have never gone through the process before, and many don’t even know what to ask, it’s vital that the agent is easy to talk with and walks you through the bail process step by step. If they don’t, you will be left in the dark and are more likely to be burdened with unnecessary stress.