To familiarize yourself with bail bonds and related information, please browse through the frequently asked questions below.
- 80% of jailed New Yorkers can’t afford $1,000 in bail on small misdemeanor chargers.
- Those who can’t obtain a bail bond are 90% likely to plead guilty.
- Only 40% plead guilty if they can afford a bail bond.
- Those that can’t afford a bail bond spend an average of 15 days in jail.
- With a bail bond, 88% get their case dismissed or resolved without a criminal record.
- Only 38% see their case dismissed or resolved with no record if they can’t afford the bail bond.
To see more information and a nice visual, take a look at our Bail Bonds Infographic with Data and Statistics.
If the person skips court, the money is forfeited and the court gets to keep the amount. The money is usually distributed to the court and law enforcement agencies depending on how the local regulation is written. In some cases, a case can be filed to obtain the money that was forfeited.
It will take you roughly half a day to process the property bond and to get the necessary paperwork into the judge’s hands. From there, it depends on the judge how long it takes to approve the property bond. We recommend starting no later than 12 PM (noon) if you want to finish your portion of the paperwork for a property bond in the same day.
There are multiple steps involved for a property bond. First, you will want to go to the Assessor’s Office which is typically at City Hall and obtain an Assessment Certificate for the property you want to use for the bail bond. Check with the Sheriff or Court Clerk on exact steps. You will be issued a Mortgage Certificate and Conveyance Certificate for your property. Necessary paperwork will then be prepared for you by the Court if you have enough property equity. It will then be presented to the judge to consider for bail release. No promises can be made as to how long it will take the judge to make the decision and process the property bond.
- Ask a friend or loved one to borrow the money to cover the fee. This can present it’s own problems if you are unable to pay them back.
- Look into bail funds to sponsor you and cover your 10% bail bond fee at no charge. Charitable bail funds are limited to certain states although more are introduced on a regular basis due to the sheer need. Visit our page on bail reform for a list of charities that you can reach out to and to learn more about the growing pain and need for bail bond changes so nobody is left behind.
- Obtain a loan to cover you in the short term and allow you to make payments. Our page on bail bond financing and emergency loans will guide you through the application process.
Although it covers the LA market, we go into topics that cover all situations, like how you can negotiate with your bail bondsman to get the best rate, as well as the type of questions the bail bonds agent will ask you in order to determine if you qualify for a 0% to 3% Down payment. Some of the things that go into consideration are criminal history and flight risk of the person being bailed out, your financial strength, any property assets you may have, and more.