Bail Help Guide

It’s late at night…

You are awakened by the sound of the phone ringing…
“Who could this be”, you ask yourself, irritated…
“Who could this be calling so late?”
These are your first thoughts, then immediately it changes…

This might not be good!
Something might be wrong!

You answer the phone…
You hear a familiar, desperate sounding voice on the other end of the line …
Something is wrong!

Someone who you love has been arrested…
Someone who you love is in jail…
Someone who you love needs your help!

It is late at night…
Or it is early in the morning…
Or it is the middle of the afternoon when that phone call comes…
What can you do?
Who can you call?
Who can help?

Rebecca Tenwick’s All-Mobile Bail Bonds has some information to share with you…

When a person has been accused of a crime and is arrested, one option that you have is to purchase a bail bond to secure their freedom…

What is a bail bond?

A bail bond is a very specific type of insurance policy – technically called a surety bond – that can be purchased to effect the release of any adult person who has been accused of a crime and, at the same time, guarantee that person’s appearances in court.

If you’d like to know more, give us a call. We are available 24-hours a day to answer your questions.

Who sells bail bonds?

Licensed professional bail agents are the only persons in the state of California authorized to negotiate and sell bail bonds. Because of the unpredictible nature of their work, bail agents generally make themselves available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

Rebecca Tenwick and her staff are all properly licensed professional bail agents. We are available 24/7 and specialize in providing fast, discreet mobile bail agency service to all of Southern California.

How much does a bail bond cost?

The amount of money that all bail agents must charge for a bail bond is carefully regulated by the California State Department of Insurance. The only rates that can legally be charged for a bail bond are 10% or, in some situations, 8% of the bail bond amount required to free your loved one from jail.

Any bail agent who agrees to charge less than one of these two state authorized rates for a bail bond is committing a crime! While an illegal discount may at first seem tempting to your wallet, in the long run the money you might save won’t begin to pay for the trouble that these illicit practices cause.

*** caution: stay away from bail agencies that offer illegal discounts!

What is the bail bond premium?

With bail, as with other forms of insurance, you will pay a “premium” or fee to the bail agency for the amount of the guarantee that the bail bond represents. The word “premium” is simply an insurance industry term for the fee that is being charged for a specific type of insurance product.

Please look under our “specials” section to learn more about special bail bond premium rates and payment programs.

What is collateral?

Because a bail bond represents a bail agency’s financial commitment being made on behalf of someone who has been accused of a crime, a bail agency may require collateral to protect itself in making this financial guarantee that the defendant will appear in court.

Collateral is anything of value that may be offered on behalf of (or by) the defendant to offset the bail money that is being risked on his or her behalf. When all of the defendant’s court appearances have been made and the bail bond premium has been fully paid, collateral is returned.
Examples of collateral include real estate, mobile homes, automobiles, motorcycles, boats, jewelry, fine artwork, antiques, rare stamps and coins, collectibles like comic books and baseball cards, firearms, tools, industrial equipment, etc., etc.

Really, the list of potential collateral items is only limited by your resources and your imagination… whatever it is, if it holds value, then it is worth considering as collateral.

All-Mobile Bail Bonds does not always require collateral. Please call us now to discuss your specific situation.

When is the bail bond finished?

A bail bond has fully served its purpose when the person who was originally freed on the bail bond – the defendant – has made each and every court appearance as required up to the point that he or she is either 1) sentenced, 2) acquitted or 3) has had the case dismissed.

With regard to sentencing, a defendant is sentenced for a particular crime either 1) upon entering into an agreement to plead guilty – called a plea bargain – or 2) at the conclusion of a jury trial where a guilty verdict is returned.  In any case, at sentencing, acquittal or dismissal the bail bond is released by the judge, and there is a special word for such a release… exoneration.

Remember, every case is different. With over 26 years of experience, the staff at Rebecca Tenwick’s All-Mobile Bail Bonds is always ready and willing to discuss with you the unique particulars of your situation.

What does exoneration mean?

At the time that a defendant is either sentenced, aquitted or has a case dismissed, the judge will exonerate any bail bond that had been previously posted in that case. This means that the bail bond has done its job. “Exoneration” is really just a fancy word meaning released from further duty… anyone who originally agreed to be held responsible for the defendant’s appearances is officially off the hook!

If you have any questions about bail bonds and how they work, please call us. We are always glad to be of service.

What happens if someone misses a court date?

When a defendant who is free on bail fails to appear in court, the judge will do two things: 1) order the bail bond forfeited and 2) issue a bench warrant for the defendant’s immediate arrest.

The remedy to this situation is far easier than you would imagine, but we have got to act fast and work together. Call now!

What is a bail bond forfeiture?

“Forfeiture” is the legal word used to describe what happens to a bail bond when the defendant who is free on bail has missed a courtdate. A bail bond forfeiture doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the world… Not at all! In fact, most people who miss court do so for simple and understandable reasons…

People forget, they oversleep, they go to the wrong place… Cars breakdown, people get stuck in traffic, people get sick… All of these represent some of the reasons why a person might miss a courtdate.

Of course, there is really no “good” excuse for missing court!  But, in situations like those described above, a bail agent can generally correct the problem of the forfeiture by humbly asking the court to remove the forfeiture and reinstate the bail bond that was forfeited.

Remember: courts and judges require our respect… as long as we are quick to correct a simple oversight or error, we can generally count on the judges and the courts to be forgiving… at least the first time that it happens.

If someone who is free on bail has missed court, call Rebecca Tenwick and her staff immediately. The faster we work to correct the problem, the better the outcome. Usually.

What does bail bond reinstatement mean?

Anytime after a defendant has missed a court appearance, the bail agent can take the defendant back into court and submit a simple form – called a “letter of reassumption” or a “reinstatement of liability” – officially asking the judge to reinstate the forfeited bail bond. This reinstatement has the effect of continuing the case at the point where it was before the defendant failed to appear. The court or the bail agency may charge a nominal fee for this service.

By working quickly and working together, a defendant’s non-appearance in court is generally quite simple to correct.

If you have bailed out someone who has decided to go on the run, please call your bail agent or All-Mobile Bail Bonds right away! Time is of the essence! We’re here to help.

What is the worst case scenario?

Everyone here at Rebecca Tenwick’s All-Mobile Bail Bonds are hopeless optimists… After all of our years in the bail bonding business, we continue to believe in the goodness and sincerity of our fellow man… And everyday we put our money behind that hope. But everyone wants to know about the worst case scenario. So, since you asked, here it is:

If you are the defendant, and you are on the run, the worst case scenario is that you will ultimately cost the decent, caring, loving people who bailed you out of jail everything that they own. Ouch! Can you deal with that?!?
If you are the guarantor – the person who bailed out someone else – and that person has shown you the ultimate disrespect by going on the run, the worst case scenario is that you will be utterly destitute and possibly even homeless by this time next year… All thanks to that cowardly, self-centered _______#$%*&@)*&!!________________ (insert choice words into blank) who failed to appear in court!

In truth, things are never so black and white. If someone has decided to go on the run, we should talk… All of us. Or we could just call Dog the Bounty Hunter…

What about the happy ending?

In the end, people who are accused of criminal acts are considered under the law to be innocent until proven guilty. Everyone deserves his or her day in court! But perhaps equally important is this: most people who have been accused of a committing a crime are entitled to their freedom while their case is going through the court system. The Consitution of the United States of America goes so far as to guarantee it!

And that constitutionally guaranteed right to bail is our ultimate happy ending. It is the right to freedom!

Please call our family owned and operated local bail bonding agency if you or someone who you love has questions or needs our help. We are forever grateful for the opportunity to be of service!