Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a bail bond?

A bail bond is a contract between the court and a licensed bail agent that states the bail agent will ensure the appearance of an arrested individual for all required hearings or pay the face amount of bail to the court.

What does bail cost?

In general, the standard industry rate for bail bonds is 10% of the face amount of bail. For example, if the face amount of bail is $10,000, the fee is $1,000. However, various group discounts (military, union, property owners, etc.) are available to individuals who qualify. For more information about our rates, contact Escondido Bail Bonds at (760) 294-6833 and an agent will be available to assist you. NOTE: In California, all bail agents are required to file a notice with the Department of Insurance indicating the rates they will charge the public. Bail agents are also required to publish their rates prominently on the wall inside their office.

How does bail work?

If an individual is arrested and bail is set by the court, the individual can secure his/her release while the case is pending by placing cash or property equal to the face amount of the bail as collateral with the court. Once the case is concluded, the court will return the collateral to the depositor.If the arrested individual does not have cash or property sufficient to cover the face amount of bail, they can use the services of a bail agent or “bondsman.” The bail agent agrees to secure the release of the accused individual in return for a fee of 10% of the face amount of the bail. The arrested individual is also required to provide a co-signor that will take responsibility for the face amount of bail. Once the fee has been negotiated and a co-signor agrees to take responsibility for the bail, the bail agent delivers the bond to the jail and the arrested individual is released from custody.


How can I save money?

Discounts are available to both arrested individuals and co-signors. If an arrested individual or their co-signor is a member of a qualified group such as military, veterans or labor union, they will receive a discount of 20% (8% vs. 10%) on bail. Arrested individuals who hire private defense counsel also qualify for bail at 8%. For more information about saving money on bail, call Escondido Bail Bonds at (760) 294-6833.


How long does the bail bond process take?

In most cases, the bail bond process is timely and efficient. The bail agent will ask the caller a series of questions to qualify the bond. Once the qualification process is complete, the agent makes arrangements with the caller to visit the office and complete the process. The bond is then delivered to the jail and arrested individual is released. The time between the first call to the bail agency and the time the arrested individual is released is usually between 30 minutes to eight hours. The primary delay is the time it takes the jail to process the arrested individual for release once the bond has been delivered to the jail. Escondido Bail Bonds can not expedite the release of an arrested individual once the bond has been delivered to the jail.


Can I start the bail process over the phone?

If a loved one or friend is in jail, you can speed-up the release process by calling Escondido Bail Bonds immediately. An agent will be available to assist you and will start the process of getting your friend or loved one out right away. The agent can even give you pre-approval over the phone and deliver your bond to the jail before you arrive at the office.


What forms of payment do you accept?

Escondido Bail Bonds accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Western Union, money orders and cash.


What if I do not have all the money?

If you do not have all the money, Escondido Bail Bonds offers affordable interest-free payment plans to those who qualify. Don’t let the high cost of bail stand in the way of your friend or loved one getting out of jail. If you need help with financing, call Escondido Bail Bonds at (760) 294-6833. 


Do I need collateral?

Although some bail bonds require the arrested individual or the co-signor to place collateral, many bonds can be done with just a signature guarantee.


How long will it take for the arrested individual to be released from jail?

Depending on jail release times, the bail process usually takes between one hour to six hours. The bail agent has no control over the arrested individuals release once the bail bond is delivered to the jail. In some instances the arrested individual’s release may be delayed by a high number of other individuals who are also in the release process.


Do I get my money back?

The bail bond fee is non-refundable once the arrested individual is released from jail. Fees are also non-refundable regardless of whether the courts file formal charges against the arrested individual. If, for some reason, the jail does not release the defendant after bail has been posted, all monies are refundable to the individual who delivered them to the agency.


What are the co-signor’s responsibilities?

The co-signor has two (2) primary responsibilities. First, the co-signor is agreeing to the arrested individual’s required court appearances. Second, they agree to pay the face amount of bail if the arrested individual does not appear for a required hearing. NOTE: California law allows the bail agent up to 360 days (1 year) to return the arrested individual to the court before the bond must be paid. If an arrested individual does not appear for a required hearing, call Escondido Bail Bonds at (760) 294-6833 and arrange for a bail bond reinstatement. A bail bond reinstatement allows the arrested individual to return to the court, without arrest, and resume his/her case.


What are the arrested individual’s responsibilities?

The arrested individual is responsible for appearing in court on all required hearings. Some arrested individuals are also responsible for paying the fees due for the bond.


What if the arrested individual misses court?

If an arrested individual misses a required hearing, the most important thing to do is call Escondido Bail Bonds and arrange for a bail reinstatement. A bail reinstatement is a notice from the bail agent to the court stating that the arrested individual plans to voluntarily return to the court and place the matter back on calendar. The notice also states that the bail agent agrees to remain responsible for the bond. NOTE: California law allows the bail agent up to 360 days (1 year) to return the arrested individual to the court before the bond must be paid. If an arrested individual does not appear for a required hearing, call Escondido Bail Bonds at (760)294-6833 and arrange for a bail bond reinstatement. If the arrested individual is unwilling to appear in court, call Escondido Bail Bonds immediately at (760)294-6833. As a co-signor, you are responsible for the face amount of the bail until the defendant is returned to the court.


Can I post bail for a warrant?

If you or a loved one has an outstanding warrant, you can avoid the inconvenience of being arrested by allowing Escondido Bail Bonds to post a warrant bond to clear the warrant. Under most circumstances, you do not need to be present and we can call you with a court date. For more information, call Escondido Bail Bonds at (760) 294-6833. 


How do I make payments on my bail bond account?

You can contact Escondido Bail Bonds office at (760) 294-6833. 

Payments should be mailed to: 


Escondido Bail Bonds
2205 E. Valley Parkway Suite D

Escondido, CA 92027

What is bail exoneration?

An exoneration is when the defendants case is over and the bondsman and co-signor are officially relieved of the liability on the bond. However, although the court case is over it does not mean the monies that you agreed to pay are no longer due. The full amount of the fee you were charged when the bond was written is due-regardless of the outcome of the case. In essence the bail agent loaned you the money to place up with the court.