When you’re new to the bail bond process and posting bail chances are you have a lot of questions. A very common question we see asked is, “Is the cost of bail negotiable?” In today’s post we’re going to address that question and help you to understand a little more about why and how bail is set. In order to better understand the bail process, let’s begin!
“Is the Cost of Bail Negotiable?”
The short answer: no, the cost of bail is not negotiable. This is because the amount of bail is set by law and or a judge or magistrate. And there are a number of factors that come into play to determine the cost of bail. For example, the defendants history and whether or not they are a repeat offender. The severity of the offense and whether it was a violent or domestic offense will also determine the cost of bail.
“Can You Negotiate the Cost of a Bail Bond?”
Another question surrounding bail is whether or not the cost of a bail bond can be negotiated. The answer to this question is, no. The cost of a bail bond cannot be negotiated because the percentage bail bondsmen can charge is set by law. In the state of California the law dictates that a bail bond must be 10% of the cost of bail. If a bail bond agency were to offer a lower percentage they could lose their license. And no longer be permitted to act as a bail bond agent.
Now, while they cannot change the percentage of bail most bail bond agencies will charge a premium fee. This fee can vary from agency to agency but is usually kept low or similar to other agencies for competitive reasons.
If you’re looking for a bail bond agency that will treat you fairly and help you understand the entire process – contact our team today! At Martinez Family Bail Bonds we work hard to insure that you are treated with the respect and care you deserve. You can reach our team any time any day of the week, call us today! 1-877-504-8688