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Who Sets The High Bail Prices?

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If you have ever needed to bail a friend or family member out of jail, you have probably seen how expensive it can be. Bailing someone out of jail probably made you wonder who determines the prices for bail and bail bonds.

When people contact a bail bond company to help them bail their friend out of jail, they are usually trying to get a bail at a more affordable price. However, even a bail bond can be too expensive for some people. Some people might think that this is simply because the company is greedy, but that is not the case.

Bail bond prices are actually controlled by the Department of Insurance (DOI).

In California, bail bond companies have to charge 10% of the price of the bail they are paying for. Some companies are allowed to only charge 8% if the client meets certain qualifications.

So bail bond prices are determined by the bail prices. Since a judge sets a person’s bail, it is the judge’s responsibility for the high bail prices, right? Wrong. Judges have more control over the pricing than bail bond companies do, but their control is still restricted as well. Judges determine a person’s bail based on a few different factors including:

  • The person’s criminal record.
  • The person’s ties to the community.
  • The county’s bail schedule.

The last one is the most important.

A Bail Schedule is a list of every crime and what the bail amount should be for that crime.

Each county in California has its own bail schedule. This means that the same crime committed in 2 different counties could have a different bail amount. The bail schedule allows law enforcement officers to set a person’s bail before he or she has an arraignment hearing. This allows people to bail out of jail faster, instead of having to wait for an opportunity to sit in front of a judge. At the hearing, a judge is allowed to alter the amount to better match the situation, but only slightly.

What this means is, whoever creates the bail schedule is responsible for the high bail prices. Roughly every year, a county will select a committee of judges to create the county’s bail schedule. These judges get together and go over every possible crime. They assign each one a set dollar amount. When they are done, this list will be used by law enforcement and courts throughout the county.

Ultimately, only a few judges are responsible for the high bail prices, not bail bond companies. If you have a problem with the high bail amounts, be sure to let your local officials and representatives know.

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Research First. Decide Second.

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Hiring a bail bond company to help get your loved one out of jail is not a decision you make on the fly. It is true that you want to choose someone sooner rather than later, so your loved one can post bail faster. However, you want to do some research into multiple bail bond companies before making a final decision. Here are some things to look for:

    COST
    California bail bond companies charge 10% of the full bail amount as the premium. This is the amount you pay to the company. Obviously you will want a company that has no hidden fees or interest rates.

    FLEXIBILITY
    The bail bond company should be available 24/7, and should be understanding and accommodating to your current financial situations. Every client goes through this differently since no two situations are alike. Your bail bond company should understand this and work with you to come up with an affordable payment plan.

    SATISFIED CUSTOMERS
    Check out what former clients of the companies have said about their experiences. Just because one bail bond company has been in business longer than another, does not mean they are the best fit for you.

Where do you start looking for a bail bond company? Head on over to Madera Bail Bond Store. You can get a FREE consultation before making a decision to commit. You can contact us 24/7 online or by phone at 559-674-0444. Talk to one of our friendly bail agents and get your questions answered. Inquire about our zero down bail bonds and discounts we offer to see if you qualify. At Madera Bail Bond Store, you can rest easy knowing that can get the bail help you need at an affordable price.

For reliable 24/7 bail bond service, call Madera Bail Bond Store at 559-674-0444 or Chat With Us now.

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New Driving Laws In California – 2017 Edition

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There are a couple of new driving laws you are going to want to know about if you are a Californian. They involve cell phone use and are very closely related to the existing laws.

The old laws had a loophole where drivers would hold their cell phone in their hand while driving because they were using their GPS. The old law never stated the phone had to be mounted to the vehicle. The new laws that are now in effect require the phone to be mounted in certain locations, the lower right corner or the lower left corner of the windshield or onto the center console. A cell phone may not be attached to the middle of the windshield because it is obstructing clear view. In addition, drivers may use one finger to conduct a single swipe or tap on the screen.

Another new driving-related law more clearly defines the legality of motorcycle lane-splitting in California. The old laws never clearly outlined the rules. Now, motorcycles are not allowed to travel 50-60+ miles per hour through standstill traffic. They must be going slower.

Madera Bail Bond Store would like to inform you of these new driving-related laws. These are two of the more prominent ones that apply to everyone on the road. The goal is always to keep the roads safe.