Q: My friend was arrested a few hours ago and we want to bail him out. We obviously want to get the best price possible on a bail bond but I’m seeing a lot of different things online. One website is telling me that the cost is always 10% of the defendant’s bail. I’m also seeing tons of adds for 5% bail bonds, cheap bail bonds and even 1% bail bonds. How much does it cost to hire a bondsman in Riverside?
A. We can tell you that the first website you referenced is correct. In California most bail is transacted at the 10% rate. We can also tell you that there are tons of bail bonds companies who will advertise discount Riverside bail bonds rates as a way to get clients through the door. The cheap bail bonds rate you see in these ads often refers to the amount of money you’ll need to put down in order to be eligible for a bail bonds payment plan. Your full cost will still be 10%.