The fast answer to this question is “no”. This is one of the most common misconceptions about bail bonds in Riverside.
The California bail industry is regulated by the Department of Insurance (DOI). They, not individual company owners, set the rate that bondsmen charge their clients. That rate is 10%. Once the necessary paperwork has been filled out and payment has been arranged, an agent will be dispatched to the jail to post the bond.
Bail bonds promise the jail two things. The first is that if the defendant is released they will return to handle their case. The second, is that if the defendant decides to flee and cannot be returned to the system within 180 days, the bondsman and the person who cosigned the bail bond contract will be liable to pay their full bail amount to the court as a penalty. A bondsman takes on a certain amount of liability every time they post a bond. This is why they charge a nonrefundable fee for this service.
All bail agents are required to be licensed through the (DOI). In this respect you can think of a bail bond as being similar to an insurance policy. Much like your auto insurance provider does not return your premium if you do not get into any accidents, a bondsman does not refund your money if the defendant’s case is dropped, dismissed, or not filed.
If you have additional questions about how Riverside bail bonds work call Adelante Bail Bonds now at 951-213-4788 to speak directly with an expert bail agent.