Being a Bail Bonds Cosignor in California

How being a bail bonds cosignor in California could help or hurt your finances.

Posted by Nick Clark · on October 17, 2012 · in Bail Tips · with 4 Comments

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Imagine this: A friend or family member calls you from county jail, and through the sobbing and the tears you make out that they've been arrested and want to come home... now!

What do you do now? The first thing that many people consider is how to get their friend or loved one out of jail... fast. It's at this point you either progress forward or reel back because without you, a defendant could spend days, weeks or even months in jail before their trial even begins.

It's time to call a professional bail bond agency

During the time that your friend or loved one has spent in jail they could lose their job, their home ‐ regardless if they had even committed the crime they are being held for. Innocent people go to jail every day. Think also about having to spend even more money later if they are charged with a crime in jail, like defending themselves against a violent attack. Yes, someone waiting in jail can be charged with a crime even if it is self defense. It happens all the time in jail.

At Golden State Bail Bonds We know how important it is to get your loved one released out on bail as soon as humanly possible. That's why we do our utmost to make the bail process easy for our clients. As knowledgeable experts in California bail bonds, we can swiftly get immediate release for your friend or loved one. We even take the time to explain the process of bail, walking our clients through the stages of the bail process.

As a cosignor, you are largely responsible for the defendant's appearance in court and to make all future court appearances. It is important for you to ensure that the defendant appears at all court dates. If the person you cosigned for does not show up for their scheduled court dates, you could be held responsible for their entire bail amount as well as other fees.

The Fees for Bail Forfeiture Include:

  • Skip Tracing
  • Travel, Room and Board
  • Office Fees
  • Court Costs
  • ...and any other cost incurred to bring your friend or loved one back to jail!

But, being a cosignor on someone's bail bond in California is really not a big decision considering we look after the bond for the course of the trial. Once completed the bond is canceled and you no longer have to worry if the defendant you bonded is going to skip or not. We take pride in the fact that our client's trust in us to ensure that the defendant they posted bond for is not going to leave.

We are a Professional Bail Bond Agency

We call the defendants regularly. We also send them emails, text and other forms of communication to make sure they are on task for makoing all their court apointments. We also have the defendants check in with us on a weekly basis. This helps keep us informed of any problems, additional court dates and final sentencing. We of course relay this information to you should you wish to be advised.

Nick Clark
Nick Clark | Bail Bonds Software Engineer

Nick is a bail bonds webmaster and website designer. Catering to only the bail bonds industry and using solid marketing practices enables Golden State Bail to become California's #1 bail bonds provider...
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Discussion ( 4 Comments )

  • Christopher Burd | Burbank 18 Nov, 2012 12:41PM

    I really think that a cosignor should be very careful when posting a bail bond for a friend. One can never be too sure that the person will leave town and make them pay the costs to bring that person back to justice.


  • Dave Ackerman | San Francisco 19 Dec, 2012 4:26AM

    This is the main reason I don't want to be responsible for making someone go to court. I understand that Golden State Bail contacts them but the bondsmen can't literally drag them to court.


  • Bill A. | San Diego 10 Jan, 2013 5:26AM

    I say let the person sit in jail for a while and think about the crime that they did. That will teach them a very good lesson not to do it again... and again... and yet again.


    • Ricardo | Los Angeles 14 Jan, 2013 7:11AM

      That thinking is incorrect. You have no idea how nasty it is in a california county jail. You are constantly being watched and having to watch out for people who may harm you. It's hard to concentrate on your case if you have to constantly watch your back.


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