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The Cost of Bail in California

Bail is a Regulated Industry

A bail bond in California generally costs 10% which is the California mandated law and set by the California Department of Insurance. The bail fee, (also known as a premium) is a non-refundable percentage of the total amount of the bail. Simply, if the bail amount is $10,000, the bail bond fee will be $1,000.

As reputable bail bond company, we do not charge any additional finance fees, charges or taxes.

You should be mindful that bail bond companies who offer 5% bail bond fees or "cheap bail bonds" are violating California Law. Any company that offers you these rates or makes these claims is either acting illegally or will put you on a payment plan when you sign the contract. These "price cutting" bail agents are saying and doing whatever they can to get your business. Always check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure you are dealing with a reputable, trusted bail company.

Bail Bondsmen are Licensed

A California bail bondsman is an individual that is licensed by the California Department of Insurance and can legally assist those in need of a bail bond to have a defendant released from jail. Typically, the 10% premium is always paid up-front; however, some exceptions may apply to those that are credit-worthy.

No Collateral Bail Bonds

Some bail bond companies will take collateral to ensure the defendant will appear in court. Most bail collateral will typically be in the form of real estate or cash. All bail companies must return collateral at the end of each case. In most cases, our bail company will offer most of our clients "signature bonds," that is a bail bond with no collateral - only your signature is required. This, of course, is based on risk. Bonds in excess of $50,000 will require collateral as may other high risk bonds such as for foreign citizens

Flexible Payment Plans

Payment for bail bonds is generally made prior to the release of the defendant. I accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.

In addition to no collateral bonds, we often offer clients flexible payment options to help ease the strain of having to pay a large sum of money all at once.

To qualify for a payment plan, the co-signer of the bond (known as the indemnitor or the one taking responsibility for the defendant) would need to have good credit and / or be a California homeowner.

In certain rare cases for high bail amounts, bonds may be eligible for an 8% rate. Please ask if you qualify.

I provide several payment options. You may pay using cash or major credit card including Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Card. we can also provide easy, no cost financing for qualified customers.


Patel, Bail Bondsman
Al Patel, Bondsman
1-800-598-BAIL (2245)
Free Bail Bond Information, Anytime
Insurance License # 1845933

Corporate Headquarters
5220 Clark Ave. Suite #110
Lakewood, CA 90712
Office: 562-866-7666
(Next to Lakewood Sheriff Station)

Office Locations:
Lakewood : 562-866-7666
Cerritos : 562-860-7779
Norwalk : 562-864-7779
Downey : 562-861-7666
Long Beach : 562-435-7666
Orange County : 714-969-7779
Diamond Bar : 909-860-7779
Monrovia : 626-303-5557
La Palma : 714-994-4666
Northridge : 818-837-3777
Santa Monica : 310-576-7779

Cell phone : (562) 572-9935
Email :
Member of : PBUS, GSBAA

"You helped me get bailed out of jail on Friday night. I just wanted to say thank you. It was an awful experience for me, and if nothing else, your kind voice on the other end of the phone in that cell was a tremendous comfort."
- Chrystal in Santa Clarita


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