A bail bond is generally the most popular manner used in Los Angeles County

A person arrested and taken to the Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail will not be released from jail until the arrestee or the arrestee’s family posts bail. A bail bond is generally the most popular manner used in Los Angeles County to bail someone out of jail.

If the necessary funds or security/collateral are available to post a bond, this may be the best choice because it will allow time to secure the services of an attorney. However, if you retain counsel before posting bail, bondsmen are given the flexibility to reduce their fee by 20%. This is because a defendant represented by counsel is less likely to run. When the defendant is not bailed out, he or she will be taken to court within 48 hours of being arrested, not counting the weekend.

The amount of bail depends on the type and seriousness of the crime charged against the defendant. The bail is based on a countywide schedule which is available through a bondsman or a criminal defense attorney.

The Cost of a Bail Bond

The cost of a bail bond is usually 7% to 10% of the bail amount that was set by the court and is paid directly to the bail bond company. A bail bond is the document given to the court by the bail bond company to guarantee that the defendant will attend all required court appearances. For a bail set at $10,000, the premium would be $700 to $1000. Some bail bond companies allow these premiums to be made in payments. The percentage charged by the bail bond company is non-refundable. It is the price or premium charged for undertaking the posting of the bail bond with the court. In the event that the defendant does not make the required court appearances and the bond is forfeited to the court, the signor (defendant, friend, or family member) of the bail bond will be responsible for paying the entire bail amount back to the bail bonds company.

Daniel R. Perlman
The Law Offices of Daniel R. Perlman