Bail Bonds Requirements – What Will You Need?

What are the requirements for bailing someone out of Jail? This question is probably one of the most common questions we get as a bail bonds company residing in Ventura,CA. It’s very rare that any one you generally speak with actually even knows what a bail bond is or what the requirements one would need to bail someone out. Here we will provide all the information that someone would need if they get that call at 2am from their friend in jail.

We’ll set the stage here so that the explanation will be most clear. For this scenario the defendant, the one calling from jail, has contacted their good friend and the good friend will be the signer, or indemnitor. First, let’s explain some of the vocabulary:

Defendant: the one in jail. The arrestee.

Indemnitor: There are two kinds of indemnitors. The first; self-indemnification. This is when the defendant, the one in jail, is actually allowed to sign for their own bail. Here, the bail bonds company feels that the defendant is responsible enough to attend their court case and also has enough funds to back it up financially. Second; Indemnitor or signer. This is when the defendant has touched base with a loved one or friend and that person has agreed to sign responsibility for the defendant. The indemnitor will be responsible for making sure the defendant attends all court dates until the case has finished and is also responsible for the cost of the bail bonds for paying up front and also if there is a payment process.

Bail Bonds Premium: This is the cost of doing business with the bail agency, 10%. i.e. for a $10,000 bond, the premium is $1000.

The Indemnitor now has the information from their friend in jail and their next step is to find a bail bondsman. The quickly peruse the internet and find few companies to call. After a couple conversations, it’s decided to go with company X. The indemnitor asks, “what do I need to bail out my friend.”

Money: Pay the cost of the premium. Bail is at $10,000. The premium is $1000. This can be paid in many ways; cash, credit card, or in some instances, financing.

Forms: Fill out and sign the bail bonds application. This is usually an 8 1/2 by 14 legal document with lots of blanks to fill out. The indemnitor will need to provide their present address, social security number, driver’s license number, telephone and much more. The defendant will need to provide three times that amount of information; like three references, four family me