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How The Whole Bail Process Works

Here's The Basics.

A bail bond is a contractual agreement between the bail agent and an indemnitor (usually family member or close friend) of the defendant being held in custody. The indemnitor guarantees that the defendant will make all required court dates as ordered by the court. The indemnitor pays the required premiums (usually 10%) for the bond directly to the bail agent.

The indemnitor is responsible for the full amount of the defendant's bond should the defendant fail to appear in court, as the full amount has been posted to the court by the bail agent. The premium (usually 10%) paid to the bail agent is their fee for providing the service of posting the entire amount of the bail to the jail or court. This fee is non-refundable and is considered fully earned by the bail agent upon the release of the defendant from custody.

So Your Loved One Is In Jail?

What to do and how the process usually works:

1. Call Magic Bail Bonds 24 hours a day, toll free at (323) 266-1525 to speak to a knowledgeable licensed bail agent.

2. We will immediately call the jail or court where the defendant is being held to find out charges, bail amount and court date.

3. We will provide you with the information and explain what you will need and how much the bond will cost. We accept cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, cashier's checks and personal checks (limits may apply on personal checks). We will always give you the full amount you will pay, no bait and switches or surprise charges later!

4. We will make arrangements to meet with you. We are fully mobile and can discretely meet you at your home or business or at the police station, jail lobby or court. If you choose, you can also meet us at our office. We will suggest the best option based on where the person is in custody when you call, but will gladly meet you where you are most comfortable.

5. After the paperwork is completed, the bail agent will post the bond to the jail or court. The bail agent must personally post the bond, verifing to the jail staff that he/she is a licensed bail agent.

6. At this point, defendant's release will be in the works. After the bond is posted, release times will vary based on the particular jail and how busy they are. Generally, city jails and substations will release someone within an hour or two. The county jails can take eight hours or more for a defendant's release.

7. After the defendant's release, we will make an appointment with them to finish the paperwork and provide them with their court date. At this time, we will also provide copies of the bail bond paperwork and reciept to the indemnitor. Now all the defendant has to do is make all of their court dates.