Bail bond companies take cash as payment, generally in advance of service. However, paying for a bail bond with a credit card may be the most convenient form of payment for the client and the bondsman.
You don’t have to have a perfect credit to qualify for a payment plan. Generally, you need to have credit and use it responsibly. Several factors come into play for determining a payment plan: length of residency, employment and arrest history, ability to make payments and other factors.
When you work with a bail bondsman to arrange a payment plan, be realistic about your budget. Don’t offer to pay $500 per month when you can only afford $250. The bail bond company will require you to make a down payment that represents a commitment to pay the remainder of the fee.
When collateral is required for a bail bond, it is taken in the form of a real estate lien on California property. Generally all owners of the property must sign the lien and the property should have equity.
Clients often use a real estate lien when the bail is a high-dollar amount – $100,000 or more. It may also be necessary if the person has one or more high-risk factors: few ties to the community, short work history, or other such extenuating circumstances. A real estate lien provides additional incentive for the person arrested to return to court. The person knows that the family member who signed the bail contract has put his or her house on the line and could lose the property if the defendant skips bail.