Bail Bond Process

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What is bail?

In short, bail is a part of our legal system that allows an accused person to be temporarily released from custody so they can continue their lives while they prepare for their day in court. In criminal cases, it is a sum of money, real property or bail bond that needs to be posted by or on behalf of a defendant to guarantee their appearance in court. The right to reasonable bail is guaranteed to you by the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

How does a bail bond work?

The court system will set the amount of bail required for the defendant’s release. Under state law, a company can provide a “bail bond” that guarantees payment of the full bail amount to the court if the defendant does not show up for all scheduled appearances. These bail bonds are offered by licensed bail service providers. For providing the pre-trial release service, bail service providers charge a premium – a percentage of the total bail amount, typically 10%. For example, for a bail amount set at $20,000, the premium would be about $ $2,000 plus any additional fees required. The bail service provider must charge the premium rate that it has filed with the Department of Insurance and the premium is not refundable once the defendant is released.

What is a bail bond?

A bail bond is a financial guarantee made by or on behalf of a criminal defendant that is used to guarantee their appearance in court through the end of their trial. Failure by the defendant to appear will result in a bail bond forfeiture.

What is the difference between bail bond amount and premium?

The bail bond amount is the full amount of the bail that is set by the court. The premium is the dollar amount charged by the bail service provider for providing the pre-trial release service. Usually this premium is 10% of the bail amount. For example, if the bail amount is $20,000, the premium charged would be $2,000.

Who is a co-signer/guarantor?

A co-signer/guarantor is the person(s) willing to be responsible for the defendant while they are out on bail and who co-assumes financial responsibility, including guarantee of the full bail bond amount.

What does it mean when a bail bond is exonerated?

A bail bond is exonerated when the legal process/trial has finished. It does not matter whether the defendant is found guilty/innocent or if the case has been dismissed. At this point, the bail bond is discharged. However, any unpaid premium, fees or other amounts charged by the bail service provider are still owed.

When does a forfeiture take place?

A forfeiture occurs when a defendant fails to appear in court. If a defendant misses a court date, a bench warrant is issued for their arrest. It is possible in many cases that the bail bond may be “reinstated” by the defendant working with Aladdin to report back to the court, which allows the court to set a new trial date for the defendant.

What is a summary judgment?

A summary judgment is issued by the court if, following a bail bond forfeiture, the deadline for reinstating the bond or returning the defendant to custody has passed. Upon issuance of a summary judgment, the full bail amount must be paid.

What is a reinstatement?

This is a process by which a defendant who has failed to appear in court can have their bench warrant removed and the bail bond re-activated or “reinstated” with the court. The defendant, working with Aladdin, will report back to the court which allows the court to set a new court date for the defendant. This proceeding may result in additional fees to the defendant/co-signer.

What is considered by the court in fixing the amount of the bail?

The amount of the bail is first and foremost within the scope and discretion of the judge or magistrate, with only two general limitations:

  1. The purpose of bail is not to penalize or punish the defendant, but only to secure the appearance of the accused, and it should be set with that in mind.
  2. Excessive bail, not warranted by the circumstances or the evidence at hand, is not only improper but a violation of constitutional rights. In fixing the amount of the bail, the court takes into consideration the seriousness of the charge, the defendant’s previous criminal record and the probability of the defendant appearing at the trial or hearing.

Additionally, if public safety is an issue, the court may make an inquiry where it may consider allegations of injury to the victim, danger to the public and/or to the defendant, threats to the victim or a witness, the use of a deadly weapon and the defendant’s use or possession of controlled substances. A judge or magistrate setting bail in other than a scheduled or usual amount must state on the record the reasons and address the issue of threats made against a victim or a witness. The court must also consider evidence offered by the detained person regarding ties to the community and ability to post bond. The bail amount set by the court must be within the minimum range amount of bail that would reasonably assure the defendant’s appearance – NOT the maximum! It is important to remember that it is the court magistrate that determines bail amounts.

How much does it cost to bail someone out of jail?

All cases are different. To answer this question in your case please contact a licensed member of our staff in the nearest Aladdin Bail Bonds office, or by calling us at (800) 300-Bail and we can help direct you.

Is the premium refundable?

The defendant and any co-signer(s) are responsible to the bail service provider for the premium and any fees or additional expenses incurred by the bail service provider on their behalf. These monies are earned at the time the defendant is released from custody and therefore not subject to return. This is the case even if the defendant is found innocent, the case is dismissed or the defendant is placed back into custody for another offense.

How do I make payments?

Online Payments

The fastest, easiest way to make your payment is online at our website.

  • It’s free.*
  • It’s available 24 hours a day.
  • No enrollment required.

Click here to make a one-time payment with a credit card, debit card or electronic check. All you need is your account number and PIN.

*Subject to customer’s credit/debit/bank transaction fees.

Phone Payments

Use Automated Self-Service Option
Call (866) 543-7680 to use the automated phone payment system to make an automated payment anytime of the day or night.

Speak to Live Agent
Call (800) 774-7452 to speak with an Aladdin representative who is specially trained to help you make a payment arrangement that suits your individual needs. You can use a credit card, debit card or electronic check. Have your account number and PIN handy.

In Person Payments

You may walk your payments into any of our many local offices. Click here to find the location near you. We accept cash, personal checks, money orders, and most major credit and debit cards.

Mail Payments

Payments can be made by sending a check or money order (no cash, please) to the following address:

Aladdin Bail Bonds
Payment Processing Center
PO Box 2606
Carlsbad, CA 92011

Payments will be processed within five business days after receipt.

What are the normal work hours for Financial Services?

Financial Services is here to assist you Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PST) and Friday, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PST).

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What is bail?

In short, bail is a part of our legal system that allows an accused person to be temporarily released from custody so they can continue their lives while they prepare for their day in court. In criminal cases, it is a sum of money, real property or bail bond that needs to be posted by or on behalf of a defendant to guarantee their appearance in court. The right to reasonable bail is guaranteed to you by the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

¿Qué es la liberación bajo fianza?

La liberación bajo fianza es una parte de nuestro sistema legal que le permite a una persona acusada ser temporalmente liberada de custodia para que pueda continuar con su vida mientras se prepara para su comparecencia ante el tribunal. En casos de tipo penal, es una cantidad de dinero, un documento respaldado por algún bien inmueble o una fianza que se entrega por o a nombre del acusado en garantía de sus comparecencias futuras ante el tribunal. El derecho a la liberación bajo una fianza razonable le es garantizado a usted o a un ser querido por la Constitución de los Estados Unidos en su Artículo Octavo.

¿Qué es una fianza?

Una fianza es una garantía financiera hecha por o a nombre de un acusado de un delito penal que es usada para garantizar su comparecencia al tribunal mientras dura su proceso judicial. Si el acusado no se presenta a los citatorios del tribunal, perderá la fianza por incumplimiento de las condiciones.

¿Qué es un agente de fianzas?

Un agente de fianzas es una persona con licencia del Departamento de Seguros quien es contratada para poder garantizar que una persona arrestada salga de la cárcel. Si usted necesita un agente de fianzas, la compañía proveedora de fianzas Aladdin Bail Bonds puede sacarlo a usted o a un ser querido rápidamente de la cárcel. Nuestros agentes de fianzas profesionales son confiables, tiene mucha experiencia y hablan tanto inglés como español.

¿Cómo funciona una fianza?

Bajo las leyes estatales, una agencia de fianzas puede proporcionar una “fianza” que le garantiza a la corte el pago del importe total de la liberación bajo fianza si el acusado no se presenta a todas sus comparecencias programadas. Las agencias de fianzas cobran una prima — un porcentaje del importe total de la liberación bajo fianza, típicamente el 10%. Por ejemplo, si el importe de la liberación bajo fianza se fijó en $20,000, el costo de la prima sería de $2,000 más cualquier cargo adicional requerido. La agencia de fianzas debe cobrar la tarifa de la prima que se registró con el Departamento de Seguros, y la prima no es reembolsable una vez liberado el acusado.

Al contratar los servicios de una agencia de fianzas, usted o un ser querido necesitará proporcionar el nombre del acusado, la ubicación de la cárcel y el mejor número telefónico en donde se puede contactar a la persona financieramente responsable del acusado. Las agencias de fianzas están disponibles las 24 horas, 7 días a la semana para brindar ayuda para rápidamente obtener una liberación bajo fianza. Al presentar la liberación bajo fianza, el agente de fianzas trabajará directamente con el sistema carcelario y con el tribunal.

¿Cuál es la diferencia entre el importe de la fianza y la prima?

Cualquier agente de fianzas puede explicar la diferencia entre los dos conceptos. Hay una cantidad fijada como liberación bajo fianza y una cantidad fijada como prima. La cantidad de la liberación bajo fianza es fijada por el tribunal. La prima es simplemente un porcentaje pagado a la agencia de fianzas por sus servicios.

Por ejemplo, si una agencia de fianzas cobra una prima del 10%, y la cantidad fijada de la liberación bajo fianza es $5,000, usted o su ser querido pagará $500 por los servicios de la agencia de fianzas.

¿Es reembolsable la prima?

Las primas no son reembolsables. Son pagos por los servicios proporcionados por la agencia de fianzas, incluyendo la promesa financiera hecha al tribunal a nombre de usted o de su ser querido.

¿Quién es el aval o fiador?

Un aval o fiador es (son) la(s) persona(s) dispuesta(s) a hacerse responsable(s) por el acusado durante su libertad bajo fianza y quien(es) asume(n) de manera compartida la responsabilidad financiera, incluyendo la garantía de toda la cantidad de la fianza.

¿Cuánto cuesta sacar a alguien de la cárcel bajo fianza?

Cada caso es distinto. Para mayor información, sírvase visitar una de nuestras oficinas de Aladdin Bail Bonds, enviarnos un correo electrónico o llamarnos al (866) 512-2245 para hablar con uno de nuestros agentes de fianzas debidamente entrenados de Aladdin quienes están disponibles las 24 horas, 7 días a la semana.

No se preocupe. Nosotros lo sacamos a usted o a su ser querido de la cárcel, y lo ayudamos a salir adelante.

¿Cómo se determina la cantidad de la libertad bajo fianza?

El juez o magistrado es la persona responsable de decidir la cantidad de la liberación bajo fianza usando dos criterios generales:

  1. El propósito de la libertad bajo fianza no es para castigar a la persona que está encarcelada, sino que sirve únicamente para ayudar a garantizar su comparecencia ante el tribunal, y debe ser fijada con eso en mente.
  2. El tribunal toma en consideración la gravedad del cargo actual contra usted o su ser querido, si tiene algún antecedente penal y la probabilidad de que se presente a comparecer ante el tribunal.

¿Cómo efectúo los pagos?

En Aladdin Bail Bonds, ofrecemos cuatro cómodos métodos para efectuar sus pagos.

Pagos a través del Internet

Los pagos a través del Internet ofrecen la manera más rápida y más cómoda para efectuar sus pagos.

  • Es gratis*
  • Está disponible las 24 horas del día
  • No se requiere registrarse

Usted puede efectuar un pago a través del Internet con una tarjeta de crédito, tarjeta de débito o cheque electrónico. Lo único que necesita es su número de cuenta y su Número de Identificación Personal (PIN).

*Sujeto a los cargos por transacciones bancarias que apliquen a las tarjetas de crédito/débito del cliente.

Pagos por teléfono

Ofrecemos dos opciones para hacer pagos por teléfono.

Use el servicio automatizado
Puede llamar al (866) 543-7680 para efectuar un pago telefónico automatizado las 24 horas, 7 días a la semana.

Hable con un representante
Para hablar con un representante de Aladdin, sírvase llamar al (800) 774-7452.

Pagos en persona

Nos encanta cuando nuestros clientes nos visitan. Puede llevar sus pagos a cualquiera de nuestras oficinas locales. Aceptamos dinero en efectivo, cheques personales, giros postales y la mayoría de las principales tarjetas de crédito/débito.

Pagos por correo

Sus pagos pueden ser enviados por correo en forma de cheque o giro postal o bancario a la siguiente dirección:

Aladdin Bail Bonds
Payment Processing Center
P.O. Box 2606
Carlsbad, CA 92011

Por favor no envíe dinero en efectivo. Los pagos serán procesados en un plazo de cinco días hábiles una vez que hayan sido recibidos.

¿Cuál es el horario normal de atención del Departamento de Servicios Financieros?

El Departamento de Servicios Financieros está disponible para ayudarlo de lunes a jueves, 8:00 AM a 5:00 PM (Hora estándar del Pacífico (PST)), y viernes de 8:00 AM a 4:00 PM (PST).

¿Qué significa cuando una fianza es exonerada?

Independientemente de que el acusado resulte inocente o culpable, siempre y cuando el acusado se presente ante la corte en las fechas establecidas y/o hasta que no haya más fechas de comparecencia, la fianza será exonerada. En caso de usar una agencia de fianzas, usted aún adeudará cualquier cargo adicional que quedara pendiente de pagar u otros cargos por presentar una fianza para que usted o un ser querido pudiera salir de la cárcel.

¿Qué es la pérdida de la fianza por incumplimiento de las condiciones?

La pérdida de la fianza por incumplimiento sucede cuando el acusado no se presenta ante el tribunal en su(s) fecha(s) programada(s). Cuando esto sucede, el tribunal emite una orden de arresto contra el acusado. Sin embargo, en la mayoría de los casos, una fianza puede ser restablecida por el acusado con la ayuda de Aladdin. Aladdin con frecuencia puede trabajar con el tribunal para establecer una nueva fecha de comparecencia para el acusado.

¿Qué es una sentencia sumaria?

El tribunal emite una sentencia sumaria si, después de la pérdida de la fianza por incumplimiento de las condiciones, se vence la fecha límite para restablecer la fianza o regresar al acusado a custodia. Al emitir una sentencia sumaria, la cantidad total de la fianza debe ser pagada.

¿Qué es una renovación de la fianza?

Es un proceso por el cual el acusado quien no se presentó ante el tribunal puede solicitar que se elimine la orden de arresto y que sea reactivada o “renovada” la fianza en el tribunal. El acusado, con la ayuda de Aladdin, restablece contacto con el tribunal y permite establecer una nueva fecha de comparecencia para el acusado. Este proceso legal puede resultar en cargos adicionales para el acusado o su aval.

¿Busca más respuestas? Háblenos con toda confianza al (866) 512-2245. Estamos listos para contestar cualquier pregunta que pudiera tener.

How does a bail bond work?

The court system will set the amount of bail required for the defendant’s release. Under state law, a company can provide a “bail bond” that guarantees payment of the full bail amount to the court if the defendant does not show up for all scheduled appearances. These bail bonds are offered by licensed bail service providers. For providing the pre-trial release service, bail service providers charge a premium – a percentage of the total bail amount, typically 10%. For example, for a bail amount set at $20,000, the premium would be about $ $2,000 plus any additional fees required. The bail service provider must charge the premium rate that it has filed with the Department of Insurance and the premium is not refundable once the defendant is released.

What is a bail bond?

A bail bond is a financial guarantee made by or on behalf of a criminal defendant that is used to guarantee their appearance in court through the end of their trial. Failure by the defendant to appear will result in a bail bond forfeiture.

What is the difference between bail bond amount and premium?

The bail bond amount is the full amount of the bail that is set by the court. The premium is the dollar amount charged by the bail service provider for providing the pre-trial release service. Usually this premium is 10% of the bail amount. For example, if the bail amount is $20,000, the premium charged would be $2,000.

Who is a co-signer/guarantor?

A co-signer/guarantor is the person(s) willing to be responsible for the defendant while they are out on bail and who co-assumes financial responsibility, including guarantee of the full bail bond amount.

What does it mean when a bail bond is exonerated?

A bail bond is exonerated when the legal process/trial has finished. It does not matter whether the defendant is found guilty/innocent or if the case has been dismissed. At this point, the bail bond is discharged. However, any unpaid premium, fees or other amounts charged by the bail service provider are still owed.

When does a forfeiture take place?

A forfeiture occurs when a defendant fails to appear in court. If a defendant misses a court date, a bench warrant is issued for their arrest. It is possible in many cases that the bail bond may be “reinstated” by the defendant working with Aladdin to report back to the court, which allows the court to set a new trial date for the defendant.

What is a summary judgment?

A summary judgment is issued by the court if, following a bail bond forfeiture, the deadline for reinstating the bond or returning the defendant to custody has passed. Upon issuance of a summary judgment, the full bail amount must be paid.

What is a reinstatement?

This is a process by which a defendant who has failed to appear in court can have their bench warrant removed and the bail bond re-activated or “reinstated” with the court. The defendant, working with Aladdin, will report back to the court which allows the court to set a new court date for the defendant. This proceeding may result in additional fees to the defendant/co-signer.

What is considered by the court in fixing the amount of the bail?

The amount of the bail is first and foremost within the scope and discretion of the judge or magistrate, with only two general limitations:

  1. The purpose of bail is not to penalize or punish the defendant, but only to secure the appearance of the accused, and it should be set with that in mind.
  2. Excessive bail, not warranted by the circumstances or the evidence at hand, is not only improper but a violation of constitutional rights. In fixing the amount of the bail, the court takes into consideration the seriousness of the charge, the defendant’s previous criminal record and the probability of the defendant appearing at the trial or hearing.

Additionally, if public safety is an issue, the court may make an inquiry where it may consider allegations of injury to the victim, danger to the public and/or to the defendant, threats to the victim or a witness, the use of a deadly weapon and the defendant’s use or possession of controlled substances. A judge or magistrate setting bail in other than a scheduled or usual amount must state on the record the reasons and address the issue of threats made against a victim or a witness. The court must also consider evidence offered by the detained person regarding ties to the community and ability to post bond. The bail amount set by the court must be within the minimum range amount of bail that would reasonably assure the defendant’s appearance – NOT the maximum! It is important to remember that it is the court magistrate that determines bail amounts.

How much does it cost to bail someone out of jail?

All cases are different. To answer this question in your case please contact a licensed member of our staff in the nearest Aladdin Bail Bonds office, or by calling us at (800) 300-Bail and we can help direct you.

Is the premium refundable?

The defendant and any co-signer(s) are responsible to the bail service provider for the premium and any fees or additional expenses incurred by the bail service provider on their behalf. These monies are earned at the time the defendant is released from custody and therefore not subject to return. This is the case even if the defendant is found innocent, the case is dismissed or the defendant is placed back into custody for another offense.

How do I make payments?

Online Payments

The fastest, easiest way to make your payment is online at our website.

  • It’s free.*
  • It’s available 24 hours a day.
  • No enrollment required.

Click here to make a one-time payment with a credit card, debit card or electronic check. All you need is your account number and PIN.

*Subject to customer’s credit/debit/bank transaction fees.

Phone Payments

Use Automated Self-Service Option
Call (866) 543-7680 to use the automated phone payment system to make an automated payment anytime of the day or night.

Speak to Live Agent
Call (800) 774-7452 to speak with an Aladdin representative who is specially trained to help you make a payment arrangement that suits your individual needs. You can use a credit card, debit card or electronic check. Have your account number and PIN handy.

In Person Payments

You may walk your payments into any of our many local offices. Click here to find the location near you. We accept cash, personal checks, money orders, and most major credit and debit cards.

Mail Payments

Payments can be made by sending a check or money order (no cash, please) to the following address:

Aladdin Bail Bonds
Payment Processing Center
PO Box 2606
Carlsbad, CA 92011

Payments will be processed within five business days after receipt.

What are the normal work hours for Financial Services?

Financial Services is here to assist you Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PST) and Friday, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PST).


If you don’t understand anything you’ve read here, feel free to call us at
(866) 512-2245. We are available to answer any questions you might have.