Most Common Bail-Related Questions

Most Common Bail Related Questions

When it comes to dealing with bail, people tend to have a lot of questions. After all, this isn’t a topic that most people discuss. It definitely isn’t something that is taught in most schools. So how does a person learn about bail? Well, aside from going to school to become a bail agent, the next best way is to talk to a bail agent. This is what many of our clients do at Contra Costa County Bail Bonds.


Here are some of the most common bail-related questions we get asked on a regular basis.

  • What’s the difference between bail and a bail bond?
    Bail is the amount of money the jail requires to be paid before they release an individual. A bail bond comes from an agreement between a bail agent and their client. The agent agrees to pay the full amount of the bail for the client, while the client agrees to pay the agent 10% of the bail amount for their services.

  • What is the difference between a bail agent and a bail bondsman?
    There is no difference, the two terms are used to describe the same person.

  • How much does a bail bond cost?
    The cost of a bail bond is dependent on the amount of the bail itself. In the state of California, bail agents are required by law to charge 10% of the bail amount. This means that if the bail is set at $10,000, the bail bond will cost $1,000.

  • Are there discounts available?
    Some bail agents, like the ones here at Contra Costa County Bail Bonds, are able to offer bail bonds at the discounted price of 8% of the full bail price. This equates to a 20% discount on the price of the bail bond. Using the same example as above, the bail bond for the bail above would only cost $800 with the discount.

  • Do you offer multiple payment options?
    Yes, here at Contra Costa County Bail Bonds, our clients can pay for their bail bond online, over the phone, or in person. They can do so with cash, checks, and most major credit and debit cards. On top of that, we can even create a personalized payment plan for all of our clients to help make sure everything works with their budget.


These are just a few of the questions our bail agents answer on a daily basis. If you have any other questions about bailing someone out of jail, feel free to talk to one of our agents. They can be reached at any time of the day, and consultations are always FREE. There is no reason not to call. Call us today!

For a FREE consultation or if you have any questions regarding bail bonds, call Contra Costa County Bail Bonds at 925-228-5858 or click Chat With Us now.