Saving Money and Still Making Bail
It’s not a bad idea to look at ways you can save money when it comes to bail. The good news is that there are a few things you can do to make bail a little easier on your budget.
Get a Bail Bond
Many people assume that they have to post their bail themselves. That’s not the case. The reason some people decide to post their own bail is that they will get the money back from the court. It isn’t until they are released that they fully understand just how large a toll the bail money takes on their budget.
Instead of scrapping all your pennies together in a desperate attempt to post your own bail, you should look into getting a bail bond. The total cost of a bail bond is just 10% of the required bail. You won’t get this fee back, but most people still find that only having to come up with 10% of the bail is considerably less financially stressful than posting the entire thing.
Ask About Discounts
Yes, we charge 10%, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ask if we offer any discounts. We do! Some of our clients are eligible to get a 20% reduction on the bail bond fee. That means you’ll only have to come up with 8%. Eligible customers include the following:
- Members of the Armed Forces
- AARP members
- Individuals who are working with a private defense attorney
Choose Your Credit Card Wisely
If you’re using a credit card to help post your bail, you should consider using a credit card that allows you to earn cashback. The amount you get back won’t cover the bail, but at least it will decrease the overall cost.
Sell Some Stuff
If you’re still a little short, consider selling some stuff. Thanks to programs like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, you can post all sorts of things up for sale. You’ll likely be surprised by how much money you can make, which can be put towards bail. You can sell everything from artwork to old jewelry and even vehicles. You can use the money you make from selling these items to either cover the cost of a bail bond or to be used as collateral (anything that’s used as collateral will be returned.)
Want to know what steps we’ve taken to make California bail affordable for everyone? Contact us today and take advantage of our free consultation. Call 760-618-5617 or click Chat With Us Now link.
Can I Use my Credit Card to Cover My Bail?
When most people learn how much bail money they require, they gulp and think about how much money they have in their bank account. In many cases, they realize they don’t have enough. This leads to wondering if you can use your credit card to post your bail.
The answer is both yes and no.
While there may be some jails that will allow you to use your credit card to post bail, there aren’t many. Jails really aren’t comfortable processing credit cards for bail because they worry that you may decide that since a credit card was used instead of your own money, you’ll decide to ignore your legal case.
If the person handling the bail at the jail where you’re incarcerated says that they won’t accept a credit card, don’t despair. The jail might not take the card, but a bail bond agency probably will.
If you decide to use a credit card to post your bail, you should spend a little time trying to figure out which card you should use. First, it must be one that the bail bond agency accepts. Second, you’ll want to choose the card with the lowest interest rate. The last thing to look for is the card that offers you the biggest incentives. Sticking to a credit card with a low-interest rate and an excellent reward program is a great way to save money on your bail.
When it comes to choosing a bail bond agency, you can’t go wrong with Pinon Hills Bail Bonds. We have been serving San Bernardino and the surrounding areas for several decades and have a reputation for being everyone’s favorite bail bond agency.
When you turn to us for a bail bond, you’ll enjoy the following:
- 24/7 Bail bond service
- 20% Discount
- Phone/online approvals
- 0% Interest payment plans
- Informative consultations
- No hidden fees
- No collateral required for working signers
The easiest way to learn how we can help with your release from jail is by contacting us today. You’ll be glad you did.