Who Sets the High Bail Prices?

If you have ever needed to bail a friend or family member out of jail, you have probably seen how expensive it can be. Bailing someone out of jail probably made you wonder who determines the prices for bail and bail bonds.

When people contact a bail bond company to help them bail their friend out of jail, they are usually trying to get a bail at a more affordable price. However, even a bail bond can be too expensive for some people. Some people might think that this is simply because the company is greedy, but that is not the case. Bail bond prices are actually controlled by the Department of Insurance (DOI). In California, bail bond companies have to charge 10% of the price of the bail they are paying for...

If You Think Your Loved One Needs Help, Then Help

Some of the hardest years of life are the teenage years, when a person has many influences surrounding them, both good and bad. This is a time when a person is trying to pass school and figure out what they want to do for a career. This is when they rebel, when they do not want to worry about any responsibilities. However, some people’s hardest times are yet to come, and it could be up to you to see it before it actually arrives. The signs can be hard to read but remember, it is always better to act, rather than to ignore it.

Encouraging your loved one to open up about their struggles could be what saves them from getting arrested. In many cases, the person will not tell you that they want help. They may feel embarrassed to seek help, but they hope you take notice and step up...

The Differences between Jail and Prison

Jail and prison are two places you would never want yourself, or a loved one, to end up. It is a common mistake to believe jail and prison refer to the same institutions. It is true that they are quite similar, but at the same time, there are a number of differences that separate them from each other.

The main difference, first and foremost, is the purpose they serve, and who they serve. Jails house two types of people:

• Defendants who are unable to post bail but have yet to be convicted because they are still waiting for trial,
• Convicted individuals who are serving a sentence of 1 year or less.

Prisons, house criminals who are serving sentences longer than 1 year.

Local governments or sheriff departments run and operate jails whereas prisons are operated by state and federal gov...

Bail Bond Commandments Thou Must Not Break

We are all familiar with mistakes and how they set us back from reaching our goals. People who have trouble with the law know this particularly well and at that moment, they want nothing more than to post bail so they can return home. There, they can reevaluate their near future and figure out how to tackle the proper steps to mend relationships, fix their reputation, and of course, deal with their trial.

The fastest, most affordable way they can post bail is to do so with a bail bond. It is pretty important not to commit any mistakes when filling out the bail bond paperwork because it can delay the whole process, or jeopardize it later on. Here are the 6 bail bond “commandments” thou must not break:

• Provide the correct contact information of the defendant...

Are Bail Bonds Tax Deductible?

Every year when it is tax season, we try and pull together everything we can think of that we could write off as deductions in our taxes: donations, cars, clothes, investments, you name it! Not everything can be tax deductible, as you know. This includes bail; most people who are put into the situation of needing to pay for bail will ask this and the answer is no.

It is not uncommon to ask if bail is tax deductible. After all, bail is money that goes to the government in order to release a defendant from jail for their trial. However, bail serves as a guarantee to ensure this defendant appears in court for their trial. It is like a bribe, because if the defendant does show up, they can have their bail money returned to them...

This is Why People Choose Palo Alto Bail Bond Store

We hope you will never need a bail bond, for yourself or a loved one, but if you do, we want you to know that you can and should rely on the team at Palo Alto Bail Bond Store. There are many other bail bond companies in California, but here is why you should choose us like so many others before you:

• 24/7 state-wide availability in California by phone, online, or in our offices.
• Free consultations.
• Phone approvals.
• We have offices spread throughout the state from San Diego all the way to Northern California.
• Custom payment plans.
• 0% interest.
• No hidden fees.
• Financing is available.
• Multi-lingual agents.
• Fast, confidential, and courteous service.
• 30 years of experience in the bail bond industry.
• More satisfied customers than other bail bond companies.

Every other b...

Bring Your Loved One Home to Mom for Mother’s Day

The ultimate Mother’s Day gift you can ever give to Mom would be the presence of a loved one whom she believes is stuck in jail. It is a gift that could change her mood from stressed and that her loved one is in jail, to being filled with joy and relief that this person is now in her arms.

Let us say that it is your brother who is in jail. With it being so close to Mother’s Day and knowing that his bail costs thousands of dollars, your mother believes that he will not be bailed out of jail in time. Getting the money for bail, and the process itself, will take more days that you all would like.

What your mother does not know, is that bail does not necessarily have to be that expensive or take that long to take care of...

A Look at Some of the Most Expensive Bails in United States History

A few weeks ago, a Northern California woman named Tiffany Li had posted the country’s 8th highest bail in the U.S.’s state court history. Li, accused of murdering her ex-boyfriend and father to her two young children, was given a $35 million bail. She posted twice that amount in property. The equity in these properties comes from her family and business associates. Her family is rich and powerful in China, so meeting the bail requirements was hardly a struggle for Li. The $70 million in equity was reviewed and everything checked out properly, granting Li her release from custody.

As mentioned, this is an extremely expensive bail. Let us take a look at some even more expensive bails from the past.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenning Ma – $100 million and $75 million, respectively
Kenning Ma and ...