Bail Bond Professionals Serving Riverside




There are five release options available: cash bond, surety bond, property bond, own recognizance (O.R.), and citation release.

  • Cash Bail Bond: To be released on cash bail, someone must post with the court the total amount of the bail, in cash. The purpose of this is to secure his or her return to court on an appointed date, and thereafter until the case is concluded. If the defendant shows up for his/her scheduled court appearances, the cash is returned to him/her. If s/he fails to appear, the cash bond is forfeited to the court.
  • Surety Bail Bond: An alternative to cash bail is the posting of a surety bond. This process involves a contractual undertaking guaranteed by an admitted insurance company having adequate assets to satisfy the face value of the bond. The bail agent guarantees to the court that they will pay the bond forfeiture if a defendant fails to appear for their scheduled court appearances. The bail agent’s guarantee is made through a surety company and/or by the pledge of property owned by the agent.
  • Property Bail Bond: In rare cases, an individual may obtain release from custody by means of posting a property bond with the court. Here the court records a lien on property, to secure the bail amount. If the arrestee subsequently fails to appear at the scheduled court date, the court may institute foreclosure proceedings against the property to obtain the forfeited bail amount.
  • Own Recognizance (O.R.): Another method of release pending trial is through a county or law enforcement administered pretrial release program. Usually, the staff members of these programs interview individuals in custody and make recommendations to the court regarding release of these individuals on their own recognizance (i.e., without any financial security to insure the interviewee’s return).
  • Citation Release: This procedure, known as the “cite-out,” involves the issuance of a citation by the arresting officer to the arrestee, informing the arrestee that he or she must appear at an appointed court date. The cite-out usually occurs immediately after an individual is arrested. Such an arrestee’s appearance in court depends exclusively upon the integrity of the arrestee and his or her voluntarily returning to court.

A forfeiture occurs if a defendant fails to appear in court as scheduled. In this event, the bail bonds company has approximately six months to “surrender” the defendant to the court with no financial consequences. If this does not happen, the bond is payable to the court by the bail bonds company.

A “premium” is the amount paid to a bail bonds company for the many services and financial risks assumed by the bail bond company, on behalf of the defendant. The amount of this premium is usually 10 percent of the amount of the bail. This is similar to payment of any premium for an insurance policy.

Yes, bail bond agents must undergo a background check, pass a four-hour examination, and obtain a license from the California Department of Insurance. To maintain the license, agents must attend eight hours a year of continuing education.

As per state law, a bail agent charges the amount of the premium.

A bail contract spells out the relationship and obligations of the defendant, the court, the bail bonds company, the surety insurance company behind the bond and the indemnitors of the bond.

A bond is in effect until the defendant completes his obligations to the court. This usually means that it ends when the defendant appears in court when scheduled.

With his/her money on the line, a bail agent has a financial interest in supervising bailees, and ensuring that they appear for trial. If a defendant “skips,” the bail agent has time and the financial incentive to find him/her and bring him/her in. Significantly, commercial bail bond agents profit only when the defendant shows up for trial. At Karla’s Bail Bonds, we also provide an array of social service and community resources to help the defendant and his family in numerous ways.

Collateral is usually supplied by relatives and friends of the defendant and provides added financial security to ensure that the defendant appears in court when he or she is supposed to. Collateral can be in the form of anything of financial value that is legally pledged to back up the promise that the defendant will appear on his or her appointed court date.

This is considered a “forfeiture.”

No – the premium amount is for the many services provided by the bail bonds company to release the defendant from jail and make sure he appears in court. The premium is not refunded when the defendant appears in court – even if the charges are dropped.

Collateral is returned to its owners immediately following the payment of all premiums and the “exoneration” of the bond by the court.

A bond is “exonerated” when the defendant appears in court as scheduled. This means that neither the people who supplied collateral or the bail bonds company has any further financial obligation to the court in reference to the defendant’s case.

Misdemeanors are defined basically as such crimes as petty theft and drunk driving that are punishable by up to one year in the county jail.

Felony crimes are crimes that are punishable by one year or more in a state prison. Examples of felony crimes are rape, murder and armed robbery.

The person arrested.


If you have any unanswered questions or want to speak to a licensed bail agent, call Karla’s Bail Bonds toll-free at 866-661-BAIL (2245). Bail bond agents are available to take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.