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Coronavirus bail bonds: Everything you need to know

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With the emergence of COVID-19, many people are wondering what the deal is with coronavirus bail bonds. 

Are you still able to get a bail bond during the pandemic? Are bail bonds even necessary since many people are being released from prison with a zero-cash bond? Let’s take a few moments to cover the basics.

Why are zero-cash bonds being offered?

During the start of the shutdown, the Judicial Council decided to offer zero-cash bonds for anyone with a misdemeanor or lower-level felony. This was to avoid spreading the virus in an already overcrowded and confined space.

However, judges still have the opportunity to prevent certain suspects in custody from taking advantage of a zero-cash bond (if that person poses a higher risk to society). And, of course, any person with offenses more serious than a misdemeanor or lower-level felony is also denied a zero-cash bond.

Who does not qualify for a zero-cash bond?

There are more than a few reasons why someone might be denied a zero-cash bond — but most, if not all, of the reasons directly relate to the safety of the public or any victim(s) and whether or not they pose a substantial flight risk.

Here are just a few reasons why someone might not qualify for a zero-cash bond:

  • That person is considered a flight risk
  • There’s more evidence than usual to depict guilt
  • The offense involves violence against another person
  • The offense involves sexual assault
  • The person has threatened someone with bodily harm
  • The offense is higher than a low-level felony

What happens if you do need a coronavirus bail bond?

If a person finds themselves in a bind and in need of a bail bond during the pandemic, there’s good news. Bail bond companies are still open and doing everything they can to ensure quick releases. Here at Cowboy Bail Bonds, we’re working double-time to help our clients post bail. Here are just a few of the reasons we are the go-to bail bond company in Bakersfield:

  • We offer the lowest rates allowed by law
  • We provide easy-to-qualify requirements for co-signers
  • We can promise flexible credit terms and payment plans
  • We are available 24 hours a day for fast bail bonds
  • We will meet you at our office or any place of your choosing
  • We are able to write most bonds with just a signature as collateral
  • We can help you bail online or by phone or fax

Contact Cowboy Bail Bonds for bail bond assistance

Need help making bail? Give us a call at 661.324.6009 or fill out our online form to get immediate help. We are available 24/7 to help you or your loved ones make bail.

How to pick a bail bond company: 3 quick tips

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If you’re wondering how to pick a bail bond company, odds are you’re in the middle of a trying situation. But don’t worry. If you keep a cool head and do your research, you can make this situation as stress-free as possible. 

Here are a few quick tips on how to pick a bail bond company.

Be wary of a cheap bail bondsman. 

If you hear a bail bondsman talk about “cheap bail bonds” or if you see that referenced on their website, be cautious. There is no such thing as a cheap bail bond. This is usually a false advertising claim with the intention to lure you to their website. Take a few minutes to learn more about what it actually means when people use the term cheap bail bonds

Learn about the bail bond process. 

Don’t go into this situation blindly. Know your rights and understand how the bail bond process works. It’s important to understand:

  • How to post a bond
  • Court dates
  • How to get a bail bondsman
  • Who pays for what
  • How fees are set
  • What can be used as collateral
  • Who’s responsible for what

 Check out the answers to some of the most common bail bond questions here.

Take a look at bail bondsman reviews.

Do they have reviews and testimonials on their site or on Google? This is one of the simplest ways to see how people view the bail bond company. Keep in mind, these reviews will typically be very positive or very negative — so be wary. While these won’t build a complete picture of the company, it can show you the very best and the very worst of the company (which can be helpful).

Looking for bail bonds near me?

Cowboy Bail Bonds is headquartered in Bakersfield, California. However, we provide bail bonds services throughout Kern County, including Tehachapi, Delano, Wasco, and more. If you or a loved one is in need of a bail bond, give us a call at 661.324.6009. 

We have over 50 years of experience in the bail bonds industry, and we’ll do whatever it takes to obtain the release of your loved one. At Cowboy Bail Bonds, you can expect flexible credit terms and payment plans, quick and honest service, and the lowest rates allowed by law.

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