Frequently Asked Questions

Big Boy Bail Bonds, Inc. serves Van Nuys, CA and all of Los Angeles County, with our main office conveniently located across from the Van Nuys Jailhouse and near the Van Nuys Police Department.

Have more questions on bail bond services, but don't know where to start? Please check the FAQs below. Need to talk to a bail bondsman? Please call: (818) 244-3389 or visit our Contact Page.  

How do I Bail Someone out of Jail?

The Inmates and Inmates' families have two options when it comes to handling an arrest and the bail bonds process. The first option is calling a highly rated bail bonds company and having them take off some of the burden with their bail bond services. Check yelp or Google for reviews to make sure you find the right bail bonds company. Option #2 is by paying cash to the jail but it must be the full bail amount. For example if your loved one is at the Van Nuys Jail and you decide to go with option Number one that would be to hire Big Boy Bail Bonds, Inc., one of the highest rated bond services where you'd only have to pay a fraction of that amount. Once you choose a bondsman you need to inquire about what type of documents and applications are needed in order to qualify you for a bond loan.

Normally from that point forward your bondsmen will direct you on what you need to do next. But if you decided to pay the full bail to the jail you would go to the bank and ask for a money order for the full amount of the bail set on the defendant. If the inmate’s bond is set for $20,000 you would need to have the bank provide you with a check for $20,000 to the Los Angeles County Jail, which could definitely put a strain on one's finances. 

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What is a Bail Bond?

A Bail Bond is an insurance policy but when it comes to bonds for jails they are not your regular insurance policy. A bail bond is used to guarantee that the inmate that is bailed out will appear in court. Basically, bail bond companies ensures the defendants/inmates appearance in court until the final disposition of the case. We have a page to help you learn more about bail bonds.

How does Bail Work?

After a person is arrested there will be a bail amount set depending on the crime they are accused of. When the bail amount is set, Big Boy Bail Bonds, Inc. charges 10% (As all bail bond companies are supposed to by law of the set bail. After the cosigner for the defendant completes the bail bond application and makes the payment our bail agents will go to the jail and post the bond. The defendant is then released. If you need more information about how bail bonds work click here.

How do Bail Bonds work in LA County?

Let's hope that you're never in this situation but you need to know how bail bonds work in Los Angeles County if you or someone close to you is arrested. Our infographic below will guide you through the process and let you know what to expect when dealing with LA County Bail Services.

There are several reasons why an individual should seek out a bail bondsman and bail bonds services to bail out of jail instead of waiting in lock up for a trial date. However two reasons stand out from the group. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics 71 percent of people that get arrested have jobs at the time of their arrest. When a person isn't bailed out of jail and they lose their job it can affect their whole family. Bailing out allows a defendant to continue to work and keep their life together.

Secondly, people that wait in jail for their trial date are more likely to re-offend than people that bail out of jail:

Studies also show that people become more likely to re-offend the longer they are detained pretrial: With just two to three days of detention, low-risk defendants are almost 40 percent more likely to commit new crimes before trial than equivalent defendants held less than 24 hours. Low-risk defendants held eight to 14 days are 51 percent more likely to recidivate within two years than equivalent defendants held one day or less.

Charges are also more likely to be dismissed or rejected by the district attorney for people that bail out of jail versus waiting in jail for trial. This makes using a company like Big Boy Bail Bonds, Inc a no-brainer.

How Bail Bonds Work in Los Angeles County
What does 'Post Bail' Mean?

Posting bail has a very simple meaning but takes the complicated legal system to put together and regulate. As for the actual meaning of "post bail" it is to pay a sum of money to a county jail as bail set for a crime done by the inmate or defendant.

How Long is the Bail Process?

It takes about 20 minutes for the cosigner(s) to complete the bail application. We will work as quickly as possible to get the defendant out of jail.

How Long does it Take for Someone to get out of Jail?

Depending on where the inmate is being held it can take anywhere from one hour to eight hours. If the person has never been arrested the booking process can take a little longer. Since the person has never been in jail it takes the jail system longer to get fingerprint results from the background check. If you are arrested and taken to a small city jail that holds around 100 inmates then it should not take more then four hours. If you are taken to any County Jail such as L.A County Jail then be advised that it will definitely take six to eight hours.

How much Does a Bail Bond Cost?

At Big Boy Bail Bonds, Inc we abide by California State Law, meaning a bond is typically 10% of the amount of bail. Please remember that this should be used as a guideline.

Contact us at 818-244-3389 to discuss discounts and payment options with one of our bail agents!

How can I Pay for a Bail Bond?

We accept cash, check, credit and debit cards and Paypal. We also offer payment plans to help out with paying for the bail bond.

What do I need when Bailing Someone out of Jail?

The cosigner or the indemnitor is the person responsible for the bail bond. If the defendant does not appear in court the cosigner will be responsible for paying the total bail amount. For instance, you bail out your cousin on a $10,000 bail for $1,000. Your cousin skips out and doesn't show up for their court date. You are now responsible for the remaining $9,000.

What are the responsibilities of the Cosigner?

As a cosigner you will need the following items for the bail bond application:

Two legal documents of identity (State ID, social security card, passport, work permit, green card or another approved form of identification.)

What are the Responsibilities of the Defendant?

One document for proof of residence (Copy of residence bill, full copy of cell phone bill, home phone bill. Bill must include both outgoing and incoming calls. Copy of water and power bill, receipt of rent or mortgage, copy of lease, copy of car registration or another approved form of proof of residence.)

How do I Become a Bail Bondsman?

Have you wondered what it takes to become a bail bondsman? Well you are at the right place to find out. Becoming a bail bondsmen takes a special kind of person. You must be confident, you must be a quick-thinker, you must have great people skills, you must be friendly but firm, and you must be willing to work 24 hours a day. If you think you can do all of this then your next step would be to go and intern at a local bail bonds company.

I recommend asking one of the bondsmen to allow you to shadow them. Once you have spent at least one month at a bail bonds office you can now go to your local department of insurance website. For CA it is DOI. On your department of insurance website you will be directed to some of the schools that are approved by them. Choose one of them and sign up for the classes. Once you have completed your class you can sign up to take the test. After you pass your test you must get a job at a bail bonds office right away in order to receive your license.

Once you are hired at a bail bonds company they will insure you and bond you and that is when you will receive your license in the mail. All this should take you about 6 months from beginning to end.

If you are interested in interning for Big Boy Bail Bonds,Inc please contact us via email at: bigboy@bbbail.com. Please make your email Attn: Gina, Sub: Intern. Most of our bondsmen were sponsored by us to get licensed.

What does it mean to be accredited by the Better Business Bureau?

The Better Business Bureau is a nonprofit organization which is "focused on advancing marketplace trust", founded in 1912 and now consisting of 112 independently incorporated local BBB organizations. 

The Better Business Bureau serves as an intermediary between consumers and business, handling various dispute cases and instilling a membership system in order to best monitor business practices. 

Big Boy Bail Bonds, Inc. is a proud affiliated, ensuring that we practice quality business with the upmost principle. 

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