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July 6, 2022  |  Posted by Balboa Bail Bonds Team  |  Bail Bonds

California bail bond services do not usually require a US standardized citizen to sign the documentation and no Social Security number (SSN) is required. The process of posting for bail is straightforward. Usually, you need someone that can pay the premium, which is set at 10% of the total bail amount and is a one-time fee. If you want to ensure that you or your loved one gets the best out of the bail process, we can give you support to get bail approved online or over the telephone. Non-citizen bail bonds may seem like another hurdle to jump over in the bail process, but let’s break down everything for you. 

The Types of Non Citizen Bail Bonds and Immigrant Bonds

A non-citizen is legally defined as “any individual who is not a national of a state in which he or she is present.” If you are an immigrant, a non-citizen, or an illegal alien in custody, you have a few options for your bond. 

A Delivery Bond 

Any immigrant who has been detained in a California jail may be eligible for what is known as a delivery bond which is set by the immigration judge. The stipulation of this bond involves the detainee needing to receive a warrant for their arrest and a notice of custody condition from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to be released via a delivery bond. 

A delivery bond is posted to ensure that the individual will appear for all of their future immigration proceedings and allows them to spend time with their loved ones, and consult with a legal professional before the hearing. 

Voluntary Departure Bond

This is a bond that ensures the individual can depart the United States within a specified time. The departure bond is refundable, however, this is only when they have actually left the country. 

If the individual fails to leave, the entire amount will be retained, but this only applies to illegal aliens or immigrants who have been detained by the ICE. 

How Bail Bonds Work

Bail bonds work by a judge setting a specific amount to be paid in order to be released from jail. If a defendant cannot pay the total bail, they will need to pay the bondsman a fee, which is normally set to 10% of the total bail amount, however, there are options for lower bail amounts, such as 8%, 7%, as well as lower amounts like 1% and 0%

The bondsman secures the rest in the form of collateral, and if the dependent does not have enough, the bondsman could seek out additional assistance in the form of friends and family or another type of cash payment and collateral may be required to get the bond posted. 

If the defendant does not appear in court, the bail bond will be forfeited and the court will demand the rest of the bail to be posted and the bondsman will use the defendant’s collateral to pay the remaining amount. If the defendant does not show up, the bond will be dissolved when the case is concluded and the collateral is returned to whoever posted it, and the 10% is kept as a fee. 

Here is an example of how it works:

Juan is arrested and the court sets his bail at $10,000. Juan wants to get out of jail as soon as possible but does not have $10,000, so he needs help from a service like Balboa Bail Bonds

The bondsman will require 10% of this amount to post bail, which is $1,000. The bondsman will then require the remaining 90% which could be in the form of collateral, such as a house, jewelry, or a car. 

If he shows up to all the required court dates and fulfills everything asked of him, he doesn’t need to pay the bondsman any more money, so the bail bond is dissolved when the case is concluded. His collateral to the value of $9,000 is refunded, but he does not get the $1,000 he paid as the initial fee, which is kept by the bail bondsman as a profit. However, if he decided to skip the court dates, the bondsman needs to pay the court the $9,000, which would be raised by collateral to fulfill the debt. But if he managed to raise the entire $10,000 bail in cash, he would be entitled to a refund upon conclusion of the case, which happens regardless of the outcome.

Why Non Citizen Bail Bonds Are So Important

Non-citizenship is an ongoing issue that can be incredibly stressful for individuals in between statuses or immigrants who have been denied American citizenship. Understandably, this can cause havoc with families based in the States when the court system is involved. 

If you or someone you care about has been arrested as a non-citizen, there are still many options to ensure that you get back to where you belong. 

California has been declared a “sanctuary state,” which indicates that anybody who is a non-citizen cannot be legally held in detainment or flagged up by the ICE without a warrant or probable cause. Therefore, there is still hope for immigrants if they are arrested and are not deported instantly. 

Any non-citizen is a human first and foremost, which is why we are proud to offer a variety of resources to protect non-citizens as much as possible. 

Get Help With Non Citizen Bail Bonds

It’s important that you be confident in the bail process and resolve the situation in the shortest possible time to prepare your case and get back to normal life, regardless of your legal status. We will do everything we can to get your bail bond organized as quickly as possible and can do this either online or over the phone. When you visit us, you do not need to have a US citizen sign or an SSN to qualify. 

As long as you have someone that can offer to pay the 10%, this is enough to get the ball rolling to give you that peace of mind you need, so get in contact with us today and we can help you.