you should know when signing for a Bail Bond Indemnitor (CO-SIGNER):
It is the responsibility of the indemnitor (co-signer)
to see that the premium is paid. A bail bond is an appearance bond
and is good for one year. If the case continues longer than a year,
and additional premium is due and is collected for each additional
year. These premiums are not refundable and upon the release of the
defendant are fully earned. Any expenses incurred in the transaction
of a bail bond, such as long distance calls, travel, or posting fees
are to be paid by the indemnitor to the bail agent. Most additional
expenses we incur. It is the responsibility of the defendant or indemnitor
to supply accurate information.
THE DEFENDANT DOES NOT APPEAR:
The defendant is obligated by the bail agreement to appear at each
and every court appearance required by the court. The failure to do
so will result in the forfeiture of the bond. Failure to act immediately
can add up expense, such as tracing fees, court costs, and attorney
fees if legal action is taken. The indemnitor is liable. The law provides
that the associated expenses can not exceed the face amount of the
bond. (California Regular Code Title 10 Section 2081(d).
OFF BOND LIABILITY:
You are no longer libel for the defendant's bond when he/she has completes
all of their court appearances, and when all premiums have been paid.
It is best to contact the agent when the bond is exonerated by the
court, for the fast return of any collateral pledged and to confirm
that the bond is exonerated. In the event of forfeiture, the indemnitor
is liable until the full amount of the bail has been paid, plus any
expenses incurred or until the court exonerates the bond. The bond
then becomes void.