(818) 785-1131

Toll Free: (800) 400-1131  •  Don’t wait in jail - call Fair for bail!


For more than 50 years, Fair Bail Bonds has secured fast release for customer across the Valley area.
We offer bonding services for any court and any jail in California.

Call (818) 785-1131 for a bail bond 24/7/365.

Bail Bond FAQs

  1. 1
    What Is Bail?

    It is for the release of an arrested person to guarantee his or her appearance in court.

  2. 2
    How Do I Start The Process To Bail Someone Out Of Jail?

    You call Fair Bail Bonds at 1-800-400-1131. The agent on duty will get the name of the defendant, and the jail that the defendant is in. The agent will call the jail, find out the charges, bail amount and any other pertinent information. The agent will then call you back to discuss arranging to get the defendant out of jail.

  3. 3
    What Is A Bail Agent?

    A bail agent is a person licensed by the California Department of Insurance to write a bail bond.

  4. 4
    What Is A Defendant?

    A person arrested and charged with a violation of the law.

  5. 5
    How Much Does A Bail Bond Cost?

    Fair Bail Bonds charges 10% of the amount (A lower amount can be negotiated on approved credit)

  6. 6
    Do I Have To Pay All Of The Bail Bond Costs Up Front?

    No, if you cannot pay the entire costs up front, our agents will work out a realistic payment plan to help you out. There will be no interest charged.

  7. 7
    What Is An Indemnitor / Co-Signer?

    A person who agrees to be responsible for paying any costs incurred due to the defendant’s failure to appear in court.


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    What Is Forfeiture?

    Forfeiture occurs when a defendant fails to appear at a required court appearance. The court is required by law to immediately send a notice of forfeiture to the bail agency and surety insurance company so we can contact the guarantor to rectify the situation.

  9. 9
    What Happens When A Defendant Fails To Appear (FTA)?

    The court will order the bail bond forfeited. A notice will be sent to the bail agency and surety company. We will try to call the defendant or co-signer to determine the reason of the FTA. Usually the FTA is due to a mistake or oversight. Under these circumstances, the bond can be reinstated and the forfeiture set aside if the defendant contacts us immediately after the FTA.

  10. 10
    What Is A Skip Tracer Or Recovery Agent?

    A person who is hired, after all efforts have been made to contact the defendant, to locate the defendant and surrender him or her back into custody. Penal Code Section 1299.04 requires these skip tracers to complete a certain amount of training.

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    What Does “Exoneration” Mean?

    A bond is exonerated when the defendant has completed all of his court appearances or, in some instances, when the defendant has been re-arrested after a Failure To Appear. This means that there is no further financial obligation to the court.

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    What Is A “Misdemeanor” Crime?

    Misdemeanors are defined basically as crimes that are punishable by up to one year in the county jail.

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    What Is A “Felony” Crime?

    Felonies are defined basically as crimes that are punishable by one year or more in state prison.


6257 Van Nuys Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA 91401
Toll Free: 800-400-1131

Entire San Fernando Valley, Burbank and Glendale
Phone: 818-785-1131

Ventura Oxnard and Camarillo
Phone: 805-494-0097

Hollywood and West Hollywood, Los Angeles
Phone: 323-873-1132

Santa Clarita Valley
Phone: 661-221-9933