Penal Code 853.7
If a person is arrested for violating penal code 853.7, it means that the person has committed a misdemeanor offense by willfully failing to appear in court after providing a written promise to appear. This violation is associated with a $10,000 bail, when bail is permitted for such an offense. The bail is the same for every country throughout the state of California.
When a bail is permitted, the defendant is being given the opportunity to get out of jail until the trial date in exchange for a financial security that he or she will return to court to fulfill the legal obligation to the courts system. In order to pay this bail, the defendant may choose to enlist the help of a bail bonding agency. The bail bonding agency will provide the defendant with the necessary funds to get out of jail until the trial date.
In exchange for providing the full bail amount to the defendant, the bail bonding agency will require a down payment from the defendant. In most cases, this down payment is ten percent of the total amount of the bail for the individual. However, some bail bonding agencies have different fees or rates that they require.
When a defendant fulfills the legal obligation to the court, the bail bonding agency will receive a full refund of the bail amount. If the defendant does not fulfill the legal obligation, the defendant is violating penal code 853.7. The bail bonding agency will then have the option of claiming securities that the defendant had put up for the agency, such as real estate or cash securities. The bail bonding agency may also hire a bounty hunter to track the defendant down to return him or her to court.