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The acceptance of the Guaranteed Arrest Bond is not mandatory in some
states: e.g., California. The California clubs’ arrest bonds are valid
outside California where acceptable, up to the maximum shown on the back
of the membership card. Check with your home club for information. Not all
clubs offer the bonds described below.
BAIL & GUARANTEED ARREST BONDS
With your membership card, in most AAA-affiliated
clubs, you receive a Bail Bond Certificate and a Guaranteed Arrest Bond
Certificate. Many local authorities will accept your certificate and
membership card as an appearance bond. If they do not accept your card, or
if the required bond exceeds the stipulated maximum, you should contact
the nearest AAA club, which will assist you in obtaining bond in a form
acceptable to the authority. Should you be arrested for a traffic
violation, you may be taken directly to court, the police department or
before some other agency or person authorized to set and accept bail.
must decide whether to plead guilty, not guilty or no contest. A plea of
guilty or no contest may result in a fine which you must pay before you
leave. If you are unable to pay the fine, you may be jailed for a specific
period. AAA bonds do not apply if you plead guilty. If you plead not
guilty, the court will set a hearing date and ask you to post an
appearance bond (a sum of money to guarantee your appearance on that
date). This is when your AAA membership can help you. If you use the bond,
you should immediately notify your club that you have done so. If you do
not attend the hearing, the bond will be forfeited, or the amount of the
fine plus court costs will be deducted from it. Your use of the bond
legally obligates you to reimburse the club or General Insurance Company
of America (GICA) for any fine or forfeiture and for any losses that the
club might sustain through your use of the bond. Your membership card will
then be returned to you. Remember, AAA Bail Bond and Guaranteed Arrest
Bond service does not pay your fines or forfeitures for you. It is a type
of loan, to spare you the inconvenience of detention until the hearing.
The acceptance of the Guaranteed Arrest Bond
is not mandatory in some states: e.g., California. The California
clubs’ arrest bonds are valid outside California where acceptable, up
to the maximum shown on the back of the membership card. Check with
your home club for information. Not all clubs offer the bonds
To the Court or Agency: AAA guarantees a bond forfeited by a member
presenting a valid membership card, except as specified under
Limitations. If the member fails to appear, please contact the nearest
AAA club. Return the member’s AAA card to the club upon reimbursement.
If it is inconvenient to obtain reimbursement from the nearest AAA
club, please contact the club named on the membership card.
Bail Bond and Guaranteed Arrest Bond do not cover violations involving
driving under the influence of intoxicating liquors, drugs or
narcotics, failure to appear for violations, driving on a suspended
or revoked driver’s license, hit and run, failure to present evidence
of insurance, illegal use or falsification of license or registration,
engaging in a felony or attempting to elude or eluding police, or
while driving a vehicle used for commercial purposes. The benefit
level provided varies: Check the wording on your card or contact your
home club for details. The bond is only for the member whose name is
on the card. It is not transferable. The bond covers only those
charges relating to motor vehicle laws or ordinances.
Points to Remember:
- Respect the arresting officer, even if you
think he or she is wrong. Police have the right to photograph,
fingerprint and search you.
- You are entitled to contact an attorney.
- You are entitled to bail as soon as
- Personal checks are usually not acceptable
for payment of a fine.
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