If you live in the Adelanto, California and are dealing with an arrest, your first step should be to call Riverside Bail Bonds. Our office is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We know the stress and frustration you feel when you learn of an arrest. Most people don't have extra money just laying around that can be spent on bail or any other type of bill. We can help you get through the obstacles and come out shining on the other side. To get started, all you have to do is call our office at 951-788-2663 at your earliest convenience.
Dealing with An Arrest
It is likely that after an arrest, your loved one will be taken to the closest available jail in your area. You can contact law enforcement to determine exactly where your loved one is and begin gathering the appropriate information.
Dealing with an arrest can be confusing. You need to know where the defendant is being held, what they are charged with and the total amount of their bail. When you call our office, we will ask you these questions along with the personal information for the defendant. This includes:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Place of employment
- Phone number
- Criminal history
We will need this information to complete the bail bond application. If for any reason, you don't have what we need, we can call local law enforcement agencies to find out where your loved one is located, their charges and the total bail amount that is needed. Filling out the application normally takes less than 30 minutes and the 10% fee can be paid with cash, credit/debit card or money order. Whether you come to the office or fill out the application electronically, we will be on our way to pick up the defendant in less than an hour.
What are my Options?
Knowing what to do for your loved one can be quite a task, but you do not have to do it alone. Riverside Bail Bonds is experienced to deal with all kinds of situations and our agents will thoroughly go over your options so that you find the best approach for your loved one’s circumstances. The first thing you need is to determine how you will want to pay for bail. We will quickly go over the various methods of doing this and which method we think is the most successful. Bail is a guaranteed right to all citizens under the constitution and can only be revoked in the case of a flight risk or danger to the community. It is important to be aware of these rights and to contact an attorney if at any time you feel that your rights have been violated.
There are special circumstances where you may not even have to deal with the burden of bail. If the defendant is charged with their first misdemeanor and has a good standing with the community, the judge may decide to release the defendant on their “own recognizance.” This means that no bail is posted, and the defendant can return home so long as they agree to attend all court hearings. These circumstances are very rare and usually some form of bail is required of the defendant. Fortunately, there are many options to approach a bail fee.
When faced with a bail fee, there is always the option of paying the entire bail expenses upfront. Bail can be very expensive, ranging in the thousand-dollar capacity. In today’s financial realm, people do not have this kind of money to be issuing out on a limb. The average American has a hard time paying their monthly bills. A bail fee on top of this can be financial devastation for a family. That is why we typically do not recommend paying the bail in full, even if you are financially well off. Another reason is because it can take as long as six months to have the cash released after the bail is completed. We want you to get through this with no financial or emotional hardships. That is why we offer many in-house financing options so that bail is affordable for people of all backgrounds.
Before we go into great detail about our favorite option, we will quickly explain a last resort option, known as the property bond. Instead of a surety bond, property bonds are used with the securement of collateral. This collateral can come in many forms, of which the most common are, jewelry, vehicles, boats, houses, realty, land, and other valuable items. The value of the collateral must exceed one and a half times the value of the actual bail in order for it to cover the overage fees that are added onto a property bond. This can become quite difficult for qualifying property to be found. Likewise, another downfall is that property bonds cannot be passed on to another person. In the case that the co-signer no longer wants their property seized under the bond, they will have to cancel the bond, return the defendant to custody, and fill out the paperwork that releases them of liability. It may also include paying the 10% premium if not already paid so that the agent can make an earning. If the bond is forfeited by the judge because the defendant or the co-signer did not follow the guidelines set into place by the court, the property will be auctioned, and all remaining restitutions will be paid with the profits. Any remaining funds will then finally be returned to the owner of the property.
Property bonds are only necessary in cases associated with immigration. This is simply due to the fact that a property bond requires the defendant to remain in The United States while their case progresses. It is a guarantee that the defendant will not return to their origin country. Immigration Bonds take a long time to process and this is the greatest reason why we discourage people from obtaining them if it is not their only option. These bonds require far more paperwork to be completed before the bond can be issued, and this often leads to the defendant spending far more time in custody. This defeats the purpose of a bond being the faster, more affordable method. Thus, if it is ever an option, we greatly encourage all of our clients to take out a surety bond.
How Does a Surety Bond Work?
The surety bond is the most well-known method of getting your loved one out of jail because it is the quickest, most efficient, reliable, and affordable option. You may be familiar with the surety bond’s more common name, the bail bond. Rather than spending tens of thousands of dollars in bail fees, a bail bond allows the co-signer or defendant to pay a small percentage of the entire bail to a skilled bail agent who then covers the rest of the cost to get the defendant discharged. You might how we make a living off of this? Well, the premium fee covers all of our expenses and is non-refundable. This is a small price to pay for fast and efficient service. No one has the full amount of bail just laying around to their disposal. The bail bond enables people of all economic backgrounds to come up with the money fast. But how much are you paying exactly?
In California, there are laws that protect bail agencies and clients from paying too much in bail fees. The law states that the premium fee asked by bail bonds agencies must be fixed at 10%, unless otherwise denoted that is can be lowered to 8% or raised to 15%. If the law does not dictate this change in price, and the bail agency tries to overcharge or undercharge you, this is against the law and you should contact an attorney. 10% is far more favorable than paying an entire bail fee. Riverside Bail Bonds will gladly accept this premium as cash, credit/debit, check, or money order. We will then begin the process of getting you released.
As soon as the 10% premium is paid, we will begin the application for a bond. This can be filled out in person in our Riverside office on 4277 Main Street, or it can be filled out just as efficiently by phone. We will walk you through every step to make sure that nothing is left unspoken for. It is not uncommon for agencies to charge you hidden fees within your contract so be sure that you are aware of all agreements before signing. Riverside Bail Bonds is committed to giving you the greatest service and will never engage in the cruel practice of charging hidden fees. The most common to be on the lookout for are annual premiums and cancellation fees. The annual premium is hidden as a requirement that is only instated if your case exceeds a year’s time. What they won’t tell you is that with the high capacity of our court systems, many cases exceed this time, especially in highly populated areas like Adelanto. This annual renewal fee can cost thousands of dollars and can even amount to the initial premium fee. No one has the money to pay an unexpected fee, so it is important to be cautious. Likewise, you should also beware of cancellation fees. This is also a situation that results from overcrowded jails, when the district attorney’s office fails to make formal charges against the defendant. This may cause the bond to be essentially cancelled and reinstated. Most agencies will pounce on this opportunity to double charge you. Do not let anyone take advantage of you in this way. If you give your business to Riverside Bail Bonds, we will NEVER charge you beyond the initial fee. This is our promise to you.
Resolving Your Issues After Being Released
Part of resolving your legal issues involves showing up for all of your scheduled court hearings. If the arrest took place in or near Adelanto, California, your case will be heard at the Victorville Court House located at 14455 Civic Drive in Victorville, California. In order for you to be released on bond, the first thing you must agree to is appearing in court. It's also important that you comply with the rest of the court's guidelines. This includes not leaving the court's jurisdiction and not being charged with any more criminal acts while you are out on bond. If for any reason you fail to comply with these stipulations, your bond will be forfeited, and the co-signer will be held responsible for paying the full bail fee. If you unintentionally miss a court date or a emergency comes up, there is a way to relieve the co-signer of liability. The bail agency can write a letter stating that they are willing to continue covering the bond. At this point, it Is to the judge’s discretion as to whether or not they will reinstate the bail. This letter can cost hundreds of dollars by other agencies, but Riverside Bail Bonds offers it free of charge to ensure that the defendant and the co-signer are protected from unnecessary burdens.
Once you've been bonded out, you have an opportunity to fulfill your obligations to your employer and your family. You are also able to hire an attorney and help them to build your defense. Both your attorney and your bail bond agent will work with you to make sure you are able to get to court on the day of your hearing. The judge will determine what happens next once you appear at your initial hearing. It's important to work your way through the legal process until your case is completed. Riverside Bail Bonds will be here with you from start to finish if you need a reminder of court dates, facilitation in attending those court dates, or help resuming liability of the bond.
Hiring the Right Bail Bonds Agency
Hiring the right bail bonds agency is extremely important. You want a bail bondsman on your side who has the respect of local law enforcement officers as well as the courts. At Riverside Bail Bonds, our agents have spent several years creating positive relationships with both the police and the legal professionals in our area. Each agent has experience in dealing with many types of bail bond issues.
You also want a bail bonds agent who understands the law and will help protect your rights. Our bail bonds agents are well-versed in the law and how the judicial system works. We are here to make sure you get treated fairly, from the minute you are arrested and arraigned until the day your case is closed. We go to great lengths to help you work your way through the process and make sure you are fully aware of what is going on during all stages of your case.
We stand out from other agencies because we are open 24 hours a day to give you the best service in Adelanto. We have agents waiting around the clock to take your call and treat you with the utmost compassion and efficiency. Likewise, our agents are discreet. We will never disclose your personal information to anyone without your full disclosure. We will make sure that you maintain your dignity, respect, and security in this confusing time. Bail can be a complex process, but Riverside Bail Bonds will navigate the confusions while answering your burning questions and concerns. We promise you that you will finish this process fully confident in our agents that are trained to deal with every worst-case scenario. We will not disappoint you when you need us most. We have done everything in our power to make us accessible and affordable to you. Now it is your turn to take the first step to freedom by giving us a call.
The agents at Riverside Bail Bonds Bail Bonds are fully licensed and bonded. Their years of experience and working knowledge of the legal system make them the perfect advocates if you have been arrested and need a highly qualified bail bonds agent on your side. Call Riverside Bail Bonds at 951-788-2663 and talk to one of our agents any time of the day and night. We are a family owned and operated business that strives to treat our clients like they are a part of our family. They are here to guide you through the process and will do everything possible to relieve your stress and anxiety during this time. Do not wait until you feel helpless, let us help you get your freedom back.