Taking care of a bail bond is usually the first thing you will need to do if you or a loved one has been arrested in Coachella Valley, California. Being arrested is an extremely difficult experience for all of those involved, but a skilled, experienced bail bond agent like Riverside Bail Bonds can make the experience as smooth and as fast as possible.
Riverside Bail Bonds has long been trusted in the Coachella Valley area to deliver the fastest and best bail bonds in the region. We have the experience needed to help you through a difficult and complicated process and give you the best instruction every step along the way. We take pride in knowing our clients always walk away feeling like the bail process was handled in the best way possible.
Everything You Need to Do
The first thing you need to know, is that as an American Citizen, you are protected under the constitution and are given the right to bail. This means that you will have the opportunity to maintain all of your natural born freedoms as you fight to defend your case. The only circumstances in which these rights may be taken away are if 1. You pose a flight risk or 2. You pose a threat to the community. If you feel that your rights were violated in any way, you should contact litigation immediately.
What Happens After an Arrest?
There is no way for one to fully predict when an arrest can occur. It is usually unexpected and at the most unfortunate timing in your life. When the defendant is arrested, they will be taken to the closest available jail to be booked and processed. The actual booking does not take very long, but it must be completed before the judge can post bail.
After the defendant has been processed at the jail, if it is a common crime, they may be given bail via a bail schedule. These are already pre-set amounts for different crimes, that allow the defendant the ability to avoid a bail hearing. However, if it is a high-profile crime, the defendant will have to wait until their bail hearing to be issued a bail amount. As soon as the bail is posted, we can have a bail bonds agent at the scene to begin the release process. However, we can begin to gather information on your case as soon as you call, so make sure to contact us immediately after an arrest occurs. If everything runs to plan, we can have your loved one discharged in less than 12 hours after the time they are booked.
How to Pay for Bail
Before you pay for bail, it is important that you know you have options. Riverside Bail Bonds is licensed and insured to handle many types of bonds such as cash bonds, surety bonds, domestic violence bonds, prostitution bonds, immigrations bonds, and property bonds. We assure you that we can handle even the most intricate of cases. Our agents will first gather together all of the information regarding your case. We will then determine exactly what type of bond you will need and put together all of the paperwork you will need to obtain such a bond. Our agents are skilled and experienced to understand the complexities of bond services. They walk you through this process, step by step, until everything is completed properly, and you are comfortable with every action that is taken. We want this time to be as smooth as possible for you, so that you can focus on preparing the proper case for your loved one.
Your first option in obtaining bail is to pay the fee in full. This can easily be the fastest option, but sometimes faster is not always more advantageous to your situation. You see, bail can cost anywhere from five thousand to fifty thousand dollars, and most people do not just have that kind of money lying around. In today’s economy, it can be a struggle simply to pay your monthly bills. It is impossible to expect the average American family to come up with that kind of money in such short notice. Bail is set unreasonably high to purposely discourage defendants from fleeing justice. It is an intentional measure to keep defendants in the jurisdiction of the court. Even if your family is well endowed to pay the bail fee, we would suggest the financially less intrusive option of a surety bond.
A surety bond is the most common and most recommended option for addressing your bail situation. You may be more familiar with the surety bond’s nickname, the bail bond. A surety bond works by allowing the co-signer to only pay a small portion of the bail amount to a bail agent. This bail agent then covers the rest of the bail fee, while keeping the premium percentage. This is a small price to pay for the fast and relatively burden free discharge of your loved one, who can then fight their case from the comfort of their home. In California, the law dictates that this fee be fixed at a flat rate of 10%. This is to ensure that bonds are available to reasonably everyone, and that bond agents and clients are both protected from unfair fees.
However, bond agencies will still find ways to overcharge you and take advantage of your situation. Fortunately, Riverside Bail Bonds is here to help you avoid such unfair treatment. First, we will warn you of what hidden fees to look out for. A trustworthy bond agency will never ask you to sign anything before fully informing you of what will be required of you. Likewise, they will not compromise your financial security by charging you hidden fees. The most commonly seen hidden fees that are charged by bond agencies include; annual premium, cancellation fees, and liability letters. We will break down what each fee is and how to avoid them. It is not uncommon for a case to last beyond a year in time, especially with jails reaching their maximum capacity and courts being overcrowded. When this happens, agencies will often ask the co-signer to pay an annual renewal fee to keep their bail bond intact. This renewal fee can be very expensive and sometimes equate to the amount of the initial premium, so we caution you to make sure a renewal fee is not included in your bond contract. Because the duration of your case is not in your control, we will never charge you for an annual premium and neither should reputable bail agencies. Likewise, respectable bail agencies do not engage in the practice of charging cancellation/reinstatement fees. When the district attorney’s office fails to make formal charges against the defendant within a reasonable amount of time, this can lead to the bail being cancelled, requiring a new bail bond to be reinstated. Bail agencies will jump at this opportunity to double charge, but Riverside Bail Bonds will never practice this cruel behavior. A benefit of choosing us for your services, is that you will never have to pay a hidden fee. We are committed to making bail affordable to all people and will never charge beyond the 10% premium. In fact, we offer resumption of liability letters for free as well as any additional assistance we can be to your case, saving you hundreds and even thousands of dollars.
A final resort, if a bail bond is simply out of reach, would be to obtain a property bond. Property bonds are typically employed in cases regarding immigration, because they require the defendant to remain within the United States while tending to their legal responsibilities. Rather than paying a 10% premium, the defendant would place collateral down to secure their bond. This property could be jewelry, an auto mobile, a recreational vehicle, realty, land, or anything that meets the value of the bond. However, this value must be worth one and a half times the bond in order to compensate for the additional fees and paperwork that come with a property bond. A property bond is not often recommended because the paperwork required takes far longer to complete and may defeat the purpose of a fast discharge from jail. Likewise, this liability cannot be passed onto another person like a surety bond. We will gladly work with both the co-signer and the defendant to ensure that both parties are fully informed of their risks and responsibilities. If at any time the co-signer would like to release their property, they would have to return the defendant to jail and forfeit the bond, paying the 10% bail premium. If the defendant fails to comply with all regulations and the judge decides to forfeit the bail, the property will be auctioned off to pay the bail and any restitutions. The remaining funds will be given to the co-signer after all fees are covered.
What Do You Do After You Are Released?
Although the actual arrest is often the most frightening part of your experience in the criminal justice system, it is certainly not the hardest. What you decide to do with your time when you are released is crucial to the outcome of your case and should be taken the most seriously out of the whole process. In order to remain out on bail, the defendant and the co-signer must comply with all regulations that are set into place by the court. The co-signer is held liable for the whole cost of the bail in the case that it is forfeited for failure to follow instructions. The co-signer must take on the role of keeping all address and contact information up to date to ensure that the bail agency and the courts can communicate at any time that such is needed. The defendant, on the other hand, is given far more instructions. These regulations may include consistent attendance to all court hearings, remaining within the jurisdiction of the court, maintaining all restraining orders, avoiding any additional charges, and keeping an open line of communication with the bail agency. Breaking any of these rules could lead to the judge choosing to forfeit the bond.
It is highly encouraged that at this time, the defendant contacts an attorney and begin the process of building a strong case. We are more than open to referring you to any resources you may desire at this time and are happy to remind you and assist you in attending court dates. This is also a time for the defendant to return to work and care for the responsibilities of their household, such as caring for their families. In the case of a conviction, this could also be a time to get their affairs in order before returning to the custody of the police. Regardless of your situation, it is important to access all of the resources that can enable you to sway the results of the case in your favor.
Why Choose Riverside Bail Bonds?
Riverside Bail Bonds is the most skilled bail bonds agency in the Coachella Valley area and we handle all pf our cases with the utmost care. We can always make the bail process easier, but before you even give anyone a call to set up your bond, we would like to provide you with some reasons why we are the go-to source for any kind of bail bond in Coachella Valley.
We Work Fast
We have developed a respected track record for getting our clients through the bail bond system as quickly as possible. We know every minute spent in jail after an arrest is a minute too many, so we move as quickly as we can to get you, or your loved one, out on bail in a timely manner.
We Have the Experience You Need
Many people may not realize that there are many different kinds of bail bonds and that almost every court is different. The bail process can be an incredibly complicated endeavor, so we employ only the most-experienced bail bonds agents who know the ins and the outs of the local court system and know how to process different kinds of bonds with speed and efficiency.
We Protect Your Privacy
We fully understand that bail bonds are always a private matter. With this in mind, we operate with 100 percent confidentiality and ensure that your privacy will be put above all else. We are well-known for our discrete work.
We Love Customer Service
Our agents are on call 24 hours per-day and ready to answer any questions you might have. We want to make the experience as enjoyable as possible for our clients, so we do everything we can to provide helpful and friendly customer service.
We Know the System
As we mentioned earlier, every type of bond, jail, court and judge is completely different. However, since we have been in the Coachella Valley area for years and only hire the best bond agents available, we know exactly how each of these systems work.
We Truly Care
This is not just a business for us, this is our life. We make sure our agents are trained to be caring throughout the process and always offer a human touch. The arrest and jail process can leave clients feeling as low as humanly possible, so we always try to do what we can to make things better.
We Are Trusted
We have built a long-standing business on the foundation of trust. There is nothing we value more than having clients recommend us as the trusted bail bonds agents in the Coachella Valley area. We are happy to provide any prospective clients with real testimonials from real clients in the area, upon request.
We Are in Coachella Valley
We operate an office in Coachella Valley to make sure we can serve the area as fast and as efficiently as possible. We know that being in the area is a must for any company trying to offer quality bail bonds in a regional area.
The Coachella Valley is a desert valley which extends for nearly 50 miles in Riverside County. The valley is part of the highly-populated Inland Empire metropolitan area and includes the popular resort cities of Palm Springs and Palm Desert. Due to the area’s high temperatures and popular resorts, the population of the area fluctuates and can hit as high as more than 3 million around certain holidays. Due to this, the area has unique issues with crime and has arrests spikes during certain dates when the population swells.
Our agents at Riverside Bail Bonds are standing by 24 hours per-day, ready to take on your next bail bond request. Please call us any time at 951-788-2663 and we can get started on your bond.
Calling us could be your first step towards getting out of jail in a timely manner.