Fullerton is a classic city in Orange County, home to beautiful sceneries, prestigious universities, and amazing restaurants. Like all cities though, Fullerton is also home to crime. As long as humans are not perfect, arrests will take continue to take place. These arrests can take an emotional and financial toll on the defendants, their families, and their litigations teams. If you live in Fullerton and have been informed that your loved one was arrested, now is not the time to panic. We get that this can be a stressful situation, but there are bail agencies that want to help. Riverside Bail Bonds has long been established as one of the best bail agencies in Fullerton, Orange County, and the greater Southern California region. Our agents are knowledgeable and experienced to take on even the most complex of cases and can help you obtain any kind of bond you could possibly need. A bail bond is a great solution to getting your loved one home on bail because it is fast, efficient, and simple. We can walk you through the application by phone and have it completed in a half hour or less. We can then send an agent to the facility and begin the process of getting your loved one home where they belong. No one should have to face this alone and we will be there with you for every step of the way. You can give our office a call at 951-788-2663 or visit us for a one on one conversation in our Riverside office on 4277 Main Street.
Arrests and the bail process that comes shortly after can become very complex if you do not have a reputable professional to guide you through the necessary actions to take. Riverside Bail Bonds will help you locate the inmate, gather the proper information on the case, make an informed decision about bail, obtain a bond, and follow the proper protocol to remain out of custody. We have mastered the bail process so that you do not have to. We want to alleviate as much stress as we can from your plate so that you can focus on gathering the best legal team possible to protect your loved one. Before we can get you the help you need, you are going to have to know the basics. We will explain everything you need to know for your particular case, but for now you can read up on the information that often applies to all cases so that you know what to expect when you receive business through Riverside Bail Bonds. You will not be disappointed with the stellar service our agents give to every client they encounter.
What Happens During and Shortly After the Arrest
When the defendant is charged with a crime, they will be seized and taken to the nearest facility for booking and processing. This can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes but must be completed before the bail can be posted. Immediately after being informed of an arrest, your first action should be to contact a bail agent. Even if the bail has yet to be posted, there is still an opportunity to speed up the process by gathering the information belonging to the case to begin filing paperwork. Bail is typically posted in one of two ways. The first means is by a bail schedule. Bail schedules are lists of predetermined bail fees set in place by the court so that when someone is faced with a common charge, their bail can be posted fast and efficiently. However, if the defendant is looking at a more severe crime, they will likely be forced to wait for a bail hearing. Bail hearings are where the posted bail is left to the sole discretion of the judge and may take a couple weeks before such bail can be posted. Regardless of how bail is posted, we will take your time seriously and maximize the actions taken within the time period to ensure your loved one is returned as fast as possible. The next step in obtaining bail is deciding how one will pay for it. There are many options in which you could access, so Riverside Bail Bonds will breakdown the costs and the best ways to go about obtaining a bond.
Obtaining a Bond
After bail is posted, your next step should be to decide with a bail agent how to go about paying the bail fee. Fortunately, Riverside Bail Bonds is licensed and insured to finance any kind of bond your case may require, such as cash bonds, surety bonds, and property bonds. First, you should know that as an American Citizen, you are entitled to the right of bail under the 8th amendment. However, there are special circumstances in which a judge can withhold this right. If you are a flight risk or a danger to your community, it is likely that you will not receive bail. Keep in mind that bail Is intentionally set high to deter defendants from fleeing justice or violating their restrictions. If you feel that your rights have been violated, you should contact litigation immediately. In some fortunate cases, you may not even be required to pay a bail fee. Some of these cases include when you are facing your first misdemeanor crime and are not a risk of flight or danger. The judge might determine that you are an upstanding member of your community and grant you release on your own recognizance. This means that you are not responsible for paying any bail fees. However, if you are paying a bail fee, we will break down the costs and explain the methods for obtaining the most common bail bonds so that you can make an informed decision and focus your time instead on building a strong defense for the defendant’s case.
Because bail is set with the purposes of discouraging defendants from fleeing justice, the amount of bail can be extraordinarily high. Bail can easily be in the thousand-dollar range, even for minor crimes, and in today’s economy, no one really has the kind of cash to pay a bail fee upfront. We find that the first instinct of financially stable individuals facing a bail fee is to pay it all out in one installment as a cash bond. However, we advise even the well-endowed to refinance these funds towards accessing the resources necessary to build a strong case. For those who cannot afford a bail fee, that is why bail agents have created the alternative of a bail bond. Bail bonds help to eliminate the financial burden of coming up with a great amount of money in such a short period of time. Being arrested can take a huge financial toll on the family of the defendant, but there are ways to avoid this hardship. Riverside Bail Bonds will do everything in our power to protect you from the financial havoc that a bail fee can play on your life. We offer many financing plans to make bail affordable and accept a diverse range of payments in return for our services. We will graciously accept cash, check, credit, debit, money orders, cashier’s checks, and collateral as a payment for your bond. Furthermore, unlike other agencies, we will never charge you hidden fees that unfairly place additional expenditure on your plate that you were not prepared for. We will do everything under our jurisdiction to get you the help you need. We just ask that you do everything you can to comply with the rules of the court to keep your bond intact.
The most affordable option in facing a bail fee is to take out a surety bond. Surety bonds, also referred to simply as bail bonds, are a contractual agreement between a co-signer and a bail agent that trade compliance with the courts for the bail fee to be covered by the bail agency. The co-signer is responsible for paying a small percentage of the bail fee to a bail agent who then posts the entire fee to the courts and has the defendant released. This is far more reasonable than paying the entire bail fee in short notice. In California, this bail premium fee is fixed at 10% to ensure all parties are paying a fair price to issue or obtain bail. Keep in mind, that this a great responsibility for the co-signer to take on, which we explain later in this article. We will do everything we can to keep bail affordable to families of all economic backgrounds. If this premium is simply too difficult to come up with, you can discuss payment pans with our office and we will do everything we can to accommodate you. However, this premium is still nonrefundable or negotiable as it is necessary to ensure the bail agent can make an earning. We believe this is a small price to pay for the stellar service you will receive in exchange. There are also many other alternatives that can serve as a resource in the event that this fee is beyond your reach.
For some people, a more reachable means for obtaining a bail bond is through property. Unlike other bonds, a property bond is anchored with collateral and cannot be passed onto another person for any reason. Property bonds can be secured with jewelry, cars, houses, and any item that values one and a half times the value of the bond. This overage fee is necessary to compensate for the additional fees involved in paying for a property bond. Property bonds are often a lengthier process simply because they require more paperwork to secure the property. Another complication that arises is in the case that the co-signer decides they no longer wish to be held liable for the bond. The co-signer will be forced to return the defendant to custody, file paperwork to release the property, and will still have to wait weeks before the bond is fully cancelled. The lengthy process of a bail bond is what make our agency advise our clients to seek out other options. The whole purpose of a bond is to be fast and efficient, but with a property bond, you are simply not granted this convenience. Property bonds are most commonly used in illegal immigration cases because they mandate that the defendant remain in the country while tending to their legal concerns. In the case that a property bond is relinquished by the judge, the property will be sold at auction and will be used to pay off the unmet fees. Any remaining moneys will be returned to the co-signer but again, this could take weeks to process. We will work with you to pursue more affordable options but in the case that this is what you decide on, we will support you all the way through.
What to Do After the Bond
You may think that your woes are over after your bond has been processed but every action from here on will greatly affect the outcome of your case. We ask that you pay attention closely to your responsibilities as a co-signer or a defendant if you hope to maintain your release on bail. As a co-signer it is your responsibility to keep all contact information accurate and available to the courts and the bail agency so that you may be contacted if there are any changes to your case. The defendant will also be asked to keep their contact information updated, attend all court dates, avoid additional charges, follow any restraining orders, check in on a weekly basis, remain in the jurisdiction of the court, and tend to any legal responsibilities. If you choose to not comply, the judge can at any point relinquish your bond and issue a bench warrant for your arrest. The defendant will then be given thirty days to return to custody or the co-signer will be held responsible for the entire bail fee. We will do everything we can to prevent this from happening, such as by reminding you of court hearings and assisting in attendance but it is YOUR responsibility to follow the stipulations of the court.
Now that you understand what is asked of you to remain out on bail, you are going to have all of the benefits of focusing on what truly matters, staying out. Bail is an opportunity to return to work, care for your family, and get your affairs in order in the case of an arrest. However, your first action should be to contact a strong litigation team and attorney to prepare the best possible case for your defense that is possible. We can happily refer you to reputable resources in the area but it is important to set aside the time to do your own research, so you are comfortable with who you choose for your defense.
Riverside Bail Bonds Will Help You Get the Resources You Need
Riverside Bail Bonds understands the serious nature of your current situation and we will do everything we can to be at your aid in this pressing time. The first thing you should know is that we are experienced. Riverside Bail Bonds has gathered decades of experience handling bail bonds in all of Southern California. Furthermore, we understand that you might be experiencing stress, embarrassment, and confusion throughout this process. Our agents will express compassion throughout this time and will operate with complete confidentiality. We would never expose your private information to promote our business. We will only use your personal info to better your case with your full permission and consent. We do not want to make you feel shamed for having to deal with these circumstances. Humans are not perfect, and we will be here for you in your lowest moments. We just ask that you put your trust in us. Our agents have had a long time to study the innerworkings of the courts systems and have developed tools to enhance the speed of the bail procedure. We will get you home to your family in no time. You can call our office at 951-788-2663 and we will give you better service than you could receive anywhere in the region. If you feel more comfortable talking to us in person, we also offer the opportunity for you to come in and talk directly to an agent at our Riverside office on 4277 Main Street. We are open 24 hours a day to be available to you so do not hesitate to call us today. Our agents are waiting to take your call and help you through this jam!