If you, a friend, or a relative have been arrested in La Quinta, California, you need to get out of jail as soon as possible in order to have the best ability to find an experienced lawyer, who can help you build a solid defense.
At Riverside Bail Bonds, we have mobile bail bondsmen on the ground who can meet you with only minutes' notice. We can get the necessary paperwork completed within 20 to 30 minutes and post bail the moment that the arrestee is booked, in order to immediately begin the release process.
Contact us anytime 24/7 at 951-788-2663 for immediate attention by skilled bail bondsmen in your hour of need.
Arrested in La Quinta
La Quinta is a popular resort town sandwiched between Indio and Indian Wells. It is a "golfer's paradise" and often referred to as "The Gem of the Desert." But despite the year-round warm climate and the beautiful Santa Rosa Mountains towering in the background, La Quinta is also a common place to get arrested, and not only for locals but for the numerous tourists in the city as well.
If arrested in La Quinta, you will likely be taken by the La Quinta Police Department to the Indio Jail in neighboring Indio or to the closest available jail if the previously mentioned has reached maximum capacity. This facility is the nearest to La Quinta of the five county-level jails serving Riverside County. It is also possible, however, that an arrestee could be transferred to the Larry D. Smith Jail in Banning, since this is one of the largest jails in Riverside County.
Once the inmate has been fully booked, bail can be posted; but there is no need to wait until after booking to call a professional bail bond service. The sooner you call, the better, so your bail bondsman can arrange the bail bond while waiting for the inmate to be booked. The booking process is relatively fast, and then the bail bondsman can collect all the information regarding your case. If it is a common misdemeanor crime, your bail will be posted using a bail schedule. However, if your crime is more high profile, it may require the defendant to wait until a bail hearing date can be set and bail can then be posted by a judge. Regardless of your situation, you should contact a bail agent as soon as you are made aware of an arrest. Our skilled bail agents can utilize all of the tricks and tendencies of the courts to ensure you spend the least amount of time in jail as possible.
Why opt for a Bail Bond?
A bail bond is not the only way to get out of jail, but for most people who find themselves arrested, it is the only practical way. In today’s financial circumstances, the average person struggles just to pay the bills, now imagine a 5,000 dollar bail fee on top of that. Riverside Bail Bonds strives to make bail affordable to everyone. We assure you that you will not find better service anywhere else in La Quinta.
A cash bond can be posted for the full bail amount, but this amount will often run in the thousands of dollars range, making it difficult for most to afford a cash bond. Additionally, there is no chance of getting a cash bond reinstated if it is forfeited to the court due to the defendant not attending all of his/her court hearings on time. With a bail bond, however, the judge at least has discretion as to whether or not to reinstate a forfeit bond after the defendant finally appears in the courtroom. Finally, note that it takes 6 to 12 weeks to get your cash refunded after your case is finalized, which itself can take months. Even if you are financially well off, it is much more reasonable and safe to issue the surety bond.
You could also post a property bond, but this creates several problems and inconveniences. First, you are risking the equity in your property. Property can qualify as jewelry, vehicles, realty, land, and other items of value. This type of bond cannot be passed on to another person, so if at any time the co-signer would want their property released, the bond would be forfeited, and the defendant would be returned to custody. Another problem that often presents itself is that you need twice as much equity as the bail amount to qualify. This can make a property bond difficult to obtain, but it is sometimes necessary in special circumstances. Cases that typically require property bonds are those concerning immigration. These cases are dealt with by Immigration Customs Enforcement, also known as ice, and can last longer than a year. Because these cases are typically dragged out, a property bond ensures that the defendant remains in The United States while tending to their legal responsibilities. A final concern is that it will take time to prepare the property bond and to get it verified, and your loved one will sit in jail in the interim. Property bonds require additional paperwork that far exceeds the fast and reliable surety bond. This defeats the purpose of bonds helping to make bail affordable, fast, and efficient. Regardless of your decision, Riverside Bail Bonds will be glad to help you along the way, but we greatly recommend the surety bond.
Finally, in a few cases, you might be let out on your own recognizance (O.R.) and not need any bail. This is based on your promise alone to appear in court and is issued based on your ties to and reputation in the community. Normally, O.R. only applies to misdemeanors, and even then, it is somewhat rare. This would be the only situation that is superior than to taking out a surety bond.
How Do Bail Bonds Work?
As an American citizen, you are protected under the constitution and are given a right to be released on bail, so long as you are not a threat to the community. If for any reason, the defendant poses a flight risk or could potentially be a danger upon release, the judge may decide to not allow the defendant to be released on bail. However, if this is not the case and you feel your rights have been violated, you should contact an attorney immediately. Under California Penal Code Section 1276, a bail bond can be posted in place of the cash for the full bail amount. A bail bond is a contractual agreement between several parties. It requires a co-signer to ensure that the bail agency is not cheated out of earning a living.
Bail bonds are accessible to people of all economic backgrounds by allowing people to come up with the money for bail at a faster rate. You see, with a bail bond, you are only responsible for paying a percentage of the bail fee, called a premium. This premium is non-refundable and is how the bail agent makes a living. The bail agent then covers the rest of the bail fee and gets your loved one out fast. This allows the defendant to focus their time on getting the best attorney and defense for their case.
To protect the defendant, co-signer, and bail agency, California law has dictated that the premium paid for a bail bond is fixed at a specific rate. This makes it clear what the amount all parties have to pay is. In California, this rate is 10% flat. There are a few circumstances where the percentage can be lowered to 8% or raised to 15%, but if no law has requested thereof, this practice is ILLEGAL, and you should contact an attorney. This fixed rate is set in place as a way to keep bail affordable to all people, but Riverside Bail Bonds goes even further to accommodate people in tough situations. We are committed to offering many in-house financing options so that no one has to take on a financial burden they are not prepared to handle. We will graciously accept many payment options such as cash, check, cashier’s check, credit/debit, and money orders. Likewise, if you are in a tough situation, please feel free to talk to your agents and we can work out a payment plan that works best for you. Our sole mission is to give every client the best care they can receive. We will also guarantee that no hidden fees will be added to your fees, a guarantee that most agencies cannot make.
What are Hidden Fees and How Do I Avoid Them?
You should never pay more than what you agreed to. A hidden fee is an opportunity for bail agencies to take advantage of your tough situation and over charge you beyond the premium that is set in place by the law. This cruel behavior is wrong in every way, but there are ways to avoid it. First, know that Riverside Bail Bonds will NEVER charge a hidden fee. You are only responsible for the 10% bail fee. Despite this, Riverside Bail Bonds is going to explain how you can protect yourself from these fees. The best way to ensure you are not paying extra fees is to make sure you are fully knowledgeable of all negotiations within a contract before you sign them. A trustworthy agency will fully debrief you on what you are responsible for before you sign a commitment.
The most common hidden fee to be aware of is the annual renewal. It is not uncommon for a case to exceed beyond a year’s time, especially with the jails and court systems being at maximum capacity often. However, when your case does exceed a year, agencies will require you to pay your premium again to renew your bond. It is often left vaguely within a contract, where clients are unaware until it is time for a renewal. We understand that this is unfair and would never engage in such actions but is best to ask before committing to an agency if you will be held accountable for a yearly renewal. Furthermore, another fee to be cautious of is one to reinstate your bail after it has been cancelled by the district attorney’s failure to create formal charges against the defendant. This typically happens when the DA’s office is overcrowded, and they fall behind in paperwork. Nonetheless, agencies will double charge you for their own financial gains, leaving you confused and unprepared to place your focus on what matters. Riverside Bail Bonds eliminates these fees so that you can spend your money on bettering your case for court. We want to make sure you get through this difficult time with your dignity and freedoms.
What Happens Next?
There are a few things you should know before you are released on bail. This release process can take anywhere from 3 to 12 hours after the agent has been sent to the jail, simply varying by the population of the jail at that time. When you are released, you may think this is a time to relax. However, your actions within this small-time frame are crucial to the outcome of your case. Bail is helpful to defendants because it allows them to return home to their families while tending to their legal responsibilities. In this case of a conviction, it can also be a time for you to get your affairs in order. Regardless of what you choose to do with this time, we would highly encourage you to contact an attorney and begin the steps to creating a strong case. Your time is limited, but if you use it wisely, you may not have to spend any more time in custody.
There are a few ways your bail can be forfeited if you fail to comply with the rules and we will go over such stipulations. As the defendant, you will be responsible for updating your contact and address information with the co-signer throughout the trial. You will also be asked to remain in the jurisdiction of the courts, avoid any further charges, comply with all restraining orders, and attend every court date. The judge can decide at any time to forfeit the bond if any of these rules are violated. In the case that the bond is forfeited, you will be given a small window to return to custody or the co-signer will be responsible for paying the entire bail fee that was initially covered by the bail agent. We will do everything in our power to protect the co-signer from this burden, whether it be assisting the defendant in attending court or writing a letter to the judge to resume liability for the bond after it has been forfeited. Most agencies will charge hundreds of dollars for this letter, but we do it free of charge as a courtesy to our co-signer and defendant. We will be there for you through it all.
Why Should You Choose Us?
We could not run out of reasons to explain why Riverside Bail Bonds is the greatest agency you could ever put your trust in, but we will take a moment to briefly explain the top reasons our clients choose again and again.
Our Agents are Experienced
Riverside Bail Bonds is a family owned and operated bail agency that has been dealing with bonds for over 17 years. We do not take your time or your money lightly and will do everything we can to assure you are given fast, reliable, and efficient service. Our agents are familiar with every kind of bond you could possibly need and will serve you with the utmost care, answering all of your questions and concerns.
Our Agents are Discreet
Being arrested can be a humiliating experience for the defendant and their family. We understand that this is a pressing time and show compassion to you at your darkest hour. We will never compromise your privacy for promotional gain. We have committed our agency to complete confidentiality and will only use your information to get your loved one home and safe. You can sleep at night, knowing we are doing everything with the purpose of protecting you and bettering your situation.
Our Agents are Fast
What is the point of a bail bond if it takes forever to get your loved one released? Riverside Bail Bonds trains their clients to operate under extreme pressure to ensure that your loved one is home in no time. We have mastered the operations of La Quinta’s court systems and employ every loophole to bring your family member home in high speed. Likewise, Riverside Bail Bonds is open twenty four hours, so that you can call us at any time and begin the bail process.
Do not wait for matters to get more complicated. To learn more or to arrange a bail bond without delay, contact us 24/7/365 at 951-788-2663.