If you or a loved one have been arrested in Lake Elsinore, California, your first thought might be to secure sound legal representation. And as important as that is, in reality, the first step is to get out of jail so you can better search for and find the best possible defense attorney who can help you win your case.
At Rocco Edivan Bail Bonds, we have bail bondsmen on the ground in and around Lake Elsinore and other parts of Riverside County. We can literally meet you to assist you with only minutes' notice anytime 24/7, or we can handle the entire bail bonds arrangement over the phone, if your prefer, for reasons of convenience to you and/or confidentiality.
Arrested in Lake Elsinore
Lake Elsinore is a popular resort town in the southwestern corner of Riverside County. It draws thousands of tourists to its pristine desert lake and its year-round warm climate, and advertises itself by the motto "Dream Extreme." Yet, when you are suddenly arrested in Lake Elsinore, that dream can quickly turn into a nightmare.
Those arrested in Lake Elsinore, and in a dozen or so small towns and villages in the surrounding area, will likely find themselves booked into the nearby Southwest Detention Center. If this facility is overcrowded, however, it is possible one might be transferred to the larger but more distant Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility or another jail.
Whichever facility an arrestee is brought to, he or she will have to go through the booking process, which can take as little as 30 minutes or up to several hours, depending on the busyness level at the jail. Only after an inmate is fully booked and a bail amount has been assigned to them can bail be posted. After bail is posted, however, the release process can begin almost immediately.
Why Opt for a Bail Bond?
While there are other options besides getting a bail bond, the reality is that for most people, a bail bond is the fastest, cheapest way to get out of jail.
Staying in jail until your arraignment makes it very difficult to prepare a solid defense and be at your best mentally and physically for the trial. And those jailed and awaiting their first court appearance will find jail is often as dangerous a place as it is an unpleasant one, with those merely accused of crimes often put in the same facility/cell with those already convicted.
A few people can get out of jail without any bail being required. This is called "release on own recognizance" (or O.R.) If one is charged only with a misdemeanor, has no previous criminal record, and has a "good standing in the community," the judge might allow an O.R. release, but O.R. is still fairly rare.
Another option is to post bail in cash, 100% of the bail upfront. This is not feasible for most, however, since bail is purposefully set high to discourage defendants fleeing justice. Most simply cannot afford to put up thousands of dollars in cash all at once.
Finally, a last option besides a bail bond is to put up a property bond. This requires your equity is double the full bail and causes you to risk losing your property should the defendant not show up for court. Additionally, property bonds require your loved one to sit and wait in jail while a lot of paperwork is prepared and then verified. This defeats one of the main purposes of posting bail — to get out of jail fast.
Bail bonds allows you to pay a state-mandated 10% premium on the full bail amount. Neither more nor less than 10% is legal for a bail bondsman to charge, except that an 8% fee is allowed if an attorney referred the client to the bail bondsman. Paying 10% or 8% of the bail is much easier, obviously, than paying 100%, though the fee is non-refundable since it is how bail bondsmen make their living.
Most bail bonds services will offer financing and reasonable payment plans to those who cannot afford the 10% premium all at once.
Also be aware that the co-signer will be liable to reimburse the bail bond service for the full bail amount if the bond becomes forfeit to the court.
Contact Us Today for Help
At Rocco Edivan Bail Bonds, we can speedily process your bail bond and post it to the court as soon as the booking process is complete. We understand protocols at local Lake Elsinore area jail facilities and have a good working relationships with jail staff. This enables us to bail out our clients as quickly as possible and minimize their stay behind bars.
To learn more or to arrange for a Lake Elsinore area bail bond, call us anytime 24/7/365 at 951-788-2663.