Do you live in Los Alamitos and are facing an unexpected arrest or criminal charge? Arrests can be frightening situations, especially when you are not equipped with the proper tools to approach handling the different procedures. The average American family sees paying the monthly household bills as a stressor upon their daily routine. When adding an unexpected, overwhelmingly expensive bail fee, this stress can be a substantial hardship. No one is ready for an arrest when the unexpected strikes. And if you are unable to come up with the funds to get your loved one released on bail, they will spend the entirety of their case in custody. Having access to the resources that are needed to fight a case are crucial to the case’s outcome. Your loved one deserves the right to fight their case with all of their entitled freedoms. This may seem concerning, but we have good news for you. The bail agency attacks this issue from the source by providing everyday people of all backgrounds with a professional who can navigate the bail process and guide you in the right direction. One of these agencies is Riverside Bail Bonds. Riverside Bail Bonds has been long established as one of the most experienced and efficient bail agencies in Los Alamitos and all of Orange County. We will break down every step of the process until you fully understand every decision you make. Likewise, we will go the extra mile to ensure all of your burning questions and concerns are answered. Bail agents can make bail very affordable, fast, and efficient if you go to the right place. Now is not the time to hesitate because every second could mean the difference in your case.
The Bail Process
When a defendant is charged with a crime, they will be arrested and taken to the nearest available jail facility for booking and processing. At this point, the defendant will be assigned a residence in the jail while the charges are being formally processed and made accessible. After booking has taken place, the bail can be set. This is done either by a schedule or a hearing. A bail schedule is a predetermined list of bail charges for common crimes, which allows the bail to be established much faster. However, if the defendant is facing a more severe criminal charge, they may be asked to attend a bail hearing before a judge. While this court date is being set, the defendant will have to wait in custody. Bail can be a complex process if you are unsure what steps to take. Fortunately, you do not have to. A bail agent can make this process so much simpler and provide you with the information you need to make confident and informed decisions on behalf of your loved one. It is important to hear out all of your options before making a choice that could substantially change your financial situation for a long-term period. It is also necessary that you look towards obtaining a bond if you are looking to avoid an overly expensive set of bail fees. Bail bonds are a great way to lower the costs and time allotted to getting your loved one home, so you can focus on the far more important issue of developing a strong case for the defendant’s defense.
Before we list any of your options, you should first know that bail is a right that is protected to all American citizens under the 8th amendment of the Constitution. The only acceptable reason for a judge to relinquish this right is if you pose a flight risk or danger threat to the community under which you preside. Thus, if you feel your rights have been violated, you should immediately contact legal representation. Now to talk about bonds. There are some cases where you do not have to a pay a bail fee at all. One of these cases is when the defendant is released upon their own recognizance. A judge may decide to release on recognizance if the defendant has a clean record, a good standing within their community, and is facing a misdemeanor charge. It is uncommon for all of these factors to come into play, thus it is generally required that a bail fee is paid of some sort. Now when facing a bail fee, it can be quite intimidating, as bail can range easily from 5 to 50 thousand dollars. That is why a bond is so crucial. It allows you to pay the bond with alternative measures that keep you from going greatly into debt. Riverside Bail Bonds is familiar with bonds of all different calibers and can help you to determine exactly which one you need. Of all the bonds you can potentially get, the most common tend to be cash bonds, surety bonds, and property bonds. Because they can be widely utilized to address most cases, we will go over what each one is and how they operate.
The first common bail practice is to pay the entire bail fee upfront. This is called issuing a cash bond. Although cash bonds are fast and to the point, that does not mean they are generally the most efficient. To begin cash bonds are unnecessarily expensive. Why pay a bail fee in full when a bond can be used to lower the cost? Even if the person paying is fiscally well-endowed, it would be of better service to the defendant to put these funds towards gathering resources that can better the outcome of the case or strengthen the defense. Likewise, no one wants to pay money that they do not have to. Bail bonds make bail fees affordable to families of all economic backgrounds. In America, it can be a hardship for the average family to pay their monthly bills. The bail agency sees this crisis and offers their services to be of aid to all individuals in need. Another concern is that although obtaining a cash bond can be quite simple, it is not simple to get the funds back after the case has been closed. It can take weeks before you see any of your funds returned back to you. Riverside Bail Bonds strives to make bail affordable to everyone, and we do this by offering bonds and payment options in a wide variety to where families can decide what is the best option for them. If you are concerned about paying off your bond, there is no need to worry. Our agents can negotiate an agreement with you that serves both parties. We also accept cash, check, credit, debit, cashier’s check, money order, and collateral as acceptable payments on your bond. But first, let us tell you about the widely known bail bond, known for being the most affordable and effective.
Your best chance at paying a reasonable amount for a bond that gets the job done is a surety bond. A surety bond, also known widely as a bail bond, is a signed contract between you and a bail agent, where the bail agent will post the entire bond in full for a small percentage in exchange for your compliance with the courts. This percentage is fixed at a rate of 10%, as mandated by California law, to ensure that all parties involved are paying/receiving a fair amount for their service. This fee is nonrefundable and nonnegotiable as a means for the bail agent to make an earning. However, this is a small price to pay for the stellar service and care you will receive throughout the process. A bail bond substantially lowers the costs of paying for bail and the application only takes thirty minutes to complete. As soon as the premium is paid, and the application is completed, we will send an agent to the jail facility to begin filing discharge papers. We will go over exactly what is needed of you and ensure all of the paper work is filled out correctly. We feel that this is the best option in almost all cases and will do whatever it takes within reason to ensure that you can access this choice. If finances are of great concern, we will gladly discuss in-house payment options and how to manage the costs. We are here to serve you in whatever way best. If a bail bond is not for you, we will also offer alternatives that could be of better service.
One of these alternatives is to obtain a property bond. Unlike a surety bond, a property bond is a signed contract with a bail agent that is anchored with, hence the name, property. Property bonds are most commonly utilized in cases concerning illegal immigration, to further ensure that the defendant remains in the country for the duration of their case, so they may tend to their legal responsibilities. Collateral can qualify as anything worth one and a half times the value of the bond. The most commonly seen items used for such payment are jewelry, vehicles, and real estate. This overage fee is necessary to ensure the additional costs involved with paying a property bond are covered. Property bonds are generally avoided by bail agents at all costs, due to their great inconveniences upon the co-signer and the defendant. A property bond takes weeks, even months, longer to process, meanwhile the defendant is waiting out this time in custody. This defeats the intent and purposes of a bail bond to be a faster, more efficient option. Another convenience as a result of a property bond, is that it cannot be passed on to another person. This means that in the event that the co-signer does not want their property anchored any longer, they will have to return the defendant to custody, file the paperwork to cancel the bond, and wait for the property anchorage to be lifted. This is extremely inconvenient for both the defendant and the co-signer and could be avoided with a different kind of bond. In the event that the bond is revoked for a violation of protocol with the courts, the defendant will have thirty days to be returned to custody of the co-signer’s property will be sold at auction to pay off the bond and nay additional restitutions. The remaining funds will then be returned to the cosigner. There are way better options than seeking out a property bond, so do not take on this option unless it is your last resort. We recommend, if you are looking for the most efficient, to seek out a surety bond.
The Release Process
After the defendant has been booked, and the bail has been taken care of, a bail agent can be sent to the jail facility to begin the release process. The release from custody can take anywhere from 3 to 12 hours, depending mostly on the capacity of the jail at the time. You may think that being released is the end of your woes, but now is not a time to relax. It is crucial from her on out that every decision is carefully thought out, as it can directly impact the outcome of your case. Your first action upon release should be to contact a reputable litigation team to begin gathering evidence and sources that strengthen your defense. Bail is a great opportunity to return to work, tend to familial responsibilities, and to get your affairs in order in the case of a conviction. No time should be wasted that could be spent bettering the outcome of your case. Likewise, bail is not guaranteed, so it is important to follow all of the guidelines. Riverside Bail Bonds will be happy to refer you to any resources you may need. It is important to take advantage of all of the resources at your disposal and to maximize all of the help you can receive.
Like we mentioned earlier, bail is not guaranteed unless you comply with all of the rules set into place by the courts. For the co-signer, this means keeping all contact information and case changes updated with the bail agency and the courts. This also helps the bail agency to continue providing support throughout the course of the trial. For the defendant, there is substantially higher expectations. First, it is obviously required that they attend all court dates and remain in the vicinity of the courts. Keep in mind they will also be asked to check-in on a weekly basis to ensure they are following all protocol. Likewise, they must avoid any further criminal charges (including violations to restraining orders), maintain in close contact with the courts, and refrain from posing any dangers to the community in which they preside. Failure to comply with any of these restrictions will lead way for the judge to issue a bench warrant. The defendant will then have 30 days to return to custody before the bond is relinquished, or the co-signer will be responsible for covering the entirety of the bail charge. We will do everything our ability to protect both you and the co-signer from this inconvenience, including writing resumption of liability documents for free. All we ask is that you do your best to maintain compliance with the rules.
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We could go on and on about how a bail agency is the best way to ensure your needs are met throughout the bail process, but that does not explain why Riverside Bail Bonds is the best in Orange County. There is a great need for compassion in this industry and we do everything we can to fill this void. Riverside Bail Bonds is a family owned and operated bail agency that operates on complete confidentiality and compassion. We want you to feel safe and secure so that you can be confident in all of the difficult decisions you will be asked to make. No one can fully expect when and where an arrest can occur and we do not assume that you can. That is why we have committed our agency to staying open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There is never a time that you can call, and we won’t answer. Our sole priority is getting you the help you need in the way that best suits you. You will not find another agency that cares more about their clients. You will also find none that are more experienced. We have been operating in the area for over 17 years and know how the Los Alamitos courts function. We will employ every tool to make sure you are released in the least amount of time possible. You can call us today at 951-788-2663. Do not wait until it is too late. We can get started on your path to freedom and get you one step closer to bettering your case.