Palm Springs, California, is an idyllic place to live and an iconic place to visit — from palm-lined streets to natural hot springs to boutique shopping and high-end dining on Canyon Drive. But Palm Springs is more than just a classy desert resort town in California's Coachella Valley. It is also a locale with a high crime and arrest rate, for locals and visitors alike.
No one plans on needing a bail bond in Palm Springs, but when you suddenly find yourself charged with a DUI, a drug crime, domestic violence, disturbing the peace, or some other violation, your first need is to get out of jail as fast as possible so you can find a good lawyer and begin building a solid defense for your case.
Why Opt for Bail Bonds to Get Out of Jail?
In Palm Springs, arrestees will typically be taken first to the local Palm Springs City Jail on 200 South Civic Drive, there to be fingerprinted on a Live Scan device and to await transfer to a larger facility, such as Riverside County Jail.
Under California law, you can only be held in jail for 24 hours on misdemeanor charges and 48 hours on felony charges before seeing a court commissioner. But even a short time in a harsh, violent jail environment, especially a large county jail, can be dangerous. And without paying your bail, you may have to remain in jail during your trial, which could mean days or weeks behind bars.
But is taking out a bail bond the only way to get out of jail? Technically, no. But for most, practically speaking, yes. Let me explain. You are allowed to pay the full bail amount in cash upfront, but few can afford to do that. You can also pay with a "property bond," but that means risking the equity in your home (or in a friend or family member's home) and waiting in jail while the title and other information are verified. In rare cases, you might get out on "O.R." (own recognizance), which means no bail is required and you are let out based only on your promise to appear in court for your arraignment. But most do not qualify for O.R. release.
That only leaves bail bonds. A bail bond allows you to pay only a fee equal to 10% of the total bail amount to a bail bondsman instead of the full bail. This fee is set by state law and cannot be more nor less than 10%, though a reduction to 8% is allowed in certain rare cases. It is non-refundable and is how bail bondsmen make their living. That said, it requires 90% less money upfront than a cash bond and gets you out of jail as fast as possible.
How Does the Bail Bonds Process Work in Palm Springs?
The key to making your stay in jail short in Palm Springs and to avoid being transferred to a county jail facility is to contact a local bail bonds agency as quickly as possible after the arrest. You will normally have an opportunity to do so at the Palm City Jail. Alternatively, a friend or family member can contact a bail bonds agent in your behalf. Once you have been transferred to a larger facility, it could take hours longer to complete booking and release and get you out of jail.
At Rocco Edivan Bail Bonds, we have agents on the ground who can respond in literally minutes' time to your call for help. We can complete the paperwork and arrange payment over the phone or in person in 20 to 30 minutes and post bail as soon as you have been fully booked. This will minimize your time spent behind bars.
Posting bail involves the bail bondsman guaranteeing the court the full bail amount in the event the defendant fails to appear for his arraignment, but the bond co-signer, in turn, guarantees that amount to the bail bondsman. The co-signer can be the arrestee himself but is usually a friend/relative of the arrestee.
In the event the defendant "skips bail" and does not appear in court, bail bondsman are authorized to use bounty hunters to bring him before the court. This is in the best interests of all concerned since the bail money is forfeited when the defendant flees justice but could possibly be reinstated (at the judge's discretion) when he/she finally does appear in court.
At Rocco Edivan, we understand that many cannot afford to pay even the 10% premium upfront in full, and therefore, we offer affordable payment plans with very reasonable terms.
At Rocco Edivan Bail Bonds, we stand ready to get you out of jail as quickly as possible. Call us anytime 24/7 at 951-788-2663 for immediate assistance and full bail-bond services.