Arrest Process

What Happens When An Individual Is Arrested

If someone is arrested, he or she is taken to a local law enforcement station. There he or she undergoes processing and booking. This can take several hours in a larger jail, but usually goes quickly in a smaller jail.

Once the processing and booking is complete, one of three things may happen. If no charges are filed, the defendant can be released. Bail may be set. In this case, the defendant must post the full amount of bail in order to be released. The bail money is returned when the defendant appears in court. Finally, a defendant may be released on their Own Recognizance, which means he or she is free to go, but promises to appear in court in a signed document. In that case, no bail is placed.

How Do Bail Bond Services Work?

A bail bond, also called a surety bond, is a contractual undertaking guaranteed by a California licensed bail bondsman who is backed by an insurance company. An arrested individual must remain in jail unless a certain amount of bond is posted. A bail bond agent will post the money on the arrested individual’s behalf, and the individual is free to go. However, if the defendant does not appear in court, the bail agent will not get their bail money back from the court.

In this case, the defendant has broken the contract with the bail agent. There is usually a co-signer on the contract with the defendant, who is then responsible for the financial obligations of the defendant.

Procedure For Bailing Someone Out of Jail

When a person is arrested, the defendant, a friend, relative, or attorney will contact us. We will collect basic information about the defendant in order to determine the risk involved with posting a bond for that person.

If the person chooses to buy a bail bond from us, he or she will sign basic bail bond documents including an application, Indemnity Agreement, and receipt. We can conduct all paperwork via fax or email, or we can send a licensed bail agent to any jail in San Diego, including San Diego Central Jail and South Bay Detention Facility.

Once all paperwork is complete, our California licensed bail agent will post the bail bond for the defendant. This entire process usually takes one to two hours. The customer is charge a fee of 10% of the full bail amount.

What is the Cost of a Bail Bond?

In the state of California, the cost of a bail bond is 10% of the bail. This rate is set by the state and is non-negotiable. There are no hidden fees or taxes for a bail bond, but beware bail bond companies offering bonds for less or more than 10%– these companies are operating outside the law and are probably not licensed nor insured. For example, if the bail is set at $30,500, then the fee charged is $3050. By law, this fee can not be more or less. Though we cannot offer you bail bonds under the 10% mark, we always work with you to create a payment schedule that fits your budget.

We do not negotiate bail premium and we do not offer bail at less than 10% of the bail total. Though a 5% bail premium is against the law, many people search for a cheap bail bond to save them money. However, this is a dangerous situation. If a licensed and insured bail bond agent does not return your collateral, you have rights in the State of California and can get your collateral back legally. However, if you engage in non-lawful activities and agree to 5% bail, your bail agent may leave with your collateral, and you will have no recourse to get your collateral back.

Our company requires that you pay upfront before we post the bail bond. However, if you cannot pay for the bail all at once, we offer various payment options, flexible financing, payment plans, and in some cases no collateral bail bonds. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

What Happens If a Defendant is Not Bailed Out

Without posting bail, an arrested individual must usually remain in the custody of the San Diego County jail. This is obviously not an ideal situation, and allows the defendant less time to obtain and work with legal services.

Immediate Bail Bond Service for Any San Diego Jail

We can handle any bail bond paperwork by email and fax in just minutes. Also, we can send a California licensed bail agent to your home, office, or jail, typically in less than hour. Our bail agents are stationed all over California meaning that we can post bail at any jail you may find yourself at. The entire process is usually completed in less than two hours.

Contact us at 619-224-5669 to discuss bail bonds at any San Diego jail.


Updated:  01/04/2012

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