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How Do I Bail My Loved One Out of Jail?

Bailing a friend or family member out of jail is a serious responsibility and one that should not be taken lightly. If you do not feel comfortable or feel that the friend or family member is trustworthy or responsible enough to show up for all future court appearances then you should not bail them out. Should the defendant leave the area or fail to appear for court dates while you are not criminally liable you could be held civilly liable. You will be held responsible for any fees associated with court costs, the full bail amount, and apprehension costs should the defendant not go to court.

If you decide that you are comfortable bailing out your friend or family member you will either need to pay the full bail amount to the court or hire the services of a bail bondsman who will charge you a percentage of the bail bond amount and cover the rest of the bond in order to have the defendant released. After choosing a bail bond company you will need to meet them at the jail so that you can give them the funds they require and to sign the bail bond papers.


How is the bail amount set?

When someone is arrested for a crime, normally that person will be taken to a local law enforcement station for booking, prior to incarceration. Once arrested and booked, the defendant has several options for release pending the outcome of his case. Posting a bail bond involves a legal agreement guaranteed by a bail agent and the individual posting bail. The bail bonds agent guarantees to the court that the defendant will appear in court on each occasion that the judge requests him to.

Usually, a friend, relative, attorney or defendant will contact a bail bond company by phone immediately after an initial arrest. During the initial consultation, most bail bonds companies will collect basic information about the situation, such as where the detainee is being held, how long have they been there, what charges they are facing, and how long have they been in their current residence. The bail bond company is basically assessing the risk involved in the bail bond.

If both the customer and bail bondsman can come to an agreement on a bail bond, the customer will need to sign an application, a Bail Indemnity Agreement, and a receipt.

Emergency Rescue Bail Bonds can process bail by fax or e-mail in just a few minutes or we can dispatch a licensed agent to the customer. For this service, the customer will be charged a nominal fee (usually 10% of the full bail amount, which is mandated by state law). Emergency Rescue Bail Bonds also offers payment options to meet your needs.


How Do I Get My Loved One Out of Jail Quickly?

Most people will go their whole lives without ever having spent a night in jail. If you are unlucky and do find yourself enjoying the hospitality of the local jail all you will probably think about is how to get OUT! Not to worry the bail bonds business thrives on efficiency and getting people out as quickly as possible.

The first thing you will need to do is find a reputable bail bond company. If you don't have any previous experience with bond companies it can be hard to know who to choose. You can pick one out of the yellow pages or off of the internet but you really want someone who is licensed with the state, and that information may not be mentioned in a yellow pages advertisement. You can also ask your lawyer or maybe a friend who has been through a similar experience. Most towns have more than one bail bondsman so ask around (even around the jail) about who has a good reputation and who does not.

After you have a list of names of licensed and reputable bonding agencies you will probably want to talk to someone at a few different ones to make sure that you are getting the best terms and conditions possible. Even though you are in a rush to be out of jail this is something that should be researched before you start signing the papers. Besides most bail bond agencies are not in the habit of keeping potential clients waiting because they know how eager they are to get out of jail. Once you have made your final decision about which bail Bond Company to use you will need to make arrangements with them.

Before agreeing to take on responsibility for your bond they will probably have lots of questions for you as well. Expect them to ask questions about current employment, whether or not you own or rent your home, how long you have lived in the area and other things of that nature. They are attempting to weigh the risks of whether or not you will continue to show up for court appearances or if you will attempt to flee. Once the bail bonding agent has received satisfactory answers to their questions they will need to secure your 10% non refundable bail bond fee. Most companies will want the entire fee up front but some will make an exception and allow payment arrangements. Don't count on this though and if you don't have the whole amount you may need to think about who would be willing to co-sign on the bond with you.

As soon as the bondsman has secured his fees the process of bailing you out can continue. The bondsman will issue the bail bond to the court and the paperwork to secure your release will begin. Upon your release from jail make sure that you know when you are expected to be back in court. Forgetting a court date will get a warrant issued for your arrest and will cost you the full amount of your bail!


How Much Do California Bail Bonds Cost?

Most people will go their whole lives without ever having spent a night in jail. If you are unlucky and do find yourself enjoying the hospitality of the local jail all you will probably think about is how to get OUT! Not to worry the bail bonds business thrives on efficiency and getting people out as quickly as possible.

The first thing you will need to do is find a reputable bail bond company. If you don't have any previous experience with bond companies it can be hard to know who to choose. You can pick one out of the yellow pages or off of the internet but you really want someone who is licensed with the state, and that information may not be mentioned in a yellow pages advertisement. You can also ask your lawyer or maybe a friend who has been through a similar experience. Most towns have more than one bail bondsman so ask around (even around the jail) about who has a good reputation and who does not.

When you've been arrested and are booked into jail awaiting a hearing, the last thing you want to worry about is how much it will cost to get bonded out. Bail Bond fees are typically set by law, and they are usually set at 10% of the full bail amount. If you know this, you won't be taking the time to shop around for a cheaper rate, because legally, they all have to be the same. These rates are not negotiable as they are set by the California Department of Insurance.

If you run across a company that offers you discounted bail bond rates, walk away. They are acting illegally and more than likely trying to pull a bait and switch scam. They will offer you one rate, and when it's time to sign the paperwork, you'll find either another rate or hidden fees. This is a highly regulated business, and what they do is not only unethical, but illegal as well. It's understandable though how the cost and payments can get a little confusing, as there are many different options available.

For example, here at Emergency Rescue Bail Bonds we offer a no collateral bail bond program, also known as signature bonds, because all that is required of you is your signature. Also keep in mind, that if you're using your house for collateral, you are participating in a business practice that is highly unethical. So the cost of a Bail Bond in California isn't something that you should lose sleep over. Emergency Bail Bond is both a legal and ethical bail bonds business!


How Do I Find Out About Someone Who Is In Custody?

Contact the county sheriff's department that you know or believe your loved one is being held in. You can also visit our Jail Information page to find a link to several county sheriff websites, including Los Angeles, San Fernando, Van Nuys, Orange County, Freson, Alameda, etc.



What is a Criminal Case?

When someone is arrested and charges are filed through the District Attorney or by an agency such as Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department or Van Nuys Police Department, a criminal case begins. In any criminal case, the defendant, which is the person being accused of a crime, is presumed to be innocent. In other words, they may not be convicted of a crime unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


What is an infraction?

An infraction is an offense that is not considered a misdemeanor or felony. It is punishable by a fine only (no jail). When a person is charged with an infraction, he/she is not entitled to a trial by jury or to be represented by court-appointed counsel.


What is a Felony?

When a crime is categorized as a felony, it is punishable with death or by imprisonment in state prison. A person charged with a felony has a right to trial by jury or by court, and has a right to be represented by an attorney at all proceedings.


What is a Misdemeanor?

When a crime is categorized as a misdemeanor, it is punishable by imprisonment in the county jail (Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, Fresno, etc.) , a fine or both. If a person is charged with a misdemeanor, they have a right to a trial by jury or by court and to be represented by an attorney at all proceedings.


What is an Arraignment?

An arraignment is a court proceeding where the complaint or citation is read to the defendant and the defendant pleads guilty or not guilty.


What is a Preliminary Hearing?

A hearing to determines if there is enough evidence to proceed with the case.


Do I have to Appear in Court?

Court appearances are mandatory on criminal misdemeanor and felony cases and can be on some infractions. The defendant must appear at the Court on the date and time stated on your release paper or arraignment letter. Failure to appear in court may result in a warrant for the defendant's arrest.


My Friend or Family Member is in Custody, Can I Speak to Them While They are in Court?

No, If you attempt to speak or motion to anyone in custody, you may be charged with a misdemeanor. We offer exceptional service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! We are understanding, nonjudgmental and professional.