Los Angeles Bail Bonds
If you or your loved one have been arrested in the city or county of Los Angeles, we at Bail Bonds Direct are standing by 24/7 to come to your aid. Our fully licensed, bonded, and insured team of bail bonds agents are as kind and courteous on the phone as they are knowledgeable in their field. Each of our agents is the product of rigorous training and real-world experience. Their in-depth understanding of the California legal system and the Los Angeles County jail system allows them to move quickly to get your loved one out of jail as soon as possible. We can also answer any questions you may have about the bail bonding process and give you a free consultation on the details of your case.
What Is a Bail Bond?
A bail bond is type of surety bond in which the bail bondsman guarantees to the court that the defendant will appear for all of his/her scheduled court dates. The bond co-signer, normally a close friend or relative, guarantees the full amount of the bail to the bail bonds agency in the event it is permanently forfeited to the court.
Should the defendant fail to attend any of his/her required court hearings, the judge will issue a bench warrant to bring the defendant before the court. He will also put the bail bond into forfeiture. If/when the defendant is brought before the court, the judge will often re-instate the bail bond, but this decision is fully at his/her discretion.
Bails Bonds Direct is fully equipped to handle any type of bail bond that you may need. One important variety that we offer, which many other agencies do not, is the immigration bail bond. Due to the greater risk involved, these bonds require greater collateral and a higher premium, but we work to make sure you will get the lowest rate possible for these situations. Contact us at 213-465-4030 for more information on immigration-related bail bonds.
Why Use a Bail Bond?
The court sets bail amounts high on purpose to discourage defendants from fleeing justice. This also, however, has the effect of making it very difficult or even impossible for most people to simply post the full bail amount in cash or cashier's check. Without being able to get out of jail, hire a lawyer, and prepare to defend oneself in the courtroom, the defendant is put at a great disadvantage. Thus, bail bonds have arisen as a means of allowing you to post a bail amount much greater than the money you actually lay down. Another reason that bail bonds are allowed is to relieve the local government of the expense of housing the arrestee in jail until he goes to trial.
How Much Does a Bail Bond Cost?
The California Department of Insurance regulates and licenses all bail bondsmen in the state. It also dictates that the premium for a bail bond be no more nor less than 10% of the total bail amount. A 20% discount, reducing the total fee to 8%, applies to union members, those serving in the Armed Forces, senior citizens, and those who have already obtained their own personal legal counsel.
Since the premium is a percentage of the bail: the higher the bail, the higher the premium. The county predetermines the bail required for alleged violations of each part of the criminal code, and the bail amount will be researched and assigned to the arrestee before his/her release. A felony will carry a higher bail than a misdemeanor, and capital crimes exclude the possibility of bail. If the judge decides the risk of flight is too high, he/she may refuse bail to be allowed. In most cases, however, bail is both allowable and a Constitutional right.
What If I Can't Pay the Premium?
We at Bail Bonds Direct understand that it can be challenging at times to come up with the premium, especially on short notice. Therefore, we provide our clients with affordable payment plan options. The monthly installments are low enough to handle, and special terms are available for those with good credit ratings. Collateral may or may not be needed, both for the bond itself and for the financing on the premium. Contact us today, and we can work with you to find a payment plan that works for you.
We accept multiple payment methods, including cash, check, and credit card. For collateral, such items as cars, real estate, jewelry, artwork, and bank accounts are commonly accepted. We try to keep as many payment options as possible open to you so you can quickly get your loved one bailed out. If you have any question concerning payment and payment plans, we will take the time to explain the whole process to you in detail.
How Fast Can I Get My Loved One Out of Jail?
As soon as you call us, we can immediately begin to work towards the release of your loved one from jail. The sooner you call, the faster things can be completed. If the arrestee has already been transferred to another jail, especially to a large facility, the process will be greatly lengthened. Our intricate knowledge of and experience with the jails of Los Angeles County, however, will shorten you loved one's time in custody to as little as possible.
How Does the Booking Process Work?
If your friend or family member was arrested in Los Angeles County, either the Los Angeles Police Department or the California Highway Patrol likely made the arrest. He/she will be held and booked in a local police or sheriff's station, unless the decision is made to transfer your loved one to a larger facility, such as: Metro Detention Center in downtown L.A., Twin Towers County Jail, the male-only Inmate Reception Center, or the female-only Century Regional Detention Facility. The charges on which the suspect was arrested and the relative busyness of the various jails will influence the location at which they are held.
The booking process sometimes begins in one jail and then is completed at another jail, but it consistently involves a number of required steps. First, the arrestee must have his/her fingerprints read by a live scan device, which compares them against the DOJ national database. If no outstanding warrants, aliases, or bail holds are discovered, then the inmate is "cleared for bail." Otherwise, bail will be denied. A bail hold is an order by a law enforcement agency, a parole/probation officer, or a judge to refuse bail until the defendant makes his first court appearance.
If the defendant has or has claimed to have a serious medical condition, he/she must get medical clearance before being released. This can cause further delay. The inmate must also be classified according alleged crime to determine where to house him. Finally, the bail amount must be set and the inmate's personal possessions taken, itemized, and stored. The exact process differs from jail to jail, and the total time involved can be significantly higher when a facility is understaffed and busy. We at Bail Bonds Direct know the intricate details of the booking process for every jail in Los Angeles County, and we can use this knowledge to avoid all time-consuming errors.
How Does the Release Process Work?
Once your loved one is cleared for bail and the bail amount has been set, we can immediately post a bail bond to get him released. It typically takes anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours to process the release after the bail bond has been posted. Again, the jail's peculiar step-by-step processes and the work load on the available staff will determine the exact time-frame.
The inmate will have to fill out release forms and may need to go through another medical examination. You can pick up his/her personal effects right away or attend to that later. Once bail is posted and the inmate works his way through the release process, he is free to go. All terms of bail, however, must be adhered to. Most importantly, he/she must attend all scheduled court dates.
Our experienced team of bail bond agents have earned Bail Bonds Direct the title of one of the most trusted names in the industry. In our many years of experience, we have seen a multitude of cases just like yours. We understand the sudden stress and confusion that fall on you when you learn that your family member or friend has been arrested. The obstacle is not insurmountable, however, and we have a track record of success at getting defendants out of jail fast so they can prepare for the legal challenge ahead of them.
What Happens After My Loved One Is Released?
We strongly encourage your loved one to secure for him or her self an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. The court date will likely be about a month after the arrest date, which could allow valuable time to prepare a strong defense. Concerning the arrest, the booking process, and posting bail, we can give you straight-forward, helpful information and advice. We are not legally allowed to give out advice concerning a courtroom strategy, however, so you will want to seek out the services of an expert to bolster your chances in court. If the charge brought against your loved one is a felony, it is all the more crucial to obtain top-tier legal defense.
We can talk with your loved one after his/her release and explain the terms of the bail bond. We can stress to him the importance of showing up for all court hearings. We can also help you with any questions that may arise subsequent to the release. The legal obligations of a bail bondsman are met upon successful bail-posting and inmate release, but we nonetheless keep our communication lines open with you to ensure you understand the process and do not feel lost and stranded.
Bail Bonds Direct Is Committed to Excellence in Customer Service
We at Bail Bonds Direct have exclusively dedicated all of our time and energy to providing bail bonds, and we are available to help our clients 24/7. We never "outsource" our clients, but instead, we give them quality, personal service. The same agent will handle your case from beginning to end, and there will be no "middle man" to complicate and delay the process. We serve you directly. We do not "sell your case" to the highest bidder, which is a practice, unfortunately, that some other agencies engage in.
We always take the time to patiently explain to you every aspect of the bail bonding process that you may be interested in. We know how to take complex legal problems and make them intelligible to the uninitiated. We can converse with you in "real English" rather than just in "legalese."
We make every effort to keep our bail bonds affordable. By accepting many forms of payment, offering affordable payment plans, and accepting all reasonable collateral, we make it possible for you to bail out your loved one with only a fraction of the total bail amount.
A Short History of Bail Bonds Direct in Los Angeles County
In 2010, we opened our first office in Santa Ana, CA. As we began to build relationships with clients, we noticed that a majority of them resided in northern Los Angeles County. We therefore made the decision to expand and add a second office in that vicinity. The response has been overwhelming, and we are satisfied that we have been able to genuinely help numerous people in their times of need.
We at Bail Bonds Direct have worked hard to try to erase the stigma that attaches itself to the term "bail bondsman." By showing a friendly and courteous attitude to each and every client, we have earned a reputation as bail bondsmen who genuinely care. Our fast and friendly team of expert agents are on call 24/7 to answer your questions, discuss your case, and to get your loved one out of jail fast.