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How are Bail Bonds Determined by a Judge?

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

When someone is accused of a crime and arrested, they are taken to jail. Once here, the accused files a bail application. During the bail hearing, the judge hears from the defendant as to why they should be granted bail. Before a judge can approve one’s bail application, there are certain factors that are considered. These factors enable the judge to determine whether to grant the accused bail and if so, how much should be set as the amount of the bail bond.

The first thing that a judge considers during the bail hearing is the severity of the crime. If the crime committed is violent, the judge will usually deny bail. If he approves, the bail amount is set very high. The bail amount is high so that the defendant can be discouraged from escaping trial. Remember if you pay the bail and then skip trial it means you have forfeited the amount and it now belongs to the court, never to be refunded to you. If the crime committed is not violent, the judge will usually set a lower bail amount. This is after they have ascertained that the defendant does not pose any threat to themselves or other people.

The second factor considered by judges when granting bail is the criminal history of the accused. If the defendant is a first time offender, there are high chances that the judge will set the bail at a lower amount. However, if the defendant is a repeat offender the amount set will be high. In many instances, an accused person with a colorful criminal history will not get approved for bail.

If the accused individual is a flight risk, the judge will either deny bail or set the bail amount very high. A flight risk individual is one who is more likely to flee from the authorities and skip trial. If the judge determines that they are dealing with a flight risk individual, they will either deny bail or set the amount high. On the other hand, a person who is determined as not being a flight risk will get a lower bail amount.

There are some instances when someone is arrested for a non-violent crime and is subsequently determined to not pose any threat to anyone. On top of this, if the accused is not considered a flight risk they can be released on their own recognizance. What this means is that the accused individual is released without any bail. What is required of them is their signature and promise to return to court for the trial. This might happen when the individual has been accused of a minor offence.

The bottom line is that it is left to the judge’s discretion to determine whether you qualify for bail and if so, how much you should pay. If you cannot afford to post bail, you might want to find a surety who could either be an individual (your loved one) or a company (bail bondsmen). In order to make sure the cash posted as bail is refunded, the defendant should not violate any of the terms of release.

Bail Bonds and the Blame Game over Jail Overcrowding

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Bail bonds are an essential pretrial option offered by a bail bondsman in most states. Only four states, Illinois, Kentucky, Oregon and Wisconsin, prohibit this option and are experiencing a much higher level of county jail overpopulation and higher costs for taxpayers covering the housing fees. Those defendants are stuck in jail, pending trial dates. The very nature of state statutes that disallow commercial bail bonding companies dictates a larger number of people without the money to pay the expected fees to the county they are jailed in.  This creates the misguided assumption that all people in jail are guilty and shouldn’t be allowed the freedom between the time arrested and their scheduled court case date. Those that are considered non dangerous could be released if the laws abolishing commercial bail bonding were overturned.

The other circumstances those four states are creating is the ease of bail jumping and landing in any of those states to evade court. This further works against the bail bondsmen, bounty hunters, and insurance companies and court systems. Making them unable to capture and ensure their return to court, per the agreement. Bail bonding companies should ensure their agreements restrict bonded individuals from running to these states as a breach in the contract and immediate recovery via the secured funding or property. This could further reduce the 30% that never appear in court.

States with pretrial services are the states with overcrowded jails, increased costs in housing people till trial date and lack the availability of bonding out after assessing their level of risk. L. A. County in California has more issues with transporting due to the distance of over 800 miles and inmates housed in county jails till transportation is arranged. Is that figure and problem part of the misrepresented “finger pointing” at bail bonding agencies rather than inefficient transportation issues that accommodate a large number of defendants going to majorly distant prisons?

All four states recoup fees from the government at a much higher rate than states that do allow commercial bail bonding. So is it the fact that those four states are financially benefiting from this; while excluding free enterprise that ensures lower rates are necessary to house defendants and inmates. Understanding there are other contributing factors to overpopulated county jails, also clarifies that there is greater reduction in costs for states allowing bail bondsmen agents.

Allow people the option and alternative to bail out rather than sit in jail for days or months, leading up to the trial date. Free enterprise is necessary to ensure the option. It creates a valid financial reason for defendants to appear in court; while ensuring their freedom and innocence till proven guilty. Commercial bail bonding is a business that also contributes to the community, the state and insurance companies and the court’s ability to collect fees from those defendants. It further reduces the necessary costs states require as reimbursement for housing, as well.

Orange County Bail Bonds supports Bill Hunt for Sheriff of Orange County

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Orange County Bail Bonds is excited and proud to announce their support for Bill Hunt as the new Sheriff in Orange County. For 10 years we have watched the way the Orange County Jail system and the Sheriff’s Department has been run. We, the public, must demand that the system be changed! The community has suffered through the scandals of Sheriff Carona, now a convicted felon. The Grand Jury has investigated and found that our jails are being run by the inmates. According to the Grand Jury report; at least one inmate was beaten to death while the officers talked on their cell phones and watched TV. The tougher inmates are making huge sums of money by a threaten violence against new inmates, forcing them to call a specific attorney or Orange County bondsman, from whom they then get kick-backs. Illegal interviews are being allowed to take place as an unfair business practice by a few “bad apples” in the bail bond industry. Contact information is being leaked from within the jail, as bondsmen and attorneys cold-call families without ever being contacted by the inmate or anyone else on his behalf. This is strictly against the law! All this was brought to the attention of, then newly appointed, Sheriff Hutchens early in her tenure in office. Hutchens inherited a nightmare from her deposed predecessor and she should and was given a grace period to make these corrections. She has had over a year to correct these problems and she has seen fit not to do so. She has proven herself not capable of running one of the largest Sheriff’s Departments in our nation. It is time for a real change, a time for integrity, honesty and capability. Bill Hunt has all these qualities and is the Orange County Sheriff Department’s best chance to return to the glory days of Sheriff James Musick and Sheriff Brad Gates. Orange County Bail Bonds urges you to restore honor to Orange County and vote: Bill Hunt for Sheriff in 2010.

“The Sheriff should be in the business of protecting

people’s rights, not restricting them.” Bill Hunt 2005

____________________________________________ 2nd Amendment, CCW Protecting Your Constitutionally Guaranteed Rights! As your Sheriff, I will issue CCW’s to any applicant who is a law abiding resident of the county, meets state mandated requirements and is not prohibited by law from possessing a firearm. To me, personal protection is good cause. ____________________________________________ Fiscal Responsibility The Sheriff’s department budget is $800 million. In these difficult times, Orange County told our appointed Sheriff to cut 3% of the budget. She waited 8 months to find a mere 3 cents on the dollar and her plan was to fire cops. As your Sheriff, I will streamline the bloated bureaucracy, cut wasteful spending and enhance service and performance for our citizens. I will reform our jails, reform drug treatment and medical services, feed inmates in their cells, stop senior leaders from spiking their pensions and eliminate take home cars for non-first responders. ____________________________________________ Jail Reform It is the responsibility of the Sheriff to maintain our jails. I will not release inmates early to save money and expandspace. I will ensure we keep sentenced inmates in-custody for the duration of their sentence. I will not lease our jail space to the Federal Government for pennies on the dollar while citing and releasing local criminals back into the community. I worked every level of Orange County jails and I can change the culture. Morale and performance suffers when deputies serve 7 years in custody on average with no hope of other assignments. I will change this. I will charge a fee for inmate initiated medical visits and feed inmates in their cells. We will increase Orange County jail capacity; eliminate early releases, lower operating costs and reduce the need to build costly new jail facilities.

Orange County Bail Bonds Receives 2009 Best of Santa Ana Bail Bonds Award

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement
WASHINGTON D.C., January 16, 2010 – Orange County Bail Bonds has been selected for the 2009 Best of Santa Ana Award in the Bail Bonds category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).
The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2009 USCA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.
Orange County Bail Bonds has been chosen due to their service to Santa Ana’s Bail Bond needs since 1963. A family owned and operated business, they have proven themselves as a professional, friendly, family oriented business; helping their clients through the harrowing experience of having a loved one in jail.
Orange County Bail Bonds is located directly across the street from the Santa Ana Jail and the Orange County Jail. Due to their location they are able to provide fast and proficient bail bond service in Santa Ana, California, as well as, nationwide.
About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)
U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.
The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.
SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association