When dealing with a bail bonding company, it is best that you are aware of the procedure and the steps that you must follow in order to complete this transaction. The goal here is to help you or your loved one get out of jail while awaiting a court date and bail bonds companies are here to help. Make sure that you know exactly what you are getting into before you begin and call Orange County Bail Bonds at 800-422-4540 if you have any questions about the process.
From start to finish, the process shouldn’t take very long at all. You will start by seeing a judge and having a bail amount set. From there, you can start working with a local bail bond company to negotiate your release. We have convenient locations within minutes of all the major jails in Orange County, allowing us to get started on your case right away, even in the middle of the night.
How is the Bail Amount is Set
Before you can seek a bail bond, you must know how much your bail has been set at. This is done when you first see a judge after being arrested. The judge will inform you of the amount that will be required to set you free after hearing the charges against you.
The amount is generally dependent on the crime that you have been accused of and your criminal history. Keep in mind that the judge can make the bond amount prohibitive or deny bail altogether if it is determined that you are a serious flight risk or if you have been accused of a major crime.
In most situations, however, your bail will be reasonable and Orange County Bail Bonds will be able to help you. Once we are contacted, we will let you know how much you have to come up with right away. We will also help you through the rest of the release process.
Contacting a Bail Bonds Company
Once you know how much it will take to get you out of jail, you can have a loved one get a hold of a bail bonds company in Orange County. This bail bondsman will then look into the situation and see if you can be helped. Once again, the vast majority of people who have been arrested can negotiate a release in this manner and we will assist you along the way.
Orange County Bail Bonds is open 24 hours per day and seven days a week, so you won’t have to spend time waiting for us to open in the morning to get started. The goal is to get you released as quickly as possible, which is why one of our team members will get started on this process immediately after you get in touch with us.
Getting Released From Jail
If it is determined that the bail bond service provider can help you, the necessary arrangements will be made to get you out of jail. There is a fair amount of paperwork that will have to be filled out, but since we are usually able to get started on it right away, you shouldn’t have to stay in jail for too long.
We do charge a down payment that you must come up with prior to being released. This money is used as a guarantee that you are willing to work with us and are going to show up for your court appearance.
Paying the Premium
One thing to remember is that our bail bonds service isn’t free. There is a premium that is associated with receiving this bail bond that your indemnitor must agree to pay. This amount is usually a percentage of the total bail amount.
In California, the most you can be charged is 10 percent of your bail amount, while the least you can be charged is 8 percent. We are proud to say that we charge the absolute minimum, so you won’t find lower rates elsewhere.
We also offer payment plans if you are unable to come up with the premium and cut us a check right away. Speak with one of our family members to discuss the payment plan options that we have available.
The Role of the Guarantor
You must have a guarantor sign some paperwork before you can be released from jail. This individual will usually be a close friend or family member. The person who signs this paperwork is responsible for making sure that you show up for your court appearance.
We might also take collateral from your guarantor to ensure that you show up for court. If you fail to show up, we will then have the right to seize assets from either you or your guarantor.
Finally, the guarantor is on the hook for the entire bond amount if you decide not to show up for your court appearance. Since this bond is usually a significant amount of money, it is in your best interests to show up for court and in your guarantor’s best interests to make sure that you don’t run out on your charges.
How We Operate
As a family owned business, we pride ourselves on our ability to work directly with our clients to come up with a solution to their problems. We are aware that getting arrested is a stressful experience and it can do a great deal of damage to your life, both long and short term. For this reason, we work quickly and discreetly, so that your legal woes will have as little impact on your life as possible.
If you ever find yourself being charged with a crime and are in need of some immediate help, contact Orange County Bail Bonds a call at 800-422-4540. We will get the ball rolling on your release right away, giving you the best chance of getting your life back. Our team has helped thousands of accused individuals get out of jail and we are certain that we can do the same for you if given the chance.