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How Does a Bail Bondsman and a Bounty Hunter Make Money?

Posted on July 4th, 2011 by Tonya Page

Today’s Ask the Bondsman question comes from Yahoo! Answers, where we frequently answer bail related questions. Our answer was choosen by readers as the best answer to the question.

Question: How do bail bondsmen and bounty hunters make money?

Answer: A bail bondsman makes money from the “premium” which is legally mandated in most states at 10% of the total bail amount. That is a fee for providing bail services.  Given the defendant goes to court, the bondsman pockets that amount.  Of course, profit is determined after operating costs like insurance, advertising, office space, payroll, etc.

A bounty hunter, better known as a “fugitive recovery agent,” operates Read more »

Stanislaus County Jail

Posted on July 2nd, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department
Adult Detention Division
200 E. Hackett Rd.
Modesto, CA 95358
Phone: 209-525-5630
Bail Bonds for Stanislaus County Jail

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department controls all of the Adult Detention Facilities in the county. The Adult Detention Division can be responsible for housing over 1,300 pre-trial, sentences, and out-of-custody inmates at any given time. The staff  is responsible for meeting the physical needs of the inmates, as well as providing church services, counseling, library facilities, vocational and skills workshops, educational and recreational programs.

The SCSD is open to Alternative Sentencing Programs, which includes Work Furloughs and the Alternative Work Program (AWP), which allows inmates sentenced to less than 365 days to work in the community for the duration of their sentence rather than going to jail. This helps to reduce the state wide problem of  overcrowding.

Detention Facilities & Visitation

Stanislaus County Men’s Jail
1115 H St.
Modesto,CA 95354
Phone: 209-491-8727

Inmates may receive  Read more »

Newport and Costa Mesa Looking at Cost-Saving Partnership

Posted on June 30th, 2011 by Tonya Page

Two Orange County Jails to Join

The Newport Beach Jail and Costa Mesa Jail are considering several different options to help cut their costs.

At this weeks council meeting in Newport, Councilwoman Leslie Daigle proposed that the city look into contracting jail services and hiring guards from a private firm to supplement existing staff at the jail.

Police Chief Jay R. Johnson of Newport and Costa Mesa’s Interim Police Chief Steve Staveley have both confirmed that both cities are considering sharing or altering their jail facilities.

Both cities are also looking into other ways to reduce costs, like combining their 911 dispatch and maintenance of the police departments’ fleets. There has been no discussion of combining the two departments. Newport Beach is considering the proposal from Costa Mesa that would let officers book anyone they arrest into the Newport Jail, said City Manager Dave Kiff.

Guards from a private security firm would have to be hired to help bolster the staff of the jail since current staff cannot handle an influx of Costa Mesa inmates.

The advantage to this is a measured approach to switching from public to private and gives us time to ensure we are happy with the private contractors’ service, as well as train them with our own custody officers,” said Johnson in a recent email. “If we become comfortable with the service, one option would be to replace the remainder of our own custody officers with the private contractor through attrition.

The cities are also considering sharing Read more »

Is it Possible for a Bail Bond to be Reinstated?

Posted on June 29th, 2011 by Tonya Page

This question comes from Yahoo Answers where we often answer bail related questions.

Question: I missed my court date because I was moving.  A bench warrant was issued even after me calling the public defender and the court house to notify them.   I placed a call to my bail bondsman and he said he could give me a reinstatement of the bail bond so that I could take it to the court to get another court date.  I am going to the court house tomorrow.  What will happen?  Will I go to jail?

Answer: This is a common situation. When you miss a court date, a bench warrant will automatically be issued. Your bondsman is required to be notified. You did the right thing in calling the public defender, court and your bondsman.

Bail bonds can be Read more »

Lerdo Jail Facility

Posted on June 26th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility
17695 Industrial Farm Rd.
Bakersfield, CA 93308
Phone: 661-391-7900
Bail Bonds for Lerdo Jail

Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility is a holding facility run by the Kern County Sheriff’s Department.  It is the largest jail in Kern County and houses approximately 1232 of both male and female inmates at once.  The jail also facilitates housing for both State and Federal agencies.

Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility Visiting Times

Visting days are  Read more »

Finding The Right Bail Bondsman

Posted on June 24th, 2011 by Tonya Page

The words “bail bondsman” may conjure images of gritty, smoke-filled offices staffed with shady characters. The reality, however, is quite the opposite. The majority of bondsmen are respectable, family-oriented individuals who work hard for people caught in an often unexpected situation.

A bondsman, more accurately known as a “bail agent,” is licensed in the state California to provide services to individuals who have been arrested with criminal charges so that the individual can get out of jail while waiting to see a judge. The bondsman will Read more »

Santa Cruz County Jail

Posted on June 21st, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Santa Cruz County Main Jail
259 Water Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 454-2420
Bail Bonds for Santa Cruz Jail

The Santa Cruz Main Jail facility is the main jail for Santa Cruz County and is the only booking facility within the County. It has an average daily population of approximately 400 inmates.

When someone is arrested in Santa Cruz County, men will typically be transported to the Santa Cruz Main Jail for booking and processing. (Woman will likely be transported to the Blaine Street Jail in Santa Cruz.)

Rules for Visiting Santa Cruz Main Jail:

All visitors must be approved in advance by appointment. Call (831) 454-2420 between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm to set up the visit.

Be advised that the inmate is responsible for submitting a Visitor Clearance Form. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours before the visit occurs. Visits will last approximately 45 minutes.

Can A Bail Bond Be Revoked for No Reason?

Posted on June 19th, 2011 by Tonya Page

Another question from Yahoo! Answers, where we often answer bail related questions.

Question: Can a bail bondsman revoke my bond for no reason? My sister used a bail bondsman for herself then bailed me out of jail with the same guy. Well, my sister owes him money for her bond. I have done nothing to have my bond revoked.

The bondsman called me this morning and says if I don’t find my sister, he will revoke my bond & take me to jail. Can he do this? There is no reason to revoke my bond! I dont owe him money and haven’t gotten into any trouble. Can he legally put me into hand cuffs and arrest me? And, can he revoke my bond for no reason on my part?


In California, a bondsman cannot revoke a bail bond simply because it wasn’t paid.  However, a bondsman can revoke a bail bond for many reasons and many of which may not seem like probable cause to the defendant.

Bail bond regulations vary from state-to-state, you are best to Read more »

North County Jail in Santa Barbara Set to Close

Posted on June 14th, 2011 by Tonya Page

The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office has notified the chiefs of the Santa Maria and Guadalupe Police Departments and the commander of the local CHP office that the North County Jail and Substation will be closing, effective June 27th.

The 20-bed facility houses people arrested in the Santa Maria Valley area for a wide variety of criminal offenses.

Santa Barbara County is facing a budget deficit of $70 million. Sheriff Bill Brown said that closing the jail and substation will save over $1 million each year. His entire department is facing nearly $8 million in budget cuts, resulting in the loss of 62 positions.

While the move will save millions of dollars, it will also strike a hefty financial blow to the Santa Maria and Guadalupe Police Departments.

Instead of being able to take anyone arrested in their jurisdictions to a jail nearby, officers will Read more »

Butte County Jail

Posted on June 11th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Butte County Jail
35 County Center Drive
Oroville, Ca. 95965
Phone: 800-844-6591
Bail Bonds for Butte County Jail

The Butte County Jail first opened in 1964. The facility has undergone several renovations in order to accommodate the growing inmate population. Butte County Jail can now house approximately 570 inmates at one time. Currently, Butte County Jail employs approximately 135 Correctional Staff and civilian employees.

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