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I Want To Become A Bail Bondsman

Posted on April 1st, 2011 by Tonya Page

Can I Open My Own Bail Agency?

Question: I am currently in law enforcement, but getting to the end of that. If I obtain my bondsman license, can I work for a bondsman such as yourself, or do I have to open my own agency. Thank you for the information from your website, it is very informative.

Answer: Great question! Opening a bail bond agency is for the most part open to anyone. However, opening any business without understanding how the business and industry operates from the inside could be a huge personal and financial tragedy. 

The Process In Opening A Bail Business:

Santa Rita Jail

Posted on March 28th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information – Alameda County Jail

Santa Rita Jail
5325 Broder Boulevard
Dublin, CA 94568
Bail Bonds for Santa Rita Jail

Run by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, Santa Rita Jail sits on 113 acres in Dublin, CA. This is the third largest jail in the state of California, it is known as a “mega-jail.”  It is the only jail that has an award from the accredited American Correctional Association.

The facility is committed to being economical and houses it’s own mental health and medical services.  This has allowed the jail to effectively treat their own sick and injured inmates.

Known for the advanced technology and advanced criminal justice system, Santa Rita Jail can hold approximately 4,000 detainees at any time.

Santa Rita Jail (SRJ) Visting Rules and Regulations

Vists may be scheduled up to Read more »

Glendale Police Department K-9 Unit

Posted on March 27th, 2011 by Tonya Page

Police K9 Suspect Apprehension DogThe Glendale Police Department has welcomed a new lead Sergeant to their K-9 Unit. Sergeant Chris Spencer is taking the place of Todd Anderson, who was moved to the East Area Command. Sergeant Spencer has worked as a patrol officer and detective for the Glendale Police Department since 2002.

Sergeant Spencer plans to expand the K-9 Unit as well as provide more opportunities for servicing the Glendale community. Spencer also plans to have the Glendale Police Department work more closely with both the Los Angeles Sheriff Department and the Los Angeles Police Department. Pictured left is one of the LAPD Suspect Apprehension dogs. These dogs are trained to “Find & Bark.” If the suspect stays still, the dog is calmer. However, if he suspect tries to get away or is aggressive with the dog, the dog becomes more aggresive.

The Glendale Police Department’s K-9 Unit has several dogs working Read more »

Los Angeles City Council Suggests LAPD to Freeze Hiring

Posted on March 24th, 2011 by Tonya Page

On Monday, the Los Angeles City Council recommended, against the desires of Mayor Villaraigosa, that in order to get to a solution for the recent budget crisis, suspending the hiring of the Los Angeles Police Department, was necessary.

According to the City Council Committee, this stop would reduce a $46.8 million deficit.

The Los Angeles Police Department was told by the Budget and Finance Committee that they should continue with their April training class but shouldn’t hire anymore until July 1, when the new fiscal year begins.

City Administrative Officer, Miguel Santana, told the panel that, “There is no immediate savings, but we believe it will save $170,000 per officer in the long run,” when speaking about the reductions in pension benefits.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wants Read more »

Fake Bondsman Arrested for Soliciting Inmates

Posted on March 24th, 2011 by Tonya Page

Orange County Jail Main EntranceIn an illegal attempt to solicit inmates for bail from the Orange County Jail, Ernesto Perez was arrested for acting in the role of bail bondsman, without the official license to do so. Perez, 36 was charged for soliciting bail business without the proper licensing through the California Department of Insurance.

In California, the bail industry is highly regulated. It is prohibited for any person to negotiate or execute the writing of bail without a license. However, Mr. Perez also has another problem working against him: a bail bondsman cannot solicit bail inside of a jail to an inmate.

Perez allegedly plotted Read more »

San Luis Obispo County Jail

Posted on March 20th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

San Luis Obispo Jail
1585 Kansas Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Jail: Booking/Visitation: (805) 781-4600
Bail Bonds for San Luis Obispo Jail

The San Luis Obispo County Jail correctional facility serves all of San Luis Obispo County for arrests transported from city police departments, California Highway Patrol, and State Parks. 

Approximately 19,000 people are booked into the San Luis Obispo county jail each year. Inmates can serve up to one year in the San Luis Obispo County Jail.

The various housing units at the SLO jail range from direct supervision units to dormitory settings and can house up to 518 inmates.

When arrested in SLO, inmates will be booked and processed in the jail’s computer system. This process will usually include photographs, fingerprints and a nation wide background check . This process can take up to 4 hours to complete.

Rules for visiting the San Luis Obispo Jail

Inmates are allowed to receive (2) one hour visits per week. There is no male visiting on Mondays and no female visiting on Fridays.

It is best to call the jail for all instructions prior to your visit to reserve a visiting time. If you are unable to notify the inmate prior to the visiting day, you may call (805) 781-4596 to reserve that time.

When you call, you should have the inmate’s first and last name, your first and last name, and the day you plan to visit.

Do I Have to Pay the Bail Bondsman?

Posted on March 17th, 2011 by Tonya Page

Today’s question comes from Yahoo! Answers, where we answer bail related questions on a regular basis: What happens if I sign an agreement with a bail bondsman to post bail for someone who is in jail, but I have not yet paid the fee?

Answer: Your question is a bit vague, but let me see if I can answer it. Based on my understanding of your question, you bailed someone out who is back in jail, but you haven’t paid the bondsman. Assuming that’s correct, you still need to pay the bondsman.

Posting bail for someone is an important decision. By signing the agreement with the bail bondsman, you have agreed that to the fee.  However, if the person was never released, then you owe nothing.

You should be aware that regulations vary from state-to-state. In California, a bondsman’s fee is fully earned when the bond is posted and the defendant is released. It doesn’t matter if no charges are filed, the defendant is guilty or innocent — or they get re-arrested.

Visiting Bryant Street Jail

Posted on March 11th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Bryant Street Jail #1 (Hall of Justice/Classification)
850 Bryant Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 553-1430

Bryant Street Jail #2 (Hall of Justice/Criminal Courts)
850 Bryant Street, 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 553-9506

The Bryant Street Jail, otherwise known as County Jail #1 (located on the 6th floor) and the County Jail #2, (located on the 7th Floor) includes both intake and release facilities. We can post bail bonds at the Bryant Street Jail 24×7.

All female prisoners in San Francisco are housed at County Jail #2.

All San Francisco Jails are operated by the County Sheriff’s Department Custody Division.The San Francisco Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant Street houses most of the county jail facilities for the City of San Francisco.

Rules for Visiting The Bryant Street Jail

County Jail #1:  

  • Only attorneys will be allowed to have interviews or visits at the Bryant Street County Jail.

County Jail #2: 425 7th Street

Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility

Posted on March 4th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility
550 6th St.
Oakland, CA 94607-3946
(510) 268-7777
Bail Bonds for Glenn Dyer Jail

Glenn E. Dyer is the 2nd largest detention facility in Alameda County. It has a maximum capacity of approximately 800 inmates.

The facility provides inpatient housing for both male and female inmates for the Alameda County Criminal Justice Department.

Once bail has been posted at the Glenn E. Dyer facility, release times for inmates can vary (generally 1-5 hours).

Rules for Visiting the Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility

Inmate visitation at the Glenn Dyer Jail is from Thursday through Sunday only. The facility does not allow inmate visitation on Monday through Wednesday.

Would bail your adult child out of jail?

Posted on March 1st, 2011 by Tonya Page

Question: My son was arrested for shoplifting and was sentenced to 36-hours of community service. He then refused to do the community service hours and now he is back in jail for not complying with the court.

Answer: As a bondsman, I get this type of question from parents quite frequently. In fact, we published an article on this a few years back: Bail Bonds 101: Lessons for Parents. Knowing the state of the jails, I would certainly bail my adult child out of jail.

That said, there are certainly significant issues to consider in bailing out your adult child. For example, Read more »

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