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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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Crime Rates Down in Los Angeles, But High Crime Season is Coming

Posted on June 7th, 2011 by Tonya Page

So far this year, criminal activity in Los Angeles is down compared to 2010. But with summer coming, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck is aware that the area’s “high crime season” is fast approaching. (Who knew crime has a season? The bail business is not at all seasonal.)

Beck announced during the “monthly media availability” on Thursday that homicides were down almost 8.5 percent this year, which are he best numbers the city has seen in over forty years. Every other type of violent crime and property crimes have Read more »

Sacramento Arrest Made in Nationwide Bail Fraud Investigation

Posted on June 5th, 2011 by Tonya Page

Michael Moynihan was arrested Thursday in Sacramento after authorities connected him with a nationwide bail scam. According to the Sacremento Bee, Moynihan was arrested in Sacramento by Placer County Sheriff’s detectives and Sacramento Police officers after a short foot pursuit. The Sheriff’s Department has been pursuing Moynihan after he fled on two previous occasions.

In a statement released by the department, Placer County detectives were contacted by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado Springs, CO about an ongoing investigation of their own that involved Moynihan.

Colorado Springs detectives informed Placer County Sheriff’s Department that Moynihan had allegedly contacted jails and bail bondsmen across the country in order to get information about recently arrested and released individuals. Authorities said he impersonated a police officer in order to obtain that information.

It is also alleged that Moynihan Read more »

San Joaquin County Jail

Posted on June 3rd, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

San Joaquin County Jail Facility
999 W. Mathews Rd.
French Camp, CA 95231
Phone: 209-468-4400
Bail Bonds for San Joaquin County Jail

The San Joaquin County Jail is operated by the Custody Division of the San Joaquin County Sheriff.  The facility houses those waiting arraignment, trial, disposition, or who are serving sentences.

To help control the size and nature of the jail population the County’s Criminal Justice System uses diversion programs as an alternative to prosecution; releasing inmates on bail, on their own recognizance or with a citation release instead of detaining them; and community service, restitution, Alternative Work Programs, and Home Detention instead of incarceration.

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Is It Possible To Revoke A Bail Bond?

Posted on May 30th, 2011 by Tonya Page

This question comes from Yahoo! Answers, where we answer questions about bail bonds on a regular basis. On this question, ours was chosen by reader vote as the Best Answer.

Question:  Is it possible to revoke a person’s bail bond? I put up a bond for a friend, but here lately my gut feeling is telling me he is going to “jump bail”. He is scheduled for court next month. So I really want to protect myself and find out if there is a way I can revoke his bond.

Answer: Yes, it is possible to have the bail bond revoked.  If you are using a bail bondsman, you should call them to discuss the matter. 

Revoking a bond can be somewhat complicated. Your bondsman Read more »

Independence Jail

Posted on May 28th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Independence Jail
550 S. Clay Street
Independence, CA 93526
Phone: 760-878-0370
Bail Bonds for Independence Jail

The Independence Jail is is the only facility in Inyo County it  is also referred to as  Inyo County Jail.  Anyone arrested in Inyo County will be held her for booking and processing and until their release.   You can call between 8am-2pm to arrange for visitation on the day of you intend to visit. 

Visiting Independence Jail

Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

You must Read more »

Orange County Bail Bonds Agent Facing Jail Time

Posted on May 23rd, 2011 by Tonya Page

For 18 months, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has been investigating a scheme involving eight co-defendants. Among these defendants is Cynthia Cheryl Shirey, a bail bond agent for Plotkin Bail Bonds in Santa Ana, and her co-worker Ernesto Perez.

Shirey is charged with multiple felony counts, including the violation of bail license regulations by illegally soliciting Orange County Jail inmates as clients and allowing an unlicensed person to solicit and negotiate bail bonds on her behalf. Shirey could be facing a maximum sentence of 23 years in state prison if she is convicted. She plead not guilty to charges and was expected to post her $20,000 bail on Friday afternoon.

Co-defendant Ernesto Perez, also worked for Plotkin Bail Bonds but was not a licensed bail bond agent. Shirey and Perez worked to solicit inmates at the jail through other inmates, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors claim that the plan was this: Perez would be the main contact for the inmates at the Orange County Jail. Those inmates would solicit other inmates and call Perez on their behalf. Perez or Shirey would then illegally negotiate over the phone with the inmates. Shirey would then visit the inmates in order to have the agreement signed.

Bail bondsmen are required to Read more »

Lake County Jail

Posted on May 22nd, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Lake County Jail
4913 Helbush Drive
Lakeport, CA 95453
Phone: 707-262-4240  
Bail Bonds for Lake County Jail

Anyone arrested in Lake County will be booked into Lake County Jail.  During this time they will be searched and fingerprinted, background and warrant checks will also be run.   The arrestee is allowed access to a phone so they may make collect calls to family, attorney’s, or a bail bond service.

Visiting Hours

Visitors must be in the facility and Read more »

Is a Co-Signer Responsible for the Full Bail Amount?

Posted on May 19th, 2011 by Tonya Page

Today’s question comes from Yahoo Answers, where we regularly answer bail related questions: 

Question: If someone signs a bonds paper as a co signer do they really have to pay for the full bail amount if I don’t show up?

Answer:  It is a fact that a co-signer on a bail bond is agreeing to pay the full bail amount  if the defendant does not show up  to court and cannot be located.

In most states, when the defendant doesn’t show up to court as promised, the bondsman and the co-signer have some time to get the defendant back into court. As long as defendant goes back, the co-signer will not pay the full bail amount. They will need to pay only if the defendant cannot be located.

That said, why would you not show up? You certainly do not want to be running from the law — every state has access to warrants nationwide. The reason the bail bonds system is effective is because the bondsman will come looking for you. Between the legal system and the bondsman, it would be best for you to simply go to court. Plus, someone was generous enough to get you out of jail. The least you can do is take care of your situation so they are no longer on the hook.

If you’ve already missed your court date, you can easily arrange a new court date and your bondsman can help. You should call right away.

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