Family Bail Blog
Basically, a bondsman is the middle man between the court system, the signer of the bail bond contract and the defendant. The bail bonds company is similar to an insurance agent. Bail bondsmen are, in fact, agents for a surety company, which is an insurance company. The bondman meets with both the defendant and the co-signers of the bond to meet obligations set by the bail bonds company as well as the court system. The bondman also makes sure that the cosigner understands that the defendant must show up to future court dates until the case is resolved. Otherwise, Read more »
Most people are not familiar with the bail bond process. Often, when someone receives that unexpected call about a loved one or friend being held in jail, several questions may arise. Listed below are some of the more frequently asked questions along with very brief answers when it comes to posting bail for a defendant.
1: What is Bail?
Bail is set by a judge and is intended to guarantee that the defendant will return to court as required.
2: What is a Bond?
When a defendant cannot afford to pay the entire bail amount, they can call on the help of a bail bondsman. The bail bonds company will post a paper “bond” with the court for the full amount of the bail. The bail bond is a contract which states that the defendant will show up for court..
3: Is a Bondsman a Bounty Hunter?
While a bondsman can pick up a defendant and return him or her to jail, a bondsman is not the same as a bail recovery agent (commonly known as a “bounty hunter”).
4: Who is allowed to post the bail for a defendant?
Anyone. However, Read more »
When someone is arrested, he or she will contact a bail bondsman directly or may call a friend or relative, who may call a bondsman. While it’s possible to obtain bail without a bondsman, it is not very common for friends or family members to post the bail themselves, as it is usually set at a very high price (in excess or $10,000 and on up to over $1 million). Whoever contacts the bail bondsman should be able to provide all available information, such as the name of the jail, the type of crime said to have been committed, defendant’s name and date of birth, and the amount of the bond.
A professional bondsman will explain Read more »
A 32-year veteran has been added to the ranking of Chief at the Topanga Station in the San Fernando Valley. Capt. Tom Brascia will start at his new post located at the Canoga Park based station this Monday. Brascia, 55 said, “I feel like a kid at Christmas who just got that new bike.”
Capt. John A. Sherman will be stepping down from that post, but he won’t be out of law enforcement. He’ll be filling some big shoes when he takes over the assistant commander position at LAPD’s Central Bureau. The Bureau covers five patrol divisions and a traffic division throughout downtown and East Los Angeles.
One of Sherman’s biggest achievements while Chief Read more »
When a defendant is arrested and taken into custody, they will be placed in jail to await court proceedings. The defendant will be booked and processed. During this process, they will be able to make a phone call. If you happen to be the friend or family member receiving this type of phone call, be prepared to gather information:
- the full legal name
- date of birth
- social security number
- the charge or at least why the defendant was arrested
- the name of the jail facility
- full amount of the bail that they need.
Not all defendants will have every detail available, so gather what you can.
Next you will want to Read more »
If you live in San Diego, you may have noticed a quiet ease of tension in the air. Just another marker that crime in the San Diego area has taken a dive.
According to SANDAG, the San Diego Association of Governments, during the first 6 months of 2010, both violent crime and property crime were at a ten year low. That’s down 8% compared to last year.
In order to best understand how bondsmen make money, you have to first understane how bail bonds work. (Follow that link if you’re unfamiliar. There’s even a video there should you be interested.)
So, now you know that bondsmen in California basically charge 10% of a full bail amount as a fee to get someone out of jail. According to certain court experts, 8 out of 10 defendants Read more »
Glen Helen Detention Center
18000 Institution Road
P.O. Box 9490
Devore, CA 92407
The Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center has three inmate housing facilities and is run by the County Sheriff’s Department. In San Bernardino County it is the main facility which houses both male and female inmates sentenced to county time.
Rules for Visiting Glen Helen Detention Center:
- Inmate visiting appointments are Read more »
Bail bondsmen uphold the law, and by doing so, they provide to their clients means of getting out of jail while awaiting court proceedings. According to American principles, a person is innocent until proven guilty. Bail bonds allow this basic tenant to ring true. When someone is arrested, whether guilty or innocent, using a bail bondsman allows the defendant to carry on with life and prepare a good defense while they are awaiting trial.
A bail bondsman serves a purpose on both the defendant’s side as well as the courts side. As bonds aren’t allowed for every crime or suspect, the legal system upholds the law by protecting all citizens. Additionally, courts set bail according to Read more »
I had this question from Joe yesterday on our Bail Bonds Contact form:
Quick question for you. If the court drops a criminal case against a defendant, do you (the bondsman) return the 10% deposit on the bail amount? Thank you.
That’s a great question and we hear it often. The short answer is Read more »