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Does a Bondsman Keep His Fee if the Person Remains in Custody?

Posted on July 24th, 2011 by Tonya Page

Another question from Yahoo! Answers.  This is another one of our answers voted “Best Answer” by Yahoo voters.

Question: I contracted with a bail bondsman, but the person was in custody the whole time again.  Do I still have to pay?

Answer: Once the defendant has been released from custody, the bail bondsman has earned their fee by California bail law. Therefore, if they were released and arrested again or they were released and found guilty in court, you still pay.

If the person was NOT released at all, Read more »

LAPD Hollenbeck Honors Fallen Officers

Posted on July 22nd, 2011 by Tonya Page

Recently, the LAPD Hollenbeck Community Police Station unveiled a new memorial inside the lobby to honor Jerry Maddox and Steven Gajada, two officers who were slain in the line of duty. Each officer’s badge, photo and medals are displayed along with the words “To Protect and To Serve.”

Both officers were shot by minors while responding to calls about wild parties. Maddox was killed back in August 1969, and Gajada died in January 1998. Throughout the history of the department, 204 LAPD officers have been killed in the line of duty.

LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck said that the memorial recognizes Read more »

Yolo County Jail – Monroe Detention Center

Posted on July 19th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Jail Information

Monroe Detention Center
2420 East Gibson Rd.
Woodland, CA 95776
Phone: 530-668-5245
Bail Bonds for Monroe Detention Center

This Monroe Detention Center is the main jail for Yolo County.  The facility is the responsibility of the Sheriff’s Department Detention Division.  The Detention Center is rated a medium/maximum security facility, allowing to provide housing for inmates of all security classifications. Most Yolo County arrestees will be brought to this detention center for booking, they will be held until bail is posted or until their arraignment.

Inmates are allowed two, 30-minute visitations each week.  All visitors must be over 18 and have a valid photo ID. Visitors under the age of 18 must be an immediate family member of the inmate and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Visiting Hours and Rules

HOURS: Read more »

Is it Possible to be Taken Off of a Bail Bond?

Posted on July 15th, 2011 by Tonya Page

This question comes from Yahoo! Answers, where we frequently answer bail related questions.

Question: I was arrested for a DUI and had an old warrant for another one. I was booked into a California jail and was sent to the release tank and to be cited out.  The bail bond company I used knew this and waited until 20 minutes before I was going to cited out to post the bond. Now I paid $1,500 for no reason. The Commanding Officer at the jail even asked why did I have a bond posted if I knew that I was going to be cited out. Now I want to get off of  bail completely before my court date. What can I do?

Answer: That’s a very interesting situation and I am sorry to hear that you are dealing with what sounds much like an unethical bail bonds company — but there may be another possibility. In my experience as a California bondsman, a jailer will not take a bail bond for a DUI if the person in custody is going to be “OR’d” (Released on Own Recognizance) or “cited out“.

In most jurisdictions first offense DUIs are Read more »

Sonoma County Jail – North County Detention Facility

Posted on July 12th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

North County Detention Facility
2254 Ordinance Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Phone: 707-565-1400
Bail Bonds for Sonoma County Jail


The Detention Division of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department has two detention facilities.  One is the North County Detention Facility (NCDF).  The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department is responsible for the processing, care and management of inmates housed in both of these facilities.  The Detention Division operates with a staff of over 300 employees.

This facility sits on 15.3 acres , 5.91 acres are used for the Agricultural Program.  Inmates are approved to participate in the work crews at the time of booking.   In order to participate they may not have violence charges, a history of escape, or any disciplinary behavior programs. Over 200 inmates are on working crews, doing a variety of work on and off site.  The facility staffs 51 Correctional Deputies, 4 sergeants, one lieutenant, one captain,  and 7 legal processors.

Visiting North County Detention Facility

Please visit the Sonoma County Inmate Search for the most recent and up to date visitation days and hours.

Visiting Attire:

The following will NOT be allowed:  bare midriffs, low-cut tube tops, tank tops, or revealing tops, shorts or skirts that do not reach the bottom of your fingertips with your arms at your sides, beanies, bandanas, hats or hair nets,  shoes that will not clear a metal detectoer, including steel-toed boots.  Final determination will be made by the facility staff.  You will want to dress as if you were going to court.

Sonoma County Jail – Main Adult Detention Facility

Posted on July 11th, 2011 by Tonya Page

Updated 9/11/2013

General Information

Main Adult Detention Facility
2777 Ventura Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Phone: 707-565-1400
Bail Bonds for Sonoma County Jail

The Main Adult Detention Facility (MADF) is one of the jails operated by the Detention Division of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department.  The department is responsible for the processing, care and management of inmates being held in detention. The Detention Division is staffed with over 300 employees.

This Main Adult Detention Facility is designed to give “direct supervision” rather than the previous “linear” design of earlier jails in Sonoma County. It is constructed to house up to 790 inmates.  The facility houses medium and maximum security inmates, both pre-trial and sentenced.

The direct supervision is designed to allow the officers to make contact with inmates, encouraging the use of interpersonal skills. Currently there are 145 Correctional Deputies, 18 sergeants, 5 lieutenants, and one captain at this facility.

Visiting the Main Adult Detention Facility

For information on visitation days and time please visit the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department website and do an inmate search by name or booking number.


Visiting Attire:

  • Shorts, skirts and dresses must reach the bottom of your fingertips when arms are placed at side.
  • No bare midriffs, low-cut tube tops, tank tops, or revealing tops.
  • No sports team attire or gang attire.
  • No beanies, bandanas, hats or hair nets.
  • No shoes that will not clear a metal detector, including steel-toed boots.
  • Final determination will be made by Lobby staff.  You will want to dress as if you were going to court.

Visiting General Information:

  • Visitors may fill two seats only in the visiting booths. Small children may be seated on a visitor’s lap. Children over 40 inches must be seated in a seat and will be counted as a visitor.
  • All visitors, 18 years and older, must have a CA Driver’s License, CA Identification Card, Driver’s License or ID from another state, or other government ID’s such as Passport, Military ID, Mexican Consular Card or Immigration Card. No other forms of ID accepted.
  • Minors must be accompanied at all times by an adult.
  • The only items allowed in the visiting booth are locker or vehicle key or remote, eyeglasses, baby bottle, visitor’s pass, eyeglasses, and any emergency medications.  Everything must clear a metal detector.
  • Weapons of any kind, cigarettes, lighters, full sets of keys, knifes, cell phones, hats, excessive jewelry, toys, and writing implements are NOT ALLOWED.
  • All personal belongings are to be secured in the provided lockers or in your vehicle.  The lockers require two quarters.  Visitors must clear the metal detector to visit.
  • Any person who appears to be under the influence of any controlled substance or alcohol will not be permitted to visit.

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 »

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