Family Bail Blog
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 »
Claremont operates their own jail facility and can take in up to 12 inmates at one time. If the defendant isn’t bailed out within 48 hours, they will be transferred to a larger facility such as the Twin Towers Men’s Central Jail located in downtown Los Angeles.
The Jail is staffed by full-time civilian employees who are trained to meet the standards set forth by the State Corrections Standards. The jail falls under the classification of Type-1.
When deciding to visit an inmate at this jail, it is best to follow all rules and procedures as they are stricly enforced.
Inmate Visiting Information
- Weekday visiting Read more »
A bail bondsman’s responsibilities include answering phones and answering questions from family members and friends of the defendant. On most occasions, bail agents will meet with the families involved, or friends, and complete the bail bond process so that bail can be posted immediately. When bail bondsmen aren’t answering telephones, their keeping up with clients appearances in court as well as the progress of their cases. Often, a bondsman will deal with attorneys and the court system regarding these issues and a lot of the time, they are able to stop problems or errors before they occur, usually due to a lack of communication.
People, who have experience with a bondsman, probably see a much different view than the rest. Bondsmen are trusted advisers in a sense that can help people who are in trouble and provide them with a legitimate and financially feasible way of getting out of jail. Basically, a bail agent runs a sales environment and needs to uphold service to their customers in order to properly run a good business.
Over time and with perpetual media, people have gotten the wrong idea about a bail agent’s persona. Sometimes people confuse the role of a bail agent verses the role of a fugitive recovering agent (aka “bounty hunter”). People see these roles as the same and don’t differentiate their real purpose. This is due mostly, to the fact that a lot of people have never been in a situation where they have had to use a bail bondsman.
In the state of California, the term “bail agent” means, Read more »
Question: Excuse me while I ask the basic questions for people like me who don’t know: you can only provide bail to people in California right? This is a state by state business correct?
Answer: It is a state by state business because we are licensed here in California. We do have relationships with other bail bonds agencies so if you called me I could Read more »
Question:So this is like in the movies when somebody jumps bail the bail bondsperson is involved because they’ve got a vested interest in this person making it back to court.
Answer:Well, it’s not like the movies, however, you are absolutely right… the bondsman has a significant financial interested in the defendant going to court because the person writing that check at the end of the day would be the bail agent.
If a defendant doesn’t show up for a required court appearance (called “failure to appear“), the bail bondsman basically has 6 months to get them back into the system – meaning in jail or in court. You should know that if the defendant was sick or they have a flat tire or something simple, we can get them back into the system easily without incident via a call to the court and simple paperwork.
However, if the intent of the defendant is to leave the country or leave the state or just hide out and not show up for court, then it is incumbent upon the bail bondsman and the indemnitor (the person who signed the bail contract) to get the person back into court.
Click to find the California Laws on Failure to Appear.
Ryan Martinez, a 20-year-old man from Palmdale who was arrested on Monday for residential burglary charges, attempted a tricky and brash escape from the Santa Clarita Jail.
According to a sheriff’s reports, after being placed in a Read more »