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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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Alternative Bail Bond Bill Goes Nowhere

Posted on May 17th, 2011 by Tonya Page

As reviewed by American Surety Company, Colorado’s Alternative Bond bill SB11-186 failed to pass before the 2011 legislative session ended. This bill would allow Colorado courts to take part in the bail bond business. The courts would be able to collect a premium, normally paid to bail bond agents for posting a defendant’s bail. The court, unlike a bail agent, would not have to pay the full bond amount if a defendant does not appear for court. Clearly a fatal flaw.  There’s no incentive on the part of the defendant and no one but public safety officials to pick up those who fail to appear.

The bill managed to pass in the Senate by a very thin margin (18-17), but didn’t have enough time to get passed in the House. It’s more likely, though, that arguments and evidence brought up by commercial bail bondsmen were Read more »

Nevada County Jail

Posted on May 16th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Wayne Brown Correctional Facility
925 Maidu Ave.
Nevada City, CA 95959
Phone: 530-265-1291
Bail Bonds for Wayne Brown Jail Correctional Facility

Nevada County Jail is also known as Wayne Brown Correctional Facility.  The jail houses maximum, medium, and minimum security inmates.  It will hold up to 250 people and can be expaned to hold 450.  The facility is used to hold anyone pending court dates and for those that are being sentenced 1 year or less. 

Visiting Nevada County Jail

Tuesday – Friday 1/2 hour visit per day. 

Will I Get My Premium Back From My Bail Bondman?

Posted on May 11th, 2011 by Tonya Page

Today’s Ask the Bondsman question comes from “Yahoo Answers”, where we regularly answer questions pertaining to bail.

Question:  Will I get my premium back from my bail bondsman?

 Answer: That’s a great question — one that we hear often as a bondsmen, both from our clients and others.

First, you should be aware that in California the bail industry is regulated by the California Department of Insurance.  Other states have different regulatory bodies, but all states that offer bail have regulation. In California, by law, you do not get the bail premium back after the case is complete. In order to get bail money back after trial, you need to give the full bail amount to the court.

Bail “premium” (in most cases 10% of the full bail amount) is the fee for the bondsman’s service. When you use a bail bonds company, the bondsman is sharing responsibility with you to make sure the defendant goes to court as promised. The premium is the fee for the risk that the bondsman assumes in the case.
We love the bail questions, so keep them coming!

Monterey County Jail- Detention Division

Posted on May 10th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Monterey County Jail
1410 Natividad Rd.
Salinas, CA 93906
Phone: 831-755-3782
Bail Bonds for Monterey County Jail

The Monterey County Jail, run by the Monterey Sheriff’s Department, is also known as the Detention Division located in Salinas, California.  The facility houses pre-trial and sentenced inmates for both male and females and operates under the Sheriff’s Department’s Custody Operations Bureau.  The Court Services Division is also operated by the Bureau. Both of these divisions are under the command of Chief Ray McLaughling and Capt. Pat Hunton.

All of Monterey County police agencies transports its prisoners to the Detention Division. All inmates are processed into the system with the use of Iris Scan, digital imaging and digital fingerprinting.  With the use of Iris Scan, the facility is able to get a quick precise identification. All information is sent electronically to the Department of Justice in Sacramento.  All inmate bookings are completed via  computer,  there is also a limited video arraignment program and video conferencing that helps reduce the risk and cost of transporting inmates.

The Detention Division houses approximately 1200 inmates at one time.  These inmates are placed in 31 seperate housing units.  They range from single cells for maximum security to open dormitories for low risk and sentenced inmates.  The Classification Unit determines where they are placed based on gang affiliation, background, medical conditions, and characteristics.

Visiting Schedule for Monterey County Jail

Main Jail: Read more »

Bakersfield Jail – Central Receiving Facility

Posted on May 8th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Bakersfield Jail – Central Receiving Facility
1415 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield CA 93301
Phone: 661-868-6850
Bail Bonds for Bakersfield Jail

The Bakersfield Jail, also known as the Central Receiving Facility, is run by the Kern County Sheriff’s Department.  This facility houses anyone arrested in Bakersfield until their arraignment unless they are bailed out.  After the arraignment, they will be transferred to another facility called the Lerdo Jail Complex.

Visiting Rules for Bakersfield Jail (Central Receiving Facility)  

All visits are Read more »

Maguire Jail

Posted on May 1st, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information – San Mateo County Jail

Maguire Correctional Facility
300 Bradford Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: 650-363-4000
Bail Bonds for Maguire Jail

In all of San Mateo County, the Maguire Correctional Facility is the only jail and faces a problem of overcrowding.   The county is currently trying to fund the construction of a new jail.  However, during this time the facility is committed to operating in a safe and secure manner.

The Maguire Jail also provides incarceration and rehabilitation services to court sentenced inmates and pretrial.  This is designed to help reduce the reoccurance of crime.

Rules For Visiting the Maguire Jail

Visitors must  sign-in and register  at least 15 minutes before the visit, but no more than one hour prior to the visit time.  Visits are on a “first come, first served” basis

All visitors are required to Read more »

Sacramento Main Jail

Posted on April 26th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Sacramento Mail Jail
651 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-874-6752
Bail Bonds for Sacramento Main Jail 

The Sacramento Main Jail is run by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. The jail facilitates minimum security risk to maximum security risk for both male and female inmates.

Rules for Visiting

Inmates are allowed  two 45 minute  visits per week.  Sentenced inmate workers are allowed three 45 minute visits per week.  

Hours are Read more »

Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center (RCCC)

Posted on April 21st, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center
12500 Bruceville Road
Elk Grove, CA 95757
Bail Bonds for Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center

The Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center is operated by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and facilitates many different types of  inmates.  It is a type II facility and staffs approximately 200 employees.

Rules and Regulations for visiting RCCC

Vistor Identification and Requirements:

All visitors must present proper identification when registering to visit and upon the request of a uniformed officer at any time.  Proper forms of identification are Read more »

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