Category Prison

Just Arrested? Here’s How to Get Out on Bail Bond

Being arrested can be a traumatic thing—but thankfully, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to be stuck in jail for the long haul. Assuming bail is offered, you can get out of jail and go be with your family as you await your scheduled court appearance. Of course, all this presumes that you have a good Orange County bail bond company to help you and that you understand the basics of the bail process. Here’s a quick guide—the steps you should take if you find yourself arrested. Call a Family Member The first thing you should do is call a family member, using the jail phone, and tell them what’s happened. Ask them to contact Remedy Bail Bonds right away to get the process started. The reason for this is that processing bail can take a little time, so the sooner you begin it the better. Give the Right Information As you ask your loved one to find Remedy bail bonds in the area, also provide them with as much information as you can about your situation. Tell them which jail you’re being held in, for starters. Your case number will be helpful, as well as the specific charges. Understand Premiums A bail bondsman will cover your bail for you, but you or your loved one will need to pay a premium—usually around 10 percent of the total bail amount. Make sure your loved one asks the Orange County bail bonds company about this. Be Aware of Whether You Get Bail at All At some point, you’ll appear before a judge, and bail will be set—usually. Sometimes, bail is denied. This is the judge’s prerogative, but it’s unlikely to happen unless you’re a repeat offender or a flight risk. It’s probably not anything to worry about, but do be aware […]

What Can (And Can’t) You Do When You’re Out on Bail?

The great thing about bail is that, rather than stay in jail while you await a trial date, you can go back home to be with your family—and live your life more or less as normal. Of course, being out on bail can be accompanied by some questions: What should you be doing, exactly? More to the point, what shouldn’t you be doing if you want to stay out of trouble? According to our San Bernardino bondsman, then what should you be doing question is the easiest to address: Go to your job, spend time with your family, and consult with your attorney, and go to court. Above all, make sure you don’t do anything to get arrested; and, show up at court on the appointed date! Are You Allowed to Leave the Country? As for what shouldn’t you do, there are a couple of corollaries to the points made above. First, make sure you check with your bail bondsman before leaving the country. There’s a simple reason for this. In paying your bail, the bondsman is taking responsibility—responsibility for you showing up in court at the specified time. The bail bondsman’s reputation is on the line if you fail to show up, so your bail bond agent will obviously want to keep tabs on you. Leaving the country without talking to him about it first can obviously send the wrong message! Also note that, in some cases, leaving the state or the country will be expressly forbidden by the court. If that’s the case, then you definitely want to stay put—or else, you could be arrested. What if You DO Get Arrested Again While Out on Bail? That brings us to another key point. At the risk of stating the obvious, you shouldn’t do anything to get arrested while […]

Co-Signing a Bail Bond in Orange County

There’s more than one way to help your loved one make bail, ensuring that they are released from jail and allowed to be home with their family in the days leading up to a court appearance. One option is to be the co-signer on the bail bond. In this post, we’ll explain what that means, exactly, and also let you know how Orange County based Remedy Bail Bonds can help make the process smooth. What Does It Mean to Co-Sign Orange County Bail Bonds? Basically, co-signing means you’re signing a promissory note or indemnity agreement which stipulates that, if the accused person does not show up for their court appearance, you are legally bound to pay the entirety of their bail. When you co-sign, then, your friend or loved one is released from jail until the court date—but you have taken on a significant legal and financial commitment. A couple of points are important to note here. The first is that, upon procuring a co-signer, the accused is guaranteed a swift release, assuming all other requirements are met. As such, this can definitely be an effective way to help your loved one during a time of need. The second point is that, as the co-signer, you have not only the right but the duty to make sure the accused makes it to their court date on time. You’re very much on the hook if they don’t! Orange County Bail Bond Co-Signing Understand that, when you agree to be a co-signer, you will likely need to offer up physical property as collateral. This assures the bail bond company that it will recover whatever money it has pledged to the court. Cars, cash, and other physical property may be required here. Then, if the accused doesn’t make it for court, the co-signer […]

Spring Out of Jail

Spring is a season of new beginnings. Spring cleaning, out with the old in with the new. Flowers are in bloom and the past is well, passed. Is your loved one in jail? Do you know that you can “spring” them out and bring them home today by posting a bail bond? It’s much easier than you think! What Is A Bail Bond?  A Bail bond is a type of surety bond, in monetary or property form, issued to the court for the release of a person who has been arrested and placed in custody of the law. The bond acts as a promissory agreement between the defendant and the court system that implies the defendant will be present in court on a specified date set by the court.  Determining the cost of the bail bond depends on the following factors: The type of crime – Crimes that are considered petty or less violent than other crimes typically have lower bail bond costs. If a criminal act is more threatening to the community than usual, the higher the bail will most likely be. The defendant – The court judge has the ability to set bail or not, and determines the bail amount. Bail will most likely be set based on the nature of the crime as mentioned previously and if the defendant has a criminal record, is a flight risk (e.g., won’t show up for court), or has a reputation for unruly behavior. The jurisdiction – Depending on the county, there are bail schedules for certain types of crimes committed. Contact us or check with your family’s lawyer to learn the bail schedule, or “sentence enhancements”, for the act your loved one was arrested for. The bail bondsman –  Contacting Remedy Bail Bonds is the best course of action to determine the cost of the bond. We […]

Why is Bail Allowed/Legal?

Most people are familiar with the idea of bail and how it works, but there is more to bail than meets the eye. There is very important reason that it exists and it has to do with how the justice system works. The US has a justice system that allows people certain rights. That’s where bail comes in. What Does Bail Do? Bail allows people to get out of jail while they’re waiting to have their case taken to court. Bail as a legal right dates back hundreds of years and has been reformed many times over those centuries. Currently, US bail policy is the result of many years of legislators working to balance civil liberties with public safety. One of the biggest concerns of civil libertarians is that the bail system can discriminate against the poor. There have been reforms in US law over the years that ensure that people who don’t have a lot of cash on hand can get released from jail with as little financial burden as is reasonable. For this reason, Remedy Bail Bonds offers many different financing options including the lowest money down, collateral only, no collateral and easy payment plans. Of course, laws are living things and, when bail reform was addressed in the 1960s, it was good news for those who had spent long periods of time languishing in jail only to find out that the charges against them had been dropped or to get acquitted, meaning that they’d gone through all the financial and social distress of being held in jail for no reason at all. Conversely, there were problems with the 1960s bail reform that made it easy for violent and dangerous criminals to get out of jail. Finding The Balance Reforms introduced into laws regarding bail since the 1960s have made it possible […]

Do You Know Your Options?

  In the unfortunate circumstance that somebody you love is arrested and goes to jail you have a few options:   You can go directly to the Jail and pay the full bail amount as set by the judge. The Bail amount is typically determined by the Bail Schedule though the judge has final authority based on the specifics of the case and defendant.   You can hire a Bail Bonds Company and pay only a small percentage of the full bail amount. (that percentage is 10% as per California Law). For example if the bail amount was $5,000, instead of going directly to the jail and paying that full amount you could bring your loved one home for only $500 by working with a licensed Bail Agent.   You can leave them in Jail until their court process is completed. This can take several months and even years in some cases. You can imagine the avalanche of negative consequences this has; loss of employment/income, separation of family and all the extra stress and then there’s the court process itself… So why post Bail?   Posting Bail allows your loved one to be free (not in custody) on their court date. There is no disruption in their daily routine and they can return to work. They can properly prepare for the court dates . If no bail is posted, your loved one will appear on the court set court dates in county issued clothing/jumpsuit and handcuffs. Many times this will convey to the judge and jury that your loved one is already guilty or acclimated to the prison system greatly impacting their chances of a successful outcome. When your loved one is out on bail they can be equipped  and well represented at the court dates, wearing their own appropriate attire and therefore minimizing any undue bias. At Remedy Bail Bonds we make it easy to post bail. We understand […]

UPDATE: California’s Three Strikes Law

In the last election, voters in California passed a new proposition that makes major changes to California’s Three Strikes Law. Originally passed in 1994, The Three Strikes law was designed to ensure that multiple, serious felony and violent offenders would be imprisoned for a term of 25 years to life. At the time, somebody with two previous felony convictions could be “struck out” if convicted of any new felony charge. The result of this was offenders receiving life sentences for crimes as minor as petty theft with priors. Now, as the voters of California have passed the new Proposition 36 (which is not the same as Prop 36 back in 2000 which dealt with drug treatment in lieu of prison time) the Three Strikes Law has been amended. The focus is to target third time offenders of a dangerous nature rather than those convicted of other non-violent crimes. Two strike felons who would be eligible to “strike out” and receive a 25-to-life sentence would be those who prosecutors plead and prove are guilty of any of the following: 1. A current offense that involves large amounts of drugs. 2. Most sex offenses. 3. Crime in which defendant used a firearm, was armed with a firearm, or intended to cause great bodily injury to another. 4. If the defendant has a prior conviction for: a. A sexually violent offense. b. Any sex crimes with a minor. c. Any murder or attempted murder. d. Solicitation to commit murder. e. Assault with a machine gun on a peace officer. g. Possessing a weapon of mass destruction. h. Any serious or violent felony punishable by life imprisonment or death. Even with the new reform and amendment, California’s Three Strikes Law remains very complex. Considering the weight of the consequences involved, Remedy Bail Bonds always recommends […]

Rise In California Crime Rates Linked To Prison Realignment Bill AB109?

What is AB 109? AB 109 shifts the responsibility for housing many inmates from the state to counties. This shift from state to county is also being called “prison realignment.”  Up to 30,000 state prison inmates could be transferred to county jails over three years, under the bill. Since the passing of the bill, county jail authorities are reporting a 100% increase on inmate to inmate assaults and a 50% increase on inmate to officer assaults. As if this increased violence inside the system wasn’t bad enough it looks like the effects are spilling out into the streets and into our neighborhoods as well.Recent shootings in Southern California have police questioning if AB109 to blame for the outbreak of gun violence. County jails received thousands of felons from California State Prisons in 2011 when the state legislated “inmate realignment” to deal with state prison overcrowding. The realignment left county jails across the state so overcrowded that “low-level inmates” have been released early to be rehabilitated on the streets as parolees.“In 16 months, we’ve seen initially an increase in property crimes and the predictions were that would then transition to violent crimes. I think we’re starting to see that now,” Covina Police Chief Kim Raney said to ABC. There have been eleven shootings in just the last three days across Southern California, ABC reports. In Downey, a suspect shot two people in the parking lot of a restaurant. In Panorama City, one man was shot and killed as he walked down a street. In Echo Park, one man was critically wounded in a shooting.“I think the reality is that we are dealing with people in our communities who have historically have either been in county jail or state prison, and because of re-alignment, budget issues, those people are no longer in custody, they are being minimally supervised and […]