What Is a Bail Bond?
In the U.S., you have the opportunity to post bail while awaiting trial for most kinds of criminal offenses. This system eases the load on the courts while simultaneously granting you temporary freedom from custody. The court hearing your case will typically base the amount of your bail on the seriousness of the charges you face. If you can afford it, you can pay the full amount directly and obtain your freedom without any third-party assistance. However, many defendants can’t pay their bail in full and must take advantage of a bail bond issued by bonding company or bail bondsman.
To enter a bail bond agreement, you must pay a small percentage of your full bail to the bail bondsman. Upon receiving payment, the company will approach the court on your behalf and guarantee your appearance at all mandated proceedings. After verifying the arrangement, the court will grant bail and order your temporary release. However, the court has the right to revoke your bail and immediately send you back to jail if you miss even one of your scheduled proceedings. In addition, since your bail bonding company has guaranteed your cooperation, it accepts liability for payment.
How the Jail System Works in Arcadia and Los Angeles County
The City of Arcadia runs a short-term jail facility that coordinates with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the countywide jail system maintained by this agency. If you get arrested in Arcadia, you won’t stay there long-term unless you make special arrangements with the city. Instead, after a maximum of 96 hours (and often much less), you’ll receive a transfer to one of the much larger jails that serve the entire county. The Sheriff’s Department sends all women transferees to the Central Regional Detention Facility (also known due to its location as the Lynwood Jail). Men transferred into the county system face one of three possible transfer destinations: the Men’s Central Jail, the Pitchess County Detention Center and Twin Towers Correctional Facility.
For sheer size and scale, nothing in the entire world matches the Los Angeles County jail system. In addition to housing the largest inmate population anywhere, the system runs the single biggest lockup at Twin Towers Correctional Facility. The County system is so large and complex that anyone seeking bail after a transfer will almost inevitably face a slow, potentially lengthy wait for approval and release from custody. This means that it’s very important to arrange your bail bond while still housed in the local Arcadia jail, where you will face a much more streamlined, human-scale and rapid bonding process.
Experience on Your Side
Over nearly five decades of continuous operation, Herbert Bail Bonds has built up extensive experience working for the residents of Arcadia, other communities in the San Gabriel Valley and the entirety of L.A. County. With this long track record comes deep knowledge of both the local and countywide courts and jails. Every day, we use this knowledge to minimize the amount of time it takes to make bail bond arrangements and obtain release from custody before your trial. Because of the small scale of the facilities in Arcadia, we naturally provide the speediest assistance before any transfers into the County system occur. However, even after a transfer takes place, we use all of our resources to push the process along at the maximum possible speed.
A Convenient Bail Bond Process
Arrest and incarceration can throw your life into turmoil, especially if you have no prior expectation of facing charges. Unfortunately, the longer you or your loved one remain in jail, the greater the chance that your level of stress and life disruption will continue to grow. In recognition of the difficult situation you face, Herbert Bail Bonds places an emphasis on making the bail bonding process as straightforward as possible. For starters, you can choose your preferred way of working with us. If you like, we can make arrangements during a face-to-face meeting at a local or county jail facility, at our office or at your residence. If such a meeting is inconvenient or impossible, we’ll just as happily work with you over the phone or through fax communication.
You can also take advantage of other important services we provide. For instance, we can help you petition the court for a lower bail amount if you can’t pay the required percentage of the original bail. If you currently face arrest, we can help you resolve your warrant in a safe and timely manner. In addition, we can direct you toward reputable investigators to help you develop background material for your criminal defense.
In California, there are two potential rates for a bail bond: a 10% rate that serves as a standard for most people and a lower 8% rate available to certain groups (including active servicemen and women, veterans and people with private attorneys). Depending on your situation, a bond set at either one of these rates can simply be too much for you to afford. In these circumstances, Herbert Bail Bonds uses a flexible payment system to help you keep your bond arrangements on track. If your total bail amount is fairly low, assistance from a suitable cosigner may resolve the situation. However, you may need to offer some type of collateral (e.g., real estate, vehicles or valuable jewelry) if you don’t have a qualified cosigner or face a high bail.
Call on Herbert Bail Bonds
Since the 1970s, residents of Arcadia and other communities throughout greater Los Angeles have turned to family-owned Herbert Bail Bonds for the very best in affordable, flexible, reliable bail bonding services. That’s because we offer an unequaled mixture of convenience, knowledge of the local and county courts and jails, and a fierce determination to work hard for each and every client. Call us any time of day or night to begin your rapid journey to freedom before trial.