When your arrest is processed at Barstow Jail, you will be told if you are eligible for bail, and if you are, how much the bail will be. Know that the amount your bail is set for is non-negotiable—it is set by the San Bernardino County bail schedule.
Many people think of bail almost like a ticket; you pay it and then you are off the hook. This is not what bail is. Paying bail will get you released from custody, but you aren’t off the hook. It is a financial promise that you will appear at all future court dates related to your case. If you do not make these appearances, your bail money will be kept by the courts and you will be arrested again, and possibly be denied bail due to failure to appear after the first arrest.
Posting Bail Yourself vs Hiring a Bondsman
For Herbert Bail Bonds, posting bail on behalf of inmates is our business. And because of that, you might expect us to tell you that posting it yourself is a terrible idea. However, the truth is that posting bail yourself is perfectly fine. You just need to make sure you can live without that money until it is returned to you, which, depending on the case, can take many months, or even years.
The reason people turn to Herbert Bail Bonds is that they either do not have the money upfront or they cannot safely live without it until it is returned after the case is closed. Sometimes the money just isn’t there; sometimes the arrest happens when the banks are closed. But no matter the exact circumstances, many individuals find it is a better solution for them to use a bail bondsman to post bail.
Now, bail bonds are not free, but they are significantly more affordable than bail itself. In California, bail bonds cost 10% of the price of bail, 8% in specific circumstances. Unlike when you post bail yourself, this amount that you pay the bail bondsman will not be refunded once the case is closed.
Should you fail to appear in court, the bail money will be kept by the courts whether you paid on your own or used a bondsman. However, if you used a bondsman, the service will collect on their loss. And in both cases, a warrant will be issued for your arrest.
Inmate Information, Contact, and Visitation at Barstow Jail
Before you head to Barstow Jail or send a bail bondsman, check that the inmate is still in custody there. You can do this by calling (760) 256-4838. This number gives you the sheriff’s department, which operates the jail.
Inmates cannot receive calls while at Barstow Jail, but they are allowed to make them. They will be given the chance to make at least one free phone call upon booking, and after that will be allowed to make collect calls. Visitation is permitted, but the schedule changes often, so call in advance.