What Is a Bail Bond?
When an inmate is processed, the bail amount is set based on the crime they are accused of. The Los Angeles County Department of Corrections has a bail schedule they follow, ensuring that the amount of bail set fits the crime and is uniformly applied to all individuals accused of the same crime. This schedule is also designed to ensure that bail is never exorbitant when compared to the crime.
However, that doesn’t mean that you will be able to afford your bail. Most people will not have the cash on hand to pay their bail themselves, and since an arrested individual cannot make a run to the bank, this leaves them in need of assistance. This is where we step in with our bail bond service.
Bail bonds can be broken down into two pieces: the bail, and the bond. The bail is a loan from us to you. We provide the department of corrections with the money they are asking for and you get released from custody. If you meet your obligations to the courts, the money will be returned to us.
And that leads to the second part: the bond. This is an assurance that you will appear at any future court dates that are set for your case. If you do not show, the courts keep the bail money—our loan to you. As a result, a warrant will be issued for your arrest and we will come to collect the money lost.
Navigating the Los Angeles County Department of Correction is Tricky
Even if you have access to the money needed to pay your bail, working with a bail bondsman is often the better choice. We know how to navigate the system, and we can do it quickly.
How difficult is it? Well, the department of corrections has more than 10 million residents under its jurisdiction. To keep their facilities running smoothly, they process individuals in custody rapidly. The smaller holding facilities in Covina will not keep you for long. Instead, they will process you as fast as they can and then place you on the next available transport to the larger jails located in Downtown Los Angeles.
Male inmates will be sent to Twin Towers Jail, while female inmates will be sent to Lynwood Jail. While your transfer to these jails will be quick, once there, things slow down significantly. Since all the smaller holding facilities feed into these two jails, processing times are slow. Expect the booking process to take at least 6 hours, and once you have been processed, expect the posting of bail and your release to take a minimum of 1 hour more.
This means that once you are arrested in Covina, the clock is ticking. The moment we are contacted, we get to work for you. We want to get things done quickly so that you are not transferred to a larger jail. However, if you are transferred before we get to you, we will do everything in our power to minimize the time you spend in custody.
Our Experience on Your Side
What allows us to minimize the time you spend in custody? The fact that we have the experience needed to navigate the system without getting tripped up by forms and red tape. We have more than four decades of interactions with the Los Angeles County Department of Corrections, and over the years, we have learned what it takes to make the system work for you.
Another factor that helps us help you is that we have established relationships with all levels of law enforcement. From the Covina Police Department to the county sheriff to US Immigration Enforcement, we know the people and we know their processes. There are few other bondsmen in the area who can say the same.
We Work to Make the Process Convenient for You
We want you to get back to your life quickly and as stress-free as possible. To help, you can send a loved one to our office, ask that we meet them at their home, or have us come to where you are being held. We can also make arrangements by fax or by phone.
And since we offer fax and phone service, you can receive our help even if you have no contacts in the area. No matter where you are from or where your friends and family are, we can get you out of custody and back to life. All we ask is that the person we work with resides in the United States.
And our help does not stop with the posting of bail. We will put you in contact with private investigators to help you prove your innocence, assist with arrest warrants, and even offer bail reduction assistance. We know that you are stressed, and we will do what it takes to make the process easier on you.
Paying for Your Bail Bond
In order to secure your bail bond, you must pay us 10% of the bail amount as our fee. This amount is set by the California Department of Insurance and all bail bondsmen operating in the state must stick to this fee. We are allowed to reduce the amount to 8% in certain cases, but we cannot increase it for any reason. To receive the 8% reduced fee, you must meet one of the following criteria.
- The accused has retained a defense attorney.
- A party to the transaction is a member of a workers’ union.
- A party to the transaction is a veteran or active member of the United States Military.
To help you afford our fee, we offer flexible financing as well as payment plan options. When it comes to the collateral we accept, we are quite flexible. In some cases, we only need a cosigner. For higher bail amounts, we do ask for collateral, but are open to anything with sufficient resale value that is owned outright. Real estate is considered based on equity.
Get Out of Jail and Back to Life
Covina and Los Angeles jails are far from being five-star hotels. Not to mention that every second spent in custody is wasted and keeps you from living your life. We will get you out of custody with minimal disruption. Get out of jail, get back to life, and fight your case.
Contact Us Today
As a family-owned company, your success matters to us. Whatever you need, we are ready to help you get it. Our goal is to have you out of custody in minimal time, with minimal effort. We are here for you, 24/7.