Bail Bonds Explained
Throughout the U.S., most people who face charges following an arrest get the chance to post bail in the court hearing their case. Essentially, this process gives you the ability to pay a court-mandated fee and earn your temporary freedom until your trial begins. The fee set by a court can vary greatly, and depends largely on the nature of your alleged crime. Some people have enough financial resources to pay their full bail amount and secure their own freedom. However, a large percentage of those individuals awaiting trial can’t afford to pay the full cost of their bail, and must rely instead on something called a bail bond.
A bail bond is issued by a licensed agent called a bail bondsman. It requires you to pay the bondsman a set, relatively small percentage of your total bail amount. In return for this payment, the bonding agent will make a binding pledge to the court that you will appear at all of your mandated appearances. When the court accepts this pledge, you’ll be released from custody. However, if you fail to appear as ordered for every scheduled date, the court will cancel your bail and authorize your immediate re-arrest. In addition, the bail bonding company must pay the full amount of your bail in order to fulfill its part of the original bond agreement.
How the Jail System Works in Manhattan Beach and Los Angeles County
Like all municipal jails in Los Angeles County, the Manhattan Beach jail forms part of the larger County system, which is administered by the Sheriff’s Department. The city does not house defendants or inmates long-term. Instead, when you get arrested in Manhattan Beach, you will spend no longer than 96 hours in the local jail. At the end of this short span of time (or even sooner in many cases), the city will transfer you to one of the major facilities maintained by L.A. County. All women who enter the County system receive a transfer to a single destination: the Central Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood. The possible transfer destinations for men are Twin Towers Correctional Facility, Pitchess County Detention Center and the Men’s Central Jail.
Los Angeles County is both famous and infamous for the immense size of its jail system, which holds more inmates than any other system in the world and also maintains the world’s largest jail at Twin Towers Correctional Facility. Because of its vast scale, the system all but guarantees slow processing times and significant delays for people trying to secure bail and go home to their loved ones. On the other hand, the Manhattan Beach jail is small, situated close to area residents and typically allows you to obtain bail quickly and with a minimal potential for unexpected delays. For these reasons, the bail process will be simplified if you contact a bail bondsman before the 96-hour period for local custody comes to an end.
Experience When It Counts
Herbert Bail Bonds has decades of experience assisting the residents of Manhattan Beach and other communities in South Bay and the greater Los Angeles area. Among other things, this means that we’re familiar with every aspect of the jail and court systems in L.A. County, from the smallest local facilities to the largest countywide facilities. No matter where the system is holding you or your loved one, we use this deep experience to obtain your release on bail as early as humanly possible. We do our quickest work before a stay in the local Manhattan Beach jail comes to an end. However, we also do everything we can to minimize the length of the process after a transfer to a County facility.
A Convenient Bail Bond Process
Nothing can fully prepare you or your loved one for the stress and strain of being placed under arrest and locked up in jail. And even after the initial shock passes, you still face the potentially extreme inconvenience of small and large disruptions to your important daily routines. At Herbert Bail Bonds, we understand the importance of easing your burden at this critical time. That’s why we feature a convenient bail bond process that you can begin in person with a face-to-face meeting or remotely with a telephone conversation or via fax. If you prefer in-person communication, we can meet you at your home, the Arcadia jail, an L.A. County jail or one of our local offices.
We also provide other forms of critical, convenience-boosting assistance. For example, if you can’t pay your bond fee because the bail amount set by the court is too high, we’ll help you petition the court for a bail reduction. We can also connect you with reliable private investigators to help you develop your defense before trial. In addition, we can help you settle any outstanding warrants without triggering any unsafe confrontations with the authorities.
Bail bond rates are pre-set. In California, you pay a maximum of 10% of total bail cost. However, you may also get approved for an 8% rate if you have private legal representation, belong to a union, serve in the military or have a prior record of military service. Whether you qualify for the higher- or lower-cost bond, you may not always have the means to pay your fee directly. In this situation, we’ll do what we can to help you make affordable arrangements. Potential options for securing your bond include a bond cosigner and some form of collateral. Common forms of collateral include real estate, vehicles, jewelry or precious metals, and savings or investments.
Call on Herbert Bail Bonds
Herbert Bail Bonds has a well-deserved reputation as a trustworthy, efficient route to bail and freedom for the residents of Manhattan Beach and other L.A. County communities. From our very first day of operation more than four decades ago, we’ve based this reputation on an unbeatable blend of family ownership, timely action and comprehensive understanding of the region’s courts and jails. No matter when you need us, we’ll be there to provide you with the very best in bail bonding services.