What Is a Bail Bond?
When an inmate is processed, bail is set. The amount is determined by the crime the inmate is accused of. The Los Angeles County Department of Corrections follows a public bail schedule, which ensures that anyone being charged with the same crime is given the same bail. Its purpose is to ensure that the amount of bail is appropriate for the crime committed.
However, that doesn’t mean that bail will be easy to afford, even in the case of minor charges. Most of us do not keep enough cash on hand to cover bail, and the department of corrections does not accept cards or checks. This is where we come to the rescue.
The bail bond we offer can be split into two pieces: the bail and the bond. The bail is a loan from us to you. We pay the money to the department of corrections and you get released from custody. So long as you meet your obligations to the courts, we will have this money returned to us.
And those obligations? That is where the bond comes it. Bond is an assurance that you will appear at any future court dates related to your case. If you fail to show, the courts will keep the money we paid. As a result, an arrest warrant will be issued and we will collect the money lost.
Navigating the Department of Corrections Is Tricky
It isn’t something you want to do alone. Even if you can pay your bail without assistance, having a bail bondsman on your side is often the better choice. We know the system, and we can get you out in a hurry.
While you will be struggling to complete the paperwork, the department of corrections will be working to move you from your original holding facility to one of the jails in Downtown Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County Department of Corrections serves a population of over 10 million. To get their work done, they need to move things quickly. This means that the smaller holding facilities in West Covina will not keep you in custody for long. As soon as they can, they will place you on transport to Twin Towers Jail if you are a man, and to Lynwood Jail if you are a woman.
Being processed and sent to these jails is quick, but once you arrive, things slow down significantly. As all the smaller holding facilities in the county feed into these jails, you can expect the booking process to take at least 6 hours, and posting bail to take at least 1 hour more. Your best bet is to get out of custody before you can be transferred.
This means that once you are arrested in West Covina, the clock is ticking. As soon as we get the call, we get to work for you. Our goal is to have you released before the transfer is made. Should you be transferred before we get the call, we will still do everything we can to minimize the time you spend in custody.
Our Experience on Your Side
How can we minimize the time you spend in custody? By putting our experience to work for you. We have the experience needed to navigate the system without getting caught up with forms or getting tripped up by the 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 built relationships with different branches of law enforcement. From the West Covina Police Department to the county sheriff to US Immigration enforcement, we know the people and their processes well. Very few others in the area can claim the same.
We Work to Make the Process Convenient for You
Being arrested is stressful, but with the wrong approach, that stress can multiply. To help you keep your stress at a minimum, you can have a loved one come see us, have us meet them, or just ask that we come to where you are being held. We also make arrangements by fax or phone.
Because we will make arrangements by fax or phone, you can get the help you need even if there is no one else in the area that you know. No matter where your loved ones are, they can help you. Our only requirement is that they reside in the US.
The assistance we provide does not stop with posting bail. We will put you in contact with private investigators, assist with arrest warrants, and offer bail reduction assistance. The process won’t be fun, but we can help make it easier for you.
Paying for Your Bail Bond
In exchange for posting your bail, we collect a fee of 10% of the bail amount. This amount is set by the California Department of Insurance, and we cannot raise the fee under any circumstances, nor can any other bail bondsman operating in the state. We can reduce it to 8% if you 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, you can opt for flexible financing or one of our payment plan options. As for collateral, we are flexible in what we accept. In many cases, we will only ask for a co-signer. For large bail amounts, we are open to any collateral with sufficient resale value that is owned outright. Real estate will be considered based on equity.
Get Out of Jail and Back to Life
West Covina holding facilities and the jails in Downtown Los Angeles are not luxury resorts. Plus, every second you spend in custody is time away from the people and things you love. Get out of jail, get back to life, and fight your case with our help.
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.