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Bail Amount Set by the Court After an arrest, the court will set a bail amount, which varies based on the charges and other contributing factors. This is done as a way of making sure that the defendant appears at the scheduled court date (or dates) following his or her release from jail.
After the bail amount is set, the first thing to do is contact Alfred for free initial bail information. We will put our expertise and tenured experience to work for you immediately. Simply provide us with some basic information like the defendant’s name and the name of the jail or city where they are located.
We work with you one, on one to process the bail bond and the jail to ensure the new bail out court date is set, the arresting charges are correct and the bond information is accurate in order to expedite the release process!
Feel free to call us for immediate answers to your questions
What happens after an arrest?
Immediately after a person has been arrested, they'll be taken to a local police station or county jail for booking. There they will be processed (pictures taken, fingerprints, arresting reports) and scheduled to appear before a judge for their initial court arraignment. The judge is responsible for determining their conditions for release and or continuance to remain in custody until their next court date.
How do bail bonds work?
Once arrested and booked into custody, the defendant has several options for release pending the conclusion of his or her case. Bail is designed to guarantee the appearance of a defendant in court at the time directed by the judge.
What are the release options if someone is arrested?
There are three basic release options available:
What are Surety Bonds?
An alternative to cash bail is a surety bond. This process involves a contractual undertaking guaranteed by an admitted insurance company having adequate assets to satisfy the face value of the bond. The bail agent guarantees to the court that they will pay the bond forfeiture if a defendant fails to appear for their scheduled court appearances. The bail agent’s guarantee is made through a surety company and/or by pledging property owned by the bail agent.
For this service, the defendant is charged a premium (typically 10% of the bail amount in California). For example, if the bail amount is $10,000.00, the premium charged is $1,000.00. Prior to the posting of the surety bond, the defendant, friend or relative must contact a licensed bail agent. You can contact us at (951) 224-9327. Once a bail agent is contacted, an interview or appointment will be scheduled immediately.
By involving the family and friends of a defendant, as well as through the acceptance of collateral, if need be, the bail agent can be reasonably assured that the defendant released on a surety bond will appear at all his/her court appearances.
After this procedure is completed, the bail agent will post a bond for the full bail amount, financially guaranteeing the defendant’s return to court as scheduled.
With money on the line, the bail agent has a financial interest in supervising bailees and ensuring that they appear in court each time the court orders them to appear. If the defendant does not appear in court (skips), the bail agent has time and the financial incentive to find the defendant and bring him/her back into custody to court.
Cash bail means a person must give the court or jail the total amount of the bail in cash. The cash will be held by the court until the defendant appears at all his/her court cases and until the case is concluded. Full cash bonds provide a powerful incentive for the defendant to appear in court. If the defendant appears for all his/her scheduled court appearances, the cash bail should be returned in full.
Release on Own Personal Recognizance (O.R.)
Another method of release pending trial is through a pre-trial release program administered by the county or a law enforcement agency. Usually, the employees of these programs interview defendants in custody and make recommendations to the court regarding the release of individuals on their own personal recognizance (i.e., without any financial security to ensure the defendant’s return).
The interview process is often conducted over the telephone, usually with little inquiry into the defendant’s background. The interview process attempts to determine whether the detainee is likely to appear in court. There is usually no verification of information provided by the defendant. Since no money, property, or bond is posted to secure the defendant’s appearance in court, he/she faces no personal economic hardship from the conscious decision not to appear in court.
how much does a bail bond (surety bond) cost?
In California, the bail premium, or fee, is typically 10 percent of the full bail amount. For example, if the bail amount is $10,000, the premium charged is $1,000.
How long does it take to be released from jail?
There are two types of jails: city jails and county jails. City jails are operated by city police departments and county jails are operated by the county sheriff. After a defendant is booked into a city jail (i.e., fingerprinted, photographed, warrants checked, etc.), it typically takes anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour to be released on bail. After a defendant is booked into a county jail, it usually takes anywhere from 4 to 6 hours to be released on bail. We wish we could speed up the process, but the city and county jails operate at their own pace. Alfred M Villa Bail Bonds does everything possible to expedite the defendant’s release. Let us assure you we will be by your side every step of the way.
How much of the premium will I get back?
Typically, the 10 percent premium is fully earned once the bail bond is posted with a jail or court. That is how bail agents, and their surety companies make their money and pay their bills.
What is collateral?
Collateral is anything of value used to financially secure a bail bond.
What is a flight risk?
When a judge is deciding whether to grant bail, the biggest factor they consider is whether the defendant is a flight risk. A flight risk is anyone likely to flee the country, state, or county to avoid being prosecuted for their alleged crimes.
What can be used as collateral?
Some examples of collateral include signature, credit cards, houses, cars, boats, jewelry, or electronic equipment, ankle monitor.
When will collateral be returned?
Collateral is usually returned when the court has finished with the defendant’s case(s), exonerating the bail bond(s), and when all fees have been paid.
What is own personal recognizance?
Own Personal recognizance (or own recognizance) is when a defendant is released by the court without having to post bail. This occurs in situations where the alleged crime is very minor, and the judge is confident that the accused will show up to their required court dates.
Can bail bonds agencies check for warrants?
Agencies can pull information from the court in real-time, giving you information about bail, warrants, and other helpful information used to get people out of jail.
Is bail worth it?
Bail bonds provide people with an option to get their loved one or friend out of jail, even when they don’t have the full bail amount in cash. Court cases can take months or even years, and that time is much better spent as a free person.
Are bail bonds returnable?
The 10% fee you pay an agency to bail someone out of jail is not refunded.
In order for you to be able to post bail, you have to either have the proper amount of cash on hand or post a cashier’s check for that amount at the jail. In some jurisdictions, you may be allowed to use a credit card to post bail. While cash is typically the easiest way to post bail, the amounts usually range from $10,000 to $100,000, making it very unlikely that most people will have that much money in their possession. As long as you attend all of your court appearances, your cash bail amount will be returned. However, some cases can last for a year or more, and you will not be able use or invest the money in any way. If you fail to appear at any court appearance, you may forfeit that cash bail (California Penal Code – Section 1305) and will not be able to get the cash back.
If you post cash bail, it often takes from six to twelve weeks to receive the cash bail back from the county after the conclusion of the case. If you have posted cash bail and the accused fails to appear and the bail bond is “forfeited,” you will have 180 days in order to locate the accused and to bring him into custody, or to notify law enforcement to arrest him. If the 180 days go by and the accused is not returned to custody, your cash bail will be forfeited forever to the State.
Most people will opt for posting bail through a bail bond since, as stated above, they do not have enough cash on hand to post cash bail. A bail bond is a contract between the accused and a bail bond agent. Under this contract, you promise to appear in court when ordered and the agent promises to post bail for you. You have to pay the agent a specified premium, which is 10 percent of the bail amount the court has set. This premium is not refundable.
If you fail to appear in court, the bail bond agent forfeits the bail money. Therefore, these agents will have a very strong incentive to monitor you and make sure you appear. If you fail to do so, it will be up to the agent to find you. In order for the bail bond agency to post bail on your behalf, an agent will typically require some sort of collateral to be posted. This can be a house, car, or anything of value you own. If you fail to appear in court, this collateral will be used to cover the forfeiture of the bail amount.
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550 n. Flower St. Santa Ana, CA 92703
Visiting Hours: Friday - Monday 8:00am to 4:00pm. NOTE: Certain hours are restricted based on the housing location of the inmate. Central Jail Scheduling Number: 714-647-4543
SCHEDULING A VISIT
Use the addresses below to send mail to the jail facility where the inmate is housed.
Central Men's Jail, Central Women's Jail, and IRC:
Inmate Name and Booking Number (required information)
Orange County Sheriff's Department
550 N. Flower St.
Santa Ana, Ca. 92703
Theo Lacy Detention Facility
Inmate name and Booking Number (required information)
501 City Drive South
Orange, Ca 92868
Acceptable Mail Items
Mail Containing The Following Items Will Not Be Accepted
The Inmate Telephone System is not owned or operated by the OC Sheriff’s Department. Global Tel Inc. (GTL), an outside vendor, is currently contracted to provide inmate telephone services.
ALL TELEPHONE CALLS ARE SUBJECT TO MONITORING AND RECORDING
Inmate Records is a 24 hour 7 day a week operation which entails booking, computing sentence ending dates and ensuring all inmates are scheduled for court within the established guidelines as set by law. On an average court day, there are over 400 inmates that need to be processed either by computing a sentence and/or updating the inmate for a future court date. Currently, Inmate Records unit is responsible for processing approximately 60,000 bookings as well as over 53,000 releases annually.
550 North Flower Street. Santa Ana, Ca 92703
Blythe Jail (760) 921-5780
260 N. Spring Street Blythe, CA 92225
Cois M. Byrd Detention Center (951) 696-3050
30755-B Auld Road Murrieta, CA 92563
John J. Benoit Detention Center (760) 863-8252
82675 St. Hwy. 111 Indio, CA 92201
Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility (951) 922-7300
1627 S. Hargrave Street Banning, CA 92220
Robert Presley Detention Center (951) 955-4500
4000 Orange Street Riverside, CA 92501
Visiting Inmates General Rules
Call the visiting number, listed on each facility page, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to schedule a visit one day prior to the desired visiting date.
Books & Magazines
All books, magazines, and periodicals must be prepaid and delivered by the United States Postal Service only. The publication/subscription shall be mailed directly from the publisher or originate from a verifiable and reputable internet/mail order company or a bookstore via their internet or mail order facilities.
All books, magazines, and periodicals must have the inmate's complete name and booking number clearly marked.
Not Allowed (Books & Magazines)
Inmate Mail Policy
Inmates are permitted to send and receive unlimited letters each day in order to maintain communications with their legal representatives, families, friends, business associates, and government authorities.
Mail between an inmate and:
Money may be deposited into an inmate’s account. Inmates may use the money to purchase snacks, hygiene items, phone cards, and writing materials.
You may deliver money to inmates in one of four ways:
Online Deposits Using Access Corrections
Access Corrections makes it easy for you to deposit money directly to an inmate’s account without having to visit the jail facilities. Access Corrections charges a fee based on the type of transaction. Click Here for Access Corrections
Deposits by Phone Using Access Corrections
Call 1-866-345-1884 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to deposit money using a Visa or MasterCard (live bilingual agents are available).
Cash or Credit Card Deposit by Kiosk in Jail Facility Lobbies
Money can be deposited by using the kiosks in the lobby of the jail facilities. You can deposit the money at any facility regardless of where the inmate is housed as long as the inmate is in the custody of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Cash or credit card is accepted in the kiosk. The kiosk can’t make change and does not accept anything smaller than a $5.00 bill.
U.S. Postal Money Order by Mail
Please Note: Always put the name and booking number of the inmate on the front of the money order.
You can mail a U.S. Postal Money Order for deposit to an inmate’s account. Always put the name and booking number of the inmate on the front of the money order.
Cash or personal checks are not accepted via mail. If cash or personal checks are received at a jail facility, the envelope and its contents are marked "Return to Sender" and sent back.
Bonds are accepted 24 hours a day. Inmates are processed for released once bail has been paid.
Release times can vary but take up to 6-8 Hours.
Century Regional Detention Facility (213) 893-5150
11705 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90059
Inmate Reception Center (213) 893-5324
450 Bauchet St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Twin Towers Correctional Facility (213) 473-6100
450 Bauchet St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Los Angeles Men's Central Jail (213) 974-4921
441 Bauchet St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
North County Correctional Facility (661) 295-7810
29340 The Old Road Castaic Ca 91384
PLEASE ARRIVE ONE (60) MINUTES AT MCJ & PDC FACILITIES. (30) MINUTES AT CRDF & TTCF FACILITIES, AND 45 MINUTES AT SHERIFF STATIONS AND LCMC BEFORE THE ACTUAL START TIME OF YOUR VISIT OR YOUR VISIT WILL BE SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION. ADULT VISITORS WILL BE EXPECTED TO TAKE A PHOTO UPON CHECK-IN FOR VISITOR ACCOUNT VERIFICATION.
Schedule A Visit: https://visit.lasd.org/app
Please provide the following information on your helpdesk request: (1) Visitor's full name and birth-date or Visitor ID Number. (2) Inmate's full name and birthdate and inmate's booking number. (3) A brief description of the problem. Note: If you are having technical difficulty scheduling a visit, please specify your desired appointment date and time. Also, include your relationship to the inmate (e.g. parent, spouse etc...) Please keep in mind due to the large volume of visits we receive and inmate relocations and restrictions, visiting stations are limited and may not be available and/or cancelled for the timeframe selected. (Two 30 minutes per week) Visitors are allowed to book appointments up to 7 days in advance but are subject to cancellation at any time.
For Healthcare Emergencies which require immediate assistance, please call the Medical Command Center at (213) 893-5544
Upon arrival at the IRC, or CRDF call the IRC at 213-473-6080 or 213-473-6100. Inquire as to your family member's location (tower, floor and pod number) and, most importantly, his/her booking number. Female inmates are detained at the CRDF in Lynwood. This information is also readily available on the internet at http://www.lasd.org. Click on "Inmate & Jail Information". Enter his/her complete legal name to bring up the booking number. Note this information for future reference. Use the links on the web page to access visiting hours, mailing address, and frequently asked questions.
TIP: Inmates are sometimes booked in with/without middle name. If you are unable to locate him/her, try any names your relative has used. TIP: When visiting Twin Towers Correctional Facility (TTCF) or CRDF, always bring a few quarters for a locker to store your personal belongings while you visit your family member. Photo ID is also required. All public visits are by appointment only and visitor registration is required. Please review the https://visit.lasd.org/app
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Follow the link and create an account to be able to receive collect calls from Los Angeles County Jail Inmates. https://web.connectnetwork.com/
Deposit or Pick-up in person, (you MUST bring a valid governmental issued ID with photo), you can go to either of the following address:
Mailing Deposits to Inmates ($200 Maximum Amount) Depositing money via mail must comply with the following rules: >Within the State of California: a certified Bank Cashier's Check or United States Postal Money Order >All other states: United States Postal Money Orders ONLY >The check/money order must be payable to the Inmates Name AND Booking Number >Mail the check/money order to one of the two following addresses:
Male Inmates: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department P.O. Box 86164 Terminal Annex Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164 Attn: Inmate Name, Booking Number
Female Inmates: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Century Regional Detention Facility 11705 S. Alameda Street Lynwood, CA 90262 Attn: Inmate Name, Booking Number
For Further Inmate Deposit Questions Contact: Male Inmates: (213) 893-5875 Female Inmates: (323) 568-4535 The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reserves the right to decline or return deposits that violate Department Policies.
Los Angeles County Jail Frequently Asked Questions: