Bail Bonds in Irvine
Do you have a loved one who has been arrested in Irvine, CA? Do you need to hire a bondsman to help them get out of jail? Bail Bond Professionals has decades of helping people just like you get through situations just like this. Our company is open 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year. Not only are we experts in how to get people out of jail fast, we also know how to get the job done right. Inexperienced bail bonds agents often make mistakes, and mistakes can cause bail bonds to be rejected. Mistakes can also delay the defendant’s release by several hours. If you need help getting someone out of the Irvine Jail fast, we can help. Call our office today to speak with an expert.
Arrests in Irvine, CA
The city of Irvine has a fairly low crime rate, but that’s not to say there aren’t ever any arrests. Even the most law-abiding people can find themselves in trouble with the law. Our company can help get someone out of jail, regardless as to the crime they’ve been charged with. Below are just a few of the types of bail bonds we can help with:
- Bail bonds for assault charges
- Bail bonds for battery charges
- Bail bonds for drug possession charges
- Bail bonds for drug transportation charges
- Bail bonds for identity theft
- Bail bonds for vehicle theft / grand theft auto
- Bail bonds for terrorist threats
- Bail bonds for DUI
- Bail bonds for domestic violence
- Bail bonds for burglary charges
- Bail bonds for white collar crimes
- And many more
Many people assume when someone is arrested in Irvine, they’ll need to remain in jail until they see a judge. This isn’t always the case. Unless the defendant has a prior criminal history, they should be able to post bail bonds as soon as they’re booked and processed. When someone is arrested they’ll be handcuffed, read their Miranda Rights, placed into a police car, and they’ll be transported to the jail. When they arrive at the jail they’ll have their mugshots and fingerprints taken, and the jailer will ask them a series of questions. They’ll ask for the defendant’s date of birth, whether they’re employed, and if yes, the type of work they do. They’ll also ask for the defendant’s address, phone number, and social security number.
The next step in the booking process is the warrant check. Every person that is arrested needs to be checked for warrants—even if they’ve never been arrested before. To do this, the jail submits the defendant’s fingerprint scan to the Department of Justice. The DOJ receives fingerprints from every jail in the country, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. As you can imagine, it often takes several hours for the DOJ to process the results. Defendants are not eligible to post bail bonds until their warrant check results come back.
Can I Still Post Someone’s Bail Bonds if They Also Have a Warrant?
The quick answer to this question is “yes,” however, their bail amount will likely increase. For example, if someone is arrested on misdemeanor domestic violence charges and their bail has been set at $25,000, the cost to purchase their bail bond would be 10%, or in this case, $2,500. However, if the jail learns the defendant also has a $10,000 warrant, their bail will now be set at $35,000. As such, the cost to purchase bail bonds will now increase to $3,500. For more information on how bail bonds for warrants work, call our office now to speak directly with a licensed bondsman.
Can I Still Post Someone’s Bail Bonds if They’re on Probation or Parole?
This is a question we get a lot. When someone is arrested and they’re currently on probation or parole, they might not be able to post bail bonds until after they see a judge. This is often because the defendant will have a “probation hold” or a “parole hold.” Bail bonds cannot be posted until these types of holds are lifted, and the only person who has the authority to lift a probation or parole hold is a judge. It’s also worth noting that when someone is arrested in Irvine, they need to be seen by a judge within three business days. Weekends and holidays do not count as business days.
What Happens if I Miss the Defendant’s Phone Call?
If you’re a fan of courtroom dramas, you may assume that defendants only get one phone call after they’ve been arrested. This is not true. People who have been arrested can often place multiple phone calls, depending on how busy the jail is. If you miss their call the first time, they may be able to contact you again. You’ll also want to remember that all outbound phone calls from the jail are recorded, and while it’s natural to want to know about the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s arrest, this isn’t a conversation you’ll want to have over the phone. Anything that’s said on an outbound jail phone call can be used against the defendant in their court proceedings. If your loved one is able to reach you, try to ask them for the basics. Ask them when they were arrested, where they were arrested, what they’ve been charged with and how much their bail is. Let them know that you’ll be contacting a bondsman immediately and that you’ll do everything you can to get them out of jail fast.
Advantages Of Hiring a Professional Bail Bond Agency
There are numerous benefits associated with hiring a bail bonds agency. First, when you work with a bondsman, you’ll be working with someone who knows the ins and outs of how each individual jail works. In some instances, different jails have slightly different processes when it comes to how bail bonds can be posted. Some require extra steps and additional paperwork, while at other jails, the process is more straightforward. When you work with an experienced professional, you can rest assured the job will get done right, the first time. There won’t be any guessing involved.
A second benefit associated with hiring a bondsman relates to cost.
When someone is being held at the Irvine Police Department Jail, they can be released from custody pending trial in one of two ways. The first option is to bring the defendant’s full bail amount, in cash, to the jail. This is called posting cash bail. When you post cash bail, the court will assume that whoever put that money up is going to want to get their money back. As long as the defendant goes to court as often as needed to finish their case, the cash bail will be refunded to whoever posted it, less administrative fees, once the case is over. In some instances, cases resolve within a few months. If the case is more complex, the case could take several years, if not more, before it gets resolved. You should also know that if the “skips bail” and decides to flee in the hopes of evading prosecution, your money will be considered to be forfeited, and you will not get the cash bail back.
Posting cash bail is often cost-prohibitive, and most families aren’t in a position to do it. This is where bail bonds come in.
When you post bail bonds, you won’t need to put up the defendant’s whole bail amount. Instead, you’ll pay a 10% fee. If the defendant’s bail has been set at $50,000, the cost to purchase bail bonds will be set at $5,000. On the other hand, if their bail has been set at $20,000, the cost to hire a bondsman will be $2,000.
The biggest difference between cash bail and bail bonds is that the fee you pay to a bondsman is considered to be earned in full at the time the defendant is released from custody. It will not be refunded, in part or in full, regardless as to what happens with their case. If you opt for a bail bonds payment plan and the defendant’s case gets dismissed, you’ll need to keep making payments until your balance is zero. Similarly, if someone is released on bail bonds and you’ve arranged to make monthly payments toward the bail bond premium, and that person gets rearrested, you’ll need to keep making payments until your balance is paid off.
Although some people believe that they can stop making bail bond payments if no charges are filed, if the case is dismissed, or if the defendant is rearrested, this is simply not the case. For more questions about how bail bonds payment plans work, call our office today to speak with a licensed bondsman.
How Does the Bail Bond Process Work in Irvine?
The process of getting someone out of the Irvine Police Department Jail is a lot less complex than people assume it will be. If you were to believe what you’ve seen on television or in the movies, to hire a bondsman, you’d need to travel to a bad part of town, search endlessly for parking, and meet a bondsman in their office. It’s natural for people to assume the Hollywood portrayal is what they should expect in real life. However, bail bonds offices are not these smoke-filled, poorly lit operations. Professionals within this field not only need to take a pre-licensing course, they also need to pass a state exam, undergo a nationwide background check, and take continuing education coursework to maintain licensure.
Some companies, such as ours, only hire bondsmen who also have a 4-year college degree.
At this point you may be wondering—if bail bonds companies aren’t back-alley operations, what should I expect during the bail bonds process? When you work with us, you can expect compassion and professionalism.
When you call our office, we’ll start by asking you several questions, such as the name of the defendant, their age or date of birth, when and where they were arrested, what they’ve been charged with, and what their bail amount is. It’s OK if you don’t know the answers to all of those questions. If you need help determining which jail they’ve been taken to, what their charges are, and how much their bail is, we can help you with that.
If you’d like to move forward with the bond, we’ll also ask you how long you’ve known the defendant, if they rent or own their home, whether they’re currently employed, and if they are, how long they’ve been with their employer. Other sample questions may include the following:
- Does the defendant have a prior history of arrest?
- Do they have any current open cases?
- Are they currently out on bond with another company?
- Where do they live?
- How long have they lived in the area?
- What’s your relationship to the person who is in custody- are you a parent, sibling, spouse, coworker, or other?
- Are you the person who will be signing the bail bonds documents and making payment for the bond?
- Will you be paying in full or do you need a bail bonds payment plan?
- If you need a payment plan, what can you afford to put down and how much can you afford to pay per month?
- Do you know what your credit score might look like?
- Are you currently employed, and if yes, what type of work do you do?
- How long have you been with your employer?
- Are you willing to take full legal responsibility that the defendant will go to court, as often as needed, to finish their case?
The bail bonds interview process can often be completed in less than 10 minutes. If you’d like to meet with us in person, at our office, we can arrange that. Or, on the other hand, if you’re at work, caring for an elderly relative or small child, or aren’t in a place where you can drop everything to drive to a bail bonds office, don’t worry. We can work with you remotely.
Online bail bonds work in one of three ways. First, we can send you a PDF copy of your bail bonds documents. You can simply print them out, sign them, scan them to your computer and email them back to our office. If you have a fax machine, we can fax the documents to you.
Most of our customers, however, prefer that we send them e-documents. When you receive your bail bonds contract, all of the information we need will already be filled out. All you’ll need to do is create a signature (you can sign using your finger on any smartphone or tablet), tap to insert your signature everywhere, and then click the button that says “I agree to authorize and send.” When you do that, we’ll receive your signed documents immediately. A second copy will also be sent to your email, so you’ll have them for your records.
We can also accept your payment over the phone. Our company accepts both debit and credit cards, and we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. If you prefer to pay us in cash, we can arrange to have an agent meet with you. Or, you can deposit cash directly into our corporate checking account. Once we confirm the deposit has been made, we’ll dispatch an agent to the jail to post your loved one’s bail bonds.
Free Bail Bonds Consultations
Finding out that you have a friend, family member, spouse, or adult child in jail can be stressful. It can feel as if your entire world is spinning out of control, and it can be hard to think and focus. We understand that this is a trying time for you, which is why we’re happy to offer free bail bonds consultations at any time, day or night. At Bail Bonds Professionals we don’t believe in using high-pressure sales tactics. We feel it’s our job to provide you with as much information as you need to make an informed decision. Only you can decide what’s best for you, your loved one, and how you want to proceed. If you’d like to start the bail bonds process right away, we can help you with that. Or, if you’d like to wait for a bit, process what you’ve learned, and give us a call back, that’s OK too.
Our company has more than 4 decades of combined experience working in the local bail bonds industry. Each member of our staff is licensed to write bail by the California Department of Insurance, and everyone holds a 4-year college degree. It’s also worth noting that we don’t hire anyone who doesn’t have a minimum of 10 years experience writing, transacting, and posting Orange County Bail Bonds.
For more information on how bail works, how bail bonds payment plans work, or what you need to do to get your loved one out of jail fast, call our office today to get started. Call us now at 800-389-2245 to speak with a local expert.