Bail Bonds in Seal Beach
If your friend or family member has been arrested in Seal Beach, CA, you can count on Bail Bond Professionals to answer your urgent call for help 24/7. Our bail bonds agents are fully licensed, bonded, and insured and possess an intricate knowledge of the inner workings of the Seal Beach jail system. Over the years, we at Bail Bond Professionals have continually exhibited a caliber of customer service and professional expertise that have earned us the trust of our clients and the respect of our peers.
What Is a Bail Bond?
A bail bond is a security that guarantees the court that the defendant will appear for all of his/her required court hearings. The bail bond agency pays the court the full bail amount and is responsible for making sure the bail-out individual does, in fact, show up for court. The bond co-signer, normally a close friend or relative, guarantees the full bail amount to the bonding company in the event the bail money is forfeited to the court.
What Is the "Premium?"
The fee that constitutes the charge for bail bond service is called a "premium." It is set at 10% of the full bail amount by California state law, and no agency can legally charge more nor less. In some exceptional cases, however, it can be lowered to 8%. This premium is non-refundable, annually renewable, and can be accompanied by lesser fees that cover actual, necessary, and reasonable expenses connected with the bail bond transaction. The court will set the bail amount, which the premium is based on. The more serious the alleged offense, the higher the bail and premium will be.
What Can Count as Collateral?
Collateral will normally be necessary to secure the bond and must be of a value approximately equal to that of the full bail amount. Cash, automobiles, and real estate are the most common forms of collateral, though in some cases, a co-signer with excellent credit may use only his/her signature as collateral. When the court closes the case, all collateral will be returned to its proper owner, and you should receive from the court legal documentation proving the case indeed closed.
The Booking and Release Processes
Understanding the booking and release processes can save you time, effort, and money by preventing needless mistakes. Regardless of the exact charges of arrest, be they DUI, domestic violence, drug crimes, etc., the procedures remain the same.
First, those arrested in Seal Beach will initially be held at the local police or sheriff's station jail. It is possible for the inmate to be transferred to Orange County Main Jail at any moment, so it is important to contact us quickly to avoid the delay that such a transfer would entail. Unless bailed out, your loved one will be kept in jail until his/her first court date (arraignment) and will have little opportunity to adequately prepare a defense.
At the jail, your loved one will be booked in and housed. This will involve scanning his fingerprints on a Live Scan device, which will conduct a background check against a county, state, and national database. When the results of the scan come back, if there were no outstanding warrants, aliases, or bail holds discovered, the inmate is "cleared for bail."
Once your loved one is cleared for bail, we can post bail for him/her at any facility and at any time of any day. It will take anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours after posting bail for the inmate to go through the release process. The exact time it takes will vary based on factors like the size of the facility, the number of new inmates being processed, and the number of jail staff available to handle the workload. In every situation, however, Bail Bond Professionals can greatly shorten the time-frame.
Once released, your bailed-out loved one will need to fill out his/her part of the necessary paperwork, have a photo taken, and be careful to uphold all terms of the bail. Most importantly, he must be sure to show up for all court dates to avoid re-arrest and jeopardizing of the bail money.
Contact Us Today
We at Bail Bond Professionals are ready to answer your call 24/7, and we have agents in the area on the ground who can arrange a physical meet-up if necessary. We cater to all language groups, including Spanish (hablamos español). Contact us today at 888-389-2245 for a free consultation, low rates, and fast and courteous service. We have been serving the Seal Beach area for many years, and we look forward to serving you as well.