Have you ever navigated the process of posting bail so that an accused individual may be released from jail? If not, the bail bonds process can appear very confusing and overwhelming, but the friendly staff at Future Bail Bonds wants you to know this doesn’t have to be the case. We are dedicated to assisting folks in the San Bernardino area with all aspects of bail bonds, and today we will take a step-by-step look at the California bail bonds process. Read on to learn more!
Accused is Arrested
When someone is arrested in the state of California, the first stop will be the nearest police station so that the lengthy booking process may be completed. This processing will include a background check, fingerprinting, mug shots, a full body search, and a health screening. His or her personal belongings will be confiscated and, in some instances, DNA samples may also be required.
Bail Amount is Determined
After the specific charges are determined for the accused, the bail amount must be determined. Sometimes, this can be determined by the California Bail Schedule without the accused having to appear in front of a judge. Other times, depending on the crime, the defendant must appear before a judge for the bail amount to be set. As we reviewed in a prior article, there are many factors and means of setting the bail amount.
Enter the Bondsman
When the bail amount is set, contact a licensed, compassionate, and professional bail bondsman like Future Bail Bonds. The accused may do this directly, or have a friend or loved one contact the bondsman on his or her behalf. If a third party secures the bond, he or she becomes the “signer.” The bondsman will work with you or the signer on the application, contract, any collateral, and securing the bail premium to obtain the necessary bail funds.
Accused is Released
Once the necessary paperwork is completed and the bond is obtained, the bondsman will post the required funds for the accused person’s release. After the bond is posted, it may take a matter of minutes or hours for the release to happen. Once the defendant is released, he or she may resume their daily life. In the meantime, the bail funds are secured with the California court pending future court dates.
Court Dates and Other Obligations
After the accused is released from holding, he or she will have certain obligations that must be fulfilled, such as attending all appointed court dates, in order to not default on or “skip” bail. The bondsman may have his own requirements, such as routine check-ins, proof of employment, and drug screens. If the accused defaults on bail, the signer is then required to fulfill the entire amount of bail initially set.
Bail Bond is Exonerated
As long as the accused fulfills all appointed court and other legal obligations, the bail bond is deemed exonerated by the courts. This will occur at the conclusion of the legal proceedings regardless of whether the defendant is found innocent or guilty. Once the bail is exonerated, the premium funds are returned to the bondsman, and the California courts no longer have a financial interest in the accused or bondsman.
The six-step process is much easier to understand once broken down. If you have questions or would like to start the bonds process, contact Future Bail Bonds today to speak with a compassionate and professional bondsman. Our customer-focused services feature 24/7 availability and flexible payment plans. Call us today at 909-990-5700 — we’d love to help you!