Here you will find a complete overview of how the bail bond process works in Santa Clarita, beginning with an individual’s arrest and their court obligations and finally, the exoneration of the bail bond, which is the best outcome to any case.
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The Bail Bond Process. With Us It’s a Fast and Easy Solution
- First, we’ll explain to you how the bail bond process works. We’ll then work with you step-by-step to find the best financial solution for you and your family.
- You can pay the bond in full or we can work out a payment plan. You may put a deposit on the bond (o.a.c.), and the bail out process will begin.
- A local, licensed agent will go across the street to the jail or court facility, working quickly to present the full amount of the bail in order to procure the fastest release of your loved one or friend.
1. Booking and Processing in Santa Clarita
When someone is arrested and taken into custody by a Sheriff or law enforcement in or around Santa Clarita, they will be transported to the closest sheriff station located in Santa Clarita at 23740 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, California 91355.
Once the arrestee has arrived, they will go through booking and processing. The booking process is where fingerprints and photographs (mugshots) are taken. Additionally, a background check will be conducted also called LiveScan. This process can take anywhere from 4 to 12 hours or more to complete, depending upon how busy the jail staff is, the time of day, etc. Once completed, bail will be set pursuant to the California Bail Schedule in the county where the person was arrested. The city of Santa Clarita is located within the County of Los Angeles, California.
2. Bail Will Be Set
The Los Angeles Felony Bail Schedule is used by a panel of judges who decide the bail amounts for California crimes. Once complete, this allows the jail to correctly set the right bail amount for an inmate without having to see a judge.
Upon bail being set, (if they are allowed bail), the defendant may either post bail to get out of jail before their trial, or they can simply wait in custody until their arraignment date. This generally happens within 48 hours of their arrest.
3. Call One of our Local Bail Bondsmen to Begin The Bail Process at 661-299-2663
We always suggest speaking with one of our locally licensed, professional bail bondsmen. We are the closest agency to the Santa Clarita Station Jail (just across the street!) We will work quickly to ask a few quick questions regarding the arrestee and then answer any questions you may have. Once that’s completed, the bail bond process can be underway.
4. Complete the Bail Application and Bail Bond Contract
The Indemnitor, a.k.a, the signer of the bail application/contract can meet directly with one of our Santa Clarita Bail Bondsmen in person. It can also be completed over the phone or by fax or email if you are unable to meet directly with us.
*The (Indemnitor) signer of the bond should understand that they completely assume financial responsibility for the full face amount of the bond, should the defendant fail to meet their court obligations. The Indemnitor/signer should be completely confident the defendant will adhere to all court dates. We will take any needed time to explain all of your responsibilities prior to the signing of the bail bond contract.
Once the required paperwork has been filled out and payment for the bond has been arranged, our bail bondsman will be sent to the jail to post the bond as quickly as possible. Bail bonds can be posted at California jails 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Therefore, no matter when you decide to start the bail bond process in Santa Clarita, your loved one or friend won’t have to wait for the jail’s business hours to be released in a timely manner.
5. Cost of a Bail Bond in Santa Clarita
Now that we’ve discussed just how the bail process works, you may be wondering how much a bail bond can cost. Most people have never had to deal with this, so you may feel like you are treading into unknown territory. Have no fear. We will work with you every step of the journey.
The total bail amount can vary depending on the number and severity of the crime(s) that the defendant is charged with. However, no matter how much the bail is set at, the cost of a bail bond will always be 10% of the total bail amount, which is the California mandated by the Department of Insurance. Therefore, if the total bail amount is set at $25,000, the cost of a bail bond will be $2,500.
This cost of the bond is mandated by California Insurance Law, so beware any bail bondsman trying to charge you more than that, or alternatively, say they can offer you a %5 bond or less. That is illegal, and you don’t want to start off working with someone who would lead you down the wrong path.
6. Defendant is Released on Bail
Once the paperwork is completed, and the bond has been paid for, the agent will post the bond and the defendant will be released on bail. It can take from 30 minutes to 12 hours for the defendant to be released once the bond is posted depending on the jail, staff and circumstances of the defendant.
7. The Indemnitor’s Responsibilities
As previously discussed, the signer of the bail bond (The Indemnitor) will assume financial responsibly of the total face amount of the bail bond. They are taking their part in ensuring the defendant will appear in court at each appointed date(s). The indemnitor will share in the responsibility of frequently checking on the defendant to make sure they fulfill all their court mandated appointments.
If the defendant should fail to meet one or all of their court obligations, and the defendant cannot be located, the signer would be required to pay the court the full face amount of bond, whatever that cost may be. If collateral was taken to secure the bond, that collateral would be lost to the signer(s) and used to pay for the full amount of the bond. Because of this, it is very important the signer only bail out someone that they trust completely.
8. The Bail Bond Will Be Exonerated
Upon the defendant’s completion of all court obligations, the judge will declare the bail “exonerated.” This means that the court will no longer hold financial ties to the defendant and indemnitor for the bond, and neither will be financially responsible with the case any further.
At this point, it is important for us to note that, rulings of guilt or innocence as a result of a trial will have no effect on whether or not the bail will be exonerated at the conclusion of the defendant’s court hearings. The main thing that matters is the defendant always shows up at any appointed court date.
Should you have any questions about the bail bond process in Santa Clarita, please feel free to give us a call. We at Santa Clarita Bail Bonds are dedicated to finding the answers you seek, 24 hours a day. Call us today at 661-299-BOND (2663).