When you need help and guidance through the San Bernardino justice system and the West Valley Detention Center, look no farther than Herbert Bail Bonds for help. We are able to provide you with all of the services you could possibly need. Find out more about our services below:
After your loved one gets taken into custody, you may not even know where they are! Inmates are processed through the system and are transferred from small local holding stations to larger jails such as the West Valley Detention Center. This is a very disconcerting feeling, especially when your mind’s already racing with questions about where your loved one is, how they’re doing and how you can reunite with them once again.
At Herbert Bail Bonds, we help by using our inmate search services and contacts within the judicial system to locate and confirm the status of your loved one. This is the first step on the road to getting your loved one released from custody. With guidance and a knowledgeable expert on your side, you can speed up the process significantly, even though the justice system isn’t known for its speed. We’ll guide you through your options and the decisions to be made so that you can get your loved one released as soon as possible.
The sooner you can call us after your loved one has been arrested, the better. If it’s possible to post bail at a local facility, the process can be much quicker. However, don’t lose hope if you believe your loved one has already been transferred to the West Valley Detention Center. Just call 800-775-6798 to find out what the next step is.
Then, we’ll help you find out the required bail amount for your loved one and make decisions about a bail bond.
What is bail?
Bail is money paid to the courts that allows an accused person to spend the time that their court case is in process at home rather than in jail. Bail is set based on the crime or misdemeanor that the person is accused of. In the case of a minor offense, you may even get lucky and the judge may release you on your own recognizance. That means that you don’t have to pay any bail at all, but you would have to sign paperwork promising to show up in court. If you skip your court date, you may be arrested as this is a crime.
However, most times, the judge sets bail based on the type of crime or misdemeanor in question, whether or not they suspect you’ll flee or if they believe you’re a risk to the community. The more serious the crime, the higher the bail amount. The bail serves as a guarantee that you’ll show up in court on designated dates. Once the court proceedings are over, the bail money is returned in full. However, if the person doesn’t appear at all required court dates, the bail amount is forfeited.
Why do I need a bail bond?
A bail bond is an amount of money paid to the courts that allows your loved one to remain at home throughout the court process. However, bail is often very expensive. A bail bond offers an alternative to paying the excessive amounts required by bail. If your loved one isn’t offered bail or you don’t pay bail, your loved one must spend the entire court proceedings period in jail. This results in a number of consequences such as lost wages, lost time together as a family and of course enduring an unpleasant time in jail. Although the West Valley Detention Center offers many services to inmates and provides the best conditions possible, there’s nothing like sleeping at home with your family.
Using a Bail Bond
Sometimes the bail price can be very high. For the average person, bail is often beyond reach. If you or your family can’t afford bail, a bail bondsman such as Herbert Bail Bonds can help. In California, bail bonds are typically 10% of the full bail amount. However, in special circumstances, some suspects are granted a discounted rate of 8%. This fee is non-refundable. It serves as payment to the bondsman. So long as the arrestee attends all necessary court dates, this is the only amount charged. However, if the individual doesn’t make all court dates, they may become responsible for paying the forfeited bail. In addition, the court typically issues a warrant of arrest and a bounty hunter may be hired to find the suspect so that the bail can be recovered.
Many bail bond agents also require collateral or a cosigner to ensure that the entire cost of the bail will be covered in the case that the arrestee fails to show up to court. Typical collateral items are cars, properties, digital equipment, fine jewelry and financial assets. Bail is typically returned to the bail bondsman between a few weeks and 6 months after the court proceedings are finished. This means that if you gave up collateral, you won’t have access to it until the court process is finished.
At Herbert Bail Bonds, we strive to help get you or your loved one out of jail as quickly as possible. To show our commitment to you, we offer mobile service so that we can get things moving as fast as possible. Herbert Bail Bonds can meet you at the West Valley Detention Center, your home or in our conveniently located offices. It’s up to you. This helps make sure the process moves forward as quickly as possible and also ensures that you don’t suffer either. We understand that you may already be driving all over the county to see your loved one in jail, and we don’t want to cause you additional hardship by requiring you to drive out to our offices.
Making the Choice
If the judge sets bail and allows you or your loved one the option to spend the court proceedings at home, it’s easy to choose finding a way to make bail. Jail is not a pleasant experience for anyone and not being able to see the accused person also causes stress on other family members. For the accused person, the trial will be weathered much better in the comfort of the home where they are surrounded by supportive friends and family.
A bail bond offers the perfect affordable option for making this possible. Call Herbert Bail Bonds at 800-775-6798 today to get your loved one out of custody as soon as possible!