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    The Consequences of Skipping Out on Bail

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Once someone has gotten out of jail on bail, running away and avoiding a court date can be a tempting option, especially if a conviction and a longer stay in jail are expected. However, you or your loved one may not realize the consequences of jumping bail. Here is a look at some of the unfortunate consequences of skipping out on bail.

    Loss of Bail Money

    The money used to post bail is usually returned to the person who posted it if the accused attend all legal hearing. If you or your loved one posted bail and you decide to jump skip town and miss your trial, that money is lost. In some cases, this is a very large sum that may have a huge impact on the poster’s finances.

    Bounty Hunting

    If bail was obtained through a bail bondsman because the court asked for more than you or your family could post, a non-refundable fee to that bondsman has already been paid. However, the bondsman put up a much larger sum, and if you don’t appear in court, he may hire a bounty hunter to bring you back so that he does not have to forfeit his money. A bounty hunter could arrest you anywhere, and can even enter your home without a search warrant.

    Hurting Friends or Family

    Generally the bail bondsman will require an indemnitor, or a friend or family member who signs a contract to make sure that the accused appears in court and takes responsibility for his or her actions. The indemnitor could be responsible for a large sum of money or in trouble of losing a car or house put down for collateral is the accused skips bail.

    Do you or a loved one need help posting bail? The Bail Depot is here to assist residents in Los Angeles, Riverside, Santa Ana, and San Bernadino with posting bail. If you or a loved one needs a bail bond, call us right now at (888) 695-8153. Our bail bond specialists are standing by to answer your questions.

    Understanding the Importance and Purpose of Warrants When You're Pulled Over

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Being pulled over is usually not a fun experience. Whether you were speeding or ran a red light, the outlook of a ticket is not promising. If you have an arrest warrant out in your name, a traffic stop will be even more unpleasant, as you may be arrested after you present your identification. To learn more about arrest warrants and how they work, keep reading.

    What is an arrest warrant?
    As the police investigate crimes, they find and narrow down suspects. Sometimes evidence points to a specific person who they may not be able to locate. In these instances, police must provide probable cause that the person listed on the arrest warrant committed the crime. They also need a name or specific description to prevent other people from being arrested. Once a judge signs an arrest warrant, police can arrest that person wherever and whenever they find him or her.

    How does it relate to being pulled over?
    Generally, police prefer to find suspects quickly and arrest them as soon as possible. But when that doesn’t happen, warrants are put into databases that police can check into if they suspect someone may have a warrant out for his or her arrest. When an officer pulls you over for a traffic violation, he or she can ask for identification and can then check your name. If an arrest warrant is connected to your name, police will enforce the warrant at the time you are pulled over.

    Can it be mistaken?
    Because of identity theft, you may be arrested for a crime you did not commit. Being arrested does not mean you are guilty or will be found guilty for the crime, it simply means you are the suspect the police want to examine.

    Have you or a loved one been arrested because of an arrest warrant in a traffic stop? You may need to consider posting a bail bond. The Bail Depot provides the Los Angeles and Riverside area with bail bond services. Call us right now at (951) 712-6051 for help.

    How Do Bail Bonds Work?

    Last updated 5 years ago

    How do you respond when your friend or relative has been arrested? Many people are not sure what to do in this situation, but they may remember that a bail bond can temporarily remove people from jail. An awareness of how bail bonds work might help you navigate freeing your loved one.

    Bail is the money a friend or loved one pays the legal system to allow an arrested person to leave jail until his or her trial. When bail is set at a sum too large for the person to pay, bail bonds can provide money for the person to be released. To learn more about how bail bonds work, watch this short video.

    If your loved one has been arrested, The Bail Depot in Riverside can help by providing the bail bond you need to set him or her free until trial. We provide bail bonds services to the communities of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernadino and more. Call us at (951) 712-6051 to get help now. 

    Know Your Rights TV: DUI

    Last updated 5 years ago

    You probably know that being arrested for driving under the influence is a serious offense, but do you know about your legal rights during a DUI stop? Be sure to check out this informative video for advice on how to deal with this situation to ensure that your rights are upheld.

    In this clip, you will learn about your right to remain silent, as anything you say is admissible in court and may be used against you. You will also learn that you have the right to an attorney and the right to know the charges you are facing. To learn more about your rights, including information about bail and plea bargaining, be sure to watch this video.

    The Bail Depot in Riverside strives to help you understand the bail bond process to minimize time spent in jail. Find out more about our bail bond services by visiting our website or calling (951) 712-6051.

    Breaking Down the Bail Bond Process

    Last updated 5 years ago

    A bail bond is a guarantee pledged to a court that an individual facing criminal charges will appear as summoned. This allows for their release so they do not have to spend the time between their arrest and trial date in jail.

    The first step in the bail bond process is to contact a bail bond company. Generally, family members, friends, or the legal assistant of the individual requiring bail are the ones to contact the company. They will be required to provide information about the individual and the situation of their imprisonment, including the charges, length, and other information such as current work and residence information.

    The bail bond company will assess the risk involved with issuing a bail bond. In some cases, the company issuing the bail bond may ask the relative or legal representation of the incarcerated individual to fill out the appropriate paperwork. This includes a statement that if the individual released does not appear for their court date, the signer is expected to know their location and aid in ensuring they are made to appear before the court.

    Once the paperwork has been completed, the bail bond is purchased for the bail amount stated upon by a judge plus a fee for using the bail bond service. The bail bond company will contact the detention facility and post the bail, allowing the individual to be released under the promise that they will appear in court as ordered to face their charges.

    Often bail comes with certain restrictions put in place to ensure that the individual appears in court. Travel may be restricted and daily activities may be monitored so the court and jail system can make sure the individual for whom bail has been posted continues to abide by the law.

    The Bail Depot of Riverside is here to educate and aid you through the bail bond process. For more information, visit our website or call (951) 712-6051 to speak with a member of our courteous staff.

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