California law provides different avenues for police officers to follow after arresting a suspect. First, they’ll take you to the nearest detention facility (police station, jail, or sheriff’s office) and collect particular information from you. Afterward, you’ll have the opportunity to leave the detention facility by posting a certain bail amount.
The law allows you to post bail for most criminal offenses, but it may not come cheap. Consequently, you may need the help of a bail bonds company. Most people regain their freedom within 24 hours of arrest, particularly when they’ve worked with a trustworthy bail agent.
If a law enforcement officer has probable cause to suspect you of committing a crime in Lakewood, they’ll arrest you and take you to the nearest police station or jail. While there, you will undergo the booking procedure. The officer conducting the booking will guide you through this process. Information obtained during booking includes your name, physical address, fingerprints, mug shots, and criminal history, if any. The officer will also conduct a background warrant search for any outstanding arrest warrants against you.
After the booking process is complete, the officer will place you in a holding cell or jail to wait for the D.A to decide whether they’ll press charges or let you go. If the D.A files charges, you’ll have to post bail before you can be released.
After you’ve contacted a bail bond company to help you post bail, they’ll commence the bond processing process right away. You can undergo this process by yourself or ask someone else to handle it for you. First, the bail agent will collect basic information, including your name, age or date of birth, the charges against you, and jail location. Then, they’ll explain the available payment options. Prevalent payment options include credit cards, debit cards, PayPal, cash, Coinbase, Venmo, wire transfer, or check. Some companies also offer flexible payment plans.
The bail agent will then prepare the paperwork required for the bond, including the application form and contract. You’ll then be required to complete this paperwork, which could be done in person with the bondsman or online. The online process usually takes five to ten minutes. After completing the paperwork, you’ll have to pay the 10% premium fee. Some companies have flexible payment plans that enable you to pay this premium over a specified period. Other companies also provide discounts under given circumstances, so clients pay an 8% or even 7% percent premium.
Rather than post cash bail or secure a bond, you can post a property bond. This method of making bail entails giving your property to the court to guarantee that you’ll appear in court. However, the property value must be at least twice the bail amount. Also, the court must first appraise the property, disclose any liens, and professionally estimate its value for you to post a property bond. The judge will agree to the property bond and order your release if they’re satisfied it is valuable enough.
Preparing a property bond is time-consuming. Consequently, this method of posting bail is rarely sought. But if you don’t have the monetary resources to secure a bond or make cash bail, a property bond can be beneficial.
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