The Bail Process
Santa Barbara Bail Bond Company
After a suspect is arrested and charged with a criminal offense, two actions can occur. The first
is that the arrested person will have to post bail. The second is that
he or she will be held in custody until trial, which can take weeks or
months. At the local county jail, the charges will be processed and the
amount of bail will be set.
Bail is the amount of money used to ensure that the defendant will show
up for his or her court date. Your next step is to speak with a Santa
Barbara bail bond agent from our company and to come to an agreement.
Whether you negotiate with the bondsman yourself or a family member does
on your behalf, an agreement can be signed so that bail can be posted.
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Making an agreement with a bondsman will
secure your release from jail so that you can be free while waiting for your court date. If
the criminal defendant is present at the court appearances, bail is returned
in its entirety. If the defendant skips bail and does not appear at the
hearing, bail is then surrendered. Only very few exceptions to this rule
exist, such as unforeseeable emergency situations or miscommunications
regarding the court date. If bail is paid by a bail bond and bail is skipped,
then the agent can locate the defendant and have him or her surrender
to the court.
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Setting the Bail Amount
Prior to the formal trial, the judge can review the case and set the amount
of bail, which is usually based on a combination of factors, such as:
- Bail schedule
- Perceived flight of risk
- Perceived danger to community
Bail is typically set at a minimum of a few thousand dollars. The amount
of bail can either be paid in full to the court by the defendant or by
another on behalf of the defendant.
Contact 101 Bail Bonds today for information on how we can help you through the process.