If you have never been asked to help arrange Ventura bail bonds before you probably have a lot of questions about how the process works. Below are answers to some of the most common inquiries.
The defendant will typically be in custody for between 8 and 12 hours from the time they are arrested until the time they are released. This time will account for transportation to the jail, their being booked into the system and their being processed out after a bond is posted. At the time they are booked they will need to undergo a national warrant check and background screen. This is done by submitting their fingerprints to the Department of Justice (DOJ). It usually takes the DOJ between 4 and 6 hours to process those results. The jailer will not allow anyone to bond out until this step is complete. Getting out of jail is not like checking out of a hotel. The defendant will not walk out the door the second the bondsman posts the bond. Much like it took several hours to process them into the system it will take the jail several additional hours to process them out.
When you cosign for Ventura bail bonds you are taking responsibility for two things. The number one most important think to keep in mind is that you are taking responsibility the defendant will go to court. The second is for payment of the bondsman’s fee.
The fee you pay to a bondsman is non-refundable. It is considered to be earned in full at the time the defendant is released from jail. It will not be returned in part or in full no matter what happens with their case. This holds true even if the matter is dismissed, if they are found not guilty or if charges are never filed.
Not every company will require you pay up front, in full, in cash. Some accept debit and credit cards. Others allow flexible monthly payment plans that allow clients the option of paying off the balance over time.
Not every Ventura bail bonds company will require you post collateral. If you are asked to post an item of value to secure the bond the general rule of thumb is that it will need to have 1.5 times the value of the defendant’s bail. If bail has been set at $10,000 you may be asked to post $15,000 worth of collateral. If the defendant’s bail has been set at less than $100,000 be sure to ask the bondsman if they can help you with no collateral bail bonds. Some agents provide this service while others do not.
Not every bondsman will require you come into their office to fill out paperwork. Some companies always ask clients come to their office to complete this step. Others have streamlined the process and have started to offer online bail bonds by fax and email for faster service. Many people find this is the fastest and easiest way to get their loved one out of jail.
If you have additional questions about how Ventura bail bonds work be sure to contact a reputable bondsman.