Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF Lancaster BAIL BONDS?
The primary purpose of Lancaster Bail Bonds is to insure the defendant’s appearance in court. Lancaster Bail Bonds provide the opportunity for the person to be released from custody, possibly hire an attorney, and begin preparing for their day in court. If a bail bondsman fails to produce the defendant in court then it’s the bondsman’s responsibility to reprimand the defendant and bring him back into custody.
A FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND OF MINE WAS JUST ARRESTED, WHERE DO THEY GET TAKEN TO?
Depending on when and where the person was arrested many things could happen. Generally when a person gets arrested they are eventually transported for processing at a local precinct. Here they get fingerprinted and release whatever property they had on them at that time to the police. Some inmates can sit in a precinct for as many as 12 hours or more until they get transported to see a district court commissioner. By law, the state of California actually has up to a full 24 hours in which to get the inmate in front of a commissioner. If you are curious about a specific location that someone was locked up and want to know which precinct they will be transported to,, call your dependable Lancaster Bail Bonds.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE INMATE SEES THE COMMISSIONER?
Once the inmate gets transported from the precinct they are taken to see a district court commissioner. This is called the “initial bail hearing.” The purpose of this hearing is to review the current charges that the defendant is facing as well as verify basic information about the defendant and review their criminal history. Based off of all the information the commissioner has they decide the bail amount. Once a commissioner has set a bail the case becomes active. It is at this point in time a bail bondsman can post the bail. A bail bondsman is not able to post any bail prior to the defendant seeing the commissioner.;
THE DEFENDANT HAS SEEN THE COMMISSIONER, WHERE IS THE INMATE TAKEN TO?
If the inmate does not have bail arranged at the time he sees the commissioner the inmate gets transported to the detention center. There is a really small window of time for the person to actually get bailed out from the commissioner’s office. Depending on where the defendant is arrested and sees the commissioner determines the detention center they are later held at.
WHAT IS A CASH BAIL? AND CAN A BAIL BONDSMAN POST IT?
A lot of people call us asking if we can post Cash Bails. Bail Bondsman cannot post cash bails. When a commissioner sets a bond as cash it means that the full amount of the bail needs to be paid in cash directly to the courts. The purpose of a cash bond is to hold that money as collateral until the defendant appears for court. Once the defendant appears for court the money (in most cases) will eventually be returned to the person that posted the bail. Instances where money will not be returned would be if someone was paying cash bail for child support or failure to pay for services rendered. As in these cases the cash for the bonds would be considered “restitution” and it would go towards the person that is owed the money.
WHAT IS A WARRANT AND HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A PRE-SET BAIL?
Lancaster Bail Bonds A warrant is a lawful claim to make an arrest. People get warrants for a multitude of reasons. The most common reasons someone has a warrant is for failing to appear in court and violation of probation. Typically, when someone fails to appear for a court appearance that carries a possible jail sentence, a judge will issue a “pre-set bail.” A pre-set bail is a bail that is determined by a judge and is for the most part un-changeable. Depending on the charge the defendant was supposed to appear for court for and their previous criminal record usually helps determines the judge’s decision on a pre-set bail. If you think you might have a warrant for your arrest and you want to inquire about taking care of the warrant.
HOW DO YOU QUALIFY FOR THE Lancaster BAIL BONDS?
Since the Lancaster Bail Bonds is the same as a loan that you would apply for at a bank or any financial institute the same criteria would be basically the same. *How much is the bond? *What are the charges? *Who is the guarantor or indemnitor (Person signing on behalf of the individual who is currently in custody.) *Stability (How long at residence and on their job) *Ability (Can the bond be paid in full if the individual should run from the law to avoid prosecution.) *Willingness (Does the guarantor or indemnitor have good credit and own assets that can be considered available for liquidation if the individual should disappear.) *What is the integrity of the individual that has been charged with a crime? Such as: Do they have any prior arrests. If so for what? Do they have a job, family, etc? * Are they an American citizen? Do they have a passport? (Remember all criteria depend on the nature of the alleged crime and the amount of the bond.)
WHAT IS THE COST OF GETTING A BOND?
The Department of Bonds Corporations for the State of California regulates the rates on all bonds. Legal rate is 10% for standard underwriting. There are Surety Companies that have been approved to write bonds at 8% with conditions that apply. Clients referred by their attorney are eligible for an 8% rate. Union members that provide their union cards are eligible for an 8% rate. Standard Underwriting: 10% Example: Bond is $10,000.00 X 10% = $1000.00 plus Surety Bond cost of $10.00 to $15.00 depending of Surety Company. Exception Underwriting: (8%) Example: Bond is $50,000.00 X 8%= $4000.00 Plus the $10.00 to $15.00 Surety bond cost. *These rates are regulated by the Department of Insurance and inhered to by our family owned business.
IS THE PREMIUM REFUNDABLE?
No. It is not refundable. This is the cost of doing business in which a bond needs to be posted on behalf of an individual who has currently been charged with a crime.
HOW LONG BEFORE COLLATERAL IS RETURNED AFTER THE CASE IS OVER?
Once we receive written notification from the court that the case is over and the bond is exonerated we have 30 days to return collateral or request for reconveyance on recorded deeds of trust.
HOW LONG IS A Lancaster BAIL BONDS GOOD FOR?
A Lancaster Bail Bonds is only good for 1 year. If the case goes beyond the one year the premium has to be paid again to keep the bond in force.
WHAT IF I DON’T PAY THE ANNUAL PREMIUM AFTER THE FIRST YEAR?
The Lancaster Bail Bonds has the authority to obtain an arrest warrant and the individual will be once again taken into custody and surrendered for violation and default of the contraction agreement of bond.
ARE Lancaster BAIL BONDS ALLOWED TO USE YOUR COLLATERAL?
Absolutely not! You’re collateral has to be in safekeeping with our insurance company.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU SIGNED FOR AN INDIVIDUAL AND THAT PERSON DISAPPEARS?
You have signed a binding contract if in the event the individual forfeits the bond for non-appearance and they cannot be found in the six months the court allows, then the full face value of the bond is your financial responsibility and is due on demand. Remember you are financially responsible for all cost relating to this bond.
WHAT IF THE CHARGES ARE DROPPED THE NEXT DAY AFTER BONDING OUT AN INDIVIDUAL; DO YOU GET PARTIAL MONEY BACK?
No. All money is earned at the time the bond is accepted by the court or jail on behalf of the individual in custody. We have no control over the case or the bond after it has been posted.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS COLLATERAL THAT IS SECURING THE BOND, IF NON-PAYMENT OCCURS AFTER ONE YEAR?
Collateral will remain in the possession of Lancaster Bail Bonds until receipt of payment. Once payment has been received collateral will be returned.