VENTURA COUNTY JAIL FAQ

If you have a friend or loved one who was arrested in Ventura County, they will most likely be taken to the Main Jail. This jail is run by the Sheriff’s Department and is open 24/7 for bail.

Once you learn where they are in jail, the next logical question is, “How do I post bail?”

 

At Greg Rynerson Bail Bonds, we have created this FAQ page to answer that question for you.  We hope you find it informative, but if you still have other bail-related questions, or you would like to speak to a bail bondsman right away, you are welcome to call us anytime, day or night, weekends and holidays.

We routinely post bail all over Ventura County and all over California, so we are very knowledgeable about every jail in the state.  Our simple application, which we can send you by email or fax, makes this process easy.  We can also deliver it in person to you day or night.

Please call Greg Rynerson Bail Bonds at 888-224-5266 or (888) BAIL BOND toll free or 805-582-0955 locally.

WHAT DO WE MEAN BY: POSTING BAIL?

Bail can be posted in cash or in the form of a cash equivalent surety bond, which is a legal document that a bail bondsman gives to the court.  It’s like a contract that insures the defendant will show up in court whenever he/she has been ordered to do so by a judge. If the defendant appears in court at the proper time – all is well and good.

In cases where bail is posted by cash, that entire amount is returned.

In cases where a bail bond is used, the bondsman charges for his services, because it is he who is taking a risk by banking on the defendant to keep their word.  But instead of paying the full amount, whoever co-signed the bond on the defendant’s behalf now only has to pay 10% of that amount as the bail bondsman’s service fee.

HOW SOON DOES A DEFENDANT HAVE TO APPEAR IN COURT?

In federal court, the law says anyone who has been incarcerated should must be brought “without unnecessary delay before the nearest available judge.”

In California, the courts have 3 business days to see a defendant.

One of the many reasons t posting bail is so important is that sometimes officers have been known to “comply” with the 48 hour law by releasing a defendant and then arresting that person all over again.  But when a person is bailed out, they can return home to continue their daily routine, uninterrupted, until their trial – a much better alternative to spending that time in jail.

WHAT DOES A BAIL BONDSMAN CHARGE FOR POSTING BAIL?

A bail bond is like a check held in reserve – or a contract/guarantee.  It is the defendant’s promise that they will meet their court date(s).  Bondsmen are licensed and qualified to asses the risk they will be taking when it comes to posting a bond for anyone.  That is why they, alone, are trusted by the courts to use a surety bond, rather than having to pay a full amount.

With bail in California being very high, often times thousands of dollars, paying a bondsman’s fee is a bargain compared to having to finance the entire bail amount.

The people who contract with a bondsman are called “co-signers” or “Indemnitors.”  The bondsman charges them a legal fee of 10% of the entire bail amount for his services.  This 10% is what’s known as a “premium” and it is nonrefundable.

If a bail amount is very high, a bondsman might additionally need to ask for “collateral”, which is valuable property like a house.   If the defendant fails to make their court date, the bondsman can cash-in this interest, but if the date is kept, this collateral is returned to the owner free and clear.

CAN’T WE NEGOTIATE HOW MUCH BAIL WE HAVE TO PAY IN COURT?

Judges are responsible for setting bail and most jails have standard bail schedules that specify certain bail amounts for particular crimes.

The person in jail can see the judge and ask for his bail to be lowered, but actually getting this to happen depends on various circumstances and it also means waiting in jail until that date, which is also called an “arraignment”.

THE BAIL AMOUNT IS SO HIGH I CAN’T EVEN AFFORD TO PAY THE PREMIUM!

That happens a lot.  And it’s another good reason to contact a bail bondsman.  Many companies, including ours, can work out payment plans for you.  We are also open 24/7 to answer any bail-related questions you may have.  Please call Greg Rynerson Bail Bonds at 888-224-5266 or (888) BAIL BOND toll free or 805-582-0955 locally.

 

Updated: 06/18/2014