SANTA ANA JAIL FAQS

If you have found this page, chances are it is because you’ve been looking for information on how to post bail at the Santa Ana Jail, and you also need to learn bail works so you can do so.

This FAQ page has been created for you as a guide to understanding this process.  We also invited you to call Greg Rynerson Bail Bonds, 24/7 for further information or help. We post bail in Santa Ana, throughout Orange County and all over California.

We can be reached at 888-224-5266 or (888) BAIL BOND.  Our bail bond applications are simple and we can send them to you by fax or email or meet you in person.  Here’s what some of our clients have asked us over the years…

DEFINE “BAIL”

Bail is the temporary releases of a defendant awaiting criminal trial. Bail money helps to guarantee appearance in court.

Bail is a right that is instituted by our Constitution and it is covered under the 8th Amendment. Without bail, a defendant could be kept locked up in jail indefinitely.  Without bail, presuming a person is innocent until proven guilty would not hold water.

HOW IS A DEFENDANT’S BAIL AMOUNT DECIDED?

In Orange County, a bail schedule is used by judges as a guideline to decide what bail amount is appropriate for the crime the defendant is accused of committing.   The judge also takes into account any previous convictions/arrests, the defendant’s community standing and their flight risk.

HOW DOES BAIL WORK?

When you call a bail bondsman he or she will ask basic information during his discussion with you about your situation.  The bondsman does this to help assess the risk involved in posting the bond.

Some of these questions might include how long you’ve known the defendant, whether or not you own a home, what do you and the defendant do for a living and so on.

Once you are approved, you will be asked to fill out an application that is basically a contract between you and the bondsman for his services.  By signing it, you share the responsibility for ensuring that the defendant makes their court date.

This paperwork can be sent to you by e-mail or fax, or the bondsman can meet you in person.  Once you have been approved and have agreed to the terms of payment, the bondsman will go to the jail and post the bond.  Believe it or not, this process does not take very long at all.

IS BAIL THE ONLY WAY A PERSON CAN BE RELEASED FROM JAIL?

Technically there are five ways for any defendant to be released.  Some of them are methods of bail; some are conditions for release.  They are:

Surety Bond – When you contract with a bondsman for bail, he is licensed by the state and underwritten by an insurance company, so he can take on the responsibility of posting a bond, which is like a bank check that guarantees the defendant will make their court date or the bondsman will be responsible for the full amount of the bail. That bond is called a surety bond. The person who signs a contract for it only has to pay the bondsman’s cost-of-service fee, rather than the full bail amount, although they share the legal responsibility for the defendant with the bondsman.

Property Bond – Sometimes property bonds can be posted if the court is willing to record a lien on the property to secure the full bail amount. The drawback to this is, the court will take the property if the defendant does not appear, though they will return it free and clear if he does.

Cash Bail – The defendant, or somebody connected to them, pays the full bail amount to the court in cash.  This amount is returned once the defendant makes their court date.

Release On Own Recognizance (O.R.) – A defendant is entrusted to return to court without any money being paid to the courts to guarantee that he will show up. Low level offenses can be O.R.ed.

Citation Release (Cite Out) – A citation, or ticket, is given to the defendant by the officer who arrested him.  Like an O.R. it is dependant on the defendant’s word that he will attend court.

WHAT EXACTLY IS MY RESPONSIBILITY AS A CO-SIGNER?

You must make sure the defendant shows up in court when required or you could be responsible for the entire bail amount in six months.  However, most of the problems that result from a missed court date can be resolved easily.  But if you believe the person you’re about to help is unreliable, please think twice before legally committing yourself.

You are no longer responsible for the defendant’s bond amount once he/she has made all of their court appearances.

HOW MUCH DOES A BONDSMAN CHARGE?

California co-signer, or premium rates as they are called, are regulated by the Department Of Insurance.

In this state they are set at 10% of the total bail bond amount. For instance, if the bail bond is $10,000 then the premium is $1,000. This is a nonrefundable fee for services rendered.

IS THERE ANY KIND OF PAYMENT PLAN?

Greg Rynerson Bail Bonds understands that posting bail can be difficult financially.

We offer a variety of payment plans and we are happy to accept credit card and cash payments.

WHAT ABOUT COLLATERAL? 

Most bail bonds are written without collateral, but in some cases the bail amount is so high or risky that some form of collateral, usually real estate, is needed.  But once the defendant meets their court dates this property is returned to the owner free and clear.

 

Updated: 06/23/2014