Santa Ana Bail Bond Store Understands Families

Mom and Teen with Counselor

Some bail agencies only care about money, and how much they can squeeze out of you. They don’t care about how long it takes to get you or your loved one bailed out. Some don’t even care if you get bailed out, as long as they get their money. Santa Ana Bail Bond Store is not one of those bail companies.

We’ll treat you and your family with the respect that everyone deserves. We’ll walk you and your family through the bail process and make sure they understand it. Santa Ana Bail Bond Store won’t just explain it to them once and walk away, we’ll take as much time as your family needs to understand what is going on.

The bail agent will work with your family to figure out a payment plan that works best for your needs. Together we’ll get all of the paper work taken care of quickly so that you can be bailed out of jail the moment we’re able to do so. An agent will be there to walk you out of jail and return you to your awaiting family.

Santa Ana Bail Bond Store understands families, we’ve been a family owned company from the beginning. We take care of you and your family like you’re a part of ours. Santa Ana Bail Bond Store aren’t worried about how much money we can get from you, we’re worried about your family and you.

Understanding How the Bail Works

People all over are under the impression that once a loved one has been arrested, bailing them out is as quick as making a phone call. Unfortunately they’d be wrong. In the modern world it’s easy to forget that things don’t happen instantly or near instant like fast food. An old saying is “Good things take time.” This is definitely true with bail bonds.

There are very few things that are as good and worth some patience than bailing a loved one out. The bondsmen at Santa Ana Bail Bond Store do understand how much stress having a loved one arrested can cause. They work as fast as they can to bail your loved one out and get them safely returned to you.

But sometimes it seems like the Universe is out to prevent that from happening. Whether it’s trying to help multiple families at once or the jail taking it’s time in helping out with the case, it can take a while to get your loved one back home.

Some people just aren’t ready to hear this, but as stated earlier, it’s a sad truth. The thing to do if this happens is to have patience. The agents at Santa Ana Bail Bond Store are doing everything in their power to bail your loved one out as quickly as they can. They’re on your side.

Call us (714)973-2245 or TOLL FREE at 1-800-793-2245 anytime if you have any questions or need to obtain more information about bail bonds in Santa Ana, CA.

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Pretrial Release Reform: Less Blame, More Solutions Through Private & Public Partnerships

Originally posted at Fox & Hounds Daily.
By Eric Granof.

The problem of jail overcrowding continues to surface in many states and counties across the country. This issue has spurred much debate as to its root cause, which some have attributed to the commercial bail industry. While this theory is highly questionable and unsubstantiated, it remains clear that the problem of overcrowding must be addressed by our state and local governments. In order to do so effectively, all players involved must stop pointing fingers and be willing to put their cards on the table and abide by the rules of honesty and fairness.

The real battle behind the jail overcrowding issue is one between the public sector pretrial release community and private sector commercial bail bond industry. This debate has been spurred on by the continued downturn in the economy, strong ideological differences and shrinking public resources. Put simply, the public pretrial release faction argues that our jails are overcrowded because the individuals who have been arrested can’t afford to pay for a bail bond.

The commercial bail bond industry has been in existence since the founding of the United States and is currently utilized effectively in 46 of the 50 states. A defendant (typically through his or her family), pays a premium to purchase a bail bond — essentially a guarantee that he or she will appear in court for trial. Accountability is a key component of the commercial bail system.

Meanwhile, public pretrial programs grew out of the understanding that there are those in society with special needs (e.g., those who are indigent or with substance abuse issues) and who cannot afford to pay for a bail bond.

In the eyes of those in the commercial bail industry, there is a role for both sides in the system. As they see it, those persons who genuinely require special assistance should definitely receive the benefit of “social justice.” This is where public pretrial fills a vital need.

Conversely, those defendants who don’t have special need requirements and are capable of taking care of themselves should – indeed – must be held accountable for the charges for which they have been accused. One could say that these individuals require more “criminal justice” tools and higher levels of accountability, such as those provided by the commercial bail bond industry.

Examining the situation logically, it should be obvious that there is a place for both public sector and private sector solutions to the challenges facing our criminal justice system.

If our communities are to appropriately address jail overcrowding in a balanced and effective way, we must look past hot button terms like “jail bed space” and “quick release,” and focus on more relevant concepts such as “ensuring appearance” and “protecting the public.”

Decisions about pretrial release mechanisms, whether public or private, should never be about jail overcrowding or how fast someone can get out of jail. Rather, they should always be centered on the original intent of pretrial release, which is to ensure the appearance of a defendant at trial (Stack vs. Boyle, 1952). Coupled with the concept of assuring public safety, one has a measuring stick by which all types of pretrial release decisions should be made.

There have been many private and public studies on how to determine the form of pretrial release that best assures appearance. While each study has varied slightly in its objectives the results are consistent. Independently, each has concluded that the most effective way to assure a defendant’s appearance at trial is through a commercial bail bond, which carries with it significant financial responsibility. The results are definitive and have survived all attempts to discredit them. Still, the commercial bail industry also takes the firm stance that they should not be the only form of pretrial release. They believe that there is a role for both public and private sector solutions.

As counties all over the country address their own jail overcrowding issues, it would be prudent to bring together all parties involved. Whether they are private or public entities, it is critical for everyone to work together to find ways to increase the effectiveness and accountability of their criminal justice systems. The stakes are far too high to allow the current situation to continue without a solution.

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Eric Granof serves as Vice President of Corporate Communications for AIA/ExpertBail. The AIA family of bail bond insurance companies has been partnering with agents across the country for over a century. Formed in 2003, AIA is an alliance of the industry’s leading companies Allegheny Casualty, International Fidelity Insurance and Associated Bond. He welcomes comments from readers.

ExpertBail is a national network of bail bonds agents, which sets professional standards of integrity and conduct for agencies throughout the country. Created by AIA, ExpertBail also serves to educate the public on how bail, properly handled, supports the criminal justice system and increases public safety.

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Orange County’s Bail Schedule And How Judges Set Bail

Being exposed to the criminal justice system for the first time can be a daunting and confusing time for most. Santa Ana Bail Bond Store would like to help shed light on this subject to help you when you need it the most.

Orange County’s bail schedule is reviewed and set by a panel of Judges once a year. This bail schedule contains an extensive list of offenses for crimes committed within the County’s jurisdiction. Judges normally follow standard practices in setting amounts guided by what type of crimes the defendant is being charged with. For example, a non-violent misdemeanor crime bail amount might be $2,500 and a more severe felony $50,000. Capitol crimes generally do not have bail granted. The bail amounts listed in the bail schedule are contingent on the maximum jail time that can be imposed. However, Judges have the authority to raise or lower the standard bail at their discretion. Judges can also waive bail altogether to protect public safety. Bail may also be denied by the Judge if the Court determines that a flight risk exists.

Criminal defendants do not need a lawyer to arrange bail. They can post cash bail directly with the Court or obtain a bail bond from a licensed Bail Agent. Santa Ana Bail Bond Store in most cases can have the defendant released within a few hours of arrest. Call us if you need help securing the release of your loved one.

(link to 2013 Orange County Bail Schedule)
Felony Bail Schedule

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Pretrial Service Agencies on the Attack While Ignoring their Own Failures



As we move further along in the Pretrial Justice Institute’s self-declared Bail Month, I wanted to point out a recent story out of Minnesota that I believe should open people’s eyes to the real failures of the pretrial community. This morning the Star Tribune published an article about the 100s of people with mental illness languishing away in Minnesota jails. Now, it is important to understand that this is not an article that the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) was behind. Nor was it a story that the Justice Policy Institute (JPI) was behind. How do I know? I know, because it doesn’t point the finger at commercial bail as the cause and the problem. And just for the record, they definitely wouldn’t be behind this story, because it is ultimately reporting on the failures of their own programs. As most people know, the pretrial community (especially groups like PJI and JPI) isn’t much for discussing the real issues around the criminal justice system. Instead these two organizations would rather spend valuable tax dollars (which they are constantly complaining about not having enough of) and private donor dollars to publically defame and disqualify one of the most effective components of the criminal justice system…and yes, I am talking of course about the commercial bail industry.

The interesting and troubling thing to me about this article (which can be viewed here… “Left in limbo, hundreds of Minnesotans with mental illness languish in jail” ) is that it really opened my eyes to the real misguided motivation of the pretrial community. And I say misguided because, personally, I honestly believe there is a purpose and role for pretrial services in helping people with special needs, but unfortunately in reality that purpose and role goes unfulfilled.

For example, according to the article, “on any given day, the Hennepin County jail holds 100-200 inmates with severe psychiatric disorders. That represents ¼ of the jail’s population, and they languish there, on average for three months before getting proper psychiatric care.” Notice how they don’t mention that those people are there because they can’t afford a bail bond.

Now I am under the impression that Pretrial Service Agencies were created to assist and manage these types of populations. They were designed to assist the truly indigent…those without means and without connections to family…those who have mental health issue or substance dependency/abuse issues. But the problem is they are failing when it comes to this mission. Instead they have taken their eye off the ball and focused it squarely on the commercial bail industry. Nowhere can I ever recall seeing something about the intent of pretrial services (when it was first conceived) to be about people should not have to pay for a bail bond. It has always been about making sure that those that need help get it. So why today is the sole purpose and mission of the pretrial community to eliminate money bail? Why are they so focused and committed to eliminating us as a pretrial release mechanism (especially when it has been proven time and time again to be the most effective way to ensure appearance)? Why are they so focused, that they would spend countless taxpayer dollars designating an entire month to spreading lies and negative stories about the bail industry? Wouldn’t it seem more appropriate to having a month dedicated to helping the people being held with mental disorders? Wouldn’t it be more beneficial and appropriate to have month dedicated to honoring the pretrial community’s successes in helping people with substance abuse issues? Those are the questions that I believe people want answered. Those are the questions that I believe the pretrial community needs to answer and should be answering.

Imagine if the pretrial community focused on achieving the mission on which they were first created…to helping those that can’t help themselves. Our jails might be a different place and our tax dollars might be going towards good as opposed to going towards public relations efforts and smear campaigns.

So here are my recommendations to both JPI and PJI. Designate a month dedicated to improving public safety. Reach out to the commercial bail industry and find ways to work together to make sure that the people in the system get the help they need. Acknowledge the role and effectiveness of commercial bail and show how the public is being protected more effectively when people are released on financially secured bail. If pretrial would to reach out in this way, I know that the bail community would reciprocate and acknowledge the role and effectiveness of pretrial services.

I honestly believe that if these things could happen, then the criminal justice system would be in a better place. Together we can be a positive force that is maintaining the proper level of accountability for those who are not indigent and taking care of those in a smart responsible way that are and need assistance. It is time to stop persecuting and smearing the commercial bail industry and time to start embracing us as a partner.

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