Options for Release from Jail
Types of Release from Jail
After an arrestee has been booked and processed, they may be eligible for release from jail. In California, options for jail release include:
Release by Bail Bond
A bail bond,
technically known as a Surety Bond, is acquired using a licensed
California bail bond company or agency. Many times a relative or friend
will be the one that contacts the bail bond company. The bond company
will handle the paperwork when the bond is approved; this can generally
be completed in under an hour. The purpose of the bond is to guarantee
to the court that the defendant will keep all court appearances. If the
defendant fails to appear, the bail bond company will return the
defendant to court or see that the full amount of the bail is paid to
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you may call for information specific to your case or to start the
process for your California bail bond. My nationwide, Toll-free phone
number is 1-800-598-BAIL (2245) or call 1-888-598-5288.
Release on Own Recognizance (or "O.R.")
the defendant is released with a promise to return to court as directed
by the court on his or her "own recognizance", this is known as "O.R.".
In this type of case, the judge believes the defendant is not a flight
risk and will return for court dates without the added inducement of
bail. Paperwork is provided to the defendant at the time of O.R.
indicating all necessary information about returning to court. A bail
bond company is not necessary when the defendant is released on their
Property Bond Release
defendant may occasionally have the option to use a property bond to
post bail. With property bond, the court is able to record a lien on
the property for the amount of bail. The property must have equity
equaling 150% of the full bond amount. If for any reason the arrestee does not make the court date, the court may foreclose on the lien to receive the bail amount.
bonds are rare because they take a considerable amount of time, money
and effort to secure. The process is similar to that of a real estate
transaction, requiring a certified appraisal of the property value,
title search, equity and the like. The equity in the property must be
at least 150% of the total bail amount. Most defendants are interested
in obtaining release from jail as quickly as possible, making the use
of a bail bond company more appealing.
bail is another option. Courts generally take cash or cashier's checks
only (not credit cards or personal checks). If you plan to do a cash
bond, check with the specific court or jail for accepted forms of
payment and appropriate payee. When the case is finished, the cash is
returned. Cash bail does not require a bail bond company.
A Citation Release is also known as the "Cite Out". The arrestee is
given written charges and court appearance information. A "Cite Out" is
generally used for very minor infractions.
Call 24 hours a day for more bail bonds information or service. Toll-free 1-800-598-BAIL (2245) or call 1-888-598-5288.
Al Patel, Bondsman
Free Bail Bond Information, Anytime
Insurance License # 1845933
5220 Clark Ave. Suite #110
Lakewood, CA 90712
(Next to Lakewood Sheriff Station)
Lakewood : 562-866-7666
Cerritos : 562-860-7779
Norwalk : 562-864-7779
Downey : 562-861-7666
Long Beach : 562-435-7666
Orange County : 714-969-7779
Diamond Bar : 909-860-7779
Monrovia : 626-303-5557
La Palma : 714-994-4666
Northridge : 818-837-3777
Santa Monica : 310-576-7779
Cell phone : (562) 572-9935
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
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"You helped me get bailed out of jail on Friday night. I just wanted to say thank you. It was an awful experience for me, and if nothing else, your kind voice on the other end of the phone in that cell was a tremendous comfort."
- Chrystal in Santa Clarita