How the County bail bond process works.
You can post a bail bond in Orange County 24 hors a day and 7 days a week. Whether the defendant is in custody of the sheriff or the police department makes a difference. It generally takes 15 minutes to 2 hours to be released from most Police Departments. It takes about 5-8 hours for release from the OC Sheriff Department.
How much does a bail bond cost?
Cost can vary but all bail bondsmen start between 8% and 10% which is the Department of Insurances filed rates which a bondsman must write the bond for. From here some bond companies offer rebates which can be applied to the premium allowing you to pay less. Some rebates will save you as much as 25% making bond costs as low as 6% paid in full. We also have payments plans available for our bail bonds.
How long does it take to get released after the bail bond is posted?
The release time depends on where they are in custody.
Orange County IRC (Intake Release Center) – release is 24 hours a day 7 days a week and will take 5-8 hours from the time of posting the bond.
- Theo Lacy Facility – release also takes 5-8 hours but at night they will transport the inmate to IRC and release from there which takes some additional time.
- James A. Musick in Irvine – All inmates will be transferred to OC IRC for release. The release process generally takes 2 or more additional hours for transport time. When and how often they transfer an inmate after a bond posting depends on the sheriffs schedule.
- Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and Buena Park Police Departments – usually 10 – 20 minutes after posting.
- Santa Ana, Fullerton and Anaheim Police Departments – usually 30 minutes to 2 hours.
How long is the bail bond good for?
The bond will be for the life of the case with Chad Conley Bail Bonds. Be careful because many companies write the bond for only one year expecting their clients to pay the entire premium in one year all over again.
What is a co-signer responsible for and for how long?
First off whether the defendant is innocent, guilty, charges are dismissed or there is a plea bargain none of which have any affect on the bond being forfeited. The bond is the courts leverage to assure the defendants appearance in court until the case is over. The bail company and the cosigners will be relieved of liability no matter the outcome of the case so long as the defendant appears till the case is concluded.
A cosigner is a person(s) that promises to pay the bail bond company if the defendant forfeits the bond due to failure to appear. Often times the cosigner also puts up collateral for the bond. If the defendant accidentally fails to appear in court generally these type of mistakes can easily be corrected by the bondsman. If the defendant evades court the bond company will be given some time to communicate or arrest the defendant prior to them or the cosigner having to pay the entire bond amount. Only if the defendant decides not to go to court and can not be located will the entire bond be forfeited by the courts.
When will I have to go to court and where is it located?
You will be given a court date and court location when the bond is posted. The dates are usually 30 days from posting unless it is a domestic crime which the court date will be less than a week.
There are four Superior Courts in Orange County. Which court has to do with the area within the county you were arrested not whether you were arrested by sheriff vs police.
North Justice Center in Fullerton
West Justice Center in Westminster
Central Justice Center in Santa Ana
Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach
Where do we sign all the paperwork?
You do not need to leave home to post a bond. The forms can be filled out either by online application or we can email or fax them to you. Most people chose our easy online application that can be completed without having to email, print or fax.
How do I know if a Company is licensed?
The California Department of Insurance has a website that you can check any bail bond license.
If you need a bail bond in Orange County please call me to discuss any of your questions. I can help communicate with the jail and get all booking, charges and bond information so you can make an informed decision.