It’s not a happy new year when finding out that a friend or loved one has been arrested and taken into custody. It can raise a lot of questions — particularly for those who have never dealt with the bail bond process before. Being in jail is stressful, both for the defendant and for the family members, and a basic understanding of the bail process can be incredibly helpful for those who find themselves in a situation like this.
When someone is arrested in Santa Clarita, the individual is transported to the SCV/Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station for the booking process. That means the arrestee will have a photograph taken, fingerprints recorded, and a comprehensive national background or Live Scan check will be conducted to search for any warrants, probation, or immigration holds.
Once that process is complete, one of two things can occur: If the defendant is being charged with a misdemeanor, he or she can be cited and released under the obligation to return to court at the appointed date and time. If charged with a felony, the accused will likely be held at the station for up to 72 hours and will be held until the first arraignment, unless he/she is bailed out first. If bailed out, the defendant will return to court within two to three weeks.
It’s important to know, if the defendant isn’t bailed out within that 72-hour period, or if the on-site jail becomes overcrowded, then it’s likely that the suspect will be transferred to one of the larger, long-term holding facilities in downtown Los Angeles. Men are typically sent to the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, while women are sent to the Lynwood Jail (both are L.A. County jails).
When bailing someone out, the first several hours are crucial in determining how long the individual will remain in custody. When time is of the essence, being able to contact a bail agent 24 hours a day, seven days a week is ideal. Once contacted, a bondsman can communicate with the SCV Sheriff’s Station jail and inform them that the bail bond process has begun, often avoiding jail transfers that can add anywhere from 24-48 hours to a defendant’s time in custody.
Privacy is a big issue for many clients, and great care should be taken to ensure their private business affairs are kept strictly confidential. All consultations should be absolutely free-of-charge, and knowledgeable agents familiar with the local jail process in the area should be available 24 hours a day to answer any questions.
The bail bond contract and paperwork required to bail someone out should be straightforward and simple. This includes filling out a bail bond application and signing the indemnitor’s agreement. The agreement states that whoever signs for the bail bond agrees to be held financially responsible in the event that the defendant doesn’t show up for court.
Provided the individual attends all of his/her mandated court dates, the bond will eventually be exonerated, and the person who signs the bail bond will not remain responsible for any cost beyond the bail bond premium. However, if the defendant does not show up for all of the required court appointments, a bench warrant may be issued for the defendant’s arrest and the person (also known as “the indemnitor”) who signed the bail bond will be responsible for paying the full amount of bail to the court.
One of the best things about working with a locally trusted SCV bail bondsman is that a bond can be posted to have a friend, family member or loved one released from the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station jail 24 hours a day, seven days a week.