The City of La Mesa, also known as the “Jewel of the Hills,” is a beautiful city in San Diego County, home to over 60,000 residents. La Mesa is known for its great weather, excellent local wines, beautiful views, and family-friendly atmosphere. Whether you’re a resident or tourist, the sights and atmosphere of La Mesa are hard to beat.
The La Mesa Police Department boasts 69 sworn officers and 31 civilian employees, along with a large squad of volunteers. They answer over 100,000 calls each year and do their best to keep their beautiful city safe. Unfortunately, the crime rate in La Mesa is struggling. La Mesa has a crime rate higher than 53% of the cities in California, with a 1 in 49 chance of being the victim of a violent or property crime.
Whether you’re in La Mesa as a tourist or as a resident, a high crime rate means the police officers are significantly more likely to arrest you if they think you may be involved in a crime. Legally, police officers only need “probable cause” to arrest you, which means you could be arrested by simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Being arrested is a frightening and confusing experience. Police, Sheriffs, and the entire law enforcement system was designed to keep innocent people safe, and unfortunately, being arrested puts you on the wrong side of that equation. Even if you’re innocent, the police will likely treat you as a risk to public safety and do their best to intimidate you.
Fortunately, California’s cash bail system provides a fast way out. A judge usually sets bail within 24 to 48 hours after your arrest, and the amount is based on an assessment of several factors:
- The severity of the alleged crime
- Any past criminal history
- How likely the judge perceives you are to flee if released on bail
When you are given access to a phone after being booked, one of your first actions should be to call us, so we can start the process of monitoring your case and help you post bail so you can return home. We are very familiar with the steps involved in posting bail, and we can take much of the stress and uncertainty out of the situation.
When you’re arrested, you will likely be brought straight to the La Mesa Police Station, located at 8085 University Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942. There, you will be booked and held pending an initial hearing with a judge (usually done over a live video feed) where bail may be granted and set.
Many of our clients get released on bail within the first 24 to 48 hours, saving them from being transferred to the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility, located at 451 Riverview Parkway, Santee, CA 92071. Once released on bail, you will be back with your family and able to work on an effective defense with your lawyer from the comfort of your own home, instead of from a jail cell.
Your court hearings and trial will likely occur at the East County Regional Center of the Superior Court of California, located at 250 E Main St #1, El Cajon, CA 92020. By attending all hearings, attending your trial, and complying with court proceedings, your bail will likely be exonerated, meaning you will only have to pay the low 10% that we charge for our services. We offer flexible financing, as well as rebates for US military veterans.
If you fail to appear as ordered, your bail may be forfeited – meaning you will be required to pay the full amount. If you miss any of your court proceedings, you must contact your Balboa bail bonds agent immediately, as our agents can often work to help keep your bail from being forfeit.
Balboa Bail Bonds is a premier bail bond agency serving the greater San Diego area. We have agents strategically located throughout the county who are on-call 24/7. All our agents are veterans when it comes to getting our clients bailed out (with a minimum of 5 to 10 years of experience) and speak fluent Spanish. With our intimate knowledge of the courts, jails, and bail system in California, we know what steps to take to get bail set and posted as fast as possible. We understand the stress, anxiety, and confusion that comes along with being arrested, and we are here to help you regain your freedom.
When you call, you will always speak to a live person who can get you the help you need and start guiding you and monitoring your case from the beginning. Call us today at (619) 760-2222 to get started.