One mistake or a misunderstanding could land a person on the wrong side of the criminal justice system. If you are arrested in Brea, you will be taken into custody, and to gain your release, you will probably be required to post bail. Depending on the charges, bail could be set at many thousands of dollars, which you may not have available in cash. That is when you need bail bonds in Orange County.
People arrested in Brea are usually taken to the Brea Police Department Jail at 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea CA 92821. This jail is typically used as a temporary holding facility before inmates are transferred to the larger Orange County Jail in Santa Ana. In a much smaller jail such as the Brea facility, processing and release goes much faster. If a bail bondsman is contacted soon enough, you may be able to avoid transfer to the Santa Ana facility altogether.
Your first court appearance after an arrest is called an arraignment. You must appear at the time and place stated on your paperwork. At your arraignment, the judge will tell you:
- What charges are being filed against you
- Your constitutional rights in the matter
- That that the court will appoint an attorney to represent you free of charge if you cannot afford one
You will respond to the charges by entering a plea of guilty, not guilty, or nolo contendere (no contest). If you are still in custody at the time of the arraignment, the judge will either release you on your own recognizance, set bail and send you back to jail until bail is posted, or hold you in custody without bail.
Bail is our right under the Constitution, except in capital cases or when the court decides the defendant may flee rather than stand trial. The bail schedule in Orange County is reviewed and set by a panel of judges every year. The judges set bail amounts for an extensive list of offenses committed in Orange County based on the type and severity of crime. As a comparison, bail for a serious felony may be set at $50,000, while bail for a non-violent misdemeanor may be set at $2,500. At their discretion, judges can raise or lower the standard bail amounts in specific cases.
Bail amounts are set high deliberately to encourage people to show up in court. Most people cannot afford to post bail personally out of their own pockets. Bail bonds in Orange County make it possible to get out of jail by paying a premium that is only 10% of the total bail amount. In exchange for the non-refundable premium, a bail bondsman can post the full amount with the court in the form of a security bond. In addition, our bail bond agents are familiar with the release procedures in Orange County facilities and can help you get out of jail sooner.
At Balboa Bail Bonds, we are experienced and professional -- we know what we are doing. We are also affordable, fast, and easy to work with. Each of our bail bond agents has five to 10 years of experience and is fluent in Spanish. We treat all our clients and potential clients with courtesy and respect. If you need bail bonds in Orange County, call us today at (619) 760-2222.