Irvine is a wonderfully diverse city, so much so that the residents celebrate that diversity every year in the Global Village Festival. On non-festival days, you can enjoy picturesque beaches, incredible amusement parks, and a lively downtown area. Best of all, Irvine is a safe city with a lower arrest rate than many other U.S. cities. The overall crime rate is 50 percent lower than the national average, as reported on the California Jail Roster. Still, that clean record means that law enforcement may be keen to arrest anyone that they feel may smudge Irvine’s good name.
If you were arrested in Irvine, you are likely feeling alone, afraid, and stressed over what your future holds. The best way to get back on your feet and give yourself the chance to relax again with your loved ones is to post bail. But if your bail is set in the tens of thousands, how can you hope to afford it? That is where Balboa Bail Bonds come in. We pay your bail so that you can prepare for your trial in the peace of your own home. If you need an experienced Irvine bail agent, call us at (619) 760-2222. We’re here to help.
Bail is often set at an amount that an average person cannot afford. According to bail schedules in California, the amount you may be asked to pay can vary from the thousands to the hundreds of thousands. Many of us live from paycheck to paycheck, and certainly don’t have that kind of cash just lying around. You may assume that your situation is hopeless and that you will never be able to make bail. Well, thankfully, our agents are here to lend a helping hand. One call to Balboa Bail bonds will get you out of jail fast and back home to your loved ones where you belong.
Immediately after your arrest, the police officers will take you to the local Irvine police department, which is located at 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606. There you will be booked and placed in a holding cell until your bail hearing. The hearing should be granted within 24-48 hours of your arrest and will consist of a judge reviewing your case over a live video feed. During that hearing, the judge will consider many factors, including:
- If your alleged crime was violent
- If there is an alleged victim involved
- Whether your crime was a misdemeanor or felony
- Your criminal history
- Whether you are a flight risk
After you bail hearing, if you do not post bail, you may be transported to the Orange County Jail at 550 N. Flower Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703, or to the Theo Lacy Facility, which can be found at 501 The City Drive South, Orange, CA 92868, where you will await your trial. However, if you call one of our agents, we can have bail posted within a few short hours. Then you can get back home and await your trial in the comfort of your own house.
Irvine law enforcement works with several different courts, meaning there are a couple of `locations that your trial could take place. It may be at Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach Facility, located at 4601 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, CA 92660, or at the Lamoreaux Justice Center at 341 The City Drive South, Orange, CA 92868. At either location, the process will mostly be the same.
After a criminal arrest, your first court appearance is your arraignment. This legal proceeding is when you enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or nolo contendere (no contest). If you plead guilty or nolo contendere, you go directly to a sentencing hearing.
The pre-trial process is the phase of criminal justice proceedings in which many cases are resolved. It involves hearings, motions (documents asking the court to take a particular action), and exchange of relevant information between the prosecution and the defense. It will also involve negotiations and plea bargaining.
Criminal Trial and Sentencing Hearing
If your case goes to trial, either a judge or jury will decide whether to acquit or convict you of the charges you are facing. If you are convicted of a crime, you will have a sentencing hearing, in which your attorney will present any mitigating circumstances and ask the court for leniency. In contrast, the prosecution may ask for harsher penalties.
Under your agreement with our bail bond agent at Balboa Bail Bonds, we cover your bail so long as you make all your court appearances. Once you fulfill this requirement and your case is settled, dismissed, or tried, your bail is exonerated. Our team will help you understand every step of the bail process and act professionally and efficiently to get you out of jail as soon as possible!
Make sure to contact us at any time if you are worried about missing a court appearance or are running late. Failing to attend all hearings can result in your bail being forfeited. Our agents have strong relationships with local courts and can work to have your bail reinstated, however, this is not guaranteed if you miss a hearing.
Unlike other bail agencies, we only ask that you pay us a 10% premium once your bail is exonerated. That means that if your bail was $5,000, you will only owe us $500. Even better, with our flexible payment plans, we set up a payment schedule that works best for you. We understand that money can be tight, and we want to do our best to make sure you are able to get out of jail fast, without having to worry about how you will pay us back.
The criminal justice system can be terrifying to walk through alone. Few of us think we will be labeled as criminals until the handcuffs are suddenly slapped on our wrists. Thankfully, you don’t have to go through this stressful process alone. At Balboa Bail Bonds, our Orange County bail bond agents are available 24/7, and all are bilingual in Spanish and English, meaning that whatever background you come from, we will be able to help. If you have been arrested in Irvine, call us at (619) 760-2222. Our agents are waiting to hear from you.