With a population of just over 40,000 people, La Quinta is one of the smaller cities in Riverside County. However, that does not mean it has any less to offer. There are plenty of trails for hiking and biking, and festivals happening all year long. Sadly, La Quinta has a dismal crime rate. In fact, it is considered more dangerous than an alarming 74% of other cities. To top it off, the city does not have a police force of its own, instead contracting the Riverside County police department. That means the officers patrolling the city may not be locals. This, combined with the high crime rate, often leads to police officers arresting first, and asking questions later.
It can be jarring to suddenly find yourself in the back of a police car, especially if you aren’t even sure of what you did wrong. After your arrest, you may be panicking, wondering if you will be behind bars forever. Thankfully, you can call Balboa Bail Bonds. Our agents can pay your bail within a day of being called, meaning when you work with us, you don’t have to worry about being behind bars for long. To speak with one of our agents, call us at (619) 760-2222 today.
After you are arrested, you will be taken to the local police department. The La Quinta police operate from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, which means you will likely be transported there, to 86-625 Airport Blvd, Thermal, CA 92274, in order to be processed. While there, your fingerprints will be recorded, and your picture will be taken for your criminal record. After that, you will be placed in a holding cell until your bail hearing.
The bail hearing should take place within 24-48 hours of your arrest. It will likely take place in the police department over a live video feed. During the hearing, a judge will determine how high or how low your bail should be set. The first thing they will take into consideration is the bail schedule. The schedule dictates how high bail should be set according to the crime you allegedly committed. However, the judge can raise or lower that amount if they see fit, and will base that decision on:
- The severity of the alleged crime
- Whether there are any alleged victims
- Your criminal history
- Whether or not you are considered a flight risk
The term “flight risk” refers to how likely the judge feels you are to try and evade the law. Bail acts as an incentive to make sure people show up to their trials, rather than flee the area and avoid prosecution. A higher bail means you are less likely to try and leave the area before your trial, as bail is only returned once a trial is completed. In order to determine whether or not you are a flight risk, the judge will take into consideration:
- Whether you work in La Quinta
- Whether you live in La Quinta
- Whether you have family in La Quinta
- Whether you have evaded prosecution in the past
Once all of this is considered, the judge will set your bail. Once your bail is set, you will have a chance to pay it. If you do noy pay it immediately, you will be transferred to a nearby jail or prison. For an arrest in La Quinta, that means the John J. Benoit Detention Center located at 82675 CA-111, Indio, CA 92201. While in jail, you will still have the opportunity to pay bail, even if you did not pay it initially.
Your trial may not begin for some time. You could find yourself waiting for several weeks just for the court proceedings to begin. From there, it may be several more months before the trial is concluded. If you have no yet paid bail, then the prison you are housed in will be responsible for making sure you are transported to the courthouse on time for all of your appearances. If you have paid bail, then that responsibility will be left up to you.
It is incredibly important that you show up to all required court appearances on time. If you are late, or you miss your appearance altogether, then you risk your bail becoming forfeit. This means it will not be returned after your trial, and the judge may order you placed in a jail until your trial is completed. Remember, the purpose of bail is to make sure you do not flee prosecution. Not appearing to a required court proceeding can make you seem untrustworthy.
If you know that you are going to be late, or that you are unable to make a certain court appearance, then you should immediately contact your bail bond agent. All of our agents at Balboa Bail Bonds work incredibly hard to have a close relationship with all local courts. If you call first, we may be able to speak to the court on your behalf and keep your bail from becoming forfeit. This is never a guarantee, however. To lower your chances of losing your bail, you should make sure you are always at court when you are required to be.
When you work with other bail bond agencies, they will happily pay your bail for you, only to disappear until it comes time to collect their payments. The truth is, most other bail bond agencies don’t care for their clients. Their profits come before anything else. But at Balboa Bail Bonds, there is nothing we care about more than the wellbeing of the clients we are lucky enough to work with. We approach this industry with compassion and dedication.
One of the many ways we show our passion for helping other is by making our agents available 24/7, 365 days a year. Arrests happen every day, at every time. We are prepared to help, no matter when the cuffs are slapped on your wrists. Even better, our agents are all bilingual in English and Spanish. Whichever language you are stronger in, our agents will be able to understand, and answer all of your questions.
Of course, being available and bilingual doesn’t matter if our prices are too steep. Well, at Balboa Bail Bonds, all you will have to pay is a low 10% premium. This means that if your bail was set at $5,000, you would only owe us $500, so long as your bail didn’t become forfeit. But few people have that much money readily available, which is why we also offer a flexible payment plan. We work to make sure that anyone can afford bail, even when they assume they can’t.
Very few bail bond agencies approach their clients or the bail process with as much consideration as we do. At our agency, we believe that everyone should be able to afford bail, and we work diligently to make that belief a reality. If you or your loved one has been arrested in La Quinta, call our agency at (619) 760-2222 to have your bail posted within 24 hours. We are ready to help you.