While Menifee was once a small Southern California town, its population has nearly doubled over the past ten years. Who can blame people for wanting to move to such a breathtaking city? With an incredible backdrop of Menifee Mountain, the lush Diamond Valley Lake just a short drive away, and plenty of wineries for those looking for a relaxing weekend activity, Menifee is truly a breathtaking place to live.
Sadly, even somewhere as picturesque as this city can have a dark side. In fact, Menifee has actually been found to be more dangerous than an alarming 76% of other United Sates cities. This kind of high crime rate can make police officers far more prone to arrest first and ask questions later. While they may do so in the name of safety and justice, mistakes are easy to make, and you may find yourself in a pair of handcuffs just from innocently walking down the street.
An arrest, whether you have committed a crime or not, is terrifying. You are suddenly thrown into the back of a police car, with no word to your friends or family, and dragged into the police department. There you are treated like a criminal before you can even stand trial. No one deserves that kind of humiliation or panic. That is why we at Balboa Bail Bonds are so dedicated to helping those in need. If you have been arrested in Menifee, you need the best bail bond agency in Southern California. Call us at (619) 760-2222 for the helping hand you need.
Right after your arrest, you will be taken to the Menifee Police Department at 29714 Haun Rd Unit-A, Menifee, CA 92586. While there, the officers will process you before placing you in a holding cell. Within 24-48 hours, you should be granted a bail hearing. This hearing will take place over a video feed, where your bail judge will use several factors to determine how high or low your bail should be set, as well as if you should be granted bail in the first place. Not being granted bail is very rare in California. That is only ever done if you are deemed to be a danger to the community, which may happen if your alleged crime involved many severely injured victims.
Short of that, however, the judge will likely grant you bail. He or she will review the bail schedule, which lists different crimes and the bail associated with said crimes, to see how high the government believes your bail should be set. After the judge has the base bail amount from the schedule, he or she will then decide to lower it or raise it, based on a few facts. These include whether you have a criminal history, whether victims were harmed in your alleged crime, and if you are a flight risk.
Determining flight risk will involve:
- Whether you are a local to Menifee
- Whether you have family who live in Menifee
- Whether you work in Menifee
- Whether you have a past of fleeing criminal charges
If your crime was not violent or serious, and you are not a flight risk, then your bail will likely be set on the lower side. However, even a “low” bail can still be difficult to pay. That is why one of your first phone calls should always be to the Riverside County bail bond agents at Balboa Bail Bonds.
If you pay bail, then you will be allowed to await your trial in the comfort of your own home, or in a secondary location if you are temporarily not allowed back to your house, which can happen in cases of alleged domestic violence. Your trial will likely take place at that Riverside County Superior Court, which is located at 30755 Auld Rd, Murrieta, CA 92563. The trial process can take a long time, and after being released, you may not even set foot inside the courthouse until several months after your arrest.
It is important to remember that you will be required to make appearances in court outside of just your trial. There will be hearings and meetings, all of which may require your presence. Skipping or being late to any of these runs the risk of making your bail forfeit. This means that the court will take ownership of the money, and not return it. It also means you may be transported back to jail to wait for your trial there, as the court will no longer trust you not to leave town. While you are likely to be offered bail again, it will most likely be higher than before, and you will still be out all the money previously used on your last bail.
That being said, Balboa Bail Bonds works hard to maintain a strong relationship with all local courts and judges in and near Menifee. That means, if you are late or going to miss a court appearance, you should call your agent as soon as possible and explain the situation. Your agent may be able to negotiate with the court to have your bail reinstated. However, that is never guaranteed, and you should never skip a court appearance under the assumption that your agent will be able to smooth things over for you.
Given the size of Menifee, you have plenty of bail bond agencies to choose from. But most of them will only call to ask when they’re getting their premium paid. At Balboa Bail Bonds, we pride ourselves on excellent customer service. Not only do we treat our clients with the compassion that they deserve, but we are available 24/7, 365 days a week. That means that not matter what time you are arrested, be it at 2:00 a.m. or on Christmas Day, an agent will be there to offer you a helping hand.
On top of that, all of our agents are required to be bilingual in both English and Spanish. We know that Menifee is a diverse city, and we want to make sure that our clients represent that diversity. Everyone should be able to get the help they need, no matter what language they speak.
Of course, few people actually understand how the bail or legal system work, and so are left with many worries and questions following their arrest. While most other agents would ignore you until it comes time to pay, we at Balboa Bail Bonds are always ready to answer your burning question. We walk our clients through the bail process, instead of leaving them out to dry. You may have plenty of bail options in Menifee, but there is only one agency that will offer as much compassion, support, and understanding: Balboa Bail Bonds.
It is important to remember that even if you lose your trial and are sentenced to jail or prison, your bail will still be returned. Bail only exists to make sure that people are incentivized to go to their court appearances. Otherwise, plenty of people fearing incarceration would simply leave town, evading law enforcement. This means that, so long as you go to all court appearances, your bail will be returned to whoever paid for it. If you paid your own bail, then it will go back to you. If you worked with a bail bond agency, then it will be returned to them.
That being said, few people feel as though they can even afford to make it to the point where they get the bail back. Even if you know that the money isn’t gone forever, that doesn’t mean you can afford to pay it. Few of us have a couple thousand laying around in our bank accounts. Being suddenly asked to pay $3,000 to go home can seem like an impossibility. However, with the help of a bail bond agent, that may actually be feasible.
We at Balboa Bail Bonds will happily pay your bail for you, and when it is returned, will ask for a small 10% premium. That means that your $3,000 bail is now just $300. If that still seems like too much, we also offer flexible payment plans for all of our clients. We make it our business to work with you and your wallet, to ensure that you can afford to pay us back. Unlike other bond agencies, we don’t treat our clients like a quick paycheck. We know that you are confused, scared, and ready to go home, so we do everything in our power to make sure you get there.
An arrest can be a terrifying prospect. Few people expect to go through one. Sadly, you can find yourself on the wrong side of the law, even when you haven’t committed any criminal acts. But we at Balboa Bail Bonds strongly believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. That is why we have dedicated ourselves to helping those who are facing arrest in Menifee. For dedicated and compassionate help from one of the best bail bond agencies in California, call us at (619) 760-2222 today.