Mission Viejo is a sprawling city with nearly 100,000 residents. With a cool lake, beautiful views of the mountains, and a robust downtown, it is a wonderful place to visit and live. On top of that, the city has a relatively small crime rate and is considered safer than 56% of U.S. cities. However, that sense of safety can create problems for those who are suspected of committing a crime. The local police are proud of how safe their city is, and so will want to nip any possible criminal activity in the bud. That means you may be arrested first and asked questions later.
Facing the criminal court system alone is a daunting task. Few of us assume we will need to understand how bail works until we suddenly have to pay it. Thankfully, the team at Balboa Bail Bonds is here to lend a helping hand. Our agents can walk you through the process, provide helpful advice, and make sure you arrive at your court hearing on time. Waiting for your trial in an Orange County jail cell simply is not an option, but with one of our agents by your side, you will be back home with your family in no time. Call us at (619) 760-2222 no matter the time of day.
After you are arrested, you will likely be taken to the Mission Viejo Police Services’ building which can be found at 200 Civic Center, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 for processing. After you are processed, you will be held there for a period of time while you await your bail hearing. In some circumstances, you may be transported to the Orange County Central Men’s Jail, located at 550 N Flower St, Santa Ana, CA 92703, or to the Women’s Central Jail, which can be found at 44 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA 92703.
Within 24-48 hours following your arrest, you will have a hearing with a judge over a live video feed to determine your bail amount. The judge in question will review your case and the alleged crime. If the crime is a minor one, you are a low flight risk, and you have no past criminal history, then it is possible you will not be required to pay bail at all. Instead, the court will release you “on your own recognizance.” That means that the court is trusting you to appear to all court proceedings on time without the pressure of bail making you go. For more significant crimes, however, California has a set bail schedule that the judge will be expected to follow.
You may be wondering, how does the judge determine whether you are a flight risk? Well, there are several key factors that come in to play with the decision. They include:
- If you are employed locally
- If you have family in the area
- If you live in the area
- If you have attempted to evade the law in the past
Being considered a flight risk can hurt your ability to get out of jail and back to your family. With a bail bond agent at your side, however, it is likely that you will be released within 24-48 hours following your arrest. If you’re worried our agents won’t be available when you need them most, we have good news! Our agents are readily available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Once you call, they will provide immediate assistance and be happy to answer any questions you may have. Our support is some of the best in California.
After being released on bail, you will be sent home to await the day of your trial. All court proceedings for your case will most likely be at the Superior Court of California of the County of Orange, which is located at 700 W Civic Center Dr, Santa Ana, CA 92701. As you have been granted the privilege of bail, you will be expected to show up to all court hearings on time and appropriately dressed. The courts frown on those who are late or miss proceedings, and it is likely to be held against you if you do. Your bail could even become forfeit if you don’t show up, meaning you will lose the money.
If you feel you cannot get to the court, have accidentally missed a court date, or broken the bail terms laid out for you by the court, then you should contact your bond agent immediately and tell them honestly what happened. Our agents work hard to have a strong relationship with local courts and may be able to have your bail reinstated. However, no one can predict how the court will feel about your breach, and there is no guarantee that your bail will not become forfeit.
After going to all your court proceedings and following all court orders, your bail will be exonerated, as in, it will be returned. But even paying it in the first place may seem impossible for you. Bail can seem daunting when you are first told how much it will be. Few of us have an extra grand lying around, let alone several. But with Balboa Bail Bonds, you won’t have to worry. After your bail is exonerated, we only ask for a small 10% premium. Meaning, if your bail was $5,000, you will only owe us $500. Even better, we offer flexible payment plans that allow you to pay us back in a way that works for you.
If you or someone you love has been arrested in Mission Viejo, then you need a helping hand. We at Balboa Bail Bonds have dedicated ourselves to helping those in need. We understand the importance of getting back to your family and your job following an arrest, and we offer the best way to do just that. Don’t allow yourself to suffer in jail when you could be back in the comfort of your own home. Contact one of our Orange County bail bond agents today at (619) 760-2222.