Newport Beach is an active city located on the breathtaking California coast. With beautiful, sandy beaches, fun surfer culture, and bustling nightlife, it is no wonder that so many people love to spend their time in this city. All of that being said, Newport Beach is not the safest place to live or visit, as it has a crime rating that makes it more dangerous than 80% of other U.S. cities. Considering the high crime rate, it stands to reason that the local police are quick to make arrests, not bothering to ask questions beforehand. It could be very easy to end up in the wrong place at the wrong time in Newport Beach.
Most of us assume we will never have to face an arrest or have to post bail. But the truth is, these things happen when you least expect them. With no knowledge of the justice system, you may feel lost, believing you have no options left but to sit in jail and wait for your trial. That is why we at Balboa Bail Bonds have dedicated ourselves to helping people who have been arrested get back home to their families. Our agents are always available to post bail, offer advice, and give a helping hand when you need it most. If you or a loved one have been arrested in Newport Beach, call us at (619) 760-2222 and find out how we can help you.
Immediately after your arrest in Newport Beach, you will be taken to the Newport Beach Police Department at 870 Santa Barbara Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660. There you will be processed and then placed in a cell while you wait for your bail hearing. The police department doubles as the local jail, so you will probably not be transported somewhere else. But, if there is overcrowding at the police department, then you may be taken to Orange County Central Men’s Jail, 550 N Flower St, Santa Ana, CA 92703, or to the Women’s Central Jail, 44 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA 92703. There you will await your trial.
Before being transported to another jail, however, you will be given a bail hearing within 24-48 hours of your arrest. The hearing will be over a live video feed and will involve a judge looking over your case and determining how much your bail will be. Bail is usually determined on what the alleged crime is, whether you are a flight risk, and if you have a criminal history. If the judge feels that the crime is minor and you are unlikely to flee the city, you may be released on “your own recognizance.” This means that the court believes that you will appear at all court proceedings on your own volition, without the incentive of getting your bail returned to you. You should know, however, that there is a set bail schedule determine by the Californian government that the judge will be required to reference. If your crime has a minimum set bail, then that is what your bail will be placed at.
Aside from the bail schedule, one of the biggest factors in how high your bail is, is your perceived flight risk. Flight risk refers to how likely you are to leave the city and try to evade the law. Elements that help determine your flight risk are:
- If you are locally employed or employed at all
- If you live nearby
- If you have family in the area
- If you have attempted to flee the law in the past
After your bail is set, you will then be expected to pay it or remain in jail until your trial. Choosing to pay your bail may seem like an impossible undertaking. Few of us have that kind of money just laying around. That is why a bond agent is key in securing your freedom. With Balboa Bail Bonds, you will be released within 24-48 hours of your arrest. No matter what time or day you need an agent, we are available to offer you much needed support and to get you back home to your family.
After being released from jail and allowed back home, you will have to wait for the day of your trial. There may be several court proceedings set before your trial that you will also be required to go to. All court proceedings will likely be at Harbor Justice Center Newport Beach, which can be located at 4601 Jamboree Rd, Newport Beach, CA 92660. Appearing at these proceedings on time and well-dressed is incredibly important when it comes to both giving the court a good impression and making sure your bail doesn’t become forfeit. Once your bail is forfeit, you will not be able to get it back and you will lose all the money you gave to the court.
If you have accidentally missed a court date, or know that you will be late, you should immediately call your bond agent and inform them of the situation. Make sure you are always as honest as possible with your agent, as they can’t help you if you are caught in a lie. All Balboa Bail Bond agents work diligently to have a strong relationship with local courts, and so we may be able to keep your bail from becoming forfeit. The court makes its own decisions, however, and there is no guarantee that your bail will be returned to you if you miss an appearance.
If you show up to all court proceedings well-dressed, arrive on time, and follow all court orders, then your bail will be exonerated. This means it will be returned. If your bail is returned, then all you have to do is pay our incredibly low 10% premium. We work hard to make sure that we can help as many people as possible and keeping our premiums low is just one of the ways that we do our best to offer a helping hand. Best of all, we don’t expect the payment to be in one lump sum. Instead, we offer flexible payment plans that will work with your needs.
No one wants to face an arrest alone. Going up against the justice system can be terrifying, especially if you don’t have the resources to get back home to your family. That is where we at Balboa Bail Bonds come in. We want to help those in need and we know that the last thing you want when facing a criminal trial is to be stuck in jail. If you or a loved one have been arrested in Newport Beach, call one of our Orange County bail bond agents at (619) 760-2222. We are here to help!