Westminster is a diverse city, known for its diverse culture that visitors and locals from all backgrounds can enjoy. Sadly though, Westminster’s crime rate is fairly dismal. It is considered more dangerous that roughly 85% of all other cities in the United States. Because of its high crime rate, the Westminster police can be aggressive when it comes to dealing with those that they believe have committed a crime. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time in Westminster could easily lead to you being held at the Westminster Police Department.
No one imagines they’ll end up arrested one day. We all assume that we’ll be able to go through life without getting to know the inside of a jail cell. Sadly, these things happen when we least expect them, and facing the justice system alone can be intimidating. Luckily, the team at Balboa Bail Bonds is available 365 days a year to offer some much-needed help. If you have been arrested and want to get back to your family as soon as possible, call us at (619) 760-2222 to speak to an experienced bail bond agent.
Following your arrest, you will likely be transported to the Westminster Police Department, which can be found at 8200 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CA 92683. There you will go through processing, and then be held until your bail hearing. After your bail is set, 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, if the police department is overcrowded.
Your bail hearing should be held within 24-48 hours following your arrest. The hearing will consist of a live video feed where a judge will look over the facts of your case and determine whether you should be granted bail, and if so, how much it should be. If the judge feels that the crime is minor, that you are not a clear flight risk, and you have no prior arrests, then you may be let out on “your own recognizance.” This means that the court has decided to trust that you will not try to flee without the incentive of bail forcing you into court. However, for significant crimes, there is a bail schedule set by the California government that the judge will have to follow. This schedule includes strict minimums for specific crimes.
You should be aware that your perceived flight risk, or how likely it is that you will leave the area and try to evade the law, is an important factor in how high or low your bail is. Issues that are important in determining flight risk include:
- Whether you are a local or live in the area
- Whether you have a job in the area
- Whether your family lives locally
- Whether you have a past record of evading the law
After your bail is set, you must then pay it in order to leave the jail and go home. Paying for your bail may seem practically impossible, however. Most of us live paycheck-to-paycheck and do not have much spare money lying around. Thankfully, if you hire a Balboa Bail Bond agent, they can pay the bail for you, and you will probably be out of jail and back home within 24-48 hours. Our agents are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. So, no matter what time or day you are arrested, we can be there to offer you the support you need.
After you are released on bail, you will be expected to attend all court proceedings. In Westminster, it is likely that your trial will be held at the West Justice Center, 8141 13th St, Westminster, CA 92683. It is incredibly important that you always show up to court on time and are dressed professionally. Being late or missing court appearances is taken very seriously and could result in your bond becoming forfeit. A forfeited bond means that the court keeps your money and will not return it, even after your trial.
If you miss or are running late to a court hearing, you should always call your bond agent immediately and explain the situation honestly to them. Your agent cannot help you if you don’t communicate with them. Our agents work diligently to keep positive relationships with local courts, and we may be able to keep your bond from becoming forfeit if you miss a court-ordered appearance. There is no guarantee that your agent will be able to fix every situation, however, and your bail may still become forfeit.
So long as you go to all court hearings on time and you follow all court orders, your bail will be returned. You may be wondering, “If I couldn’t afford to pay the bail in the first place, how will I pay it after my trial?”
Well, with Balboa Bail Bonds, you will actually only have to pay a low 10% premium. We like to keep our premiums low so that we can help as many people as possible. We even offer incredibly flexible payment plans that will allow you to pay us back in a manner that works best for you and your wallet.
Facing an arrest alone is no easy task. Few people know how the justice system works until they are suddenly thrust into it. That is why Balboa Bail Bonds is dedicated to helping others get out of jail and back home to their families. If you or a loved one have been arrested in Westminster, you are in desperate need of our help. Call us at (619) 760-2222 and get in contact with an Orange County bail bond agent!