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April 4, 2022  |  Posted by Balboa Bail Bonds Team  |  Bail Bonds

The criminal justice system touches every segment of society, including law enforcement. According to a recent study of law enforcement officers, police are held in custody more than 1,100 times per year, accused of a multitude of crimes, including sex offenses, manslaughter, improper shootings, drunken assault, and murder. What’s more, law-abiding police officers often have to bail family members out of jail, including their own children. 

At Balboa Bail Bonds, we believe that law enforcement is critical for the security of our country and the freedom of the individual. We need just, fair, and compassionate officers to keep the streets free from crime and enforce the law. That’s why we offer the largest discounts on bail bonds in California for police and their families. It’s our way of saying “thank you.” We want to ensure that police and their families have the best possible bail support before the court date. 

What Are Bail Bonds?

Bail bonds are financial instruments that defendants can use to bust themselves out of jail without having to pay the full price of the bond set by the jail or court. 

Most bail, even for less serious crimes, can range into the tens of thousands of dollars. Amounts are high because law enforcement agencies want to incentivize charged individuals not to skip their court date. 

Unfortunately, the majority of those charged don’t have large sums of money like this, lying around, ready to spend on bail. Therefore, they need help.

That’s where bail bonds come in handy. Instead of paying the court directly, a bail bondsman pays the bail on your behalf in exchange for a small fee. Usually, the price is 10 percent of the value of the bail, but we offer discounts for law enforcement members and their families, so if you are a police officer and come to us, you will wind up paying less. 

Once you pay a bail bondsman and they release the money to the court, you are free to leave jail. The bail bondsman is then responsible for ensuring that you show up to all of your court dates at the specified time and date. 

The vast majority of defendants attend court on the specified dates. However, if they don’t, bail bondsmen can collect you from your location and ensure that you show up on time. 

How Do Bail Bonds Work? 

Arrests of law enforcement officials and their families can occur at any time. For that reason, bail bondsmen, including us, are available 24/7 – whenever you need us. 

After arrest, law enforcement agents set a bail amount that you must pay to secure the release of the defendant from jail. In some cases, bails are low and you may be able to pay them out of pocket, but this is rare. In most cases, you will need a bail bondsman to make up the shortfall. 

To start the process, you can call us or contact us online. We can then complete paperwork electronically and communicate with the law enforcement officials holding you to secure your release from jail.

The paperwork serves an important function. Not only does it let us transfer the required bail to the relevant official, but it also guarantees law enforcement officials that we will do our best to ensure that the charged individual shows up for court. 

To complete the process, the charged person then pays their non-refundable deposit and the process is complete. The bail agent then pays the full amount of the bail and gets the defendant out of jail.

How long it takes for law enforcement to release the defendant depends on how busy they are. During quiet times, release may occur a few minutes after they receive payment, though it can sometimes take several hours. 

Law Enforcement Bail Bond Example

Let’s suppose that a defendant who is a police officer is arrested and sent to jail, and that the court issues a $20,000 bail bond. If the defendant does not have the full $20,000, he or she cannot pay the bond and, therefore, cannot leave jail before the court hearing.

This is bad news for the defendant. Like anyone else, he does not want to spend time behind bars. But also, he wants to make sure that he can work and look after his family while he awaits trial. He does not want to be sitting idle for weeks for the court appearance to occur. 

The defendant then contacts Balboa Bail Bonds via telephone from jail and enquires about bail bond services. 

For Balboa Bail Bonds to pay the court the bond, they require a maximum payment of $2,000 of the price of the bail. Balboa Bail Bonds then takes this fee and pays the court the full $20,000 to secure release. 

Because they are going via Balboa and not another agency, the defendant may not have to supply collateral in the form of jewelry, a car, a house or some other valuable possession. All he needs to do is pay the fee and then Balboa will do the rest for him. 

To make matters even easier financially, Balboa Bail Bonds can offer the defendant financing options. This way, he can pay the $2,000 over several months in smaller installments. 

Once the defendant shows up to court and goes through all the proper proceedings, the court releases the bail money back to Balboa Bail Bonds to cover their costs. If the defendant attends court after having paid bail himself, he will receive the full balance of the bail amount, regardless of whether the court convicts him or not. 

How Much Bail Do Law Enforcement Officials In California Have To Pay?

Each county in California uses its own bail schedule. There is a list of crimes, and bail amounts set next to them. Bails can start as low as $10,000 and go all the way up to $1 million, according to local statute books. However, most charges carry a bail between $20,000 and $50,000. 

Law enforcement officials and their families can struggle to come up with that amount of cash upfront. With the help of a bail bondsman, such sums of money are considerably more accessible. 

Our Incredible Bail Bond Discounts For Law Enforcement In California

Bail bondsmen typically charge California residents 10 percent of the value of the bail. However, as a token of our appreciation, we offer substantial discounts, considerably below the standard rates. What’s more, when you work with us, you get access to perks that you simply can’t find anywhere else. 

Largest Law Enforcement Discounts In California

Nobody offers larger discounts for law enforcement in California than Balboa. When you come to us, you’ll be blown away by how much money you can save versus the competition. We will discuss the amount of your discount with you when you contact us, letting you know how much you can save. 

Flexible Payment Options

Bail bonds premiums are almost always an unexpected expense. For that reason, law enforcement officials and their families might not have the money they require in their accounts right now to pay the bond.

Fortunately, if you want to pay your bail bond fee in installments instead of a single lump sum, you can. This way, you can reduce the financial burden of your bail bond even more.

Remember, when you work with Balboa Bail Bonds, you never pay any mobile service fees, processing fees, or posting fees. 

No Collateral Required

Furthermore, when you come to us, you don’t have to put up any collateral for the bail bond premium for most cases. In other words, you don’t have to offer your car, house or any other asset you own as security. 

Fast Confidential Service

Lastly, we provide law enforcement officers and their families fast, confidential services. You can get assistance by phone, online or in person. 

Get Your Law Enforcement Bail Bond Discount Today

If you or somebody you know is in jail and needs to pay a bail bond, come to us. Our quick, reliable and effective service provides you with the bond money you need at a fraction of the cost of paying upfront yourself. 

What’s more, if you are a law enforcement official, you can get the largest discount on bail bonds in California. Our rates can’t be beaten. 

So what are you waiting for? Contact us now, secure your bail, and regain your freedom.