When you learn that a loved one is in jail, your first thought will be how you can get them out of there as quickly as possible. But of course, you’ll know that you can’t just walk up to the jail, open the door, and bring them home with you.
Thankfully, in most cases, you will have an option available to you: bailing them out of jail. This is the go-to, effective method for ensuring that your loved one doesn’t need to spend any more time behind bars than necessary.
Still, while bail is effective, the process can seem confusing — or even overwhelming — to people who have limited experience with the jail system. That’s why we thought it’d be a good idea to put together a handy guide about how the bail process in San Diego works.
Want to get your loved one out of jail now and don’t have time to read the guide? Give Balboa Bail Bonds a call at 619-760-2222.
What is Bail in San Diego?
If you’ve seen any crime-related TV show or movie, then you’ll have heard the term ‘posting bail.’ But what is it, exactly? While it might sound confusing, it’s actually very simple. Bail is a sum of money that, once paid, allows the defendant to return home until their court date. If bail is not posted, then they will have to remain in jail until their court date.
Since court dates can be weeks or months after the arrest, you can see why bail is so important. Rather than sitting in a jail cell, the defendant can return home to their loved ones and prepare for their court date in a comfortable and familiar environment.
The cost of bail is set by the judge. The more serious the crime, the higher the cost of bail. In extremely serious cases, bail will not be granted, and the defendant will have to remain in custody until their trial. However, that’s rare — in the vast majority of cases, people who find themselves in a San Diego jail will be eligible for bail, though how much they have to pay (or have paid on their behalf) will depend on various factors, including the crime they’ve committed, their criminal history, and their flight risk.
How to Bail Someone Out of Jail in San Diego
As we said above, in the vast majority of cases, a loved one who finds themselves in a San Diego jail will be eligible for bail. So we’ll work under the assumption that it’ll be possible for you to post bail on their behalf and bring them home. The question is, how do you make it happen? Below, we’ll run through a simplified version of the process.
Find Out Where They Are
There’s more than one jail in San Diego, so your first step will be to figure out where your relative is being held. You have to post bail directly to the jail, so without this information, there’ll be nothing you can do (unless you work with bail agents).
You can find the jail facility they’re being held at by inputting their first and last name into the Sheriff’s Who’s In Jail website. This will show the base arrest information, including whether they’re eligible for bail and the amount. Note that it can take a little bit of time for these details to enter the system, so don’t worry if you don’t immediately see the information after the arrest. It’ll show up eventually.
Check the Bail Amount
You’ll need to know the value of the bail. This information is usually available online, though you can also call the jail directly. If you work with Balboa Bail Agents, we’ll be able to find out the cost of the bail on your behalf.
Figure Out the Payment Process
Bail is designed to allow defendants to return home, rather than sitting in jail. Once you know where your loved one is being held and the value of their bail, you can get to work on bringing them home.
There are multiple ways to post bail. You may use a property bail, which uses a property that’s in your name as collateral, though this is less common. You could also elect to pay the full of the bail bond yourself, in cash. Finally, you’ll have what is usually the easiest and most straightforward way to post bail, which is to work with a bail bonds company such as Balboa Bail Bonds. This option allows you to pay only 10% of the bail cost, with the bail bondsman paying the rest.
Working With a Bail Bond Company
The bail bond process is relatively straightforward, but only if you have experience working with the jail system. If you, like most people, are feeling a little overwhelmed that your loved one is in jail, then the most effective way to bring them home quickly is to work with a bail bond company such as us here at Balboa Bail Bonds. We have extensive experience in posting bail, so you can have faith that you’re in safe hands.
We’ve made it as easy as possible for people in San Diego to post bail. In fact, it’s a simple four-step process that’ll result in your loved one returning where they belong: home.
Step one: contact us as soon as possible. The sooner that you get in touch, the faster we can post bail and bring your relative home. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so no matter what time you get that distressing phone call, you can always get in touch with us. You can call our San Diego branch by calling 619-760-2222. Alternatively, you can complete the contact form on our ‘Contact’ page, or use the live chat feature on our website.
Once you’ve got in touch, we’ll figure out the key details, such as where your relative is being held and the bond amount.
Complete the Bond Agreement
We want to help as many people get their loved ones out of jail. That’s why we offer flexible payment plans that work for you. We’ll never charge you more than 10% of the total bail amount, and, unlike other bail bond companies, we won’t add any additional fees, either. Regardless of your financial circumstances, we’re confident that we can come to a bond agreement that satisfies you, so be sure to get in touch. Once the bond agreement has been signed, we’ll begin the process of getting your loved one out of jail.
We’ll Get To Work
With everything arranged, we’ll get to work. We have the finances available to pay the full bail amount as soon as possible, so you can rest assured that things are moving in the right direction. Once we’ve posted bail, it’ll typically take around 1 – 2 hours for the jail to process the paperwork required to free your loved one.
Your Loved One Is Released
And that’s it! Once everything has been taken care of, your friend or family member will be allowed to return home until their court date.
How Balboa Bail Bonds Can Help You
Get Your Loved One Out Of Jail Quickly
When a loved one is in jail, your only thought will be to bring them home as quickly as you can. At Balboa Bail Bonds, we have the experience and expertise you need to ensure that bail is posted as soon as possible, which means your relative doesn’t have to spend one second longer in jail than they need to.
Help Retain Your Financial Standing
Posting bail directly to the jail is rarely cheap, especially since the value of bail can be thousands of dollars. Even if you had that money in your bank account, which many don’t, paying such a large sum could impact your financial standing. When you work with Balboa Bail Bonds, you’ll only ever need to pay 10% of the bail cost. We also offer flexible payment terms, ensuring that the impact on your finances is as minimal as possible.
It’s understandable that you don’t want the whole world to know about your relative’s legal problems. Even if you could raise the bail amount from friends and family, you would likely prefer not to. Using our services ensures that no one needs to know about your relative’s criminal issue unless you want them to.
Peace of Mind That You’re Working With Professionals
There’s more than one bail bond company in San Diego, but they’re not all created equal. At Balboa Bail Bonds, we’re proud to offer a professional and courteous service that our customers love. That’s just one of the reasons we have so many five-star reviews.
Contact Balboa Bail Bonds Today
Finding out that someone you care about is sitting in a San Diego jail can be a highly stressful, unwelcome experience. Balboa Bail Bonds is here to help you bring them home. If you need our help posting bail, then be sure to contact us as soon as possible by calling 619-760-2222. We’re available 24/7, 365 days a year.