What does it mean if my bond is EXONERATED?

Once a bail bond is posted, the person who signed for the defendant is liable for the full amount of the bail if the defendant runs away. In court the judge will exonerate the bond when the bond is finished. Having a bail bond exonerated simply means the liability for the full bail amount is no longer there. However if you still owe the bail bonds company money, that money is still owed and payments must still be made. All bonds need to be exonerated in the end. A bond exoneration means the indemnitor no longer needs to worry about the person going to court.

If you have any questions please call Golden Eagle Bail Bonds at 877-525-1711. We can help you understand the whole bail process.

FAQ: Do I have to continue to make my payments once the case is closed?

Yes, payments must be made until the balance is paid off. The bail premium is fully earned by the Bail Bonds company the minute the defendant steps out of jail. Payment plans are a way to finance a bail bond, but just because the case is dropped, not filed or the person is convicted the payments must still be made. People often assume that a bond exoneration means they’re done with their bail bond and all responsibilities associated, but a bond exoneration just means that the liability for the full amount of the bail is gone, but the bail premium is still owed if the balance has not been paid off. If you fail to pay your bail bond premium, the account can go to collections.

FAQ: Can someone be bailed out after they are sentenced?

If someone has been sentenced then they must serve their time in jail before they can be released. Bail can only be posted when a person has bail. Once a person is sentenced they will not have bail. The reason people are bailed out is so they are able to fight their case from the outside and not while incarcerated.

If someone you know is currently fighting their case or was just arrested, call Golden Eagle Bail Bonds at 877-525-1711. Our agents are available 24/7 and can help you make posting bail affordable. Appearing in court in a suit in tie is better than appearing in court in a jumpsuit and handcuffs. Call us now. We will work with you.

What to do if you have a warrant.

It happens, we forget, something comes up, an emergency happens, and we miss our court date. So what do you do next? Well it depends on your situation. If you are currently out on a bail bond for the case that you missed court on, then call the bail bonds company immediately and let them know what happened. You do need to go to court as soon as possible and can do so by showing up at court early in the morning and having the clerk put you on calendar. When you see the judge, he or she may ask for a reassumption, your bail bonds company can fax one to the courtroom or courthouse.

If you are not out on bond and you have a warrant, you may need to set one up with a bail bonds company. If the warrant is in Orange County, then you will have to appear before a judge before you are able to post bond on the warrant. Other counties have different procedures. If you have a warrant, call Golden Eagle Bail Bonds at 877-525-1711. We will be able to walk you through what you need to do to fix the situation.

We are open 24/7 and can help answer any of your questions. Our agents are located throughout the Southern California area and can come to you.

FAQ: Can I bail someone out if I live far away from the jail?

Yes, at Golden Eagle Bail Bonds, we make it easy to post bail for a loved one if you live in another state or happen to be on vacation at the time of your loved one being in jail. Call us at 877-525-1711. We have made it fast, easy and convenient to fill out the bail paperwork. All you need to sign the paperwork is a smart phone or access to a computer. Don’t let distance keep you from getting your loved one out of jail. Our agents are available 24/7 and can send the paperwork to you quickly.

After the paperwork is submitted back to us, the bail agent will go to the jail and post the bond. Posting bail has never been easier than it is now.

When a DUI requires a bail bond.

Has your loved one been arrested for a DUI? If it is the first DUI, then they do not need to be bailed out of jail, the jail will let them out after they sober up as long as they were just pulled over. If they were involved in an accident and someone was injured they will need to be bailed out. However, if it is not their first DUI, then they will need to post bail to be released. Depending on how many DUI’s the person has had will determine the bail amount. If the person was in an accident and someone was injured, the bail amount will be a lot higher.

If your loved one is currently being detained for a DUI, call Golden Eagle Bail Bonds at 877-525-1711. Our agents can call the jail and find out if the person needs to post a bail bond in order to be released. We are open 24/7 and can help you get your loved one out.

We serve all of Southern California. Don’t let your loved one sit in jail, we make posting bail fast and affordable.

What happens if someone is out on bail and they get deported?

If a defendant is currently out on bail and Immigration deports them, their case will still remain open and at their next court date the judge will forfeit the bond.  The bail bonds company must then file a motion with the court to prove that the person was deported and are not able to come back to the United States to appear in court.  The bail bonds company will need to get proof from the person that was deported that they were deported.  The proof must also be submitted to the court.  In some cases the court will not accept the motion and still demand the full amount of the bail.

If you are considering bailing someone out who may get deported, then you might want to think twice about it or atleast understand that you may be liable for the full amount of the bail if the court demands it.

Preparing for your court date

Going to court can be a stressful thing.  It is important to dress appropriately for court.  When you go to court you want to show up looking respectable.  Don’t go to court wearing flip flops or anything with disrespectful logos.  Remember the judge is going to see you and your appearance is his first impression of you.  If you have a lot of tattoos, try to cover some of them up if you can.  It is very important to arrive on time to court.  If it is your first time going to court, go a little early so you can find parking and figure out which court room you are supposed to be in.  Most courts have lists or screens with defendant names and court rooms.

Once you arrive at court, remember to turn your phone off or put it on silent, the court will not be happy if your cell phone starts ringing in the court room.   Once you find the court room you are supposed to report to, some courts have you check in with the bailiff.  The first court date is the arraignment.  At the arraignment the judge will read you the charges that you are being charged with.  After reading the charges the judge will as you how you plea.  It is your choice on how you plea, you can say Guilty, Not guilty or no contest.  Pleading guilty will result in you being sentenced for the crime.  A Not Guilty plea means you want to fight your case and the judge will then schedule your next court date for you to come back for.  No contest is basically saying you do not admit you did it but you also do not oppose not doing the crime.

 

What is an arraignment?

An arraignment is the first court date where the judge reads the defendant the charges that he or she is being charged with.  After reading the charges, the judge will ask the defendant how they plead.  If they plea Not Guilty, then the judge will then set up the next court date for the defendant to come back and begin fighting his or her case.  If the defendant pleas Guilty, then he will be sentenced.  The defendant can also plea No Contest, where the defendant neither disputes nor admits to doing the crime.  When a defendant is out on bail, they are more likely to want to fight the case.  Some cases can take anywhere from a few months to a few years depending on the severity of the crime accused.

In some events a defendant will show up for their arraignment and find out that their case has not been filed yet.  There is a chance that the case may never be filed and there is also a chance that the DA will later decide to file charges against the defendant.

If you’re out on bail and the case isn’t filed on the first court date, the court has 15 days to file a case from the first court date or the bond is exonerated.

Have a question?  Call Golden Eagle Bail Bonds at 877-525-1711.  We are always available to answer your questions.

What happens when I put my house up as collateral?

When you bail someone out and the bail amount is high, the bail bonds company may take a house as collateral.  By taking a house as collateral, the bail bonds company will put a lien on the house for the full amount of the bail.  So for example the bail is $200,000; the bail bond’s company will put a lien for the amount of $200,000.  Aside from the house as collateral, there will also be a fee to get the person out of jail.  The house is just to guarantee the person appears at all of his or her court dates until the case is done.  In the event that the person out on bail decides to run and hide and not go to court, then the people who signed for the defendant are responsible for getting the defendant back to court.  In California, when a defendant does not appear in court as promised then the court with forfeit the bond and the people who signed for the defendant must get the defendant back to court within 6 months or come up with the full amount of the bail to pay the court. So if the person’s bail was $200,000; then the court will demand the full amount of $200,000 to be paid.  If the indemnitors who signed can not come up with full bail amount, the bail bonds company can foreclose on property they took as collateral to get the money to pay the court.

If you have someone in jail and their bail is high, always remember you are liable for them to go to court until the case is done and the bond is exonerated.  If you have any questions please call Golden Eagle Bail Bonds at 877-525-1711.  Our agents are available 24/7 and are always ready to help.  Collateral is not always needed.