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.

Can a person bail themself out of jail?

In very few circumstances, they can but a bail bonds company needs someone to sign for the defendant.  When a person signs to get the defendant out of jail, the person is then responsible for that person.  The person who is liable is called the indemnitor.  The indemnitor is responsible for the defendant and must make sure he or she appears at all court dates until the case is done.  In the event that the defendant runs away, the indemnitor has to help the bail bonds company find the defendant and get them back to court.

If someone were to sign for themself and then decide to run away, the bail bonds company would have a very hard time getting that person back to court and would have to pay the court the full amount of the bail if they aren’t able to find the defendant in time.

If you have someone in jail and you want to get them out, remember that you are responsible for the full bail amount if he or she decides to run away.

Call Golden Eagle Bail Bonds at 877-525-1711.  Our agents will help you understand the process and answer any questions you have about bail.

How long does it take to get someone out of jail?

At Golden Eagle Bail Bonds we are available 24/7 and are always ready to get your loved one out of jail.  If your loved one was taken to a city jail then once the paperwork is filled out and the bond is posted, the release time can be anywhere from 30 min to a couple hours.  If the person is in custody at a county jail then once the paperwork is filled out and the bond is posted the release time can be anywhere from 4 hours to 10 hours depending on the jail.  It is always best to try to get someone out a city jail, because city jails often transfer defendants to county jails.

If your loved one has been arrested call Golden Eagle Bail Bonds at 877-525-1711.  Serving all of Southern California.  We will work with you.

Can I bail someone out if I have bad credit?

At Golden Eagle Bail Bonds, your job is your credit.  As long as you are currently employed, then we will work with you.  Whether you have good credit, bad credit or no credit, we will make posting bail affordable and will work with you.  We offer low down payment plans with many options.  Call us at 877-525-1711 and speak with our licensed agents.

We understand that getting arrested is not a planned situation and we understand that no one is prepared for it when it happens.  So we will do our best to work with you to get your loved one home.

 

What happens if you’re out on bail and you miss court?

It happens.  People out on bail do happen to miss court.  Sometimes car troubles or family emergencies occur and you can’t make it to court on your court date.  So what to do?  Well first thing to do is call the bail bonds that you are out on bail with.  Tell them your situation and they can issue a reassumption for the bond and you can go to court the next day and take care of it.  Once a person out on bail misses court, the bail bonds and the indemnitor have 6 months to get the defendant back to court before the court demands the full bail amount to be paid.  It is always best to get someone back to court as soon as possible.  If you are the liable for the defendant and he or she is not willing to go back to court, it is your job to help the bail bonds company with any information on the whereabouts of the defendant.

Missing court does not have to be a big deal or the end of the world, there are simple solutions for the situation.

What to do when you have a warrant?

Did you forget to go to court?  Did the court send you a letter saying you have a warrant?  Did the DA decide to file a case and now you have a warrant?  Well you’re not alone, it happens.  So what do you do now?  Well it depends what the warrant is for, if it’s for something minor like a traffic ticket you forgot to pay, just go to court and see a judge.  If you got a warrant for something a little more serious, you should call a bail bonds.  At Golden Eagle Bail Bonds our professional agents can help you take care of your warrant.  If you have an arrest warrant, then any contact with the police will land you in jail.  Call Golden Eagle Bail Bonds now at 877-525-1711, we can help you avoid being arrested for a warrant.

What is the Booking Process?

When a person is arrested, they are taken to either a city jail or a county jail.  At the city jail the booking process is a lot faster than at a county jail.  The jailer will book a defendant by finger printing them, taking a mugshot, running them for warrants and they will also be questioned by the officer who arrested them.  At a city jail the booking process may take anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple hours.  At a county jail the booking process can take anywhere from 4 hours to 8 hours.  Once a person is booked and they can be bailed out if they are able to be bailed out.

If a person has a hold, then they must stay in jail until they see a judge and the hold is removed.  If your loved one has been arrested, call Golden Eagle Bail Bonds at 877-525-1711.  Our agents are always available to take your call.  We serve all jails in the Southern California Area.   At Golden Eagle Bail Bonds we understand the urgency of getting your loved one out.  Give us a call, let us help you bring your loved one home.

What is a 1275 Hold?

When someone is arrested and they are being charged with a crime that has to do with money or drugs, the court will sometimes put a 1275 Hold on a person.  A 1275 hold is in reference to the Penal Code 1275.1, which states that bail money obtained illegally will not be accepted.  It also states that if there is probable cause to suspect that the money or property used to post bail may come from criminal activity, then bail will not be accepted.  The hold can only be removed in court.  If your loved one has been arrested and they have a 1275 Hold, call Golden Eagle Bail Bonds at 877-525-1711.  As long as you can provide the court proof of where the money comes from, then the hold can be removed.  We have assisted many defendants and their families to help get the hold removed and bail posted.