How Bail Works

An Irvine bail bond company is usually contacted by the defendant’s friend, relative, attorney or the defendant himself. Bail services are not able to start, however, until the arrest and booking processes are complete. Once they are completed, the bail bond company will start by collecting basic information about the criminal defendant’s situation. To assess the risk involved in the bail bond, most bondsmen ask questions such as where is the detainee being held, how long have they been there, what are the charges, where is their place of work, etc. If and only if there are no government holds on the defendant then the bail bond can be written. If the Bail agent feels there is little to no risk of the detainee fleeing, payment arrangements can be made so that the 10% premium doesn’t always have to be paid upfront.

The friend or relative taking responsibility for the bail bond will need to sign a few documents including the following:

  • a Bail Bond Application
  • a Bail Indemnity Agreement
  • a receipt

Once the bail bond paperwork is finalized, a licensed bail bond agent will “post” the bail bond at whatever jail in Orange County where the detainee is being held. For help locating an inmate, please click on the “Jail Locations” tab at the top. From the time a customer first calls into a bail bond company for bail services to the release of the defendant there is a wait time anywhere between about 20 minutes to two hours so the process of acquiring a bail bond is usually fairly quick. The quicker the better is what the bailees are most likely hoping for so bail bond companies do try their best to get all the paperwork processed and finalized very quickly. Our agents are very aggressive when it comes to getting your loved one released.