If you have been notified that a friend or family member has been detained by the Sunnyvale Police Department you will want to contact a local bondsman right away. Many times people will call a bondsman at the time of the arrest. They will ask if they can go to the jail right then because they want the defendant to be released fast. Unfortunately, there are several things that will need to take place before the jailer will allow anyone to post Sunnyvale bail bonds.
After the defendant is arrested they will be informed of their Miranda Rights. The officer will tell them they have the right to remain silent and that they have the right to consult with an attorney. They will then transport the defendant to the San Jose Jail in order for them to be booked into the system. During this time the crime they are being charged with will be cross checked against the county bail schedule. This document is set each year by a panel of superior court judges and it provides guidance when it comes to setting bail. High bail amounts will be assigned to serious crimes, such as armed robbery, while lower bail amounts will be assigned to minor crimes, such as shoplifting.
The defendant will also need to undergo a national background check and warrant screen. In order to do this the jailer will take their fingerprints and submit them to the Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ receives thousands of sets of prints each day. It often takes between 4 and 6 hours for them to return the results to the jailer. No one will be permitted to post bail bonds until this step is complete.
When you contact a bondsman early on you can help ensure the defendant will get out of jail as fast as possible. The cost to arrange Sunnyvale bail bonds will be 10% of the defendant’s bail amount. Depending on the severity of the crime they are being accused of, this can still translate into thousands of dollars. What happens if you are unable to pay the full amount all at once? Will the defendant need to remain in custody until you can gather the funds? This more depends on the company you choose to hire.
Every bondsman is required to charge the same rate but that is not to say that all companies are alike. Some only accept payment in cash while others take Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, debit cards, Western Union, bank transfer and direct bank deposit. Some require clients pay up front, in full, while others allow clients the option of paying off the balance over time. If you need a bail bonds payment plan you will want to find someone who can work with your financial situation.
In most cases you will be asked about the health of your credit. The bondsman will also need to pull a credit report. If your score has a few dings, don’t worry. They may simply ask if you can provide a second cosigner. In some cases the credit score requirement can be waived if you are able to put 50% down. Be sure to ask lots of questions about the terms and conditions of the payment plan before you sign any paperwork. A bail bonds agreement form is a legally binding document so it is important you understand what you are committing to.
One the paperwork is complete and payment has been worked out, an expert agent will go to the jail to “post” the bond. In most cases the defendant will be released between 4 and 6 hours later.