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Binders Bail Bonds is a family owned and
operated bail agency proudly serving Southern California and surrounding areas. Binders Bail Bonds prides itself on providing exceptional
service in a caring, confidential, dignified manner. We operate 24 hours a day
every day of the year. We are always available for questions, comments or
concerns during any part of the bail process. Our goal is to assist families and friends
to the best of our ability. All of our agents understand the stress and potential
awkwardness of contacting a bail agency. Binders Bail Bonds
makes bailing a friend or loved one fast and easy.
How does bail bonds
When an individual is arrested for a crime, typically that
person will be taken to a local law enforcement station for booking, prior to
incarceration in a station lock-up or county jail. Once arrested and booked, the defendant
has several options for release pending the conclusion of his or her case. Bail is
designed to guarantee the appearance of a defendant in court at the time the judge
What are the release options if someone is
There are five basic release options available. The five
Cash Bail - Cash
bail means a person must give the court the total amount of the bail in cash. The cash
will be held by the court until the defendant appears to all of his/her court cases and
the case is concluded. Full cash bonds provide a powerful
incentive for the defendant to appear in court. If the defendant appears for all of
his/her scheduled court appearances, the cash bail should be returned in full.
Surety Bond - An
alternative to cash bail is a surety bond. This process involves a
contractual undertaking guaranteed by an admitted insurance company having adequate assets
to satisfy the face value of the bond. The bail agent guarantees to
the court that they will pay the bond forfeiture if a defendant fails to appear for their
scheduled court appearances. The bail agents guarantee is made through a surety
company and/or by pledging property owned by the bail agent.
For this service, the defendant is charged a premium
(typically 10% of the bail amount in California). For example, if the bail amount in
$10,000.00, the premium charged is $1,000.00. Prior to the posting of the surety bond, the defendant, friend or relative must contact a
licensed bail agent. Binders Bail Bonds can be contacted
toll-free at 1-800-957-2245. Once a bail agent is contacted, an interview or appointment
will be immediately scheduled.
By involving the family and friends of a defendant, as well
as through the acceptance of collateral, the bail agent can be reasonably assured that the
defendant released on a surety bond will appear to all of his/her court appearances.
After this procedure is completed, the bail agent will post a
bond for the full bail amount, financially guaranteeing the defendants return to
court as scheduled.
With money on the line, the bail agent has a financial
interest in supervising bailees, and ensuring that they appear in court each end every
time the court orders them to appear. If the defendant does not appear in court (skips),
the bail agent has time and the financial incentive to find the defendant and bring
him/her to court.
Property Bond - In
rare cases an individual may be released by posting a property bond with the court. With a
property bond, the court records a lien on the property to secure
the bail amount. If the defendant fails to appear in court as scheduled, the court may
foreclose on the property to obtain the forfeited bail amount.
Release on Own Recognizance (O.R.) - Another
method of release, pending trial, is through a county or law enforcement administered
pre-trial release program. Usually, the employees of these programs interview defendants
in custody and make recommendations to the court regarding the release of these
individuals on their own recognizance (i.e., without any financial security to insure the
The interview process is often conducted over the telephone,
usually with little inquiry into the defendants background. The interview process
attempts to determine whether the detainee is likely to appear in court. There is usually
no verification of information provided by the defendant. Since no money, property or bond is posted to secure the defendants appearance in court,
he/she faces no personal economic hardship from the conscious decision not to appear in
Release on Citation (Cite Out) - This
procedure involves the issuance of a citation by the arresting officer to the arrestee,
informing the arrestee that he/she must appear in court at an appointed court date.
The "Cite Out" usually occurs immediately after an
individual is arrested. As a consequence of the failure to follow complete booking
procedures, the true identity and background of most individuals released on citation is
never established. This results in the release of numerous arrestees who may have
outstanding bench warrants pending or who may present a significant danger to society.
Accordingly, in those cases involving "Cite Outs",
the arrestee may never be placed in custody. Like the Own Recognizance (O.R.) release, the
defendants appearance in court depends exclusively on the integrity of the defendant
voluntarily returning to court as ordered by the court.
How much does a bail bond
(surety bond) cost?
In California, the bail premium (fee) is typically 10% of the
full bail amount. For example, if the bail amount is $10,000.00, the premium charged is
How much of the premium will I get back?
Typically the 10% premium is fully earned once the bail bond
is posted with a jail or court. That is how bail agents and their surety companies make
their money and pay their bills.
What is collateral?
Collateral is anything of value used to financially secure a
What can be used as collateral?
Some examples of collateral include houses, cars, boats,
jewelry, electronic equipment (you get the idea).
When will collateral be returned?
Collateral is usually returned when the court finishes with
the defendants case(s), exonerating the bail bond(s), and when all fees have been
How long does it take to get released from
Orange County has two types of jails. There are city jails
operated by city police departments (i.e.: Santa Ana Police Department) and there are
county jails operated by the Orange County Sheriffs Department. After a defendant is
booked into a city jail in Orange County (i.e.: fingerprinted, photographed, warrants
checked, etc.), it typically takes anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour to be released on
bail. After a defendant is booked into a county jail in Orange County, it usually takes
anywhere from 2 to 8 hours to be released on bail. We wish we could speed up the process
but the city and county jails operate at their own pace. Binders
Bail Bonds does everything possible to expedite the release of you, your friend or
loved one. Let us assure you we will be by your side every step of the way.
Why Us: Our purpose for explaining who we are is to hopefully
demonstrate that we are normal, hard-working, community-based, tax-paying citizens here to
assist you and your loved ones in your time of need. All of our agents are friendly and
easy to talk to. We will attempt to answer all of your questions completely, honestly and
to the best of our ability. We can be contacted 24 hours a day by dialing
1-800-957-2245. Also, feel free to Email Us or Contact Us.
We look forward to meeting you soon.
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