What Do I Do When Someone I Care About Is Arrested?

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When someone you care about has been arrested, you undoubtedly want to help out. This means that you will probably want to bail your loved one out of jail. When it comes to bail, you have 2 options:

• You can pay a cash bail, which will be the full amount of your loved one’s bail.

• You can get a bail bond, which will only cost 10% of your loved one’s bail.

At Bulldog Bail Bonds, we help our clients bail their loved ones out of jail with affordable bail bonds. Bailing a loved one out of jail is extremely easy when you have our bail agents assisting you.

To get the bail process started, all you need to do is talk to one of our bail agents. You can do that online, over the phone, or in person, whichever method works best for you. Our helpful bail agents will be more than happy to walk...

How Much Does a Bail Bond Cost in California?

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Are you looking to bail a friend or family member out of jail, but are worried about the cost? Do not fret, Bulldog Bail Bonds can help you out. We have been making bail bonds cheap and affordable for Californians for the last 30 years.

In California, all bail bonds start out as 10% of the person’s bail. This means that if your loved one’s bail is set at $10,000, his or her bail bond will only cost $1,000. This is the standard price set by the state of California, however, some bail bond companies can offer you a discount.

At Bulldog Bail Bonds, we are able to offer qualified clients a 20% discount on the price of the bail bond. What this means is, instead of paying 10% of the bail, you only pay 8%...

How Do I Choose a Bail Agent?

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Choosing the right bail agent is a very important task, your loved one’s freedom hangs in the balance. So, how do you do it? It is not like they teach you how to do this in school. Luckily, Bulldog Bail Bonds is here to help you.

When looking at a bail agent, you need to consider how much experience he or she has. The longer someone has been in the business, the better that bail agent probably is. The more time you spend bailing people out of jails, the more you learn about the bail process. Bail agents who have been working at their job for years, have learned hundreds of little tricks that help speed up the bail bond process, or make it easier for you.

You also want to find a bail agent that can actually help you in your area...

You’re Wanted! How To Find Out

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Visalia Bail Bond Store

Did you know that you can find out if there is a warrant out for your arrest, by getting in touch with Visalia Bail Bond Store? Visalia Bail Bond Store can do an anonymous (legal) search in the databases for you.

Maybe you know you’re a wanted person. Maybe you don’t – maybe you just have a bunch of unpaid tickets and the police and DMV are finally fed up with you and want to bring you in. Either way you can contact Visalia Bail Bond Store, and we can check this out for you.

If there is no search warrant out there for you – that’s great! But if there is, we can discuss your bail opportunities and options before turning yourself in to the authorities.

Visalia Bail Bond Store can be reached on the phone at 800 796-5584 and online. We will absolutely be there to help you out!

Why Do Bail Bonds Exist?

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As you might know, a person’s court trial likely won’t start immediately after their arrest. Investigators take their time and work with prosecution to gather evidence and build a case; likewise, the defendant takes this time to build a case for his or her own self. This “time” taken is often weeks, months, even a few years. During this time, it isn’t fair to keep the defendant locked in jail; the defendant is allowed to leave jail and return home and go about as normal of a life as possible.

There are conditions, however. For one, the defendant must actually be allowed to leave jail, in a process called posting bail. In extreme circumstances, the judge will deny bail for a person but in most, they’ll be granted bail...

How Long Is The Bail Process?

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Madera Bail Bond Store

It can seem like forever for the one in jail, but the bail process is relatively short, so to speak. We mean hours, which as we said – relatively short, considering the situation.

The defendant won’t be able to bail out of jail until they are booked and arraigned, which happens as soon as possible after their arrest. They learn of their bail amount at their arraignment hearing. After that, they can post bail as soon as they can get the cash for it. Or, they can use a bail bond as soon as they can 1) get in touch with a bail bond agent, and 2) figure out the payment plan.

Really, getting a bail bond isn’t going to be too difficult; in fact, it will be an easier process than paying for cash bail because it’s more affordable to pay for...

Does Paying For Bail Affect Credit Score?

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Having to pay for a loved one’s bail out of jail is likely to cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. No matter how much it is, it’s a sum of money that no person wants to pay. And especially for the higher bail amounts, one has to wonder, will paying for bail affect credit score?

The good news is that the risks are relatively low. Paying for a bail bond with a credit card is the same as paying for anything else with a credit card. The bail bond is essentially paid for, you just then need to pay off your credit card when your bank issues your statement. You may need to increase your balance of your credit card when you pay, however. Plus, paying for a bail bond isn’t a one-time payment. It is broken up into smaller sums, multiple payments...

Get Out Of Jail Free With “Own Recognizance”

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Being released from jail on “Own Recognizance” is basically like the ultimate “Get Out Of Jail Free” card. Most people are required to pay bail if they want to be released, which can be hundreds to thousands of dollars (or even in the millions!). But when the judge allows a defendant to be released on own recognizance, that means that defendant merely signs a document promising to appear for scheduled court. And with that, they are on their way – no money transfer whatsoever. Of course, they will need to keep to their word, because if they don’t they can be arrested and then required to pay bail if they want to be released this second time.

A judge will grant a defendant’s own recognizance released on the gathering that this defendant is a generally wholesome individual who commi...

What Exactly Are Search Warrants For?

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When the police want to go through your property and belongings, they will need a search warrant, which is an official document executed by a judge that gives officers the right to go through your stuff. In order to get a search warrant, the officers must have probable cause to believe criminal activity has, is, or will be taking place.

A search warrant will list items and/ or locations that can be sifted through by the officers. The officers may not search locations that are not listed. For example, if the warrant specifies only the kitchen and living room of a home, the officer cannot search the bedrooms. The warrant also allows the officers to seize items during their search.

Search warrants are not needed if you give consent to the officer to search...

Infractions, Misdemeanors, and Felonies: Know the Differences

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Infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies are the three classifications of law violations. The type of crime, and the resulting punishments, differentiate the three from each other.

Infractions are the petty offenses that are punishable by fines, seldom ever jail time. The most common infractions are driving and traffic violations, like speeding and parking in a red zone.

Misdemeanors are crimes such as trespassing and harassment, and can be punishable with fines and up to a year in jail.

Felonies are serious criminal offenses whose punishments include large fines, and prison sentences. Crimes with threat and harm are felonies, as well as fraud and others of that nature.

Lawyers are really only necessary in felony cases and many misdemeanor cases...