If you have never been asked to help bail a friend or family member out of jail you probably have very little understanding when it comes to how the bail process works. The good news is that arranging bail bonds in El Centro is much easier than you might think.
If the defendant has called you from jail you will want to get some basic information from them before you get off the phone. You will want to get the correct spelling of their first and last name. You will also want to ask how long ago they were arrested, the nature of the crime they are being charged with and whether they know their bail amount. This information will be helpful to relay to the bondsman.
Just because a person is able to call you from the jail this is not to say they can be immediately bonded out. When someone is arrested they will have their fingerprints taken when they are being booked into the system. Their prints will then be submitted to undergo a national warrant screen. This process often takes between 4 and 6 hours. The jail will not allow someone to post bail until those results are returned.
During this time you will want to arrange for their bond. The bondsman you’re working with will need you to fill out some basic paperwork and to arrange payment for their services. The paperwork will take about 10 minutes to fill out and many companies are able to accept cash, debit cards and credit cards. Once this step is complete and the jail indicates they are ready to accept a bond, an agent will be dispatched to post it. At this time, the jail will need an additional 4 to 6 hours to process the defendant’s release.
If you need help with arranging bail bonds in El Centro call Adelante Bail Bonds now at 760-230-0194. A licensed and knowledgeable bondsman is available to assist you 24-hours a day, 365-days a year.