Release from Jail
When someone is arrested in Riverside County, there are different options for being released from jail.
These include: Surety Bond (also know as a Bail Bond), Cash Bail, Property Bond, Cite Out, or Release on Own Recognizance (OR).
When you call us for a free consultation at 951-213-4788, an agent will help you decide which option is best suited for your unique situation.
Surety Bond = Bail Bond
A surety bond, or more commonly called a bail bond, is a contract between the defendant and a licensed Riverside bail bondsman and a cosigner.
A bail bond is a guarantee that the defendant will appear for all scheduled court hearings after they are released on bail. The bond is backed by an insurance company, which will have to pay the full bail amount if the defendant does not come back to court. However, the bail contract signer is ultimately responsible for the full bail amount.
If the defendant doesn’t show up in court, the bond is revoked and a warrant will be issued for the defendant’s arrest.
To obtain a bail bond, the bail bondsman charges a fee that is 10% of the defendant’s total bail.
For example, if the bail is set at $20,000 then the cost for a bail bond will be $2,000. This fee cannot be negotiated because it is set by the California Department of Insurance.
A bail bond can be posted to any Riverside County jail 24-hours a day.
You may choose to pay the entire bail amount yourself instead of working with a bail bondsman. This must be paid directly to the court or jail in cash.
The defendant must appear for all hearings or the money will be forfeited to the court. If the defendant does appear, then the money will be returned to you within 90 days of the case’s conclusion. However, you should keep in mind that some criminal cases last years. Your money will be tied up the entire time.
Your money, less court fees, is returned three to six months after the completion of the case, assuming the defendant shows up for court.
A property bond allows the court to put a lien on your property-typically real estate- in order to secure the amount of the bail.
To use a property as bail with the court, the property must have 150% of the bail amount as equity on the property.
Additionally, property bonds take about the same amount of time as a standard real estate transaction. Once the case has been resolved, the lien will be lifted.
If the defendant does not go to court, the property may be foreclosed on so that the court can receive its money.
This is typical for traffic violations and other minor offenses. The arresting officer will issue a citation with an appointed court date and the defendant will have to appear on that date. These are done immediately after arrest and the defendant will be released without going to jail.
For non-violent crimes and first-time offenses, a defendant may be released on his or her “own recognizance”. This is also called an “O.R.”
That means that no bail will have to be paid. The deputy or jail staff member will interview the defendant in order to determine if they qualify for this type of release. Typically, this is for very low bail amounts.
Riverside County Bondsman
Speaking with a licensed bondsman can help you better understand how the bail bond process works. If you need help with the Riverside bail bond process, call us anytime at 951-213-4788. An agent will be here to help 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.