If you have never needed to hire a Livermore bondsman before it would not be unusual for you to have little understanding of how the process works. In many cases, the only exposure most people have the commercial bail industry comes from what they have seen on television or in the movies. Hollywood often portrays bail bonds employees as being rough, tough, burly biker guys. You often see them depicted as sitting in smoke filled offices all day, puffing on cigarettes and throwing darts. People are often surprised to find out that Hollywood has it completely wrong. They are even more shocked when they find out that a bondsman is a highly trained professional. In fact, most people who hold California bail licenses are women! They are mothers, daughters, and even soccer moms. They also know what needs to be done to get someone out of jail fast.
Another misconception when it comes to working with a Livermore bondsman is that you need to meet with them in person in order to start the process of getting someone out of jail. This can be very distressing if it is late at night, if you are stuck at work or if you are traveling or live in another part of the country. What happens if you are unable to drop everything and drive to their office? Will this delay their release?
In years past, meeting with a bondsman in person was a requirement. Some companies continue to do business this way. On the other hand, you may be relieved to find out that there are others who have begun to use technology as a means of streamlining the bail process.
Many people find they prefer the option of arranging online bail bonds by fax and email. Not only is this more convenient than needing to map out directions, fight traffic and hunt for parking, it is the fastest and easiest way to get someone released from an Alameda County Jail.
If the person you are speaking with offers this service, they will begin by asking you several questions:
- What is the defendant’s first and last name?
- How long ago were they arrested?
- Which jail are they being detained at?
- Do you know the general nature of the crime they are being charged with?
- Do you know their bail amount?
If you do not have all of that information on hand, it’s OK. The bondsman will be able to look it up quickly. They will then want to know if the defendant lives in the area, if they rent or own their home, if they are employed and if so, the line of work they are in. You may also be asked how long you have known this person, what your relationship to them is and whether you are willing to be responsible for making sure they go to court.
A customized contract will then be drawn up. This can be emailed or faxed to your location. Most people find the paperwork takes about 10 minutes to complete. Once this document has been returned to the agent and payment arrangements have been finalized an expert bondsman will be dispatched to “post” the bond. In most cases the defendant will be released between 4 and 6 hours after this happens. It all depends on how busy the jail is.
The most important thing you will want to remember about Livermore bail bonds is that just because the defendant has gotten out of jail this is not to say their legal troubles are over. They will still need to attend all required court appearances necessary to handle their case.
If you have additional questions about online bail bonds in Livermore, be sure to ask your bondsman to go over that information at the time you call their office