Why Bail Reform is Such a Hot Topic
Not many days go by when people don’t talk about bail reform. While every single person has their own opinion about why bail reform should be explored, the main reason people feel bail is an unfair part of the judicial system is because bail is so high. For some reason, they think that bail bond agencies are the reason bail is so high. They don’t realize that we’re responsible for making bail as affordable as possible.
Why There are so Many Objections About the Cost of Bail
Proponents of bail reform feel that because bail is set so high, some people cannot get released from jail. The inability to make bail means that they have two options. First, they can continue to sit in a jail cell and will most likely lose their job, which means they won’t be able to stay on top of their bill.
Option two involves pleading guilty, even if they aren’t guilty of the charges.
Why is Bail so High?
When a person goes before a judge for their arraignment, the judge already knows what the individual has been charged with. They also have a recommendation that serves as the base for those charges. As the arraignment goes on, the judge is usually paying attention to two big things that will determine whether they set bail higher or lower than the base.
The first is the person’s criminal history. If they have a long history of breaking the law or, even worse, not showing up for their court appearances, the judge is going to set the bail considerably higher than they would for someone who has never been in trouble before.
The second thing that isn’t often discussed but can impact how much bail a person requires is their attitude. Granted, no one is at their best during an arraignment, but when a defendant has a bad attitude, especially one that is rude and disrespectful to others, it can frustrate a judge and will often prompt the judge to increase the bail.
Defendants who have strong ties to the community. Who are quiet during their arraignment. Those who don’t have anything in their criminal history that would suggest that they’ll get into even more trouble with the law are more likely to get a reduced bail.
How We Fit Into the Picture
The reason bail bonds agencies like Riverside Bail Bonds are so important is that we actually make bail more affordable for everyone. While the average person may not be able to come up with $10,000 to post their own bail, many are able to come up with the $1,000 we’ll charge as our fee. To make things even more affordable, we are ready and willing to offer a payment plan that’s flexible, has zero interest, and doesn’t require a huge down payment.
Riverside Bail Bonds is available 24/7. All consultations are completely free. Contact us today at 951-684-4484 and learn how good it feels to work with a company that truly wants you released from jail and reunited with your family.
How to Spot a Bail Bond Scam
All industries have a few bad eggs. The world of bail bonds is no exception. While most of the businesses and people involved in California’s bail bond industry are really good, there are a few that are more interested in running a scam than actually helping people get out of jail.
The good news is that you can learn to spot the early warning signs of a bail bond scam.
They Contact You
Here at Riverside Bail Bonds, we can attest that we don’t need to chase after clients. No honest bail bond agency is going to actively scout for new clients. You must contact them, not the other way around. If you get a call from someone who says that someone you love has been arrested and that they can help, you should hang up the phone.
The way this particular bail bond scam works is that the caller wants you to panic and provide them with your credit card number. Once they have the number, they’ll hang up the phone, and you’ll never hear from them again. Never provide any type of financial information to anyone who calls you.
They Don’t Have a Contract
No legit bail bonds agency will agree to do anything without a contract. This contract is quite detailed and will lay out all the terms of the bail. If you’re making payments, the dates each payment is due will be listed. The full amount will be included. The agency’s contact information will be easy to find. Any bail bond agency that says handing over their credit card number is all that they require is running a scam.
They Refuse to Meet Face to Face
While you’re not required to meet the bail bond expert you’re dealing with, the option should be available. If you suggest a face-to-face meeting with a bail bond expert and they start to get jumpy and try talking you out of it, you should assume that they are running a scam. The same is true if they refuse to provide you with a verifiable address.
Additional red flags include
✨ They keep talking about how the entire process is easy, that all you have to do is hand over your credit card
✨ They never provide direct answers to your questions
✨ They aren’t aware of any bail restrictions
✨ They want you to send the money via wire transfer
Rather than wasting your time with fraudsters, contact Riverside Bail Bonds. We’re a legit bail bond agency that has been serving California for multiple decades. We’re ready and willing to help your loved one get out of jail.