Bailing someone out doesn't always make financial sense, which is why it's important to know when it does.
Here are 3 things to help you cope with the stress of posting bail
3 tips for coping with the bail process
What posting bail looks like in action
One of our biggest goals when we opened back in 1989 was to make sure that we could reach every major jail and prison in Washington State. That means having bail agents and offices across the entire state. 30 years later, we have at least one location near every major jail in Washington State.
If you receive a call from a friend or loved one who in jail in Yakima County, you probably have a lot of questions. Where are they being held? What is the bail amount? How do I post bail? Can I post bail without driving or flying to Yakima? First, remember to take a deep breath and understand that all of these questions have simple answers.
What Happens After an Arrest?
People who are arrested and brought to the Clark County Jail in Vancouver, Washington, likely have one thought: “How do I get out of jail?” If you have a bail set, it’s because a judge set it or it is from a bail schedule. A bail schedule lists the bail amounts for many less serious crimes. If there is no bail set, then the inmate will likely be in jail until a bail hearing is held or the case is disposed of.
When a person is brought into the Kitsap County Jail, he or she will learn if there is a bail amount on the charges. The amount of the bail is set by the court with jurisdiction over the charges. Bail can be posted for inmates in one of two ways: cash or through a bonding company.
When someone is arrested and brought to the Island County Sheriff’s Corrections in Coupeville, Washington, it’s common for him or her to feel uneasy and even outright scared. The good news, though, is that most of the defendants in the jail have a bail set by the court holding jurisdiction of the charges.
For those of us with limited experience with the legal justice system, the bail setting process can often be hard to comprehend. How do judges actually calculate and set bail for individuals who are arrested for allegedly committing a crime? This process can seem complicated and arbitrary to those unfamiliar with it, but the truth is that there is a relatively standardized method for calculating and setting bail amounts. Before discussing the factors used in these calculations, it is beneficial to understand the bail process.
While nobody wants to serve time in prison, for those who are incarcerated, there are many resources that allow for enrichment opportunities. These programs often assist with education, counseling, and other services to ensure that individuals in prison and their family members are not left behind. Here are 10 resources that are used to enrich life behind bars.
After someone is arrested, he or she is often taken to the Pierce County Jail to be booked in. If a bond has been set by the court with jurisdiction in the case, then the bond may be paid in order to secure the release of the defendant.
The Spokane County Detention Services is located 1100 W. Mallon Avenue in Spokane, Washington. Those who are arrested and brought to jail will go through a booking process. This intake process takes about four to six hours and includes a medical screening, booking process and a classification interview. During the classification interview, it is determined where the inmate will be housed. During the booking process, inmates will also learn the cost of their bail or bond and will be given a chance to make a phone call to a loved one to try to work out the specifics for getting out of jail.
No matter where someone is arrested in Benton County, Washington, he or she is brought to Kennewick, Washington, to the Benton County Jail. This jail provides jail services to all law enforcement agencies in the county, as well as many agencies outside of the county on a contractual basis.
When someone is arrested and booked into the Whatcom County Jail, he or she may have a bail or bond amount set. The court that has jurisdiction over the charges is responsible for setting the bail or bond amount.
If you or a loved one is arrested and brought to the Snohomish County Jail, there are several things you should know about posting bail or having a bond posted for you in order to be released.
When someone is arrested and brought to the City of Kent Corrections Facility, he or she will be booked into the jail. Once this process is complete, inmates that have a bond or bail set on their charges will be notified of the bond or bail amount.
Freedom comes at a high price for those who are held for bail they can’t afford. This is so much so that many who are innocent of what they are charged with find it a better deal to plead guilty to a crime they didn’t commit rather than waiting in prison for weeks, or even months, before arguing their case in court.
Even on a local level, bail bonds can be confusing to navigate. Most people have never had to deal with the criminal justice system in a manner that requires understanding of bail and bonds, which can lead to panic and uncertainty when bail bond services are required. That fear and confusion can be even more elevated when the charges are federal, resulting in a need for a federal bail bond instead of a state bond.
Though being arrested is a rattling experience regardless of the circumstances, if it happens far away from home, it can feel even more uncertain and disorienting. If you or a loved one is arrested while visiting another state, there are a few special points to consider.
Did you know that bail bonds-related laws and rules can vary from state to state? For instance, the state of Washington won't let just anyone work in the bail bonds industry. There are a plethora of state-specific job standards that Washingtonian bail bonds professionals must meet, from education to work requirements.
For many people, the only thing they know about bail bond services is what they see on television. Shows like “Dog—The Bounty Hunter” portray bail bonds a bit differently than what usually happens. If you use the services of a bail bond agent and you attend your court hearings, you will not likely see the bail bond agent after you are released from jail.
When you’re told that you are under arrest, you may feel several emotions. Those emotions can include, disbelief, fear, anger or more. You may be confused about what has just happened or you may have expected it on some level. No matter what your emotions, there are some things you should keep in mind if you find yourself under arrest
. Consider the following 10 tips:
Inmates need a sense of purpose, a sense of direction, and a way to be productive members of society. Washington State is one of the nation's leaders in innovative inmate programs, which help rehabilitate those incarcerated while also contributing to the greater good of society as a whole. While we can't cover all of the efforts at rehabilitation and inmate enrichment taking place in Washington State, here are five programs that are making a real impact.
In August, the U.S. Department of Justice filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief proposing an adjustment to pre-trial bail policy for defendants who cannot afford to pay for their release. Following an arrest (but before the first hearing occurs), if an alleged offender is granted bail, said person has the option to pay a predetermined dollar amount that guarantees they will appear in court at a specified date and time. Last month’s filing claims that fixed cash bail amounts can be unfairly restrictive for people with no or little income, who the Department of Justice argues should not be denied the same opportunity for pre-hearing release as those with a greater economic advantage.
No one enjoys thinking about the possibility of facing criminal charges of any gravity, but it never hurts to be prepared for a rainy day. Should you or a loved one be arrested and land in a city or county jail, whether or not bail is granted, you will need to appear at a court hearing to determine the next steps in your case.
Washington State’s reputation as a political and social mover and shaker is no secret, and its position at the forefront of prison reform is no exception. For more than a decade, the Washington State Department of Corrections has teamed with Evergreen State College to implement the Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP) in each of Washington State’s twelve state prisons, bringing science, nature and education inside the gates. The project intends to take positive advantage of inmates’ jail time by teaching the core tenets of ecological conservation, sustainable operations and community influence. In 2014, the project hit a benchmark when it hosted a prison reform TEDx talk inside Monroe Correctional Complex -- the second in-prison TED event in history. The SPP has since taken root as the spearhead of state efforts toward prison reform, due in part to the ongoing Science and Sustainability Lecture Series.
When someone is arrested, he or she will be taken to jail. It will be either a county jail or a city jail. There are a couple of differences between these two jails, even when they are in the same city. Here is some more information on these two types of jails
As we’ve previously reported
, South King County law enforcement officers and residents are not happy that all suspects arrested in South King County after 5pm must be transported all the way to the King County Jail in downtown Seattle because 24 hour booking is not budgeted at the Maleng Regional Justice Center
in Kent, Washington. Currently, anyone booked in South King County between the hours of 5pm and 8am must be taken to Seattle, a trip that not only keeps South King County police officers out of their cities’ streets during the hours they’re most needed but also makes traveling to court or jail difficult for family members or lawyers.
After an arrest, one of the first things the arrestee wants to know is what he or she has to do to get out of jail. For some, there may be no bail or bond. They are to be held in custody until trial. For others, options such as a surety bond, cash bond or release on personal recognizance
may be available.
When the Maleng Regional Justice Center opened in Kent, Washington, South King County was excited to get a jail and court facility closer to home. Driving to Seattle from the South end of King County had long been a burden for residents of cities like Auburn, Maple Valley, Covington, or Enumclaw. The reasons residents might need to go to a justice center are many, and not necessarily criminal; though they might need to go to face trial, residents also are required to make the journey for providing testimony, performing jury duty, engaging in civil trials, visiting prisoners or clients in holding, and more.
Despite the glamorous, action-packed lifestyle of bondsmen portrayed on TV shows like “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” the everyday lives of bail bondsmen are actually fairly straightforward and uneventful. That doesn’t mean it’s not rewarding or interesting work, however - many bondsmen enjoy the flexibility to work from anywhere, utilize their skills gained in law enforcement or military, and assist the law as a vital element of the criminal justice system.
The Whatcom County Jail in Bellingham, Washington is overcrowded, and cities like Ferndale, Washington (in Whatcom County north of Bellingham) have started reducing the number of people they’re willing to arrest, trying to bring into custody only those “who need to be taken off the streets immediately,” said Ferndale Police Chief Michael Knapp.
In the event a defendant who was previously released on cash bail fails to appear in court or violates a condition of their bail agreement, the court may choose to order the bail bond forfeited.
Youth prisons have been a hot topic in King County since the tear-down of the outdated Children and Family Justice Center on 12th Avenue and Alder Street in Capitol Hill, one of Seattle’s most central neighborhoods. The construction of a new facility was hotly debated, though ultimately passed.
Bail bonds can be a confusing industry, especially because so many people find themselves needing bail money in emergency or short-notice situations. Getting bail money is as packed with specific language as any other aspect of finance, but unlike decisions like signing a lease or taking out a loan, you don’t have much time to get familiar with the facts. Here are a few key terms to help you understand the world and words of the bail industry:
When you’re convicted of a crime in both Washington State and the rest of America, part of your sentencing includes the assignment of Legal Financial Obligations—LFOs. There is a wide array of fines, fees, and expenses associated with criminal justice in America, even for things we expect to be “free” in the sense that they’re funded by the taxpayers.
No one can anticipate the moment when they need to call a bail bondsman, but if you find yourself in this situation, here are a few reasons why you should make All City Bail Bonds your first call.
One of the most important pieces of advice you can hear about working with a bail bonds agent is that you need to ensure that they’re licensed
. Here are a few tips when it comes to making sure you’re working with the real deal:
Despite the attention currently swirling around Steven Avery and Netflix's documentary series Making a Murderer, there have been other notable DNA exonerations in the United States over the last few decades.
When you receive a bail bond or agree to post bail on behalf of a friend or family member, you're entering into a legal obligation that holds you (the principal) responsible for fulfilling the terms of the bond agreement. This can mean two things for bond recipients:
Not all assets are what we call “liquid,” meaning that they translate to easily-accessible cash. Liquid assets include anything in your checking or savings account, stocks, bonds, or money market funds. Some assets which can easily be sold, such as gold, are also considered liquid.
When someone accused of a crime has a bail bond secured for them by a friend or family member and then fails to appear in court, the consequences can be very serious. By providing the stated bail amount to the accused party, the person who secures that bail bond with a bondsman enters into a legal contract that ensures the accused will appear at all future court dates in order to answer for their alleged crimes. When someone skips bail, evades authorities, or otherwise leaves the area, trouble tends to follow them.
There’s a reason we’re called All City Bail Bonds—we’re not just in Seattle, but in cities across Washington! You can count on the knowledge that there’s an All City near you when you are in your hour of need.
Some of the more commonly misconstrued terms when it comes to the bail industry is "bounty hunter." Between the titles of Bail Agent, Bail Bondsmen, and Fugitive Recovery Person, there's a lot of confusion about the bail industry on the part of inexperienced or unfamiliar outsiders. First, let's make a distinction very clear:
In this day and age, it’s easy to forget all about collect calls, which were pretty much the territory of payphones before they went extinct But our cellphone culture doesn’t exist inside jail, where collect calls are still the norm, and it’s important to know how that system works in case you’re ever arrested.
As with any industry, there are several substantial resources to consult when choosing any professional service. When it comes to choosing a bail bondsman, the stakes are bit higher and emotions tend to get involved. When a friend or family member is incarcerated, your best ally (alongside your attorney) is a good, reputable bail bond agent, but finding the right one can be a challenge. When researching your options, consider these four insider tips to finding the best bail bondsman for your situation:
It is not at all uncommon for All City Bail Bonds to receive late-night calls from worried parents whose child has just been arrested. It’s an especially confusing, upsetting, and hectic time if you yourself have never been arrested and it’s also your child’s first arrest. You know you need to help get them out of jail and make the best decisions throughout the judicial process, but you have no idea where to start. Here are a few things to help you understand the process of arrest, jail, and bail for teenage defendants.
In the American judicial system, a judge will set a bail amount to be paid to free a defendant after an arrest and subsequent charge. The amount of money is determined based on the defendant's criminal record, the severity of the crime, and the defendant's ties to the community, but it some cases, bail is denied by the judge altogether. The 8th Amendment to the Constitution extends protections to limit excessive bail, but the legal interpretation allows judges to deny bail if the charges are serious enough. Despite this, there have been some very famous - and very expensive - bail amounts set in the United States. Here are some of the highest-ever bail bond amounts in the U.S.:
Unfortunately, there are many dishonest bail bondsmen in this industry. The last thing anyone needs when they suddenly find themselves in trouble is more trouble, yet fraudulent bail bondsmen do exactly that—they take advantage of the vulnerability and desperation of the accused and their loved ones for illegal financial gain.
Alarm, concern, and frustration are all acceptable emotions in the face of a friend or loved one being arrested. Starting from scratch, it can be hard to find the next steps in order to release them from jail. And honestly, thanks to TV and movies, the term "bail bondsman" doesn't exactly garner tender loving feelings.
Sometimes circumstances beyond your control can lead to legal trouble and temporary incarceration. While much has been documented about the procedures by which homes, property, and offspring are secured and distributed during a person's incarceration, there's very little for pet owners to go on if they suddenly find themselves facing jail time. Luckily, there are several options available to people who need a safe place for Fido to stay while their sentence is served.
In the American judicial system, a major determinant of whether or not a defendant is granted bail, and how high that bail is, is whether or not they are considered a flight risk. But how does a judge determine their level of risk?
Everyone makes mistakes. In the bail industry, we see a lot of people at their lowest point. Our goal isn’t to judge you, but to help you, and one of the situations we see the most often is DUIs.
Being released on your own recognizance means that you don't have to post bail--what else does it mean?
Juveniles don't always have a right to bail in Washington State--know your rights!
The bail bond process can be confusing, so here's a breakdown of its steps in video and in writing.
Here is a brief account of the history and function of the American bail bond system.
Bounty hunters are a part of the American Justice system who work to bring fugitives to justice on behalf of bail bondsmen.
New law by Oregon federal judge has ruled immigrants in Oregon, Colorado and Washington can no longer be held against their will.
Affordable Care Act effects Washington jails by setting up inmates scheduled for release within 30 days to have health care coverage.
Pierce County in debate for new jail, no resolution was made yet. Pierce County is talking about remodeling their current jail to house more inmates.
Spokane jail is overcrowded and in shambles according to a local Spokane publication. The building was built in 1986 and simply is falling apart and the county does not have funds to fix the issue.
There are about 90% of inmates with mental health issues and addiction in Snohomish County. These inmates are repeat offenders due to their inability to receive treatment for their addictions and mental health issues.
It has been reported that 29 arrested in four state drug bust were the main cooperates in the string of opiate supplies into Spokane, Idaho, Nevada and California.
Washington State is in the midst of the I-502 license to grow and sell marijuana legally. The complete system is still in the works and pending.
According to the eighth amendment "cruel and unusual punishment" minors cannot be sentenced to death. Minors may be sentenced to life only with the exception of review for parole.
A few tips on finding a criminal defense attorney in Bellingham, what you should be looking for.
Washington bail bonds infographic is a break down of how the bail bonds process works.
Benton County Sheriff's Offices acknowledge All City Bail Bonds for their wonderful honest work.
Inmate deaths in Snohomish County are catching headlines. Read on for details.....
Can jail time spare immigrants deportation? Read on for more insight.....
Washington County jails contact list. Click links for more information on visiting hours and information.
Alternative to prison expansion helps with budgets in Washington state and surrounding counties.