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Category Archives: How Bail Works

Blog How Bail Works
May 16, 2024
Uncover the complexities of bail costs in Washington State and across the US. Learn about the factors that influence bail amounts, compare state practices, and discover resources to manage bail expenses effectively.
Blog How Bail Works
April 29, 2024
Explore how bail amounts are determined in high-profile cases with our in-depth guide. Learn about the factors influencing bail decisions, from public scrutiny to financial status, and gain insights into the ethical debates surrounding celebrity bail amounts.
Blog How Bail Works
February 27, 2024
Discover the truth about bail bonds with our comprehensive guide. Debunking five common myths in an informative and friendly tone, we empower readers with easy-to-understand insights, ensuring confidence and clarity in navigating the legal system.
Blog How Bail Works
January 22, 2024
Explore the ins and outs of using collateral for bail bonds. From understanding what qualifies as collateral, such as jewelry and real estate, to knowing the risks and procedures involved, this article provides a comprehensive guide for those considering this option for bail bonds.
Blog How Bail Works
January 16, 2024
In this comprehensive guide to navigating Washington State's bail process, we aim to provide you with the information and insights you need to make informed decisions and alleviate some of the stress associated with posting bail.
Blog How Bail Works
January 02, 2024
This article provides practical tips for managing the complexities of posting bail, including understanding legal terms, choosing a bail bondsman, and preparing for court appearances. Ideal for those feeling overwhelmed by the legal system.
Blog How Bail Works
December 07, 2023
Explore the journey of a bail dollar in the U.S. justice system. Learn where bail money goes, who benefits, and how it supports the court's operations, providing crucial insights into the bail process.
Publicly posting bail means that anyone can obtain this information by looking at public court records or online databases. This will make it easier for friends, family members, and even strangers to find out who posted bail for someone else.
Blog How Bail Works
May 23, 2023
"Discover the basics of bail bonds with our comprehensive guide for beginners. Learn about the role of a bail bondsman, the bail bond process, and more. Navigate the legal system with confidence with our easy-to-understand guide."
Blog How Bail Works
February 01, 2023
Discover why choosing an ethical bail bonds company is crucial. Learn about the standards and practices that make a bail bonds company trustworthy and reliable.
Blog How Bail Works
December 07, 2022
Facing your first court appearance? This guide provides essential tips and advice to help you prepare and navigate through your first court experience.
Blog How Bail Works
December 05, 2022
Clear your doubts about the bail bonds system as we debunk three common misconceptions in this informative blog post.
Blog How Bail Works
October 20, 2022
Discover effective strategies to rebuild your life and move on after spending time in jail. Read our insightful guide today.
Blog How Bail Works
September 29, 2022
Got a DUI? Learn the crucial steps you need to take following a DUI charge to protect your rights and navigate the legal process.
Blog Criminal Defense How Bail Works
September 02, 2022
Preparing for a bail hearing can be daunting. Our comprehensive guide provides practical tips to help you navigate this crucial process.
Blog How Bail Works
August 16, 2022
Understand the potential consequences of not posting bail. This blog post sheds light on what could happen if bail isn't posted.
Blog How Bail Works
August 04, 2022
Coping with a loved one in jail can be emotionally challenging. Our blog post offers guidance to help you through this difficult time.
Blog How Bail Works
July 08, 2022
Choosing the right bail bonds company is crucial. Learn what to look for to ensure you're dealing with an ethical, reputable provider.
Blog How Bail Works
June 30, 2022
Know your rights when arrested. Our blog post provides essential information to help you protect yourself during an arrest.
Blog How Bail Works
June 21, 2022
Not sure if you need a bail bonds company? This blog post outlines scenarios where a bail bonds company can be beneficial.
Blog How Bail Works
June 06, 2022
Choosing a bail bonds company? Here are nine critical questions to ask to ensure you make the right choice.
Blog How Bail Works
May 27, 2022
How long can someone stay in jail? Our blog post provides insights into the factors that influence jail time.
Blog How Bail Works
May 26, 2022
Curious about what jail is like? This blog post provides a glimpse into life behind bars, helping readers understand the realities of incarceration.
Blog How Bail Works
April 15, 2022
Wondering how long it takes to post bail in Washington? Our blog post provides a detailed breakdown of everything you need to know.
Blog How Bail Works
April 08, 2022
Dive into the intricacies of jail bonds with our comprehensive guide. Learn how they work and how they can help in a time of need.
Blog How Bail Works
April 04, 2022
Discover the most effective ways to post bail in Washington. Our blog post provides practical advice to help you navigate the process.
Blog How Bail Works
March 25, 2022
The following article will give you a basic overview of what happens when you are arrested and go to jail.
Blog How Bail Works
March 18, 2022
In this article, we discuss everything you need to know about bail bonds and payments.
Preparing for a loved one's release from jail can be challenging. Our blog post offers practical tips to help you through this transition.
Blog How Bail Works Legal System
February 25, 2022
Posting bail for someone? Our comprehensive guide provides step-by-step instructions to help you through the process.
Blog How Bail Works
February 11, 2022
How to save money on bail in Seattle, Everett, Tacoma, Spokane, Bellingham, Kent, Kennewick, and Mt. Vernon
Blog How Bail Works
December 12, 2021
You need to be released from jail, but you don't have the cash to pay bail. What do you do? Hire a bail bondsman! A Bail Bondsman is an individual who pays the court system to release someone who has been arrested and incarcerated until their trial.
Blog Featured How Bail Works
October 15, 2021
Understand the process and implications of bail exoneration with our informative blog post.
Blog Featured How Bail Works
September 13, 2021
Publicly posting bail means that anyone can obtain this information by looking at public court records or online databases. This will make it easier for friends, family members, and even strangers to find out who posted bail for someone else.
Blog Featured How Bail Works
August 04, 2021
This guide breaks down the bail process from start to finish. Learn how bail bonds work and what you need to know before calling a bail agent.
Blog How Bail Works
July 26, 2021
This article will help you understand what you need to know about posting bail in Seattle and King County, including how long it might take before being released from jail.
Blog How Bail Works
July 23, 2021
If a person is arrested and put in jail, what will happen to them if they fail to post bail for their release?
Blog How Bail Works
July 16, 2021
Bailing someone out doesn't always make financial sense, which is why it's important to know when it does.
Blog How Bail Works
May 16, 2021
What posting bail looks like in action
Blog How Bail Works Jail News
June 15, 2019

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.

Blog How Bail Works
December 21, 2017
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.
Blog How Bail Works
December 20, 2017
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.
Blog How Bail Works
December 19, 2017
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.
Blog How Bail Works
December 19, 2017
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.
Blog How Bail Works
December 18, 2017

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.

Blog How Bail Works
December 17, 2017
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.
Blog How Bail Works
December 16, 2017
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.
Blog How Bail Works
December 15, 2017
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.
Blog How Bail Works
December 13, 2017
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.
Blog How Bail Works Legal System
December 20, 2016
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.
Blog How Bail Works
December 05, 2016
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.
Blog How Bail Works
November 06, 2016
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.
Blog How Bail Works
November 02, 2016
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.
Blog How Bail Works
February 27, 2016
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:
Blog How Bail Works
January 30, 2016
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:
  • Don't Feel Intimidated
If you're working with a legitimate agent, they will be more than happy to show you evidence that they're licensed. The best hallmark of honesty is transparency, and many agents will even show you without being asked or have their license clearly displayed. However, if they act strangely or seem offended when you ask them, don't back down! This is one of the first signs of a fraud. They may seem indignant that you're questioning them, but it's not only your right but your responsibility as a smart consumer to ask.
  • Look for an Office
A legitimate bail bond agent will have a storefront. If you find someone's number online when you're in a pinch and they ask you to meet up somewhere that isn't a storefront, you should probably take your business elsewhere. Bail bond agents don't work out of a suitcase of cash.
  • Look for a Robust Online Presence
Online reviews can tell you a lot! Not only the customer feedback written on sites like Yelp or Google Reviews, but also sites like the Better Business Bureau, where you can investigate any claims of fraud that have been leveraged against a company. If you find negative online feedback, that's a red flag, but even worse should be no feedback. Someone without any reviews probably isn't a business you should trust, and maybe not a business at all.
  • Go Straight to the Source
If you have any reason to be suspicious, you can easily check all business and professional licenses on the Washington State Licensing Department website. If your bail bond agent doesn't show up on this directory, walk away immediately, and if they've already taken your money you should call the cops.
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.
Blog How Bail Works Legal System
October 20, 2015
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.
Blog Criminal Defense How Bail Works
September 05, 2015
Juveniles don't always have a right to bail in Washington State--know your rights!
Blog How Bail Works
August 05, 2015
Here is a brief account of the history and function of the American bail bond system.
Blog How Bail Works
December 05, 2013
Washington bail bonds infographic is a break down of how the bail bonds process works.