Bail Bonds in Granada Hills, California
Starting out as a small family business in the 1920’s the Mehr family line has expanded and become one of the top rated bail bond agencies in the nation.
- As an industry leading company, you strongly push for customer satisfaction, attempting to make everything as simple and pain free as possible.
- Steven Mehr has been in the bonding business his entire life, and started his own bonding company in 1987.
- With well over 35 years of qualified practice along with many licensed agents there is no doubt that we will be able to answer all of your questions.
- Feel free to call at any time, we have multiple agents ready and awaiting your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week every day of the year.
- We accept all major credit cards, cash, and checks as long as we certify that you have the funds required. It can also be as easy as walking into any Bank of America and depositing the payment into our account.
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- Insurance State License# 1492977
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Granada Hills Bail Bond Advice
Something many people don’t understand is just how competitive the bail bond business really is. In our industry, the hand with the quickest draw wins, and that’s our specialty. We guarantee that we will be at any jail at our designated time and as quick as possible. While having agents’ minutes away from any city, there is no service that can match our response time. If the defendant lives nearby and doesn’t have a ride home from the jail, we can provide a ride home, and for no extra charge! That’s just another prime example of how we like to treat our customers and the courtesies we offer. The thing is we don’t stop there, we provide our clients with so much more. When meeting up with a co-signer, there may be some situations where they are not able to drive. We will send one of our licensed agents to wherever you would like to meet them, and again, at no extra charge! Our cars are not covered in bail logos and advertisements as we concentrate on being as discreet and professional as possible. Bonding someone out is extremely important. It sets their court date further back which gives you further time to build a defense for your case. It is also never a good thing to see the judge in a jail outfit and have them read you your sentence in that circumstance. So let’s take the fact the jail is probably one of the worst places to be in the world, there are still other reasons why bonding an arrestee is extremely of importance. Picking out a bail bond company is a significant part in the bonding process, and it is our job to provide you with the best services we can.
What is a Bail Bond in Granada Hills?
By signing a bail bond agreement, you are promising that you will take responsibility for the defendant. You will be liable for the premium and will have to make sure she/he shows up to court. If they were to miss a court date due to some unfortunate event, just give us a call and we can reschedule it with no extensive charges or consequences. Once the arrestee shows up to court and is finished with their case, meaning she/he had been found guilty, not guilty, or if the case was dropped, you are finished with the liability as long as the premium has been completely paid. Just because the case is over, doesn’t mean you are acquitted from the bond.
How can one post a Bail Bond in Granada Hills?
Signature Only Request:
In order to qualify for this type of co-signing agreement, you must first qualify. To qualify for this, you must have lived at your address for a decent amount of time, show a stable income, or be a property owner. For high bail bond amounts, signature only requests are usually unlikely.
Secured Only Request:
In these cases, our company feels that either the co-signer is not qualified to do a signature only agreement or we just find the bond amount too high to take the risk. Here, we need some form of collateral to secure the bond. Collateral includes property, vehicles, or cash.
What happens after I sign a Bail Bond request in Granada Hills?
It is very important that you understand what you’re doing when you sign a bail bond agreement. You’re holding yourself accountable for the defendant’s actions. He/she must pay the premium once released if it hasn’t already been, if the defendant doesn’t the fine then is put upon you. They also must go to court for the case they were bailed out on. For example, let’s say the defendant skips out on a $10,000 dollar bail, if he isn’t caught, you will then be held liable for the 10,000 dollars. Major consequences can follow, but all this shouldn’t really matter if you are confident in the person you are bailing out in regards to them going to court and not planning on leaving town.
How a Granada Hills Bail Bond Works?
The city of Granada Hills doesn’t have their own jail department. So if you where to get arrested in Granada Hills you would then be taken to Devonshire Police Department for detainment. After their booking process, you would be given a bail amount which is decided by the court and the charges you committed. To write a bail bond at this jail facility, you must first pay the California bail premium of 10%. This means if the bail is placed at $50,000, than you would have to pay $5,000, which is 10% of the placed bond. If the bond is over $30,000, you might have a probability to qualify for an 8% bond. This now changes the fee of $5,000 to $4,000 as a premium for a 50,000-dollar bond. 8% is the complete lowest a bail agent can charge, anything below 8% is illegal. To find out if you’re lucky enough to qualify for an 8% bond, please contact one of our live agents at any time at (877)-224-5420.
Bail Bond Granada Hills Jail & Inmate Information
If you would like to obtain any information for an arrestee from Granada Hills feel free to call any one of our live agents, available 24/7 for your convenience. After being arrested, it could take up to 4 hours for the defendant to be given bail information so you can go ahead and give us a call and we will check every 30 minutes until they are updated. Once ready for bail, we will go ahead and give you a call.
Granada Hills Bail Bond Booking & Release Process
After being arrested in Granada Hills, you are taken to a jail facility for detainment. Here you will undergo the booking process. You start by being searched than followed up by being photographed and fingerprinted. It’s a stressful and uneasy experience to go through and unfortunately no bail agent can speed up the process. The only thing we are in control of is the release process. As soon as the arrestee is given a bail amount, it is our job to react as fast as possible by being at the jail on time to get them out. The release procedure usually takes up to 2-4 hours and all the steps above are repeated. Once released, the defendant has to fill out some bail paperwork within 24 hours. After all these steps, the defendant should be free to go on their own.
What If I am an Out-of-Towner arrested in Granada Hills?
Being from out of town doesn’t necessarily change much at all. You must first still qualify for the amount of the bond in order to get the defendant out. The only burden you carry by being from out of town is that you must return to the county you were arrested in for your court date(s).
Granada Hills City Police Department and Court Information for Granada Hills Bail Bonds
Police Station: Devonshire Police Department
Phone Number: (818)-832-0633
Address: 10250 Etiwanda Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91324. Northridge
Court: Van Nuys Superior Court
Number: (818)- 374- 2208
Address: 6230 Sylmar Ave Ste 107, Van Nuys, CA.
Court: San Fernando Superior Court
Number: (818)- 898- 2401
Address: 900 3rd St Rm 1137, San Fernando, CA
Definitions of Cases
A criminal case begins when the government files a case in court to punish someone (the defendant) for committing a crime. If the defendant is found guilty of a crime, they may face incarceration (jail or prison).
There are three types of criminal cases:
A criminal case is where someone has committed an offense and is to be tried for it in court and receive some sort of punishment if found guilty. There are three different types of criminal cases that include:
An infraction is a minor violation. Many traffic violations are infractions. The punishment for infractions is usually simply a fine, and if the defendant pays the fine, there would be no jail time. infractions are processed by the Traffic Division.
An Infraction is the lowest form of violation a person can receive. A majority of traffic violations are regarded as infractions such as running a red light, speeding, etc. Most infractions are resolved by some sort of fine, and by paying that fine, the individual may avoid jail and bail.
A misdemeanor is the second lowest form of crime with a maximum punishment of either 6 months or 1 year in a county jail, and/or a $1,000 fine.
A felony is the highest honor a criminal may be rewarded. If found guilty, the defendant can be sent to jail or state prison for a year or more, they can even receive the death penalty for very serious crimes.
Frequently Asked Bail Bond Questions
These are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the bail bond process. Our licensed bail agents can provide you with all the information specific to your situation.
For answers to your Bail Bond questions, please call us toll-free at 888-411-BAIL (888-441-2245).
- What is the cost of a Bail Bond?
- How is the Bail Bond Amount Set?
- Do you offer rates lower than the legal rates?
- How can I pay for the Bail Bond?
- Can I just pay the jail for the full amount of the bail?
- What happens when a person is arrested?
- What is the procedure for bailing somebody out of jail?
- What is an “O.R.”?
- What is a “Cite Out” or “Cite & Release”?
- Can your company quickly handle a Bail Bond for any jail in California?
- What happens if the defendant is not bailed out?
- What other Bail Bond information and legal resources are available?
- What is collateral? Do I always need collateral for a bail bond?
- If I use collateral for a Bail Bond, when do I get it back?
- Will the court take my property as bail collateral?
Q: What is the cost of a Bail Bond?
A: Nation wide the cost of a bond usually has a going rate of 10% of what ever the bond amount is. If a bond is $100,000, it would cost you $10,000 for the defendant’s release. If a bond is $1,000 10% of that would be 100 dollars. This fee is non-refundable and non-negotiable. With significant qualifications, a bond company can charge 8% of whatever the bond amount is. Please ask one of our live agents to see if you would qualify. These rates are nationwide and are common among most states. Few states do not accept bail and you may have to deal directly with the jail. Beware of bail companies trying to charge lower than 8% rates for the fact that it is absolutely illegal and could very much be a scam.
Q: How is the Bail Bond amount set:
- The bail amount is set through the court officials and depends on what crime was committed. The more serious an offense is, the higher the bail amount would be. This is to regulate safety and fairness to the public. Other factors may be taken into consideration when looking at setting a bail amount such as repeat offenders, which would have a greater bail, or gang affiliation which could also lead to larger bail. The higher the bail, the harder it is to write.
Q: Do you offer a lower rate other than the 8% of the Bail Bond or will you negotiate the premium?
A: Bail negotiation is not possible for the fact that it is state regulated. In doing so, you would be breaking that state’s laws and many consequences can follow. An agent may lose his bail license, you and the arrestee can be tried for participating in illegal activities, and even the bail company can be shut down. Beware of companies that will do this, you must always protect yourself when putting yourself in this situation. If a bail agent is willing to break the law, do you really think that the agent would give you back your collateral? Many scams occurring in bail bonds includes ones such as having a defendant released once the down payment is received then being re-arrested at court so the bond is surrendered back to the company, leaving the company not liable for the bond while keeping your money.
Q: How do I pay for the Bail Bond?
A: When arranging for bail, most companies generally need payment in advance of “posting” a bond. We accept checks, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Most of our clients pay by using credit card(s). We can also offer financing at 0% down and 0% interest for up to a full 12 months. Please ask us how you qualify. At Steven Mehr Bail Bonds, we know the cost of the bail bond in most cases is more than many people have on hand. In many cases, we can offer no collateral bail bonds.
- We do not usually charge a financing fee.
- We will work out payments that you can afford.
- We offer no collateral Bail Bonds to applicants who qualify.
- We accept cosigners (make sure you understand your bail bond responsibilities before you sign).
Q: Can I just pay the jail for the full amount of the Bail Bond?
A: Yes, absolutely. To be released on a cash bail, an individual must post the full amount of the bail with the court in the form of cash or cashiers’ check. In order to post the cash bail, the individual should check with the bail clerk to verify the forms of payment accepted within that jurisdiction. Different courts may have other options and/or restrictions. The source of funds for a large bail must be verified ensuring they are legitimate sources.
Q: What happens when a person is arrested?
A: When someone is arrested, generally they are taken to the local police station for processing and booking. The processing and booking procedure includes fingerprinting, pictures, and nationwide computer database searches. It can take several hours depending on the size of the enforcement facility. In smaller facilities, generally the process happens more quickly. Bail cannot be arranged until the arrest process is complete.
Q: What is the procedure for bailing somebody out of jail?
A: As soon as the ‘booking‘ process has been completed a Bail Bond Company is contacted by phone/fax/email or text by the defendant or whomever is signing the bond. The licensed bail bond agent will ask some questions pertaining to the arrest and they will begin the approval process. After the approval has been completed and all paperwork is completed the agent will ‘post‘ the bond.
Q: What is an ‘O.R.’?
A: The person that has been arrested (defendant) can be released on their Own Recognizance, also typically known as ‘OR’. This is usually reserved for a more minor crime. Only a judge may decide to release a defendant on OR. In such cases, the defendant is released with a written promise to appear in court and no bail is required.
Q: What is a ‘Cite Out’ or ‘Cite & Release’?
A: A Citation Release involves the issuance of a citation (ticket) to the person being arrested, informing the arrestee that they must appear for an appointed court date. This is usual procedure for a more minor infraction such as a traffic violation. No bail bond is required.
Q: Can your company handle Bail Bonds for any jail in California, quickly and discretely?
A: Steven Mehr Bail Bonds can handle your bail bond quickly. We are a national company which covers all states that allow for a bail bond. From start to finish, most bail bonds are completed within 2-8 hours. We are also able to handle bail bond documentation by e-mail or fax in a matter of minutes. Additionally, we also have a network of licensed agents throughout California who will “post” a bail bond at the appropriate jail. Once the bail bond is approved, the customer will need to sign the bail bond documents, which includes an application, indemnity agreement, and receipt. After the paperwork is finalized and payment has been made, a licensed bondsman will “post” the bail bond at the jail.
Q: What happens if the defendant is not bailed out?
A: If the defendant does not get bailed out of jail, they will generally remain in custody until the matter has been resolved by the courts.
Q: What other information and legal resources are available in which Steven Mehr Bail Bonds offers?
A: Steven Mehr Bail Bonds has an expansive collection of bail bond resources for your convenience. You can always find what you are looking for when it comes to information on bail bonds.
Q: What is collateral?
A: Collateral is something of value that is used to secure a debt or ensure payment. Sometimes a bail bond company will receive collateral to ensure that the defendant appears in court. Most bail bond collateral is in the form of real estate, cash or items that are worth more than the full bond amount. The bail bond company must return your collateral when the case has come to a conclusion.
Q: Do you always need to have collateral for a bail bond?
A: Not with Steven Mehr Bail Bonds. We can often negotiate a no collateral bail bond (a signature bond). We find that most of our customers are eligible for a signature bond.
Q: If I use collateral for a Bail Bond, when do I get it back?
A: When the defendant’s case has come to fruition and all financial obligations are fulfilled, collateral will be returned to the individual who pledged it.
Q: Will the court take my property as bail collateral?
A: Yes, the court will take your property as bail collateral. The process usually takes several weeks. Equity in the property must be equal to 150% of the total bond amount.
You can find out information you need to put your fears to rest by verifying our bail bond license status.
Contact the California Department of Insurance at 1-800-927-HELP (4357).
Bail Bond Penal Code Definitions:
Penal Code section 1269c:
Prevailing legislation places the burden on law enforcement agencies to notify the magistrate if the scheduled bail is not adequate for the crime.
If a defendant is arrested without a warrant on a felony offense for which they can ‘post’ bail, or a misdemeanor offense for violating a domestic violence restraining order, and a peace officer has reasonable cause to believe that the bail amount set forth in the schedule is not great enough to assure the defendant’s appearance or to assure the protection of a victim, or family member of a victim of domestic violence, the peace officer will prepare a declaration under penalty of perjury explain the facts and circumstances in support of a higher bail amount.
Persons not entitled to be released on bail are those charged with:
Penal Code section 1270.5 & California Constitution, Article 1, Section 12(a);
- Capital crimes (i.e. murder with special circumstance), when the facts are evident or the presumption of their guilt is great.
- Felony offenses involving an act of violence on another person, when the facts are evident or the presumption is great and the court finds(based upon clear and convincing evidence) that there is a serious likelihood that the persons’ release would result in great bodily harm to others pr to themselves.
- Felony offenses, when the facts are evident or the presumption of guilt is great. If the court finds (based upon clear and convincing evidence) that the person has threatened another with bodily harm or if there is substantial likelihood that the person would carry out the threat if released from custody. California Constitution, Article 1, Section 12(c).
Bail or offenses that involve larceny under the Penal Code, as listed in this schedule (e.g. P.C. 487, 496, 504, etc.) is the scheduled amount or the amount of loss, whichever is greater. This policy is also applied to fraud type offenses of other codes such as Insurance Code, Revenue and Taxation Code for which no presumptive bail is specified in the schedule, at the presumptive bail for top term potential, below or the amount of loss, whichever is higher.
Penal Code section 1270.1 prohibits the release of a defendant on bail in any amount, other than that what is set forth on the bail schedule prior to a hearing in open court for:
- Violent felonies as described in Penal Code section 667.5(c), but not 460(a);
- Serious felonies as described in Penal Code section 1192.7(c) (including those listed in Penal Code section 1192.8);
- Violations of Penal Code sections 136.1(c), 243(e)(1), 262, 273.5, 273.6, 422 (as a felony, and 646.9)
Bail Limit for Multiple Offenses - A bail limit for a case with multiple charges will be established as follows:
- Felony only. The highest bail amount for any one felony offense, plus enhancement, will apply.
- Felony charges with misdemeanor or infraction violations. The highest bail amount for any one felony offense, plus enhancement, will apply. Misdemeanor and infraction bails will not be considered.
Holds for Out-of-County Charges - The Felony Bail Schedule will apply to holds placed for out-of-county charges when no amount shown on a warrant or has been previously established.
Violation of Probation:
- Arrest without a warrant shall have NO BAIL if offense is for violating the terms of felony probation.
- Bail will be set at $15,000.00 if the offense is for violating the misdemeanor probation terms.
All references to a code section shall include all subsections unless a bail is specially set forth for a particular subsection.
Revisions/Additions to the Felony Bail Schedule:
The following procedure is established to make interim changes to the bail schedule without a formal meeting of the bail committee.
- The staff will present all proposed interim changes and the approved bail schedule to the chairperson of the Uniform Bail Procedures Committee.
- When the changes have been approved, a revised page for the bail schedule will be distributed to all agencies holding authorized copies.
The small town of Granada Hills is located in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angles County. It neighbors North Hills and Northridge. In 1916, the San Fernando Valley's first oil well was drilled in what is now Granada Hills. Granada Hills was founded in 1926 (as "Granada;" the "Hills" was added 15 years later) which was originally a dairy farm and orchard known as the Sunshine Ranch. Among the crops harvested here as the United States prepared for the Roaring '20s were apricots, oranges, walnuts and beans. Vestiges of former citrus groves can still be seen as small groups of orange, lemon or grapefruit trees in some residential yards. Granada Hills was named for a city on Spain. This small town has an annual parade on the first of every December called the Granada Hills Holiday Parade.