Mendocino County Juvenile Hall Inmate Bail & Bonds

How do Bail Bonds work at Mendocino County Juvenile Hall

What is Bail?

Bail is the temporary release of an accused person awaiting trial on condition that a sum of cash money be lodged to guarantee their appearance in Mendocino County Court in Ukiah, California.

Once the defendant is booked and filed for arrest, a custody and bail hearing will be scheduled, usually within 48 hours.

At the hearing the judge may issue a bail amount. This bail or bond is a refundable sum of cash money paid to the court to provide incentive for the defendant to attend all scheduled court hearings.

Instructions on how to post Bail or Bond in Mendocino County

Because Mendocino County and California can change their bail bond procedures, it is always best to call either the jail or the court directly after an arrestee has been booked. Go directly to the Mendocino County Jail and Court pages here to find the phone number you need for this information.

Ask the jail or court representative these specific questions:

  1. Is the defendant eligible for bail or a bond?
  2. How much will the bail or bond be?
  3. Where do I go to pay it?
  4. Are there any days or times of the day or night when I cannot post bail?
  5. What types of payment are allowed? Cash? Money order? Credit card? What types of credit cards? Property or other collateral? Surety bonds?
  6. Do I have to use a bail or bond agent?

To save you the time and trouble, jailexchange.com has compiled the bail bond policies for the Ukiah area which you can link to directly by going here.

If you feel the bail is too high and you wish to get it reduced, contact a lawyer or the defendant's public defender and get them to look into what they can do to get a bail reduction.

Option 1 - How to Post Bail using Cash for a Defendant at Mendocino County Juvenile Hall

The first option, a cash bond, is to pay the full bail amount in cash, cashier's check, or money order. Personal Checks are not accepted.

Depending on the crime, this amount could be anywhere from $100 to $75,000 or more.

To pay a cash bond, go to Mendocino County Juvenile Hall or to the court where the bail hearing occurred. Going directly to the jail will quicken the release of the defendant as any bail paperwork processed at the court will have to be transferred to the jail.

Cashier's Checks and Money Orders may be made out to Mendocino County Juvenile Hall where the defendant is being held, but usually to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office or to the Mendocino County Court.

To purchase money orders visit any Western Union, Moneygram or Post Office.

Option 2 - How to Post a Private or Surety Bond for a Defendant at Mendocino County Juvenile Hall

In the event that someone does not have the full bond amount available to him or her, there is what is called a private bond or surety bond.

This is an agreement made with a bail agent or bondsman who will post the full bail amount. In return, the defendant and/or cosigner will pay a premium to the bail agent. This premium will be 10-15% of the full bail amount.

For example, if bail is posted at $5,000, then the premium will cost approximately $500-$750.

A bail agent will often require some form of collateral, for example, a lien on a house, a car or jewelry. This is to ensure that if the defendant skips bail, or does not appear in court, the bail agent has some sort of compensation for the full bail amount being paid.

Remember, by making an agreement with a bail agent the signatory takes responsibility for paying the full bail amount if the defendant does not appear in court.

Option 3 - How to Post a Property Bond for a Defendant at Mendocino County Juvenile Hall

If you are a landowner in Mendocino County you may be able to post a property bond. Property within Mendocino County may be used as collateral to bail someone out. All owners of the property must be present to sign the bond in order for this to happen.

To find if property located outside of Mendocino County can be used as collateral, call a local bail or bond agent or contact a defense lawyer.

Click here for additional information on how to post bail at Mendocino County Juvenile Hall.

Who can post Bail or Bond for a Defendant at Mendocino County Juvenile Hall?

Anyone over the age of 18 who can produce a valid government-issued photo ID can post bail. Accepted forms of ID include a Photo Driver's License, Passport, or Motor Vehicle issued ID.

In many circumstances, if the defendant has the resources, they can post their own cash bail from jail.

Surety Bonds are arranged by a third party, typically a California state licensed Bail Bond firm.

Juveniles may only be bailed or bonded out of custody by a parent or legal guardian.

How are Bail or Bond Amounts decided in the city of Ukiah, in Mendocino County, state of California

As a general rule, a judge will most likely set a higher bail or bond for more serious crimes and a lower amount for less serious crimes. Other factors may include, but are not limited to:

  • The nature and circumstances of the offense
  • The defendant's record of previous convictions
  • The defendant's past record of appearance in court after being admitted to bail
  • The defendant's family ties
  • The defendant's employment record
  • The defendant's financial resources
  • The defendant's character and mental condition
  • The defendant's community ties

When will the Cash Bail or Collateral be returned to me?

Money or collateral will not be returned until the defendant's court case is finished, so realistically it could take several months to years, depending on the severity of the charges. If a defendant posts his or her own bail, Mendocino County Court may retain whatever amount of fines or fees have accumulated throughout the trial.

What happens to my Bail or Collateral if the Defendant misses Court?

The Judge may order a failure to appear warrant for the person's arrest or the Judge may order a Bail Commissioner's Letter be issued that will be sent to the person with a new court date.

If cash bail was paid, the entire amount may be forfeited.

How to Send a Carepack Commissary Package Directly to an Inmate in Mendocino County

To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Mendocino County Juvenile Hall follow these steps:

  • Select California, then select Mendocino County Juvenile Hall, and then select the 'Send a Package Order' option.
  • Register and create an account with Access Securepak, for Mendocino County.
  • Choose the inmate and the products you want shipped to them, and input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in Mendocino County at any one time.

For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages to an inmate in Mendocino County Juvenile Hall check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Mendocino County.


 

How Do Inmates in Mendocino County Juvenile Hall Make Phone Calls?

To receive phone calls from inmates in Mendocino County, or to assist them in making phone calls to other people, follow these steps:

  • Mendocino County Juvenile Hall uses the services of IC Solutions.
  • Register with them online or call them at 888-506-8407
  • Agents are available 24 hours a day, and speak both English & Spanish.
  • Services for Mendocino County inmates and their families and friends include Collect Calling, PIN Debits, Purchasing Calling Cards, Voicemail & Prepaid calls.  In addition, IC Solutions provides secure messaging, sending photos, video phone calls and online deposits for inmates and their families in Mendocino County.
  • Although rates are subject to change, they generally run about $0.21 per minute for phone calls.

Note: All your calls with an inmate are recorded, stored and shared with law enforcement if the conversation deals with your case or any criminal activity. Anything communicated can be used against you or your inmate in court.

For all the information regarding phone calls with Mendocino County inmates; rules, policies, phone calling times, limits and more visit our Inmate Phone Page.