Effective in 2023 all California and San Mateo County judges will conider the following factors when setting an offender's bond:
Please call the jail at 650-363-4000 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Maguire Correctional Facility.
A bond is set according to a court-approved schedule.
The purpose of the bond is to assure the offender's appearance in court.
Instructions on how to post Bail or Bond in San Mateo County
Because San Mateo 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 San Mateo 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:
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 Maguire Correctional Facility
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 Maguire Correctional Facility 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 Maguire Correctional Facility where the defendant is being held, but usually to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office or to the San Mateo County Court.
Option 2 - How to Post a Private or Surety Bond for a Defendant at Maguire Correctional Facility
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 Maguire Correctional Facility
If you are a landowner in San Mateo County you may be able to post a property bond. Property within San Mateo 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 San Mateo 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 Maguire Correctional Facility.
Who can post Bail or Bond for a Defendant at Maguire Correctional Facility?
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.
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, San Mateo 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.
To schedule a visit and meet with an inmate in San Mateo County, either at-the-jail or remotely by video, follow these instructions:
For all the information you need to schedule and visit with a Maguire Correctional Facility inmate, including how it works, how much it costs, visitation using a rented tablet, how often and when you can visit and more, check out our Visit Inmate Page.
NOTE: Your visits will be monitored, recorded and stored. You may want to refrain from discussing your inmate's court case as anything discussed can be used against them in court.
Postcards & Envelopes
The Maguire Correctional Facility allows regular postcards and envelopes to be mailed to inmates. There are a number of restictions that are oulined on the Inmate Mail page.
Postcards and envelopes MUST be mailed to the following address:
Smart Communication-San Mateo County Jail
INMATE NAME-ID NUMBER
P.O. BOX 9126
Seminole, FL 33775-9126
Newspapers, Magazines & Books
Local or national newspapers, news, special interest or sports magazines, and soft cover books may also be mailed to the inmate as long as they are mailed directly from the publisher or a third party service such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
All newspapers, magazines and books are to be shipped to:
Maguire Correctional Facility
INMATE NAME – ID NUMBER
300 Bradford Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
For complete mail policies of what is allowed and what is NOT allowed, pertaining to inmate mail, newspapers, magazines, books or anything else mailed or shipped to an inmate, check out out Inmate Mail Page.
To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Maguire Correctional Facility follow these steps:
To send commissary money to an inmate in Maguire Correctional Facility follow these steps:
To receive phone calls from inmates in San Mateo County, or to assist them in making phone calls to other people, follow these steps:
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.