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How do Bail Bonds work at Santa Barbara Juvenile Hall in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County California?

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 Santa Barbara County Court in Santa Barbara, 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.

Here are the California Bail Laws with our interpretation of what the laws really mean.

What is a Bond?

A Bond is a when a third party promises to be financially responsible for the defendant to show up in court at a later date when ordered.

Bonds are referred to as either 'property bonds' or 'surety bonds'.

A 'property bond' is a guarantee by a third party to put up some form of property (real estate, jewels, stocks) as collateral that they agree to forfeit if the defendant does not show up for their scheduled court date.

A 'surety bond' is defined as a guarantee by a third party – typically a bail bondsman – that a defendant will appear in court on their scheduled appearance.

What is the amount of the Bail or Bond going to be?

The amount of the bail or bond in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County depends on many factors (see How Is Bail Determined in Santa Barbara County California? below), however here is the most recent information of bail amounts for each criminal charge the defendant is charged with, both felony and misdemeanor.

California law requires each county determine their own Bail Schedule, meaning the amount of bail or bond they will allow for a specific criminal charge.

To determine the criminal charges of the inmate and find the bail amount, go here and look the inmate up or call 805-681-4260.

Who can post Bail or Bond for a Defendant at Santa Barbara 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.

When can Bail or Bond be posted?

Bail can be posted seven days a week, 24 hours a day, at Santa Barbara Juvenile Hall or during operating hours at the Santa Barbara County Court in Santa Barbara, California where the bail hearing occurred.

If you are using the service of a private bail bondsman, they are typically available 24 hours a day and will let you know the process and time involved in posting the bond and arranging the defendant's release.

Go here to confirm where to post bail in this county or call 805-681-4260

To confirm your inmate is approved for bail, you have an idea of the bail amount and fees and that a cashier is available to process the paperwork, call 805-681-4260 before arriving.

 


How is Bail or Bond determined in Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County 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

This document explains the California Bail Laws and how Bail is determined.

Instructions on how to post Bail or Bond in Santa Barbara County

Because Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara 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.

This is the link to the Bail Schedule page for Santa Barbara County and Felony and Misdemeanor Bail Amounts for various crimes committed in this county.

To pay a cash bond, go to Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara Juvenile Hall where the defendant is being held, but usually to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office or to the Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara 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.

This is the link to the Bail Schedule page for Santa Barbara County and Felony and Misdemeanor Bail Amounts for various crimes committed in this county.

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 Santa Barbara Juvenile Hall

If you are a landowner in Santa Barbara County you may be able to post a property bond. Property within Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara Juvenile Hall.

This is the link to the Bail Schedule page for Santa Barbara County and Felony and Misdemeanor Bail Amounts for various crimes committed in this county.

How long will it take the Defendant to be released after Bail or Bond posting?

As long as all the necessary documentation and identification are provided, the bail paperwork should take no more than 15 to 30 Minutes. Once the bail is processed it may take 2 to 10 hours for the defendant to be released from Santa Barbara Juvenile Hall. It is common for larger jails to have longer processing times.

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, Santa Barbara 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.