Wednesday, November 5, 2014

How To Finance A Bail Bond In Orange County

Ideas To Get Funding For The Bail Premium

So, your brother just got arrested for his SECOND DUI by the what? You've checked the Bail Schedule for Orange County, and you find out his bail will be set at $10,000. The premium you will need to pay to a bail company $1,000. What do you do if you don't have the money? You have several options:
  • Car Title Loans - An Auto Title Loan is when a company will use the value of your vehicle as collateral for a loan to you. Payments can be made on a fixed schedule, so the loan can be paid in full in a short amount of time. The upside is that you get to keep driving your car. The downside is that you typically own the vehicle outright, so that the loan company can put a lien against your vehicle. In Southern California, there are several companies that do it. In Ventura County, Aztec Title is able to forward your loan request to multiple lenders. In Orange County, Yelp offers reviews of pink slip loans. 

  • Payday Loans - A payday loan advance is a controversial type of loan. This involves lending money against your future payday. The problem is, they come with HUGE interest rates. 

Whatever route you take to finance a bail bond, whether it's an auto title loan or a payday loan, you'll be paying a high interest rate. It's often better to borrow the money from a relative.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Overstaying A Visa - Orange County Bail Bonds

One of the most common things that many immigrants are facing these days is illegal stay, also known as “unauthorized stay”. Two hundred years ago, people from Africa were forced to come to our country and work under horrible conditions. Many things have changed since then. We have built equal rights for all our citizens and created a diverse society like no other country in the world. Our country started accepting refuges from all around the world, qualified and non-qualified workers. The time has come that our economy can barely handle a huge migration of people. Many temporary work visas have been implemented. Some of them can be extended, some can't, but none of them would lead to permanent residency by default. The situation is even harder for individuals that crossed the border illegally.

Legal vs illegal entry

An individual who enters the United States through a border crossing and get inspected by an Immigration Officer is considered to have entered the country legally. Citizens of certain countries, such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and many other (mostly from the western world) do not need a visa if they are planning to stay up to 90 days as visitors. For all others, a proper visa has to be issued before an individual comes to the United States border. Once someone enters the U.S. his visa becomes known as “status”. On the other hand, many individuals enter the country without proper documentation, many times risking their lives going through the desert, crossing rivers, often without food and water for many days. All of that just to find a better life. They also become victims of human trafficking.

Visa extension and change of status

Many individuals who already entered the U.S. have decided to proceed with as many extensions of their status as they legally can. A good example would be a foreign student who entered on J1 visa to work during the summer and decided to stay longer. This type of visa could not be extended, but an individual would be able to change his status to some other type of visa, like a B2 visa, which gives him the right to travel but not to work for an additional six months. However, we are not the country that automatically grants permanent residency after couple of years of being here, so at one point an individual will run out of all “temporary” options and he will have to leave the country. At that point, some people comply with the terms and leave, but some of them decide to stay without permission. Overstaying is almost the same as illegal entry and an individual might face deportation. Overstaying also leads into further consequences, such as a ban of entering the country at a later date. If someone overstays for more than six months, he will have a ban of entering the country for five years. For overstaying more than a year, this ban goes to 10 years.

Possible relief 

Options of obtaining a relief after overstaying or entering the U.S. illegally are “everything or nothing”. No temporary visa is available beyond that point, so options are usually limited to adjustment of status to permanent residency based on employment or family petition and asylum seeking.
One thing that can cause a problem is if the immigrant commits a crime. For example, if the Orange County Sheriff's Department arrests an immigrant for Driving Under the Influence, this may put the legal status in jeopardy. If this happens,make sure the immigrant contacts an Orange County DUI lawyer as soon as possible.

Green card based on employment as a form of relief

This is the one of most common ways that many workers try to get to. In reality, there is an annual quota for qualified and non-qualified workers set in place. Waiting for “the number” might take more than 10 years and there is no visa which would keep someone that long in the country. In addition to that, the company that filed for an alien has to “survive” through the whole process and prove that no U.S. citizen or resident was available to take that position. The very first step would be obtaining “Certificate from Department of Labor” and then waiting for quota for many years. It appears as a long, expensive and stressed process.

Adjustment of status based on family relation

Only spouse and parents of U.S. citizen have visa immediately available. the term “immediately available” means that there is no annual quota of how many individuals can obtain permanent residency per year. Very important thing is that the marriage entered with U.S. citizen has to be real, which means that the marriage cannot be made for the purpose of obtaining immigration benefits. Individuals who decide to enter any type of “deal”, just to get a “green card” are subjects to 5 years of Federal imprisonment. In reality, soon after they get “cut”, they agree with deportation as some type of “plea bargain”, in the order to avoid this long sentence. Even the ones that “tricked” authorities and obtained paperwork based on false marriage are subject to deportation. Sisters and brothers of U.S. citizens have to wait for quota.

Asylum seekers

Seeking asylum means that an individual has life threatening conditions in his country. While many people in reality run away from the war just to save their lives, some other try to take advantage and give false statements just to obtain residency or avoid deportation. It is worth to mention that an individual has a year after entering the country to apply for asylum. After the year has expired, it is still possible to file for asylum, but even if granted – it would be just “withholding of removal”. Beyond the “year”, situation and circumstances in individual’s country have to be very different - worse (war started etc) than during the first year of residency in the order for asylum to be approved. Many people believe that poverty is a reason good enough for asylum seeking, but asylum based on financial circumstances and poor economy in seeker’s country does not exist.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Domestic Violence - An Ongoing Problem in Orange County

Domestic Violence 

Life these days knows how to be very stressful and we don’t need so much to “explode” at least from the inside. Overpopulated cities in Orange County California, spending hours in the traffic, bureaucracy at work – these are all the things that would challenge each adult individual these days. Our home is supposed to be our sanctuary. This should be our peaceful place, away from the rest of the world. That does not happen all the time.

It all starts with arguments

Not even two fingers on the hand are the same, so it is not expected in any marriage that both sides involved in it would have the same point of view, ideas and expectations. It takes a lot of tolerance and sacrifice for the marriage in order to work. Negotiation skills are needed like in any other matter. While opposites attract, sometimes it might not work very well to live with someone who has a different opinion. Proving the point starts with raising the voice and on many occasions ends with physical force. As soon as the heads cool-off, regret takes place. From that point on, individuals, especially men would love to turn back time and simply walk out from the house before the conflict escalated. But this doesn't always happen. Verbal arguments can turn physical, and an arrest can take place.

Domestic violence as a result of upbringing 

Many men get abusive at their later age without even knowing where the abuse comes from. The domestic violence statistics in Orange County are nothing short of shocking. Most of the abusers had a bad childhood, where they were abused physically and emotionally by their parents. That sadness and anger might stay inside for many decades without an individual even noticing it. Many of them end up in a life of crime, spending a huge amount of time in and out of jail. Orange County Bail Bonds agents routinely deal with clients who have been arrested for domestic violence. At one point, individuals take out all of that negative energy on their spouse.

Simple battery vs serious injuries

While on many occasions arguments end with a simple battery, sometimes they can go as far as a deadly outcome. Definition of a simple battery stands for any type of contact - from unwanted touching to minor injuries. Everything beyond a bruise can be considered as a serious injury, especially if it requires medical treatment. 

Plea bargain

Like with any other violation of the law, the same plea bargain procedure stands in the place. If this is the first conviction on the record, especially the first one of this kind – consequences would be lesser than if this is an
ongoing problem. Entering plea bargain at the beginning phase of proceedings might give a better deal to
individual, especially if the evidence such as medical records become available. Many things also depend on the statement made by the victim. However, ones given statement which supports the charge is almost impossible to be changed. Many times, women call the Orange County Sheriff's Office with an intention to stop the fight, but they do not expect that their husband might end up behind the bars for many months. There is not so much to be done once the evidence got collected. It is still surprising that when a call is made to a Santa Ana bail bonds company, it is often the person who was battered who tries to bail the defendant out.


For simple battery, in majority of the States, the sentence imposed is up to six months of imprisonment with
domestic violence classes attached to the sentence as a part of probation (and rehabilitation). There is zero 
zero tolerance for domestic violence these days. The court might determine if the restraining order should be set in the place. If the things between the people in relationship (or marriage) are not resolved – most likely this is going to lead into more problems. That would automatically bring new and more serious charges with attached probation violation as well as restraining order violation (if any). A criminal defense attorney must be hired to deal with these issues.

Domestic violence and immigration consequences

Domestic violence is in a category in and of itself when it comes to criminal charges and immigration consequences. Most of the time, this type of crime would have an impact on someone’s immigration status. Many underlying circumstances take the place at immigration hearings, especially if an individual is a green card holder and with strong ties to the United States. If the criminal record is full of criminal convictions and repetitive domestic violence charges – deportation would be the outcome of the removal proceedings.

Wrong and right beyond the legality 

Regardless how the case is going to end up and even if we walk-away without any serious consequences, we should not neglect this problem in our marriage. Domestic violence classes, as a twelve step program are available almost anywhere and attending those classes would definitely benefit society as a whole. Even if the problem didn't get to the point of criminal charges being filed, attending the classes would give to us some wisdom and better understanding of the whole situation. When the “head is hot” – it is hard to think in the rational way. Classes and marriage counseling would provide to us different point of view as well as different approach towards this problem. No jail time would help us to resolve this issue that has been inside of us for many years. Ones we deal with this problem the proper way within ourselves, we are going to notice the difference in the way how we think and talk with our spouse. Remaining in unhealthy marriage is not the point of changing ourselves. On many occasions people decide to remain married and get use to abusive way of living. Divorce usually stands for broken dreams, disappointments and many years of wasted life. It shouldn’t be that way. Divorce might help not to escalate the things beyond the point of minor violence. Even the Bible says that the marriage is not for everyone.

Kids suffer the most

Kids usually suffer mistakes made by adults and feel the consequences of being raised in unhealthy marriage. All the problems would reflect on their upbringing and on many occasions the circle of violence knows how to be transfer from one generation to another. Even abusers are the victims – real victims of their bad childhood. If this is the case, be strong enough to say: “This madness will stop with me!”

written by Chuck Portola

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Orange County Crime April 3rd - April 10th

This Week's Orange County Crime Stories

April 10th, 2014
Multiple schools in Tustin California were on lockdown on Thursday April 10th 2014 after an armed gunman was roaming the neighborhood. The lockdown was lifted after several hours when the gunman was captured. The crime happened on Nisson Road. There weren't any reports of injuries. Read More.....

Garden Grove man arrested for stabbing

The Garden Grove Police Department arrested a 23 year-old barber on April 8th 2014 after he stabbed his client multiple times. According to the police the suspect, Adrian Gomez, was was cutting his client's hair when he began stabbing him. Although the victim was stabbed multiple times, he managed to escape and contact the police. He is expected to fully recover from his injuries. The crime happened at the Gomez' apartment on Imperial Avenue Read More......

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

2 Arrested For Assault In Huntington Beach

On March 30th 2014, several men were stabbed when they attempted to intervene in an assault against an Angels fan. The stabbings happened in Huntington Beach where 2 women wearing Dodgers shirts attacked a woman wearing an Angels shirt. The argument became physical at Walnut and Main Streets, according to the Huntington Beach Police Department. The HBPD Chief stated that the victim was shoved to the ground and then repeatedly kicked in the head and beaten. The three men, all Marines, attempted to render aid and were immediately assaulted by friends of the female suspects. A nearby resident caught the beating on his cellphone. One of the Marines was slashed in the face with a beer bottle. Another was also stabbed. The two men were listed in stable condition at a local hospital. The third man was treated at a San Diego hospital. A 20 year-old woman, Victoria Robledo, and a 23 year-old man were arrested for assault. The HBPD Chief states that more arrests are possible. Neither of the suspects were bailed out using a Huntington Beach Bail Bonds company.
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Monday, March 31, 2014

DUI Arrest In Santa Ana

An alleged drunk driver struck a ten-year-old child on Sunday, March 30th 2014. The woman, a 33 year-old Santa Ana resident was arrested at the scene. The child was struck at Cabrillo Park Dr and 17th Street in Santa Ana early in the evening. According to the Santa Ana Police Department, the boy was with his brother while crossing the street. The woman, Suray Leon, was driving a Ford F-150 when the incident happened. The boy was thrown approximately 45 feet after being struck. A spokesperson for the SAPD stated that Leon hit the child after she didn't stop at a red light. The woman did not attempt to flee the scene. After being arrested for a felony DUI charge, Leon has still not gotten released by a Santa Ana Bail Bonds company, and it is still not clear whether or not he has retained the services of an Orange County DUI lawyer. Our Santa Ana Bail Bonds G+ Page

Friday, March 28, 2014

How Bail works in Santa Ana

In Orange County California, it is not strange to hear that a criminal defendant was arrested and then released within hours or a couple of days on bail. Usually the bail amount is quite high ranging from tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars but may go as high as a million dollars depending on the nature of the criminal offense as well as jurisdictional differences. The question that begs is how the criminal defendant manages to raise such amount within such short periods. The answer is dealing with an Orange County bail bonds agent. Nevertheless, how do bail bonds work? The following are the steps from start to completion.
  Step 1: Contacting the bail company Soon following arrest, the defendant will be given the opportunity to contact a relative. This relative will have to contact a Santa Ana bail bonds company. It is usually done through a phone call. A representative (bail agent or bails bondsman) of that company will collect some standard information about the criminal defendant and his or her situation. Such information will help the company assess the risks involved.
  Step 2: Beginning the application process Once the bail agent has assessed the risk, he or she will start the approval process. The agent will be interested in knowing the severity of the charge, when the arrest was made, your relationship to the defendant and how long you have known them, your assets (such home), your current employer and how long you have been employed among other questions. For instance, if the defendant was arrested in Costa Mesa, a licensed agent with Bail Bonds Costa Mesa will be contacted. The agent will tell you the terms and conditions of the bond purchase. You will then be required to sign necessary paperwork including bail bonds application, Indemnity Agreement as well as receipt for the transaction. This paperwork can be processed electronically through email or fax in minutes. Alternatively, the bail bondsman may meet the client at the Santa Ana jail premises or a picked location.
  Step 3: Finalizing the process After successful completion of the paperwork, the bail agent will post or file the bond with the responsible law enforcement agency. The defendant will then be released. The time taken for the release to happen depends on the particular Orange County Jail but the bail company will need about 1-2 hours from start to finish. The bail company will charge you a bond fee, which is 10% of the bail amount, as stipulated by the law. If the suspect has been accused of drunk driving, the next step would be to contact an Orange County DUI lawyer. That’s it. If everything plays out well, the criminal defendant will be released pending hearing of his or her case. This will give the defendant enough time to organize his or her affairs and get the best legal representation.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Robbery in Brea

One man was arrested and another suspect is still on the run following the robbery of a jewelry store on Wednesday March 26th 2014. The early evening robbery happened at the Brea Mall.
According to the Brea Police Department, 2 men entered the jewelry store just before 8:00pm carrying a hammer. They went up to display cases that held Rolex watches and started smashing the cases with the hammer.
The Brea Police Department is located next door. After the police officers got there, they saw 2 men sprinting past the Civic Center. The police started chasing them, and managed to catch one of the suspects. The other suspect managed to get away, and the police are still searching for him.
The watches were recovered; the hammer that was used was recovered as well.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

New OCSD Police Blotter

There's a new online police blotter

The Orange County Sheriff's Department has a new Crime Blotter that makes it possible for citizens to understand exactly what activity is taking place in their neighborhoods. A routine testimonial of phone calls placed in your location and an up to date criminal offense database, which will appear at the end of each webpage in the Sheriff's Department Patrol Locations area, will supply you a precise view of police activity in your Orange County neighborhood. Information for the new blotter is drawn from the main "request for service" calls which are stored by OCSD. It's a detailed list omitting just the calls that could possibly trigger damage to a specific person or where the release of the details would threaten a current criminal investigation. The calls noted are all for requests for assistance in the Orange County area. These locations are typically cities that have entered into an agreement with the Department for police assistance or are in the parts of the county that are still unincorporated. The blotter contains exactly what was relayed to the law enforcement officer who is doing street patrol by the county's 911 dispatcher. The real type of an occurrence typically varies from exactly what is at first reported. No presumption of a criminal act or association ought to be taken from the material of the details supplied by the Blotter. There are not always arrests made, so calls to the Orange County Bail Bonds company are not always needed. Santa Ana Bail Bonds agents are always standing by to assist anyone who needs our services. We cover all jails in Southern California.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Arraignment Procedures

What is arraignment?

After you've gotten arrested in Orange County, you'll  have to go through the booking procedure and then the arraignment. This is the point that it really IS worth finding a good attorney. If you hire a good attorney, he can argue to lower your bail. Otherwise, you're stuck with the Orange County Bail schedule. So, even if you've been arrested for a relatively minor crime, you could be looking at paying an Orange County bail bonds agent thousands of dollars. 

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Financing Orange County Bail Bonds

How to get financing for the bail premium

Trying to finance Orange County Bail Bonds is getting tougher these days. People's credit is in the toilet, so if you have a loved one who gets arrested it is a real challenge to finance that bond. but it isn't all about having perfect credit. In many cases, bad credit won't stop you from financing Orange County bail bonds. What about your stable job history? That is worth a HUGE amount. Other bail bonds financing considerations:

  • Do you own your own vehicle? The title to that car can become a way to get your loved one out of the Santa Ana jail. 
  • Does your home have any equity in it? That can contribute to cover the collateral AND finance the premium.
  • So, say you have no job and your credit is shot. Maybe another relative has a decent & stable job history. 
The representatives at your premier Santa Ana bail bonds company will absolutely help you find a way to get financing. Contact them today.

by Chuck Portola