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Topo Padilla Speaks Frankly About Proposed CA Bail Reform

Listen to Topo Padilla of Greg Padilla Bail Bonds Debate Senator Bob Hertzberg

LIVE on Airtalk Live with Larry Mantle | 1/17/2017

530-666-2400 – Yolo County

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HOW BAIL WORKS AND OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Although bail bonds are a term that has cemented itself in the American lexicon, many people don’t understand what a bail bond is or how bail works, what the cost of a bail bond will be, or how posting bail works. We’re here to answer all of these questions (and many others) to help make the bail bonds process as simple as possible.
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What Happens To My Bail Bond If I Missed My Court Date?

A bail bond has one purpose and that is to insure the appearance of a person in court. The bail bond is an insurance policy between the court and our agency to guarantee your appearance in court. The bail bond is valid for the entire time a person is going to court once the person is released on bail.
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Per the instructions given by our agent, you can either fill the forms out and fax them back to our office at 916-446-1076, or if you have the ability, you can download the forms, print the necessary forms, fill the forms out, then you can either scan them and then e-mail them back to office@padillabailbonds.com or you can fax them to 916-446-1076. Again this process will be discussed with you by our agent at the time of your initial call.
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Pay for Bail

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530-934-9600 – Glenn County

Bail Bonds Glenn County

Bail Bonds Glenn County

It’s critically important you have the best team of bail bond agents on your side when you or your loved one needs bail bonds in Willows (Glenn), CA.

Greg Padilla Bail Bonds is the premier bail bond agency in Willows (Glenn) CA and surrounding areas. Contact Greg Padilla Bail Bonds Today: 530-934-9600 – Willows (Glenn) CA

HOW BAIL WORKS AND OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Although bail bonds are a term that has cemented itself in the American lexicon, many people don’t understand what a bail bond is or how bail works, what the cost of a bail bond will be, or how posting bail works. We’re here to answer all of these questions (and many others) to help make the bail bonds process as simple as possible.
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What Happens To My Bail Bond If I Missed My Court Date?

A bail bond has one purpose and that is to insure the appearance of a person in court. The bail bond is an insurance policy between the court and our agency to guarantee your appearance in court. The bail bond is valid for the entire time a person is going to court once the person is released on bail.
More >>

Download Forms

Per the instructions given by our agent, you can either fill the forms out and fax them back to our office at 916-446-1076, or if you have the ability, you can download the forms, print the necessary forms, fill the forms out, then you can either scan them and then e-mail them back to office@padillabailbonds.com or you can fax them to 916-446-1076. Again this process will be discussed with you by our agent at the time of your initial call.
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Pay for Bail

To pay for your bail, click on the “Pay Now” button below, which will take you to a secure encrypted PayPal page where you can pay the amount of bail you have been required to pay.
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Immediate bail bond services in Willows (Glenn), California.
Nationwide service available.

Topo Padilla Insurance Lic#: 1639213
Greg Padilla Insurance Lic#: 1570027

Topo, What’s going on with the current movement for bail reform and the notion that bail bonds are unconstitutional?

Well there’s some movement started about five years ago that really and truly are aimed at making our criminal justice system have less teeth, not punishing as hard and stuff like that. And so now as we fast forward to 2015 2016 there’s groups running around the country really and truly acting as though people that are arrested are victims. And while they may or may not be, that’s none of my business and as a bail bonds and I don’t get involved in that. What I do want to get involved in is the defense of the bail industry. And that comes to the extent is this… number one how could something be unconstitutional that is in the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution? It is also contained in the California Constitution that bail bonds are a constitutional right. And the reason our forefathers gave people that right is so that they didn’t have to sit in jail while being and going to trial for their cases. It gave them the ability to pay for a way to be released from jail and not be under government monitoring.

So the current movement that is going on… there are lawsuits being filed throughout the country and a group… this Equal Justice Under the Law is going throughout this country… there are Harvard grads saying that bails is unconstitutional. And what they’ve done is they’ve gone in filed lawsuits and these relatively small counties and have scared these counties into settling, saying “OK bail is unconstitutional we won’t make people bail out of jail anymore.”.

They’re finally coming West they’ve got some lawsuits filed in San Francisco and one here in Sacramento and what they’re finding out is what people like mirror thing is this: so they want to have everybody released on a government-funded “own recognizance release” (OR) meaning the person would sign there there that promise to appear in court. Or even worse that they would sign a release giving probation or law enforcement agencies the responsibility of making sure that these people go to court. And one of the big problems with that is that people have to sign away their Fourth Amendment right to reasonable search and seizure if you’re released on one of these government bonds. And then you and everybody in your household is subject to search and seizure by law enforcement. And you know that’s just not what we want… that’s not what our forefathers had in mind when they guaranteed the right to reasonable bail.

So these lawsuits and all this movement that is going on throughout this country… while these people might have the right intentions when it comes to bail not being reasonable… which when the bail industry don’t disagree. We think bail schedules for instance in California are extremely high compared to places like Idaho, Nevada, and Florida, where they are almost too low and people really don’t have the financial chip in the game to come back to court, there’s got to be a balance. Getting rid of the bail industry is a tragedy and not because it’s my living. I mean believe I can go do something else that’s not the case. The case is do we want people to go to court? Do we want them to resolve their cases. If that is the case then the answer is yes then the best way to release somebody from jail is with the bail bond because we are going to make sure that they go to court take care of them their matter at no cost to the taxpayers.

You see, all these programs that this ej ul and all these other entities that are seeking bail reform want… all of them cost money and they’re going to cost you, the taxpayer, money. Thousands and millions and hundreds of millions of dollars throughout this country. The folks in New Jersey learned that real quick when they try to get rid of the bail industry and they saw how much was going to cost.

So the fact of the matter is these groups can shout for bail reform but really and truly who they are hurting… they say they’re defending the minorities that are are sitting and and languishing in jail, when in fact what they’re gonna do, is they’re going to put these people under more government monitoring. GPS monitors, where the government’s going to track you 24 hours a day… and you haven’t even gone to your first court date. You certainly haven’t been convicted… and you’re going to be under government monitoring. So that’s why when the bail industry you know sure we’re trying to save our industry because we believe in our industry. We believe in what we do. We believe in giving people the right to be released on bail bond while they’re going to court and while they’re waiting judgment of their case.

And so this is current notion of bail reform is it’s mixed in with a bunch of other people that really and truly have a misguided message that our criminal justice system is unfair to to certain people. I mean to think the notion that police are just out there arbitrarily arresting minorities to arrest minorities is is just it’s not true. It’s not… it’s not the message, it’s not what’s going on and they’ve hijacked certain things and they’re throwing bail into it now.

So we’re going to stand up for ourselves we believe in what we do. I know that our customers believe in what we do I mean, you know certainly again as I said in the beginning bail schedules are high. Do we need to fix them? Absolutely. We in the bail industry want to see them in a more palatable amount but we’ve tried we tried in our industry and to get to get the judges and the people the legislature to buy in what we’re saying… they’re kind of looking at it like it’s a self-serving thing.

NO. Bail schedules do need to come down and that’s where we could start

Listen to Topo Padilla of Greg Padilla Bail Bonds Debate Senator Bob Hertzberg

LIVE on Airtalk Live with Larry Mantle | 1/17/2017

What Should a Person Do If They Miss Court?

If a person is released on bail bond and they miss court the first thing they want to understand is this that the court is going to issue a bench warrant that bench warrant is for any officer that sees you or it comes in contact with you to take you back to jail.So what you want to do is immediately call your bail bondsman. Your bail bondsman is able to help you in a couple ways. One thing you can do is put you back on calendar immediately and get the bail bond reinstated.

You see when you purchase a bail bond you pay for it, one of the benefits is that we can get you back in court without you having to go back to jail. So call your bail bondsman immediately… we can do that we’re going to be the same person we are when we got you out of jail. You see our objective is to keep you out on bond the entire time you’re going to court. The last thing we want to see you do is pay us for a bail bond and go back to jail really truly do not want to do that. So we can get your new court date if you missed court.

You know to the contrary if you released on O R you have no advocate for you the only really way for you to get back on calendar is to go back to jail to turn yourself in and go to jail. That’s why you know a benefit of a bail bond is so that we can help you know to continue on remain out of custody the entire time.

Now one of the biggest things we face when people do miss court is them listening to their friends out on the street. Them listening to “oh my gosh the bounty hunters are going to come for you the cops are gonna come for everybody’s going to come for you and you need to become a fugitive. And the biggest thing I want to say is that you can’t trust the bondsman.” That’s false.If you can’t trust us and we burn our faith with you or anybody else in the community, I’m done in my industry. My bail bond company is done, so I don’t want to lie to you, I want to tell you the truth the facts what I can do, because if

I help you and somebody else in your family or friend goes to jail you’re going to advertisement I have to be truthful with you honest with you and tell you the reality is what’s going to happen. So, the bottom line is if you miss court, call your bail bondsman, we can get you back on calendar.

Now there’s gonna be times that you failed to appear maybe you’ve had multiple failures to appear of your case is pretty serious and a judge wants you back in his courtroom, that we may not be able to keep you out on bond. They may say we’re going to increase your bond.That too, we can help you. So you’re out on a twenty-five-thousand-dollar bond and you missed court and the judge is pretty hot at you for missing court and the DAwants your bail raised because they said “hey, you missed court once” yes they can raise your bail.

If they do that one of the other benefits that we can do, is if you are out on twenty-five-thousand-dollar bond and they raise your bill to 50 thousand dollars and this is something that everybody should know, I, as a bail bondsman, if you come to me and say I missed court,I can give you credit for that initial bond that you paid before so it’s 25,000our bond and they raise your bill that $50,000, I can give you credit for that bail bond that you’ve already paid for and then you would only have to pay the difference which is another $25,000. Granted, we don’t want to see that happen.I mean we’re not in this to just you know to make money at every turn every corner.

We want to help you, but there is times where the court is going to raise bail. So with that being said, the bottom line is this, we in the bail bond industry trust you to get you out of jail to have you go to court, You have to trust us, have faith in us, we are here to help you.That’s how we make a living… is by helping people, getting them out of jail while they’re going to court. So that they can go to court and resolve their matter and we want to help you through that process all the way.

You mentioned, “O R.” What is “O R?”

Well there’s two or three ways to the three ways actually get out of jail. One is a person can be released on an O R which is an “own recognizance” release or a citation and that’s where the court or the sheriff can release you on your signature… with no guarantee you know other than your promise to appear.

A bail bond is what we do and then there’s a property bond, where a person can put up property, which not and I’m talking about real property they have to have equity and real property and they can put that up to the court and you can be released from jail.

And that’s collateral…

Yes.

Thank you.

How Does a Bail Bond Work?

A bail bond is an insurance policy. We’re insurance agency and it is an insurance policy that guarantees to the court that a person will make will make all of his or her court appearances. So when bail somebody out of jail we don’t take money to the jail or to the court, we take an insurance policy to the court and that guarantee that we make to them is guaranteed by us making an agreement with the person that we’re getting out of jail…. and most of the time it’s with a co-signer… a third party that is going to help us guarantee that person will make it to court.

Question:
So with that said…. I’m arrested, I’m in the jail, I make the call… you know, “Greg Padilla Bail Bonds please bail me out.” If you could walk me through the steps of exactly what happens. We make the call… what do you do? what do I do? What does my family do?

When we receive a call, about 50% of the time, it’s from the person in jail.. or a family member from the outside. So we’ll just talk in general terms… say it’s a family member that’s calling us. They’re going to call us and talk to one of our staff members and find out where the person is in jail, if they may know the information on how much their bail is and when they were arrested. We’re going to call the jail and get that information. That way we’re talking about factual information. We’re not talking about “I think they’re arrested” or “I think this is how much their bail is” We’re going to get that information and not at that point, what we’re going to do first and foremost is explain how a bail bond Works. What is a bond is. And what they see, if they choose to do so in co-signing on the bond…what their responsibilities are are going to be. Because it does me no good to assume that they know how this whole process works. We want to explain to them the way we do it. Not how everybody else does it. The way we had Greg Padilla Bail Bonds do it. So, we’re going to explain it to them and once they have a full understanding then we’re going to start talking about the terms and conditions. How much the bail is, how much it’s going to cost, what their guarantee is going to be that this person is going to make it to court. We don’t get into the legal maneuvering of the criminal case… that’s not our job that’s for the attorney to do.

Question:
So then OK you establish their contact with the family and its to determine can they come up with the 10%, they pay you, then you call… who do you specifically do you talk to at the jail? What title does the person you talk to have?

When we’re ready to post bail bond throughout the state of California they’re mostly consistent in that we would go to a window at the jail that’s set aside for not only helping us but and also help with other things… we would go to that entity, we give them the bail bond and give them insurance policy, they review it and make sure all the information is correct and begin the process of releasing the person. As far as releasing people, each jail is different… some take one hour some take 15 minutes. Some take unfortunately 6, 8, 10 hours. Bigger counties can take a lot longer. But that’s who we deal with is the jail Personnel that accepts our bonds and processes them.

Question:
So typically, within one day you could figure on being bailed out of jail… within a day?

It’s going to be a lot quicker than that. When we receive the call, we can receive a call from somebody if they meet all the criteria that we need credits we can start the process without them even being at our office. We can go over and post the bond and get the ball rolling… that way when the family member or friend came to our office the person would already be processed and all their way out of jail. And then know when they get there we can do the paperwork and take the money and get them out of jail. And that can all be done sometimes within an hour . Sometimes within a couple 2 or 3 hours. It never would take a day to do to get somebody out of jail.

Question:
That’s really important information. When they are physically released from jail… I’m just trying to get a picture of exactly what happens. They come out with their stuff I would imagine that they took their clothes and you have paperwork sitting there waiting for them to sign… and then you collect your fee from the family or them or whatever. Or you get signatures from that person and the family?

Yeah, just like when I was talking about the family members… want we want them to understand what’s going on. We also, if we have not yet talked to the person that’s being released from jail, we definitely have to meet with them, go over what the bail bond is, how much it costs, who’s paying, and what the terms and conditions are. We need them to understand that they need to make all their court appearances and if they don’t make all their court appearances they and their family members or their friends are in jeopardy of losing their entire amount of the bail bond. So it’s very important and 100% necessary that we do meet with them and that they are going to sign documents and contracts with us, so that they guarantee their appearance in court and our ability to monitor them and to do what we need to do that they make all of their court dates

Perfect… thank you.

Q: Can a Person Bail Themselves Out of Jail?

Yes, technically a person can bail themselves out of jail. That all comes down to when we bail someone out of jail, we underwrite the bond, just like car insurance our house insurance, we would take down information about the person and find out if they qualify and in many times people do qualify to bail themselves out of jail. We just gotta make sure that they have enough around them in their surrounding environment that they’re not going to miss court and take off and run on us. Because the bottom line is if they make all their court appearance… nothing ever happens. If they were to miss court and we didn’t have a co-signer then we would have nobody to turn to; to assist us in getting them back into court. So you know again, yes, somebody can, but it comes down to the underwriting and us talking to the person see if they qualify.

Q: So overall it seems it would be best if they did deal with a professional in this, because there are probably many streams of red tape that someone, the lay person, might not be aware of.

Yeah, just like a lot of businesses people want to work on volume in our industry. And hey, we want to work on volume, because we went to work on giving and helping as many people as we can, the bottom line is this… this comes down to us to be productive at what we do and for us to be productive, we’ve got to make sure that people appear in court. If people don’t appear in court and run on us the that causes a problem. We’re going to start losing money and then the court is going to start losing faith in US. So we have to make sure that people appear in court, so that is very important when we underwrite a bond that doesn’t have to be that a hundred percent of them have to make it to court but it certainly does mean we want to have the statistic on our side that 100% get returned to court when they missed court.

So it is important that we underwrite a bond properly that we educate the client and their family and friends, and make sure that that person is going to appear in court.

Q: Which begs the final question here, what happens to the person if they do run and you do catch them and they don’t make their original court appearance.. Does the bail increase? Do they incur any additional charges? What happens?

If and when the person does miss court, it is not the end of the world. We can get them a new court date. We can get them a new court date and reinstate that bond back to the original amount. What that person has to have first and foremost, is faith in us. Because when we got them out of jail, we told them this. And if they miss court, all they have to do is call us up and tell us that I missed court I got scared, I got a flat tire, I’m sick, something happened… We can schedule a new court date and go tell the court what happened. The person appears with us and we can reinstate the bond back to the original amount. Now a great majority of people who missed court on us, that’s what they do because they have faith in us and they believe in us.

However, you know you’re going to run into those few people that will turn around and get scared because their attorney told them they’re going to prison or they’re going to do this and that, and you’re not prepared for it. When those people run, that’s when we have to, at times, turn to the other side of our industry and that is to go find them. We have that duty and obligation to do that. So at that point we will go out and start looking for them just like you would think of a bounty hunter doing… but you know we’re not bounty hunters, or bail bondsman doing our job and that is returning someone to court. So at that point we will go out we’ll start looking for them. Our hope is to easily find them, return them to court or jail if they have to go back and have them understand it that we are here to help you. And yes, if you miss court on us and we have to chase you, that doesn’t say that I’ll never bail you out again. I’ll mail you back out. Because now you’re going to have better faith in me in the fact that I have gotten you back out of jail if I do a second time that I’m going to get you back out I want to keep you out through the entire time you’re going to court.

So, the bottom line is that if a person misses court, is to call us, we will get you a new court date


What Would You Say to Someone Who Missed Court and Has a Warrant?

Well if I could speak to someone directly… If you’re out there and you missed court, the thing of it is… is that it’s not going to go away. You have a warrant, if you wanted your living with the anxiety you’re not able to go home and see your family. You’re constantly nervous every time you see a cop car I know you’re nervous. The fact of the matter is this we want to help you get this thing resolved. We can help you. We can help you sometimes without you going back to jail .

The thing you’ve got to do is to trust us. Call us. We can schedule a new court date and we can help you walk through the front doors of the courthouse with us. With the objective of speaking to the court that we want to get you a new court date, we want to reinstate your bond without you having to go back to jail. And oftentimes when you do that, we can reinstate your bond. It’s when you do the latter and that is where you take off and you run and you get apprehended by law enforcement or you’re apprehended by Fugitive Recovery Agent that then your chances of getting your bond reinstated and staying out on the same bond are less.

The thing of it is, when they won’t reinstate your bond for you to get caught by law enforcement, it’s it’s still not the end of the world. We will get you back out of jail . Yes they might raise your bail because you’ve missed court but you know what? it’s not the end of the world the whole objective of the bail industry us to get people out of jail that you don’t have to sit in jail while you’re waiting for your court date. It’s not so you can run from the situation. So we want to help you… our integrity means everything in the world to us, so if you do miss court let me tell you something we really truly mean it . If you don’t trust us and you play games with us, unfortunately we might have to come get you. But we don’t want to do that.

So if there’s one thing I can say to you is this… if you’ve missed court, if you think you have a warrant I don’t care if you’re not even out on bail with us, you call my office, we will talk to you we will help you get through this situation so that you can get your life back you can get rid of all of the agony and anxiety you can be with your family and you can’t get on with life

530-527-3663 – Tehema County

Bail Bonds Red Bluff

Bail Bonds Red Bluff

It’s critically important you have the best team of bail bond agents on your side when you or your loved one needs bail bonds in Red Bluff , CA.

Greg Padilla Bail Bonds is the premier bail bond agency in Red Bluff CA and surrounding areas. Contact Greg Padilla Bail Bonds Today: 530-527-3663 – Red Bluff CA (Tehema County)

HOW BAIL WORKS AND OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Although bail bonds are a term that has cemented itself in the American lexicon, many people don’t understand what a bail bond is or how bail works, what the cost of a bail bond will be, or how posting bail works. We’re here to answer all of these questions (and many others) to help make the bail bonds process as simple as possible.
More >>

What Happens To My Bail Bond If I Missed My Court Date?

A bail bond has one purpose and that is to insure the appearance of a person in court. The bail bond is an insurance policy between the court and our agency to guarantee your appearance in court. The bail bond is valid for the entire time a person is going to court once the person is released on bail.
More >>

Download Forms

Per the instructions given by our agent, you can either fill the forms out and fax them back to our office at 916-446-1076, or if you have the ability, you can download the forms, print the necessary forms, fill the forms out, then you can either scan them and then e-mail them back to office@padillabailbonds.com or you can fax them to 916-446-1076. Again this process will be discussed with you by our agent at the time of your initial call.
More >>

Pay for Bail

To pay for your bail, click on the “Pay Now” button below, which will take you to a secure encrypted PayPal page where you can pay the amount of bail you have been required to pay.
More >>

Immediate bail bond services in Red Bluff , California.
Nationwide service available.

Topo Padilla Insurance Lic#: 1639213
Greg Padilla Insurance Lic#: 1570027