VAN NUYS JAIL FAQs

If your friend or loved one is in the process of being arrested in the San Fernando Valley call Greg Rynerson Bail Bonds immediately.

They most likely will be taken to the Van Nuys Police Department and Jail to be booked and processed.

A bail bond can be posted by one of our licensed, local bondsmen, 24 hours a day at this jail, though it typically takes 1-12 hours for an inmate to be released once we have done so.  How come?  And can posting a bond make this process go any faster?  For the answers to these questions, and to learn more about the Van Nuys Jail, please read these informative FAQs…

MY FRIEND CALLED ME FROM THE VAN NUYS JAIL.  THEY’RE BEING BOOKED. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

When an arrestee is booked, the police officer asks them for important personal information like their full legal name, DOB, and address.  They also take fingerprints, DNA swabs and photographs.

Then they run a criminal background check to see if anything about this person turns up in the national database system.  This process can take awhile, especially if the jail is crowded (and the Van Nuys Jail almost always is), because it will be interrupted time and time again.  But once this process is finished, the arrestee is “cleared” for bail, which means bail can be posted.

Some arrestees think they have been cleared because part of the booking process has been completed, but it’s best to check with a jailor or a professional bail bondsman who can tell you if this is so, with absolute certainty.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER BOOKING?

In Van Nuys, the arrestee is put in a jail cell, usually with others who have just been booked. He may then be bailed out (if he is eligible) or he will be transferred to a larger jail.  Or he might remain in the Van Nuys Jail until he is arraigned – that is, goes to court for the first time.

If the arrestee can’t afford bail, he can try asking the judge to lower it. The judge will take into consideration the nature of the arrestee’s offense, whether or not it is a first offense, and so on, but there are no guarantees.

WHY SHOULD I POST BAIL?

Who would want to spend time in jail one minute longer than they had to?  With bail, an arrestee can leave rather than wait two business days after they were arrested to go before a judge.  Instead, he/she is free to return to their normal routine in between court dates, at home, surrounded by people who care about them.  They can also seek out legal council or go back to work.

A bail bond acts like an insurance check or promissory note held in reserve by the court: It guarantees two things.  First the defendant will meet his court dates and (second) if not, the bail amount will be paid in full.

PAYING THE BAIL AMOUNT MYSELF VS. USING A BAIL BONDSMAN

If you have the money, you can post the bail yourself, but you must have the full amount and be able to pay it in cash (no credit cards or checks) to do so.  All of your money will be returned once the arrestee makes their court date, after about eight weeks.  This sounds easy, but most bail amounts, especially in California, are very high.  The average amount is $25,000 dollars.   Even if you have that kind of money, it’s an awful lot to tie up for a couple of months.

But when you use a bail bondsman, it’s more like taking out a loan with the bondsman’s nonrefundable, cost-of-service fee being very much like an interest payment.

Legally, in California, this fee can be no higher than 10% of the total bail amount.  For example, if the bail amount is set at $20,000, you would pay $2,000 to the bondsman.

WHAT ARE MY LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES?

In return for the risk the bondsman takes when posting bail, you as the co-signer would be (along with the bail bondsman) legally responsible for making sure that the arrestee goes to court when they are supposed to.  If they don’t, both you and the bondsman have around six months to find that person and get them back into court or you are both responsible for the entire amount.

Thankfully, most of the time, people do understand what a break they’re getting by being bailed out of jail, so they do keep their word and show up for court.

WHAT’S A GOOD BOND COMPANY TO USE FOR THE VAN NUYS JAIL?

At Greg Rynerson Bail Bonds, we believe we are one of your best choices because all of our bondsmen are experienced, licensed pros.  We treat our clients respectfully and we genuinely care about them.

We are local to the Van Nuys Police Department and Jail and we can advise you on the many different situations that come up, which require different amounts of bail.

We know this jail well, and we know just what it takes to get someone released from there quickly and efficiently.  You can even call us for free, to get further information about the arrestee, such as their bail amount, booking number and charges.   We can send you our application by fax or email so that you can fill it out in the comfort of your own home (we hand deliver, too).

We also keep you apprised of the arrestee’s situation, where they are in the booking process and so forth – again by calling you at your home so that you won’t have to wait for hours at the Van Nuys Jail.

Has a friend or loved one been arrested in another part of California?  Don’t worry, we post bail all over the state! Call Greg Rynerson Bail Bonds 24/7at 818-348-8551 locally or toll free at 888-224-5266, (888) BAIL BOND.

 

Updated: 06/20/2014