Frequently Asked Questions About Going To Jail In St George UT
How do I know my loved one is in jail?
When someone is arrested what is the process that happens to them?
The first thing that happens is the person is taken to jail in a holding facility. The person then gets “booked in” which involves fingerprinting, taking a photo (often referred to as a mug shot), and personal information is recorded as well. The charges get confirmed and a bail amount is set. Then a court date is set before that person can be released. The entire process can take a few hours. When there are “no bail” warrants and if the charges are not a capital crime (murder), this person is eligible for bail.
How do I add money to inmates account (commissary)?
How do I communicate with an inmate?
There are 4 ways to communicate with your inmate:
- Write the inmate at 750 South 5300 West Hurricane, Utah 84737. Make sure to add inmate name and/or Inmate number. You can call the jail to get inmate ID number.
- Email the inmate. You will need to visit www.gettingout.com and set up an account. Then you add credits to your account for email messaging.
- Visit inmate at the jail. You will need to fill out a form and allow up to ten business days to process. You will need to call the jail to see if you have been accepted.
- Video visitation. This is by far the best way to communicate with your inmate. You will need to set up an account on www.gettingout.com. Then you will add appropriat funds and your inmate will get a notification via there kiosk and they will set up a time to video chat with you.
Can I call an inmate or can an inmate call me?
You can not call an inmate directly. But an inmate can call you if they know your phone number. Inmates are allowed a free phone call that last for one minute. You will need to add money to the inmates phone call account to talk longer or allow your inmate to call you. The number you will see on your caller id with typically not be local and will be a toll free looking number so pick up. To add money to the inmates call account, please visit www.gettingout.com.
What does “Post bail” mean?
Bail is the money the courts ask the inmate to pay to be released until there court date. This money goes into a trust that the state holds until the sentancing of the inmate. At that point the money will either be refunded to the inmate via check or it will be applied to any fines and/or restituion.
How does a bail work?
Bail works in two ways:
- The full amount of the bond is posted by the defendant or on behalf of the defendant in what is called a cash bond. If they defendant attends all court dates, the depositor of the cash bond will receive back their money, less any court costs, court fees, fines, and other criminal penalties.
- A surety bond is purchased through a bail bondsman. The purchaser pays a set fee to a bail bondsman who in turn presents the court with the bond. As long as the defendant does not miss any court dates, no further monies are paid to the bail bondsman.
What is a bail bondsman?
When a bail bondsman, working with a bail bonding agency, puts up a fee for the release of a suspect on bail, the bondsman charges a fee of usually about 10% of the amount of money that is required to pay the bail. This initial fee is not refundable, even if the case is thrown out after the suspect posts bail.
The bail bondsman will take out a security against a defendant’s assets in order to cover the cost of the bail. If the defendant does not have enough assets, then the bondsman might take out securities against individuals that are willing to assist, such as relatives and friends. When a security is taken out, a bondsman often requires that 10% cash payment in addition to the mortgage on a person’s home that would equal the full amount of the bail bond money owed.
In the event that a defendant does not arrive in court on trial day, the bondsman can not only hire a bounty hunter to track the defendant down, but the bondsman then has a right to sue the defendant for money that was given to the court for the defendant’s bail bond. The bail bond agency may also recover any unpaid money by claiming assets that were owned by the defendant or those individuals that signed a contract to financial assist the defendant.
What a bailbondsman need from you?
They will need some information from you. Some of the information they need is the relationship you have to the person in jail. They also would like to know your job status, as well as your current residence information. Depending upon the amount of the bond needed they may ask you to put up collateral, it all depends on your situation. This process can be very simple and quick it all depends upon the security risk of the defendant as well as the financial strength of the signer. Please give St George Bail Bonds friendly staff a quick call to find out more details for your information.
When a person released on their own recognizance (O.R.) what does that mean?
This is a unsecured, government backed, release of a defendant on the promise that he or she will return to court at the appointed place and time. The legal system accesses each person based on this criteria:
- *The type of alleged crime.
- *The immediate family’s support and do they live in the local community. The defendant’s past criminal history.
- *The defendant’s job history past and present in the community.
* Each defendant must provide information to an assessment team about people that can speak on their behalf and verify their status in the community. If someone is granted release on their own recognizance there is no need for a bail bondsman, they are still required to make all court appearances.
When does forfeiture occur?
The action of forfeiture occurs when a person does not make the court appearance and a bench warrant for an arrest will be issued. This can compromise the bail agreement and the court’s view of the defendant but can be resolved in most cases. Occasionally things can go wrong such as can’t find the courtroom, oversleeping, can’t get off work, or maybe you were given the wrong court date to appear. Minor problems such as this can be fixed but you need to contact the court right away to reschedule your court date. Be sure to then call your bondsman and give them the new court date information. If you miss your court date be sure to call your bondsman right away.
What is “Exoneration” upon release?
Exoneration of the bond indicates the defendant did meet their obligation to the court for all of their court appearances. This exoneration releases the bond company from any financial obligation to the court for the amount of money the bond has been written for in regards to the defendant. When the bond is exonerated the defender and the cosigner get released of any obligation to the bond company if the defendant has fulfilled all the terms of the agreement.
How long does a bond continue for time wise?
A bond is valid and continues as long as the case continues. It will end when the defendant has been sentenced by the court or the charges have been dropped or dismissed.