What Can a Bail Bond Agent in San Diego Do That Others Can’t

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If you find yourself in a jam and need to get out fast, a bail bond agent can help. Bail bonds in downtown San Diego, we are experts at getting people out of jail quickly and efficiently. They have the knowledge and experience to navigate the legal system and get you back on your feet. 

But what makes agents for bail bonds in San Diego so special? What can they do that others can’t? Keep reading to find out.

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When You Need Bail Bonds in Los Angeles and When You Don’t

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If you or a loved one has been arrested in Los Angeles, you may be wondering if you need to get bail bonds. Bail bonds are a type of insurance that can help pay for someone’s release from jail or prison. In many cases, bail bond companies will post bail for people who cannot afford the full amount. However, there are some instances when bail bonds are not necessary.

If the person who has been arrested is a first-time offender and the crime is not serious, bail may not be required. Additionally, if the individual has strong ties to the community and is not considered a flight risk, bail may not be necessary. In these cases, the individual may be released on their own recognizance.

In this blog, we’ll cover the main reasons why you may or may not need bail bonds in Los Angeles.

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Failure to Appear, California PC 853.7

Every state has stiff penalties for failure to appear when the court has required you to do so. The logic behind this is obvious – without stiff penalties, many people would interfere with their cases going forward by failing to appear. This is especially true for persons who are facing severe penalties and who are on trial for significant crimes.

Here’s a brief overview of failure to appear California laws, as they apply today.

Failure to Appear Laws in California  

California Penal Codes 853.7 and 853.8 both cover the failure to appear, by setting the minimum charges. If you fail to appear for a registered court date, you are guilty of a misdemeanor. As your court is already in session and your guilt or innocence is physically apparent to the presiding judge, you will not have a trial to determine your guilt – the judge simply declares you guilty of this crime by virtue of the fact that he does not see you at the scheduled hearing.

The judge will now issue a bench warrant (so-called because it is issued from the bench) for your arrest. This gives the police the right to arrest you if they can find you, and detain you until your next hearing – even if that hearing is weeks or months away. California law 853.7 PC also enables the court to assess a penalty of no less than $15 to cover any expenses and inconvenience you have caused by creating this delay.

Legal Ramifications of Failure to Appear

If you receive a failure to appear without just cause (which was a condition of your bail), then your bail may very well be revoked. This means that the court may opt to keep any money you have posted for bail, in addition to issuing the warrant for your arrest. 

If you have used a bail agency, then they may hire a bounty hunter to have you brought in order to protect their surety bond. If you are allowed back out on bail, the face amount may be increased to encourage your appearance in the future.

Failure to appear is a serious crime in the eye of the courts and so it generally has severe effects in the future. It is a mark on your criminal record, and while it is only a misdemeanor, it usually guarantees a brief jail sentence in the local house of corrections. Going forward, you will have more difficulty getting bail, and the bail amounts will be higher and more difficult to post. You may also have bail denied when it might otherwise have been granted.

It’s Always Better to Show Up

Your best option then is to appear, despite the potential dangers you may face at a hearing or trial. If you do fail to appear, the court is generally only willing to set aside this new charge if you can prove that there was something that was physically keeping you from appearing. In general, the only two excuses that are accepted are that you are imprisoned for another crime or that you are undergoing emergency medical treatment.

Outside of those exceptions, you are expected to file a “continuance,” prior to your time to appear. This is a legal notice to the court stating that you cannot appear, explaining why, and giving them forewarning. If you have a lawyer, contacting him or her at least 24 hours before your court date should be enough for them to file a continuance on your behalf.

Failing to appear in court opens you and your loved ones up to increased legal scrutiny, and can impact your ability to be granted and post bail in the future. If you have more questions about failure to appear in court laws in California, contact Bail Hotline Bail Bonds today.

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We’re Hiring! – Bail Agent Assistants


Bail Hotline Bail Bonds is currently looking to hire qualified individuals as Bail Agent Assistants, the right candidate will display customer service skills that will allow them to change the mentality of this industry. We are looking for those who are seeking a career and not something temporary, with a strong effort you will be given the opportunity to become a licensed Bail Agent sooner than normal.

If you are the type of person who takes initiative, has strong data entry skills, treats others with respect, and willing to work nights and weekends please send your resume to Daniel Sanchez at [email protected]

If you’re ever in a bind and you need some help, contact us at our Riverside, or Los Angeles offices.

Marco McGuire and Bail Hotline Honored as Business Leaders by the CA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


Riverside, CA—The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC), the premier organization promoting the development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and emerging Hispanic businesses in California, hosted the 2016 Annual Convention in Riverside, CA, September 21st to 23rd at the Riverside Convention Center.

Marco McGuire and his business the Bali Hotline Bail Bonds was recognized as “Business of the Year” at the annual event.

The theme of this 3 day event was “Innovation Starts Here”. The conference focused on new innovations that spark the success and creativity of entrepreneurs in California, the technologies that are transforming industries, and honoring and recognizing Hispanic business leaders who are changing the business landscape in California.

“It is a great honor to be recognized for all of the hard work that goes into building a business. I share this award with my family and the 340 employees that come to work every day to make a difference,” remarked Marco McGuire as he accepted the award. “Real success is achieved when you work to a position from which you can help others. That is what I work for every day.”

For more information about the 37th annual convention visit: www.chccconvention.com

The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) has a network of over 45 Hispanic chambers and business associations throughout the State of California. Through its network of Hispanic chambers and business associations, the CHCC represents the interest of over 800,000 Hispanic business owners in California. The CHCC is the premier and largest regional ethnic business organization in the nation that promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and California’s Emerging Businesses.

Marco McGuire and his brothers Daniel, Cesar, and Gilbert McGuire own Bail Hotline Bail Bonds, Phoenix Rising Recovery Center, ProAbiton Whiskey Lounge, and The Boardwalk Barber Shop.

Bail Hotline Bail Bonds Builds and Donates 35 Bikes to Miracle on Main Street

BHL donates 35 bikes to miracle on main street

Co-workers from across the state participated in sales training and teambuilding exercises that cumulate in several teams building the bikes for kids in need.

Riverside, CA  Miracle on Main Street, an annual toy drive and health fair in Downtown Riverside, will receive about 35 bicycles from Bail Hotline Bail Bonds. “Each year our event helps more and more kids, this year we hope to give away 1000 toys for kids in need.  These bikes will sure put smiles on a lot of kids’ faces!” explained Michael Lopez, one of the events founders.

Bail Hotline Bail Bonds combined sales training with the bicycle giveaway.  “After an intensive sales workshop, our bail agents form teams, build the bikes and role play a sales scenario demonstrating the training they just learned.  It is a great team building exercise, and the bikes are used for a great cause,” remarked Marco McGuire, VP of Bail Hotline.

About Miracle on Main Street Riverside:

A miracle is returning to Riverside’s Main Street on December 13, 2015! For the third year in a row, downtown Riverside businesses are spearheading the Miracle on Main Street: Toy Drive and Health Fair to spread holiday cheer and provide much needed resources to local families in need.

Last year’s event provided toys, health screenings, and a day of fun to nearly 800 families. This year, thanks to new partnerships with Riverside Downtown Partnership (RDP), the event is poised to reach nearly 1,000 local children.

All donations made to the event are tax-deductible. Donations can be made to Riverside Community Health Foundation Tax ID Number: 23-7276444


Bail Hotline Bail bonds is the fastest growing bail bonds company in California, with 32 offices across the state in cities like Riverside, Bakersfield and more, and a staff of more than 300 employees. The company offers a number of free resources for families seeking to get their loved ones released from jail, including an Inmate Information Hotline and a Bail Information Center. The company is committed to offering help and integrity to families during their time of need.

Bail Hotline Annual Backpack Giveaway in Logan Heights


Bail Hotline Bail Bonds to Host Annual 1,000 Backpack Giveaway for Students at Boys & Girls Club in Logan Heights Since 2010, the California Company has hosted back-to-school backpack giveaways in San Diego and will be joined by Sombrero Mexican Food with 500 free burritos at this year’s flash event

San Diego, Calif. (September 9th, 2015)–Bail Hotline Bail Bonds (www.mybailhotline.com), the premier company servicing all of California with comprehensive bail bonds services and assistance, will host its back-to-school backpack giveaway of 1,000 backpacks at the William J. Oaks Branch Boys & Girls Club (2930 Marcy Ave.) for students in nearby elementary schools on Tuesday, September 9th, 2015.

After successful giveaways in San Diego and neighboring counties since 2010, team members from Bail Hotline will gather at the Boys & Girls Club to distribute the backpacks and free mini burritos from Sombrero Mexican Food (www.sombreromex.com) at noon, in accordance with nearby schools’ scheduled dismissal times. Students at Burbank Elementary School, Rodriguez Elementary School and Logan Elementary School have been notified of the giveaway, which will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“It’s an honor for Bail Hotline to be welcomed by the William J. Oaks Boys & Girls Club again this year and provide these students with brand new backpacks for a successful 2015 – 2016 school year,” said Marco McGuire, CEO of Bail Hotline Bail Bonds. “We’ve seen the impact new school supplies can have on students academics and overall productivity, so we’re proud to be a positive driver of that, year after year.”

During past years’ giveaways in San Diego, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino, all 1,000 backpacks were gone within less than an hour.

“It’s a great gesture that Bail Hotline Bail Bonds continues to carry out, donating backpacks to assist our youth with their school endeavors,” said William J. Oakes Branch Manager Ricardo Sandoval. “It shows how the community cares about our youth, which is what our organization prides itself in.”

The William J. Oaks Branch of the Boys & Girls Club is an age-appropriate place of physical and emotional safety and stability for its club members, where they have structure and clearly defined boundaries. The youth that are part of its organization are able to build strong, positive connections with adult role models and their peers.

Bail Hotline Bail Bonds is actively involved in the community, carrying out monthly community service efforts and outreach events.

To find a Bail Hotline Bail Bonds location nearest you, including at Riverside, visit www.myBailHotline.com or call 866-974-7360 for immediate assistance. We have offices everywhere from Bakersfield to Los Angeles and More.