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If you are in the Fresno area and have a loved one that has been arrested and put in jail, you usually have the option of a bail bond to get them out. If you are offered this option and you choose not to take it for any reason, the arrested will be held in jail where you may want to take time to visit them. A visit from a loved one can help to boost the inmate’s confidence and make the stay easier to get through. No matter what jail or detention center that you go to, there is going to be policies and rules that you will need to be familiar with. If you fail to know and follow the rules you will have wasted a trip to the jail and you will not be able to see your loved one at all. Each facility should have a website that has the information that you need or you can call to ask for a list of rules. Being prepared for your visit it a great way to have a smooth and meaningful visit.

Ajua Bail Bonds lists the requirements that you should know before visiting your loved one at the Fresno County Jail.

When Can You Visit Your Loved One in Jail?: If you want to come and visit your loved one in the Fresno County Jail you will need to know what days they allow visits. Visiting week starts on Saturday and ends on Friday. The week is set as such since the inmate is only allotted a specific amount of visiting time a week. The days that are available to you and your inmate will be determined on the day of the week and the pod or floor that they are being housed in. It is best to visit the website to see the specifics.
How Long Can You Visit an Inmate in Jail?: Each inmate is allotted an hour of visit time a week. They are normally set up in two separate visits on different days. You can ask for a special visit that is once a week for an hour and it could be awarded if the schedule permits.
How Does the Jail Visit Work & Who Can Visit?: You are going to get to visit with your loved one in a visiting room. They is no contact and you will be sat at a window that you will get to see your loved one on the other side. The space will be equipped with a headset on each side so that you can lift up the receiver and talk to your loved one for the allotted amount of time. A minor child of the inmate can come to the visit as long as the child is accompanied by a responsible adult.
What Identification Do You Need to Visit Someone in Jail?: When you go to the jail for a visit you are going to need to show proper ID to the officer. You can use a DMV or state issued identification card or a military ID card. You can also use your passport or a Department of Justice or Department of Immigration card. These all the same thing in common and that is they show who you are and your photo.
Rules During Your Jail Visit: When you come for your visit, pack light. You are not permitted to bring anything in the jail with you except your identification and the keys to your car. If you have a child that requires a diaper you can bring one bottle and one diaper with you as well. All other items are prohibited which include, purses, bags, food, cell phones, weapons, drugs and anything else you can think of. For a smooth visit leave it all at home! You also need to stay in the chair that is provided and you may not expose yourself in any manner. You are also only permitted to visit with the inmate that you were approved to see and no one else including other visitors. You must also conclude your visit when asked to by the supervising officer.
Dress Code Rules for Visiting an Inmate: You will need to follow very specific dress code while you are on your visit. If you fail to, you will be turned away and you will not be permitted your visit for that day. You must wear footwear at all times and you cannot wear shower shoes and slippers. You must have your undergarments covered at all times and your shorts, skirts or dresses must not come more than three inches above the knee while standing. If you have zippers and buttons they need to be fastened while you are on the visit. Be aware that there are several clothing items that are prohibited and should be avoided if you want to visit. NO clothes that show obscene words or pictures, no bare midriffs, swimsuits, transparent clothes or mesh. Also clothes that have holes or spandex that shows off too much of the natural shape of the body.

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Going to visit a loved one in jail is hard on both visitor and inmate, especially with all of the rules and restrictions in place. With the above rules and codes in mind, don’t let your loved one go behind bars. Ajua Bail Bonds can provide the bail you need to keep your friend or family member close to you. Contact us if you or a loved one gets arrested!

When a holiday or other milestone such as a birthday or anniversary is celebrated, often alcohol comes into play, and though you may feel sober enough to drive, or just not thinking clear enough, you may attempt to drive home under the influence of alcohol. If caught doing so, you can be arrested for DUI.

DUI Arrest & Bail Bond Process in California

There is quite a process involving a DUI in California, and we at Ajua Bail Bonds would like to explain the procedure.
1. DUI Investigation. Generally the DUI investigation has started in one of three ways. a). You were pulled over for a traffic violation. b). You were pulled over due to your vehicle not adhering to regulations, i.e. a burned out head light or tail light. c). You were involved in a traffic collision and law enforcement is performing an investigation. No matter the cause, the officer will write in the report the odor of alcohol on your breath, slurred speech, blood shot eyes, flushed face or in simpler terms, subjective signs of intoxication. The officer may ask you then to perform a breathalyzer test or a series of sobriety tests to confirm suspicions. After which, if you fail you will then be arrested for DUI in the State of California.
2. California DUI Arrest. After the arrest has been made, the officer will first take you to the hospital, police station, or the jail to test the precise level of alcohol in your blood. The breath tests will give the readings immediately, where the blood samples are sent to the lab and could take a few days for results. If your BAC or blood alcohol concentration is 0.08% or higher, you will additionally be charged with driving with an excessive BAC. In the event your BAC is lower than expected, you may be required to take additional blood and urine tests for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.
Where you have the right to refuse the testing, you still be arrested for the DUI and be charged with refusal allegation, which in California can add penalties such as drivers license suspension and jail time. After your DUI arrest, your license will be suspended for 30 days. Depending on your criminal record, you will then be booked and released. If bail is necessary, trust Ajua Bail Bonds for assistance to quickly and efficiently get your bail posted. The officer will submit the official arrest report to the prosecuting agency where they will either decline filing charges, or formally charge you with a DUI.
3. Court Representation. If you must go to court, you can represent yourself, apply for a public defender, or hire a private DUI attorney.
4. Court process begins with an arraignment and ends when you have been acquitted or you fulfilled the penalties of your guilty status. At the arraignment the prosecutor will make an offer, and you or your attorney can accept or decline. If you decline the offer, you will have to plead; not guilty, guilty, or no contest. Pleading guilty usually is an acceptance of the prosecutors offer and from there the court proceedings will be done and you will be given a time frame to complete the terms of your probation. A not guilty plea will then be sent to trial, where you and your attorney will have to prepare to go to trial or the pre-trial phase where you may be offered additional plea-bargains. Most cases are completed by this phase, however, if it continues, you will have a trial by jury, where ultimately they decide your fate.

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Going through the process of a DUI can be difficult, especially if it is your first time. Ajua Bail Bonds can bail you out of jail, and give you some tips and advice on how the process will continue. If you have been arrested for a DUI and need to post bail, you or a loved can contact Ajua Bail Bonds and we can do the rest!

After getting arrested whether for something big or small, Ajua Bail Bonds posted your bail, and you had the opportunity to get your personal affairs in order, and prepare your defense. But for first time offenders, knowing the etiquette to make a positive impression can be confusing.

Ajua Bail Bonds offer some advice on the proper etiquette when you, the defendant, are in court.

Arrive to Court Early. It is in your best interest to show up to court 30 minutes before you are scheduled to see the judge. Avoid arriving in flashy and suspicious looking vehicles, or coming to court with inappropriate acquaintances that might arouse curiosity with prosecutors and deputies. Arriving early will not only ensure you are never late, but it will give you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the surroundings, and confer with your attorney on any questions either of you may have. The courtroom door will be locked, but sitting quietly and respectfully until the courtroom is unlocked is acceptable. The bailiff will escort you in the courtroom and instruct you on further protocols. Be respectful and compliant. If you get there before your attorney, be reverent and patient until he or she arrives. Judges takes note on defendant’s attitude before, during, and after courtroom proceedings.
Courtroom Attire. You only get one time to make a first impression. Come to your court appearance well dressed. Invest in a suit if you don’t already have one or something you would wear to church, an interview, or a funeral. Whether you are male or female you want to be the best dressed in the court. It will annoy prosecutors and make a lasting impression on the judge and jury if one is present. Hair, facial hair, and nails should all be nicely well groomed. Ladies wearing makeup should do so in a classy manner.
Attitude & Demeanor. Your attitude speaks more than words. Showing a respectful reverence to the court, judge, persecutors, and your attorney is essential. Be polite when answering any question asked of you. Address the judge, attorneys, and deputies as “sir and ma’am”. Though the judge is referred to as “your honor” judges interpret that as lawyers prepping their client when the defendant does it. Be respectful and thoughtful and the judge will be more likely to accept the polite undertones.
Prosecutor is Not Your Friend. When the prosecutor tries to talk with you in between court proceedings he/she is more than likely trying to probe you. Ignore them at all costs; they are not your buddy. If they do try to talk to you, which is unethical, don’t say a word, or say “speak to my attorney”.
Do Not Let Your Emotions Guide You. During the court proceedings, witnesses may be called for and against you. It is important you keep a poker face. Judges and jury members pick up on face expressions and body language. Poker face is key.
After Your Day at Court. After court is over for the day, it is natural to have questions for your attorney. Whether you need to converse with your attorney, family or friends, wait until you are out of the courtroom. Another trial is coming in after yours, and continuing to show respect for the court is important. Move your counsel out of the court and do your business in a quiet unpublicized place as you never know who is in earshot.

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We at Ajua Bail Bonds hope this helps you prepare for your court appearances. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. We include emergency bail bond services and have the experience and expertise you need to get out of jail quickly and efficiently.

Bail bonds allow an individual who has been charged with a crime to be released while their court case is pending. This temporary release of an accused person awaiting trial is done with the condition that a sum of money that is agreed upon will be paid should they not appear in court. The bail bond company agrees to pay the amount of money if the criminal doesn’t show up making the bail bond similar to an insurance policy. There are also non-monetary conditions attached.

Who Determines Book & Release Jail Procedures?

A judge will determine under what conditions a person will be released from jail. When the judicial official is determining the conditions of release, they take into account the charges, evidence, family ties, employment, finances, character, mental condition, substance use, how long they have been in the community, prior convictions, and anything else that would danger others. The official will also tell the defendant of any penalties, including immediate arrest upon any violation.

What is the Difference Between Parole & Probation?

Parole and probation are similar in many ways. They each involve the supervision of someone who has been convicted of a crime. The defendant will have to meet with a parole agent when serving a period of supervised release. Probation can itself be the sentence for a crime, or it can be ordered to begin after the defendant has served a period of time in a country jail. Sentencing judges impose probation. Both parole and probation will have conditions attached. Violators of these conditions will have a revocation hearing, and if they lose, they can end up back in prison or in jail.

Definition of Released from Jail on Your Own Recognizance

The defendant may be released without bond on his or her promise to appear in court. This is called being released on his or her own recognizance (ROR). This is a written promise signed by the defendant promising that they will show up for future court appearances and not be involved in any illegal activity while out on an ROR. Some conditions may include restrictions on employment and living arrangements, and might specify rehabilitation programs the offender needs to attend. The defendant may be placed in the custody of organization that agrees to supervise them until the court date. The defendant may be placed under house arrest with electronic monitoring.

Additional Conditions of Jail Release

The defendant must submit to mandatory DNA samples, fingerprints and to random searches of their person and home. These searches need to be supported by probable cause. They will need to obtain permission to travel. There will be restrictions on international travel, and possibly interstate travel as well. They will need to refrain from alcohol and drug use (and sale) and avoid certain people, such as victims, gang members, witnesses, and co-defendants. All laws must be obeyed. If a law is broken, even if not convicted for it, it’s a violation of the conditions of the release.

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Getting a loved one out of jail can be stressful. The staff at Ajua Bail Bonds understands the judicial system and are experienced in the process of jail release and the conditions attached. Give us a call to make it happen!

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