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What Happens if You Get Arrested During Halloween in Isla Vista?

Halloween is when every year college students from all over come to Santa Barbara to celebrate.  But, what happens if you get arrested during All Hallows’ Eve in Isla Vista?  Just as in years past, party goers should expect a heavy law enforcement presence.  Not only will it be deputies from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, there will also be personnel from a variety of agencies including the UCSB Police Department and California Highway Patrol.   With such a large presence, there is a chance one might get arrested if for nothing other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Lots of Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies will be on duty during Halloween
Lots of Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies will be on duty during Halloween

Being Arrested

So, what happens if you are placed under arrest by a law enforcement officer?  Well, it depends on the circumstances of course.  A majority of those who get put into cuffs are under the influence of alcohol.  If they are out of control, then it is likely that person will be arrested for public intoxication.  In these circumstances, they are held until sober (usually 12-14 hours) and then released with a citation.  In a way, you could view it as a “catch and release” like fishing.

However, if a more serious crime is committed, then things will likely become a lot more complicated.  Any acts of violence will not be tolerated.  And, in many cases, there will not be the possibility that the person will be released by either citation or on their “own recognizance.”  In theses instances, a bail bond would be the only option to obtain freedom.

Due to the enormous number of people, temporary holding areas will be created by Sheriff’s deputies.  This will mostly detain those under the influence of alcohol.  More serious offenders will be taken directly to Santa Barbara County Jail.  There, the arrestee will be booked and processed.  The location of the jail is 4436 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

The crowds in Isla Vista during Halloween can get crazy
The crowds in Isla Vista during Halloween can get crazy

Bail Bonds Option

Last year, we posted our article, “Finding bail bonds in Santa Barbara is a treat during Halloween.”  In it we explained the process of getting a bail bond in Santa Barbara.  One thing important to remember is that information is always free.  You can call an agent to find out what is going on with your friend or family member.

This is an ad warning those who to Isla Vista during Halloween
This is an ad warning those who to Isla Vista during Halloween

What to Know

The most important thing that to know if you get arrested during Halloween in Isla Vista is  to get as much information as possible.  Calling the jail may not get you all the answers you want or need and contacting an attorney may not be possible during the weekend or after hours.  So, try a bail bond agent and get your questions answered.  Have a safe and fun Halloween!

Times when bail bonds is not an option

You may think it contradictory to say there are times when bail bonds is not an option from a company that specializes in this service.  However, there are situations where there really is no choice for an inmate at Santa Barbara County Jail.  The three circumstances  that will be discussed in this article are immigration holds, probation violation and parolees.

inmate being friskedImmigration Holds

If an immigrant comes to the United States without proper documentation and gets arrested, there is high probability that he or she will be detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.  ICE, as it is commonly known, is responsible for governing immigration to “promote homeland security and public safety.”  It was created in 2003 and has personnel who work with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.  If someone has been arrested for a crime and cannot show legal proof, then they will likely be deported from the country.  Unfortunately, this means that bail bonds is not an option.  As soon as it would post at the jail, that person would immediately be placed in the custody of ICE agents.


Another situation where bail bonds in Santa Barbara is not an option is when someone is on probation.  Of course, there is a distinction.  Informal, unsupervised probation is one thing.  In these instances, a bail amount may be set for the existing case.  However, if an inmate is on supervised probation by the Santa Barbara County Probation Department, then it is possible that he or she will be held until their agent is notified or goes to court.   In these cases, it is best that a friend or family member try to contact the probation department to see if there is some way to get a hold lifted if they do not wish to wait until the inmate sees a judge.

parole reviewParole

The final scenario when bail bonds may not be an option is when an inmate is on parole.  If someone has served time for a felony in the State of California or in Federal Prison, then a hold is automatically placed on an inmate if they are currently on parole.  In California, the parole system is run by the Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO).  If it is a Federal level crime, then United States Parole Commission is the entity to contact.  In either case, a parole hold is one of the most difficult to get lifted.  The best method is to call the parole officer responsible for the inmate and ask what can be done.

Bail Bonds is Possible

Of course, there are other special circumstances where bail bonds in Santa Barbara is not an option.  Most of the time, however, it is possible for anyone who is not serving time on a sentence.  It never hurts to ask by calling a bail agent.

Back to School Bail Bonds Education

Now that Santa Barbara City College is in session and the University of California Santa Barbara students setting up for their fall 2016 schedule, it’s time for back to school bail bonds education.  What does that mean exactly?  Well, many students will be experiencing freedom for the first time.  Some may find themselves having too good of a time.  In certain instances, young adults wind up in jail because they break the law.

Jail-Vs-SchoolWhy Bail Bonds Matter

That’s why it’s prudent to be educated about bail bonds.  Each county has their own schedule that sets the amount needed for a particular crime.  At Santa Barbara County Jail, you could either call to the records division in order to obtain this information or a local bail bonds in Santa Barbara.  Agents would be able to find out the charges and if a bond would be needed.  In some cases, you may not need one.

Finding the Right Company

If dealing with a reputable company like Absolutely Affordable Bail Bonds, they would be able to let you know if it is necessary to use their services.  Information is free, so never feel obligated that you have to pay someone to perform this service for you.  If they do try to charge you, then it’s best to look for help elsewhere or call the jail directly.

Students at both Santa Barbara City College and the University of California Santa Barbara tend to gravitate towards Isla Vista.  This is a popular area where they rent apartments and party.  The Foot Patrol, who are a division of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s division, and UCSB Police operate in the area and enforce the law.  Most of the deputies have been working at this facility for many years.  As such, they have intimate knowledge of how students tend to behave.  Many times they try to understand the situation to avoid making any arrests.  However, there are circumstances where it is their duty to place someone in custody.

Rolling DoubleWhat to do if Arrested

If you or someone you know has been arrested, then it’s always less stressful when you know a little about the situation.  That is why education about Santa Barbara bail bonds is so important.  When incarcerated, you are given two free phone calls.  One should be to a close friend or family member, while the other should be someone you can consult about what’s happening.  Knowledge is power and the more you know, the better off you will be in the end.

Bail bonds as a Mother’s Day gift idea

A gift idea you may want to think about getting mom for Mother’s Day is bail bonds.  What better way to celebrate than to have loved ones together?  Sure, flowers are what most people buy.  However, for those in Santa Barbara County Jail, this could be even more special.

Happy Mother's Day
Happy Mother’s Day

Finding bail bonds in Santa Barbara is just a phone call away.  When calling an agent, just mention that it’s for mom.  Undoubtedly that person will go out of their way to make sure that the transaction is done quickly and smoothly.

If bail bonds isn’t an option

For some inmates, bail bonds is not an option.  Those who have been sentenced to serve will not have an opportunity to get released.  There are other options to bring the family together.  Visitation is one means in which mom can visit her son or daughter.  It’s best to call Santa Barbara County Jail to find out the exact days and times the inmate can be visited.  The phone number to the Sheriff’s department custody records is 805-681-4260.

If bail bonds is not an option for Mother's Day, pay a visit instead
If bail bonds is not an option for Mother’s Day, pay a visit instead

If a bail bond or visiting are both out of the question, then maybe a simple phone call will do.  Inmates are only able to call collect to local phone numbers.  Just bear in mind that the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s department does not operate the system.  A company named IC Solutions is who you need to contact to make arrangements to receive calls.

Calling collect from Santa Barbara County to mom
Calling collect from Santa Barbara County to mom

Perhaps money is an issue.  Another way to have mom get in touch with her son or daughter is to write a letter or send a postcard.  Just be sure to properly address the correspondence, which must include the inmate’s name and booking number.  They do not allow packages or any kind of food, so double check to see what’s is and isn’t allowed by calling the jail.

What if Mom is the one in jail?

Of course, some mothers may be the ones who are the ones incarcerated.  What better way to show mom you love her by getting a bail bonds company to help.  It may be more affordable than you think.  Just call a local Santa Barbara bail bond agency to find out what they can do for your mother.

Don't let mom stay in jail!
Don’t let mom stay in jail!

Dating someone in Santa Barbara County Jail

valentine-prisonSometimes love knows no bounds.  For inmates in Santa Barbara County Jail, dating someone can be difficult to say the least.  Valentine’s Day is coming up, so here are some tips and suggestions that can help you continue your loving relationship.

When someone is in custody, the first thing you may want to consider is calling a Santa Barbara Bail Bonds agent to see if there is a possibility the inmate can be released.  This is especially true if it’s a new arrest.  Oftentimes, people are taken to jail on petty or misdemeanor charges.  In many of those instances, the arrestee may be let go with a citation or on his/her own recognizance.

Valentine's DayIf the charges are more serious, or if the person has prior convictions, then there still may be a possibility of getting a bail bond.  This would allow the defendant to attend Santa Barbara Superior Court at a later date.  Although Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday in 2016, the stress of leaving someone in custody may ruin the romantic celebration.

In situations where a bail bond is not possible and the person is actually serving a sentence, then you will need to contact the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department about visiting the inmate in person.  There are many different schedules, so it’s best to call them ahead of time to find out exactly when to make your plans.

If visiting someone in Santa Barbara County Jail is not possible, then try writing a letter.  When you call the jail at 805-681-4260, you will hear recorded information on their address.  Furthermore, it will also instruct you on how to properly address the envelope so it gets to the right person.

Dating someone in Santa Barbara County Jail is not that unusual.  If you’re on Facebook, you can check out a video we posted on our page that gives advice on the situation: Absolutely Affordable Bail Bonds.  Hopefully you will find that special someone on Valentine’s Day and if they happen to be in jail, then this advice may help.

Home security during the Holiday season in Santa Barbara

Santa Theft ChargesHome security during the Holiday season in Santa Barbara is an issue that should be taken seriously.  Thieves know that Christmas is a very popular occasion for gifts.  Oftentimes, these presents are valuable merchandise that can be sold illegally by the unscrupulous characters.  In an effort to help you prevent this from happening, Absolutely Affordable Bail Bonds offers some tips to make your home more secure:

Santa Stick Up

  1. Check access areas around your property.  Santa Barbara is known for it’s beautiful Although trees and bushes provide added beauty to your home, they are also great hiding spots for nefarious characters.  Trees offer a natural ladder to gain access to either a 2nd floor or rooftop.
  2. Do you own a pet?  Doggy doors are another access point that many people don’t think about.  Although it may be too small for a human to enter, one can use tools to exploit this hole.
  3. Are you on Facebook or Twitter?  If so, be aware of what you say about your status.  Letting others know that you’ll be attending a party or going away on vacation is a no-no.  This tells burglars that no one will likely be home for a period of time.  In the modern age of social media, criminals have became very savvy.  If you plan on leaving the Santa Barbara area, only tell those who you trust.
  4. Be careful shopping online.  It seems everyone buys from Amazon, eBay or other retailers.  The issue is that you could expose yourself to identity theft.  Phishing is a popular method where you are sent an e-mail and the sender asks for personal information through a link.  Double check this link before clicking.  This isn’t just an issue for Santa Barbara residents, so let your friends and family know as well.
  5. One of the easiest home security methods is to make sure your windows and doors are locked.  This may seem obvious, but during this hectic time of year, people tend to be forgetful.  Statistics show that 40% of burglaries are the result of an unlocked door or open window.  One tip is to create a checklist of your doors and windows.  As you secure each one, you can mark them off.
  6. Bright lights keeps burglars at bay.  Shadows are a thieves best friend.  Motion detector lighting is excellent for illumination and saves electricity.  Timers are another option as well.  Just be sure to alternate times if possible.
  7. Some residents of Santa Barbara love to show off their Christmas trees by keeping their curtains open for all to see.  This is like a flashing advertisement to burglars who may be in the area.  It’s best to keep your curtains closed.  Home security is more important than bragging rights.
  8. The Holidays are a time for getting to know others.  Next door neighbors are great at helping with security.  They can keep on eye on things while you’re away.  In return, you can do the same for them.  Nothing like getting to know your fellow Santa Barbara neighbor.
  9. Most people tend to get newspapers and magazines digitally nowadays.  However, if you’re still into getting physical media in the mail or on your doorstep, then pause your subscriptions and hold deliveries.  Your local Santa Barbara area post office can assist you with this process.  Alternatively, you can ask your neighbor if they can get your mail, packages, and/or newspapers while away.

Santa Mob BossThe Holiday season in Santa Barbara is a wondrous time of year.  It’s also a time to be vigilant with home security.  While officers and deputies from the police and sheriff’s departments will be on high alert, it starts with you first and foremost.

Santa in JailIf you do know someone who has been arrested for these types of charges, remember that people are innocent until proven guilty.  It’s always a good idea to deal with a local Santa Barbara bail bonds agency.  Happy Holidays to you and your families.

Theft during Holiday shopping in Santa Barbara

Prevent theft during the Holiday season in Santa Barbara by using a few simple steps.  This time of year is meant to be joyous.  However, there are some out there who engage in criminal mischief and are looking to steal the things you bought.

Absolutely Affordable Bail Bonds has been doing business in Santa Barbara since 1969.  During this time, we have seen a number of unfortunate situations occur.  There are some things you can do to help avoid any heartache:

  1. Park in an area with lots of lights.  Darkness is a thief’s best friend.
  2. When going to the parking lot, be wary of your surroundings.  Have a clean line of sight while carrying your bags and be mindful of suspicious looking characters that may be nearby.
  3. When making purchases, it’s best to use credit or debit cards.  Cash is very attractive to thieves and cannot be traced.
  4. Keep your purse or wallet secure at all times.  Leaving either in a shopping cart or stroller is not a good idea.
  5. If you need to offload a bunch of goods in your car or truck, it’s best to put them in a location that cannot be seen.  Trunks are best, but if you have an SUV, then in the back underneath a blanket is another idea.
  6. When your shopping day is done and you decide to leave for home, be sure to lock your vehicle doors as soon as you get inside.
  7. Do not hesitate to contact security or local law enforcement if you suspect something is amiss.  Whether it be a shady looking character or some type of illicit activity, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

On the other side of the situation, if you or someone you know has been arrested for theft, then it’s good to know that bail bonds is an option.  A person is innocent until proven guilty in the United States.

When someone does get arrested, in the local area they are taken to Santa Barbara County Jail.  This is the main housing facility for the county.  The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department is in charge of running the operations.

Additionally, if you or someone you know does become incarcerated for a false arrest, a bail bond will help you fight the case from the outside.  It’s difficult to defend yourself when in custody.

The Holiday Season in Santa Barbara is a time for family and joy.  However, situations happen in life that are sometimes beyond one’s control.  In these instances, it’s always good to know a local bail bonds in Santa Barbara.

What does bail bonds have to do with Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving and bail bonds? It may seem odd to consider it upon first glance.  However, if you really think about it, there could be much to be thankful for during the long holiday weekend.  There may be situation in which a bail bond is necessary.  Sometimes things happen that you don’t necessarily anticipate.

Thanksgiving turkey in jail
Don’t be this turkey!

Thanksgiving weekend is a long break for the Santa Barbara County Superior Court system.  As such, getting arrested on the Tuesday or Wednesday before the actual holiday will result in an extended stay in county jail.  A person might actually be in custody for up to five days without seeing a judge.  For many families, this would be devastating.

In addition, Thanksgiving weekend is a time of heightened alert for law enforcement personnel.  The California Highway Patrol, Santa Barbara Police and County Sheriff’s officials will be very wary of criminal activity.  Driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance are just the tip of the iceberg.

Black Friday means plenty of shoppers running from store to store.  Many people do not take the time to properly secure their merchandise, thereby affording opportunities for thieves to take advantage.  Stolen goods is a problem during this peak shopping period.

Santa Barbara County Jail will be especially busy, so being in custody will not be a pleasant experience.  Not that being incarcerated is a vacation, but with overcrowding things can get extremely stressful.  Processing times for bail bonds may be prolonged due to this situation.

Thanksgiving is a time for families to gather and eat great food.  If a friend or family members gets arrested, that would surely dampen the mood.  The great thing about a bail bond is that the person will be given an opportunity to spend quality time free from custody.  That individual would surely know the meaning of giving thanks indeed.

Absolutely Affordable Bail Bonds will be open everyday throughout the Thanksgiving weekend.  So, if you’re in the Santa Barbara area, they are ready and willing to help in your time of need.  And, as always, they are happy to offer free bail advice with no obligation whatsoever.  Remember that Thanksgiving is a time for family, not jail.

Expect heavy law enforcement in Isla Vista during Halloween 2015

If you plan to party hard for Halloween in Isla Vista, be sure that you do so safely.  Visitors from all over California and other areas will increase the weekend population dramatically in the local area.  Authorities from several agencies will work jointly to ensure that the law will be upheld.  This includes the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, University of California Police Department, as well as the California Highway Patrol.

Expect lots of law enforcement during Halloween
Expect lots of law enforcement during Halloween

Kelly Hoover, a spokesperson from the Sheriff’s office, has indicated that “we’re prepared for a large turnout” due to the fact that Halloween falls on a Saturday in 2015.  Interestingly, there will actually be a lower number of law enforcement assigned to the area.  She states, “We are seeing a culture change in Isla Vista with the mentality of not inviting out-of-towners, and out-of-towners realizing it’s not the party place it used to be.”

Many local bail bonds agencies in Santa Barbara will be available to assist for those who do get arrested.  However, according to Hoover, there has been a decline in the number of arrests and citations.

From 6:00 pm until 7:00 am on Friday and Saturday, there will be special festival ordinance in effect for the surrounding community.  This means no amplified music and vehicles will be prohibited from entering Del Playa Drive.  Furthermore, barricades will be erected around Isla Vista to prevent drivers from entering certain streets beginning October 30 at 4:00 pm.  People are permitted to leave, however.

California Highway Patrol officers will be on the lookout for people driving under the influence.  If arrested, most of the time intoxicated drivers are detained until sober and then released with a citation.  However, if someone is involved in an accident or is a repeat offender, then that individual will need a bail bond.

In addition to UCSB Police officers and Sheriff’s deputies, the Santa Barbara Police Department will be standing by in the event things get out of hand.  The Santa Barbara County Jail is also going to increase staff to deal with the higher number of arrests during the weekend as well.

If you plan to attend Halloween in Isla Vista, it would be a good idea to remember that bail bonds in Santa Barbara is always an option.  Most companies offer free advice. For further information about the bail bonds process, you can look at this video:  How Bail Works.

Finding bail bonds in Santa Barbara is a treat during Halloween

Halloween in Isla Vista
Halloween in Isla Vista

What does Santa Barbara bail bonds have to do with Halloween?  Well, if you’re one of the many part goers who will be out and about in the downtown area or Isla Vista, then this it might be a good idea to keep a local agent in mind.  Lots of mischief takes place during this period.  And, with Halloween taking place on a Saturday, things are sure to be lively indeed.

Both the Santa Barbara Police and Sheriff’s Departments will be on high alert.  There are a large number of people who tend to drink alcohol to excess.  This is especially true in the downtown clubs and all over Isla Vista.  Students from the University of California Santa Barbara and City College will be everywhere enjoying the festivities.  There tends to be a higher number of arrests, hence the potential need for bail bonds.

Most of the time, people get a warning or are given a citation for being intoxicated.  However, sometimes situations occurs where suspects are detained for various criminal behavior.  Depending on the nature of the crime and how serious it turns out, bail bonds is one option to consider.

The Santa Barbara County Jail is located at 4436 Calle Real.  It is located approximately half way between Goleta and downtown Santa Barbara.  Most arrestees will be transported to this facility for processing.  It is also the place where bail bonds are posted for the entire county of Santa Barbara.

If you get arrested, then it’s a good idea to call a local agency where they can offer free advice about your particular situation.  Have a safe and happy Halloween.

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