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.

DUI Arrests Slightly Lower than Last Year in Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara Law Enforcement Arrest Over 150 People During the Holidays

By Jae Brattain | Published 01.06.2014

Local authorities placed a heavy emphasis on arresting drivers who were under the influence of alcohol and drugs during the holiday period.  Agencies throughout the County of Santa Barbara were on high alert for a period of 20-days from mid-December to New Year’s Day.  There were 151 people arrested in total according to provisional estimates.  This compared to 154 apprehended last year during the same time.  Some agencies have not reported their arrest totals yet.

Several checkpoints were setup in conjunction with a major uptick in patrol presence.  The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol made the most DUI arrests during the holidays.  Sheriff’s deputies were prepared for an increase in population at Santa Barbara County Jail.  Most individuals were released on citation, but others had bail bonds set for their cases.

There was one fatal crash involving a 68-year old Buellton woman named Linda Wall.  The incident occurred near Chumash Casino Resort on December 19th.  Rebecca Sandoval has been accused of the DUI-related crime and now faces charges of murder.  The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case.

Linda Wall was killed in this 3-vehicle DUI collision near the Chumash Casino Resort. (Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)

Law enforcement are planning more DUI/driver’s license checkpoints and increased patrols in the coming year.  For the immediate future, Super Bowl weekend during the beginning of February has been targeted initially, with a follow up in March for St. Patrick’s Day.  No other plans have been indicated, but there may be other times when there is added attention given to potential DUI drivers.

Motorists who suspect fellow drivers of driving impaired are encouraged to call 9-1-1 to report.  It is legal to make emergency 9-1-1 calls on cellular phones while driving as long as it’s to a law enforcement agency, fire department, medical provider, or other emergency service agencies.

Authorities receive funding for the added DUI enforcement through a California Office of Traffic Safety grant via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The  AVOID the 12 Task Force is so named for the twelve Santa Barbara County law enforcement agencies who participate in the program.

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