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San Jose bail bonds by Tedd Wallace are completed in a compassionate and respectful manner. We understand that needing a bail bondsman in San Jose isn’t an everyday occurrence and that treating you with dignity and respect throughout the bail bonds process is as important as getting your loved one out of jail as quickly as the law allows. We provide San Jose bail bonds services 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
- If you need a bail bondsman in San Jose fast please give Tedd Wallace a call today. We offer quick jail release and we always provide the lowest price allowed by Law. We are located near the jail in San Jose and we always provide the fastest release available.
- Tedd Wallace has been providing San Jose bail bonds services for many years and has served as the President of the local bail association. We understand the importance of explaining things clearly and helping you make the best decision possible.
- We offer 8% San Jose bail bonds and 0% down on approved credit. We also offer San Jose bail bonds discounts to union members and seniors.
- When detained in jail it can be a confusing and frustrating situation. Ted Wallace is committed to providing you the easiest and informative information about the process of getting out of jail.
- Not all bail bond agents are created equally. It is important to find a bail bond company that is insured and compliant with all the laws set forth by the state.
- Experience means better service for you. We have been in the business for over 30 years and know the ins and outs of the industry.
- Areas we cover for bail bonds: San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Milpitas, Campbell, Willow Glen, Fruitdale, Cupertino, Saratoga, Heritage, Silver Creek, Mountain View.
I AM YOUR BAIL BOND AGENT IN SAN JOSE
The question I am most frequently asked is,” How did you ever get into the bail bonds business?”. The answer is easy. It’s a family affair.
It’s a reasonable question, however. Realizing that my original career was that of a respectable intellectual, teaching the sciences on the high school and college level, one has the right to wonder.
Long before I came into the MacKenzie family my father-in-law to be was instrumental in developing the attitude and principals of the Santa Clara County bail industry. He was this massive man who performed all the duties prescribed under the title of “bail bondsman”. He was gentle and compassionate with the effected families but forceful and aggressive with the reluctant defendant.
The time came for both of us to approach the end of our chosen careers and it was apparent that Mr. MacKenzie did not want his business to leave the family ownership. Guess who got the call? I signed the papers and wrote the check and became the proud (?) owner of Ray Jones Bail Bonds. Some time later after having established myself in the business, I changed the name to Tedd Wallace Bail Bonds.
The style used to run a bail office when I entered the business was to be perpetually available via a land line phone either in your office or at your home. I had recently spent two years in Los Angeles organizing the 1984 LA Olympics. Motorola had shortly before this time developed a small cell phone system in LA and approached our Organizing Committee with the offer to provide 12 in car systems to use as test platforms of their devices. I was chosen to have one of these and immediately recognized the independence a system like this could provide a bondsperson. By the time the Games were over Motorola had developed a hand held device providing even more freedom from constraints of the office or home phone.
As the years passed and the business expanded I brought my newly acquired son-in-law in to the business. The family tradition continues into the third generation of honorable and respected bail bonds persons.
MY JOURNEY INTO BAIL BONDS
When I entered the bail business in 1978 it was operated as a gentlemen’s social club. When you had the occasion to go to the jail to post a bond, you were most likely to run into a handful of other bondsmen waiting for their paperwork or just lingering to visit. Most businesses were run by a single owner or at the most an owner and his partner. A code of honor was strong. No one EVER tried to cheat another bondsman out of a bond or dare to violate the rights of a client. It was an honorable business amongst its participants. Does that sound like the bail business in Santa Clara County today? Not hardly. Most of the businesses today are operated by mega corporations who’s focus is to write bail. The legitimate way of doing business has disappeared down the street with the horse and buggy. It’s “write bail” at any costs. More than one of the local bail corporations pay inmates with packages and/or money on their books for encouraging other inmates to go with the company who is supporting them. This is accomplished through an assortment of threats to the targeted fellow inmate or their families. The unsightly and unprofessional and sometimes aggressive street side solicitation is another example of the “new” bail business. The use of computers to search for recent inmates who have inviting bail and then rushing to the jail to post a bond without ever contacting the inmates family is another tactic used to post illegal bonds. The follow on this scheme is very simple. Either pay the fee or go back to jail. Most of these victims are usually new to incarceration or too timid to complain, thereby allowing most of these violations to go unreported. The fallout of this is that the legitimate bonding company struggles mightily to remain in business.
HOW BAIL WORKS
Every county in the State of California has their individual bail schedule that identifies the amount to be set as bail according to the violation committed. Regardless of where a person is arrested, they will eventually be transported to the Main Jail in San Jose. The intake process usually takes between two to four hours during which time they will be photographed , finger printed , given a booking number and assigned to one of the many housing stations. This information is then passed on to Admin Booking where the bailing process takes place.
There are three methods of posting bail for ones release. Let’s take for example a person in custody on a $10,000.00 bond. Let’s first talk about cash bail. If the defendant has a friend or relative who has $10,000.00 cash, that person can take that cash or a certified money order to Admin Booking and initiate the defendants release. That money will be returned at the completion of the defendants trial less any court cost or other fees that may apply. Another method of posting bail is called a Property Bond. This is a somewhat lengthy procedure involving arranging a court date before a judge at which time you must provide the court with a recent appraisal of the property to be presented as bail. The property must have equity equal to or greater than the bail amount to be used as an instrument of bail. One more condition is that one must prove to the court that the money used to purchase the property was not illegally gained. The down side of a property bond is the time and paper work required. The plus side is that no money changes hands. And, of course, there is always the bail bond. Using our $10,000.00 example, the defendant must provide the bondsperson with a qualified co-signer to complete the required documents provided and approved by the California Department of Insurance. The standard fee for bail in California is 10% of the face value of the bond. In our case that would be $1,000.00. There are certain conditions when this fee may be lower but it may never be higher.
A DEFENDANT ON BAIL FAILS TO APPEAR
Heaven forbid, but non- the-less, this happens. The first thing we get is the ominous letter from the court informing us that one of our clients has missed a court date. The court document identifies the date of the missed court appearance along with the date 185 days after the forfieture that the court will send a bill for the full amount of the bond. The wheels start to turn, the first of which is a call to the bailee with the hope he is still around. Many times it is an honest mistake on the part of the defendant. Wrong day, wrong time, accident on the way to the court and other excuses barely believable and too numerous to mention. If this call is successful, a time is arrangerd for tyhre defendant to come to the office to pick up a Reassumption Letter. This letter informs the court that our office is willing to reassume the liability of the forfeited bond. The court will then assign the defendant a new court date and we all go home. The second call, if the first is unsuccessful, is to the co-signer, should you have one. The hope is that the co-signer knows the whereabouts of the bailee. If that is the case, two approaches can be taken. Ask the cosigner to assist you with locating and retrieving the defendant. If that fails, it’s, call in the troops. Troops being, ofcourse, Bail Recovery Agents. Their job is the find the defendant and return him to custody at which point all liability to the court by the bondsman for the face value of the bond is eliminated. If none of this happens and 185 days go by, the court sends us a letter requesting the total amount of the posted bond. This is not a good day, unless you have a meaningful co-signer who you immediately forward the courts bill. Co signer pays, everybody is happy, that is, if you happen to be the bondsman.
870 North First Street was once the bail office closest to the San Jose Main Jail. We were one short block away. The office was first opened in 1957 by Ray Jones. He operated the business very successfully until my father-in-law, Gordon MacKenzie purchased the business and the name in 1971. Upon purchasing the business in 1987 all things remained status quo. I ran a low key professional bail business that I was proud to claim. I didn’t have bright swirley lights in the windows or a guy out front dressed in a convict uniform spinning a big billboard or people badgering people on the street in front of the jail and courthouse because we didn’t need to. Then the world changed. The big box bail stores came to town and did all of what I avoided. We lost or “closest to the jail” title when one of the corporations purchased a large corner building up the street from us. I finally realized that after the advent of the cell phone, you didn’t have to sit in one’s office to do business. I relinquished the property to a friendly competitor who has graciously allowed me to continue to advertise 870 N. First Street as the home of TEDD WALLACE BAIL BONDS.