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Bail Bonds in Merced County, CA

Merced, California is both a city and a county in the San Joaquin Valley in Central California. Home to more than 80,000 residents,  the City of Merced is situated near the Merced River for which it is named. Also called the “Gateway to Yosemite,” Merced is less than two hours from Yosemite National Park to the east.

A part of the fertile San Joaquin Valley, Merced is known as a top agricultural producer in the nation and the fifth-top producing county in California. Merced produces more than 88% of the sweet potatoes in California and more than a third of the chickens in the state. Other top crops for Merced County are almonds, milk, and cattle.

Merced County, California Law Enforcement

Law enforcement within the City of Merced is proved by the Merced Police Department. These services are provided via two separate stations, the main station and the south station, with the main station also housing records keeping, dispatch, and the gang suppression unit.

Merced Police Department Main Station

611 W. 22nd Street

Merced, CA  95340

(209) 385-6912

Merced Police Department South Station

470 W. 11th Street

Merced, CA  95340

(209) 385-6912

On the campus of the University of California Merced, policing services are provided by a special branch of the Merced Police Department. This department provides both regular and emergency service to the college campus, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

UC Merced Police Department

5200 Lake Road

Merced, CA  95340

(209) 228-2677

Merced County Jail

If you or someone you care about is arrested in Merced County, they will be taken to the county jail in Merced for booking and detention. The regular business hours for the jail are 8AM to 5 PM. The jail in Merced is located at

Merced County Jail

700 W. 22nd St.

Merced, CA  95340

If you are worried that someone you care about is being held at the Merced County Jail, you may call the jail directly at (209) 385-7410. You may also contact the professionals at Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds. They are experienced in working with law enforcement officials to find incarcerated persons and determine the fastest way to get them out of jail. To find someone in jail in Merced, CA, call Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds at (844) 400- BAIL.

Visiting someone at the Merced County Jail

An inmate at the Merced County Jail must submit, on the appropriate form, the name of all potential visitors. The form may be submitted upon initial processing into the jail, and again between the first and the fifth of each month. Visitors listed on the form will be evaluated for criminal history, warrant checks, and outstanding local incidents and will be approved or disapproved for visitation within five days of when the form is submitted. If a potential visitor has been convicted of a felony or drug offense, or is facing charges of a violent or sexual nature, they will not be approved for visitation.

Visitation Procedures at the Merced County Jail

Inmates may receive as many visitors per day (on visiting days) as they wish, however only two visitors are allowed at a time.

  • Visitors may visit up to two times per week.
  • Visitation is granted on a first-come first-serve basis.
  • Visitors must sign in at the Lobby Window no less than fifteen minutes before the beginning of the visitation time.
  • Visitors under 18 must be accompanies by their parent or guardian.
  • Visitors must present a valid government ID.
  • No personal belonging are allowed in the visitation area.
  • Visitors must dress in appropriate clothing, with no gang symbols or colors, explicit images, or foul language.
  • No revealing clothing is permitted in the visitation area. This includes low cut blouses, very short skirts, see through or otherwise revealing clothing.

Visitation will be denied if a visitor is:

  • under the influence of drugs or alcohol,
  • refuses to be searched, cannot produce sufficient identification,
  • has violated the visitation rules,
  • engages in displays of affection, or otherwise conducts themselves in a way that is deemed disruptive by the shift supervisor.

Bail in Merced County, CA

Cash bail is money paid to the court to obtain a defendant’s release from jail. The bail schedule in the City of Merced is set by the Superior Court in Merced county. The bail schedule defines the standard bail amounts required for individuals to bail out of jail for various offenses. Each charge and/or enhancement carries its own bail requirement. To calculate the amount of bail required to get someone out of jail in Merced, a person must add up all of the bail amounts for each charge and enhancement. The bail schedule is posted at the jail or it can be accessed here.

When a defendant cannot afford the entire cost of bail, a bail bond can be made to the court using a bail bond agent. A bail bond agent works with a surety company to help defendants get out of jail for a fraction of the out-of-pocket cost of cash bail. The bail bond is a promise to the court to pay the entire amount of the cash bail, should the defendant fail to uphold the terms of their pre-trial release.

In return for this promise to pay, the defendant pays the bail bond company a non-refundable fee, usually 10% of the total cost of the bail. Once the bail bond has been arranged, the defendant is free to return home, to work and go about daily life, until the legal case against them has been concluded.

Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds has locations throughout California and can have a licensed bond agent by your side in minutes. For bail bonds in Merced, call Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds at (844) 400-2245.

Cannabis Bail Bonds in Merced

When marijuana became legal for personal and recreational use, it also became legal to sell marijuana but ONLY if you have a state-issued license to sell it. Violation of HS 11359 is the possession of marijuana with the intent to sell it on the black market. This is a misdemeanor, for most defendants, and the penalties for possession with the intent to sell on the black market are up to six months in county jail or a fine of up to $500.

Marijuana Felony Charges - Felony HS11359

  • Under certain circumstances, the authorities can charge a defendant with a felony violation of HS11359, by charging them with possession of marijuana with the intent to sell it without a license. Selling without a license is a much more serious offense and carries with it much steeper fines and punishments.
  • A person might be charged with felony possession of marijuana if:
  • The person has multiple prior drug convictions.
  • Persons with serious, violent, or sex crimes convictions.
  • The arrest occurred in connection with a sale or an attempted sale.
  • The sale was being made to a person under the age of 18.
  • The offense involves someone, over 21, employing or using a person twenty years of age or younger in producing, cultivating, or marketing marijuana.

Bail amounts for marijuana charges can vary, however, Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds can help you calculate your total cost of bail and arrange for bail bonds for marijuana. Marijuana bail bonds can get you out of jail for a fraction of the cost of cash bail.

For Marijuana Bail Bonds, call Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds at (844) 400-2245.

DUI of Drugs in Merced, CA

DUI of Drugs, or Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, is a serious offense. It is similar to the charge of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, the more common form of DUI, and carries with it serious consequences. A charge of DUI of drugs can result from driving while under the influence of any drug or marijuana, including prescription drugs, whether legally prescribed to the defendant, or not.

VC 23152(e) – DUI of Drugs Charge

Driving under the influence of Drugs is a violation of the Vehicle Code 231452(e), which reads: “It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any drug to drive a vehicle.” It is very similar to driving under the influence of alcohol. One way that this charge differs from a regular “DUI” charge is that when an officer suspects the presence of drugs in someone's system, a breathalyzer test will not show drugs and a blood test will have to be ordered. Other evidence that can be used to charge someone with DUI of drugs includes the defendant's statements, behavior, and appearance.

Arrested for Illegal Immigration in Merced

What happens when you, or someone you love, is arrested for being in the country illegally? The unknown is always scary. Here at Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds, we are available to help you and your loved ones navigate the Federal Bond process and to keep your family together as your immigration case makes its way through the immigration courts.

If you or a loved one do have a run-in with law enforcement officers, it's important to remember to stay calm. Don't struggle physically with the police, even if they feel they need to restrain you. By conducting yourself well with police, you'll put yourself in a better position to say that you are a benefit to the community when it comes time to defend yourself in deportation hearings.

Immigration Bonds – ICE Form I-352

There are four types of immigration bonds:

  • G1 – Delivery Bond. This is a bond conditioned upon the delivery of an Alien and is the most common type of bond. It is used to ensure that a person will comply with a deportation order. A delivery bond allows an individual the opportunity to spend time with friends and family, as well as consult with an immigration attorney, prior to his or her court hearing.
  • G2 – Public Safety Bond. This bond is to ensure that the alien will not become a public charge. In other words, it ensures that the government will be reimbursed if a bonded alien receives any type of public assistance.
  • G3 – Voluntary Departure Bond. This bond is conditioned upon the voluntary departure of an alien and is used to ensure that the person returns to his or her home country in compliance with the conditions of the court order. A voluntary departure bond allows a detainee the opportunity to leave the country voluntarily within a specified time frame and gives the individual a chance to spend some time with family, make arrangements for themselves, and to leave under less stressful, less hurried circumstances. However, if the person chooses not to leave the country as agreed, the bond is forfeit and the person subject to pursuit, incarceration, and forcible deportation.
  • G4 – Order of Supervision Bond. This bond ensures that the individual complies with all conditions of the order of supervision and that he or she surrenders for removal.

A Delivery Bond and Voluntary Departure Bond are the two most common types. For help in understanding the bond process and procedures, call Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds today. (844)400-2245

Immigration Bondsman in Merced

Immigration bonds are a form of Federal Bonds and are somewhat different from the bail bonds required for local criminal charges. However, if any criminal charges were made at the time of arrest, a California State Appearance Bond would need to be made at the same time. The rates for Federal Bonds range from 15%, depending on the charges and the amount of the bond required. The premium for appearance bonds is 10%, though discounts can be negotiated for people who have retained a private attorney, members of the military, and members of some other groups.

Spanish speaking bondsmen are available and most other languages can be accommodated.

Call Mr. Nice Guy today for help in securing the release of your friend or loved one.

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Domestic Violence Bail Bonds in Merced

Because so many victims of domestic violence make accusations of violence against a spouse or partner, only to take it back at a later time, most district attorneys offices in California have a special unit dedicated to prosecuting domestic violence. Even if the accuser recants, the prosecution will generally pursue the charges, anyway. And, if you are convicted of domestic violence, most counties impose jail time, even for first-time, misdemeanor offenders.

After you are charged with domestic violence and booked into jail, the jail will have a list of bail amounts based on the crime for which you are charged. The authorities at the detention facility should be able to tell you how much the bail is for the specific domestic violence charges that you are facing. If you have the cash to pay your bail or have the property to secure it, you can be on your way.

However, it is a common practice for law enforcement to charge you with the most serious crimes you could possibly be guilty of, knowing that it is likely they will be pleaded down to lesser charges during the court proceedings. This can result in a bail amount that is much higher, possibly more than you can easily pay. In this case, you will want to reach out to a bail bond company like Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bond. Mr. Nice Guy will post your bail for a fraction of the cost of bail. The cost of bail bonds is typically 10% of the total cost of bail. Call now, or start the bail bond process online. 

PC 273.5 says that it is illegal to inflict “corporal punishment” that results in an injury, no matter how slight. That means if you strike another person who is, or was, an intimate partner, and leave a mark, you have violated PC 273.5 and can be charged with domestic violence.

Corporal Injury Charges – PC 273.5

Corporal injury, or more specifically "corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant," is defined by California law as "willfully inflicting a physical injury that causes a 'traumatic condition' on an intimate partner." Let's define a few of these terms, to understand better what could be considered a corporal injury.

Who Qualifies as an Intimate Partner?

  • A Spouse
  • A Former Spouse
  • A Cohabitant (someone you live with)
  • A Former Cohabitant (someone you used to live with)
  • A Boyfriend (including same-sex boyfriends)
  • A Girlfriend (including same-sex girlfriends)
  • A Fiancé
  • A Former Fiancé
  • The Parent of Your Child

In other words, anyone you have had a romantic or intimate relationship with, at any point, for any length of time, would be considered an intimate partner.

What is considered a “physical injury?”

Any injury that leaves a mark, such as a bruise or cut.

What is a Violation of PC 273.5?

Penal Code 273.5 reads: "(a) Any person who willfully inflicts corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition upon a victim described in subdivision (b) is guilty of a felony, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years, or in a county jail for not more than one year, or by a fine of up to six thousand dollars ($6,000) or by both that fine and imprisonment. (b) Subdivision (a) shall apply if the victim is or was one or more of the following: (1) The offender's spouse or former spouse. (2) The offender's cohabitant or former cohabitant. (3) The offender's fiancé or fiancée, or someone with whom the offender has, or previously had, an engagement or dating relationship, as defined in paragraph (10) of subdivision (f) of Section 243. (4) The mother or father of the offender's child.”

Assault and Battery Charges in Merced, CA

Assault and battery are often used together, which might lead you to think that the two charges are the same, or, at least, two parts of a single charge. However, the truth is much more complicated than that. While the two are related, and you could be charged with both, they are two distinct and separate crimes.

Battery Charges – PC 242

Battery is defined as the willful, unlawful use of force against another person. This is a violation of Penal Code 242 and must have three separate elements:

  1. The act must be willful and unlawful
  2. Force or violence is used
  3. The willful use of violence or force is used against another person.

In other words, you have to intend to use force or violence, it has to involve another person, but it doesn't have to cause any damage, injury, or harm. You don't even have to touch the body of the other person, to be guilty of battery. If you touch anything that is "intimately connected" to the other person, like their clothing or something they are holding, in a disrespectful or rude way, you could be charged with battery.

Assault and Battery – PC 243 (e)

When a battery is committed against a spouse, a person with whom the defendant is cohabiting, a person who is the parent of the defendant's child, former spouse, fiancé, or fiancée, or a person with whom the defendant currently has, or has previously had, a dating or engagement relationship, the battery is punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars ($2,000), or by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment.

If probation is granted, or the execution or imposition of the sentence is suspended, it shall be a condition thereof that the defendant participates in, for no less than one year, and complete, a batterer's treatment program, as described in Section 1203.097, or if none is available, another appropriate counseling program designated by the court. However, this provision shall not be construed as requiring a city, a county, or a city and county to provide a new program or higher level of service as contemplated by Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.

Criminal Threats – 422

(a) Any person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death or great bodily injury to another person, with the specific intent that the statement, made verbally, in writing, or using an electronic communication device, is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out, which, on its face and under the circumstances in which it is made, is so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate, and specific as to convey to the person threatened, a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat, and thereby causes that person reasonably to be in sustained fear for his or her safety or his or her immediate family's safety, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed one year, or by imprisonment in the state prison.

(b) For purposes of this section, “immediate family” means any spouse, whether by marriage or not, parent, child, any person related by consanguinity or affinity within the second degree, or any other person who regularly resides in the household, or who, within the prior six months, regularly resided in the household.

(c) “Electronic communication device” includes, but is not limited to, telephones, cellular telephones, computers, video recorders, fax machines, or pagers. “Electronic communication” has the same meaning as the term defined in Subsection 12 of Section 2510 of Title 18 of the United States Code.

Crimes by and Against the Executive Power of the State – 69

(a) Every person who attempts, by means of any threat or violence, to deter or prevent an executive officer from performing any duty imposed upon the officer by law, or who knowingly resists, by the use of force or violence, the officer, in the performance of his or her duty, is punishable by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170, or in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

(b) The fact that a person takes a photograph or makes an audio or video recording of an executive officer, while the officer is in a public place or the person taking the photograph or making the recording is in a place, he or she has the right to be, does not constitute, in and of itself, a violation of subdivision (a).

Resisting Arrest Charges in Merced, CA

Resisting Arrest – PC 148(a)(1)

Resisting arrest is a violation of Penal Code 148(a)(1) which prohibits a person from resisting, delaying, or obstructing a law enforcement officer in the performance of his or her duties, which include arresting someone.

If you find yourself in the position of dealing with law enforcement officers, try to stay calm. The more you can keep a level head about yourself and act with restraint toward the police officers and the other party involved, the better things will go. It's important to remember to conduct yourself in such a way that the law enforcement officers don't see you as a threat. This keeps you safe, as well as putting you in a position to be able to calmly explain your side of things to the police.

When dealing with the police, remember:

  • Cooperate with police officers, physically. Don't resist them, even if they feel the need to restrain you.
  • Speak as calmly as possible, if you choose to answer their questions.
  • Don't speak to or yell at the other party in the altercation.
  • Conduct yourself in a dignified way, allowing the officers to see that your behavior was only what was necessary for self-defense.

If you are arrested and charged with battery, the arresting officer should inform you of your Miranda Rights:

  • You have the right to remain silent – They can't make you talk, other than to provide your name, address, and show some sort of identification, upon request.
  • Anything you say can be used against you – If you choose to talk to the authorities, the statements you make can be used against you in court.
  • You have the right to an attorney – You can ask to have an attorney present while they question you. If you ask for an attorney but continue to talk to the officers, while you wait for your attorney, the answers you give can still be used against you.
  • If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you – If you cannot afford an attorney, but would like to have one, the court will appoint an attorney for you, free of charge.

It is important to keep things from escalating in front of the police. If you get angry and strike out against a police officer, new and even more serious charges can be filed against you, including resisting arrest. Remaining calm and being physically cooperative will work in your favor, as you negotiate the legal path that lies ahead.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon Charges in Merced, CA

Assault with a Deadly Weapon – PC 245(a)(1)

The crime of assault doesn't require any physical contact to take place. To be charged with assault, one need merely attempt to harm someone else and have the ability to do so. The charge Assault with a Deadly Weapon (ADW) the basic assault need only be accompanied by any weapon that could be considered “deadly.”

PC 245(a)(1) reads: "Any person who commits an assault upon the person of another with a deadly weapon or instrument other than a firearm shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years, or in a county jail for not exceeding one year, or by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or by both the fine and imprisonment."

A person could be charged with "assault with a deadly weapon" if he or she uses any weapon that could reasonably be considered dangerous or deadly to attempt to harm another person, even if the other person is not harmed.

Deadly weapons include:

  • Knives
  • Guns
  • Hammers
  • Screwdrivers
  • Dangerous Animals

The charge of assault with a deadly weapon is what is called a "wobbler" in California. This means that it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. Felony charges carry much more serious penalties than the misdemeanor version, including up to four years in state prison.

Professional Bail Bonds for Merced, CA

The state of California requires that all bail bond companies charge 10% of the total amount of bail, in order to post bond for a defendant. The rates are set by statute, and all bail bond companies are required to charge the same amount.

California law allows for a discounted rate on bail bonds if the defendant retains a private attorney and pays the premium in full within 72 hours. These discounts are allowed for government union workers, members of the military, and AARP members. These discounts are determined by the surety company that is writing the bonds for the bail bond company.

Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds uses a Surety Company that allows them to discount bail bonds to just 7% if the defendant retains a private attorney and pays the premium within the first 72-hours. There's no lower rate available, anywhere.

Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds saves you money in other ways, as well.

Other companies charge hidden fees like:

  • Notary Fees
  • Travel Expenses
  • Posting Fees
  • Annual Premiums
  • Late File Premiums
  • Interest on Financing
  • Processing Fees

Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds doesn't charge any of these fees. There is always just one flat rate, no interest, no hidden fees, no surprises. Other companies may advertise the same 10% rate that everyone is required to charge. But, what they don't tell you is all the other fees you'll end up paying. Mr. Nice Guy never charges these additional fees, so you'll end up paying a lower rate, no matter what the other guys are advertising.

Please note that we offer flexible payment options, the ability to pay online or via phone, and give a discount for the following:

  • Military
  • Law Enforcement
  • Union Members
  • AARP
  • Homeowners
  • Attorneys
  • Teachers
  • Health Care Workers
  • Government Employees
  • And Others (Inquire to see if you qualify)