What to Do if Your Family Member Was Arrested and Is Being Held at Emery County Jail

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Not everyone in jail is there to serve a sentence. Many of the people housed at Utah’s Emery County Jail are being held in custody while they wait for their trial date, and have not been found guilty of committing any crimes. If a person in jail has not been convicted, it is generally possible to bail them out. This short, simple guide will explain:

  • How to post bail at the Emery County Jail.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of using a bail bond instead of posting bail yourself.
  • How to get in touch with bail bond companies local to Emery County and the surrounding area.

If your loved one was arrested in Emery County, it’s important to make sure that their Constitutional rights are being protected by an experienced attorney who is prepared to aggressively fight the allegations against them. Criminal lawyer Darwin Overson has more than 16 years of experience handling felonies and misdemeanors throughout Emery County, and is available to make emergency visits to the Emery County Jail. To set up a free and private consultation with Darwin, call (801) 758-2287 today. Darwin will help you explore your options for getting your family member out of jail as soon as possible.

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How to Bail Someone Out of the Emery County Jail

To have your loved one released, you will have to make a payment called bail. In exchange for posting bail, your family member gets to go free. The court might require your loved one to follow certain rules and conditions while he or she is out on bail. With the exception of aggravated murder, which is the only crime in Utah subject to the death penalty, the Utah Constitution states that all criminal charges are eligible for bail.

If bail is too expensive, you should let an attorney know. The state Constitution prohibits “excessive bail,” which means your loved one’s rights may have been violated depending on how reasonable the amount is considering all circumstances. It may be possible to have the bail amount lowered through a bail reduction hearing. To find out your loved one’s bail amount, you can either call the court hearing their case, or call the jail itself. The phone number for the Emery County Jail is (435) 381-5500.

You can bail a person out of the Emery County Jail by paying directly at the jail, which is located at the following address:

1850 North 550 West
P.O. Box 817
Castle Dale, UT 84513

You will need to bring a government-issued ID with you (e.g. passports, driver’s licenses), and you should be at least 18 years old. Be sure to bring cash, because the jail cannot process checks, credit cards, and so forth. You should also make sure to carve out plenty of time for your visit. Once bail has been posted, it can take hours for the defendant to actually be released, depending on how busy the jail is when you arrive.

How Do Bail Bonds Work? What Are the Pros and Cons?

Unfortunately, bail can be very expensive, sometimes climbing into the tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. Since most people can’t afford such enormous expenses on short notice, bail bond companies have become a popular method of putting a payment down fast. If you already know how bail bonds work, scroll to the next section for phone numbers and addresses of local companies.

Bail bond companies charge a small portion of the total bail amount – generally about 10% to 15% —which cannot be refunded, even if the defendant is later found not guilty (acquitted). This is the fee for using the service. If you post bail on your own and the defendant is later acquitted, the money will be refunded as long as the defendant made all court appearances and didn’t violate any bail conditions. This is one of the cons of using a bail company.

Another con is the major financial risk you agree to assume as a co-signer. If your loved one fails to appear for future court hearings, which is called skipping bail or jumping bail, the bail bond company has the power to:

  • Send a bounty-hunter in search of your loved one.
  • Sue you in an attempt to recover the money they lost.

Depending on what sort of collateral you put down, you risk losing valuable assets and personal property if there’s ever an issue with bail-jumping. However, if you are absolutely confident your loved one will make all court appearances, and their bond is not cash-only (in which case you cannot use a bail bond), using a bail business might be a good option for you.

Contact Bail Bond Companies in Emery County, UT

For the reasons discussed in the previous section, there are both drawbacks and advantages to using a bail bond company. Before you decide to use this option, consider talking to an attorney about the other methods that may be available to you. If it’s possible to have your loved one’s bail amount reduced, using a bond may not be necessary. However, if you are certain this is the route you would like to take, we’ve provided some contact information for local companies to help you get started.

inmate clutches jail cell bars

While many bail bond services stay open 24 hours a day, it’s a good idea to call in advance to confirm the hours of operation.

  • A-Afforable Bail Bonds – (435) 381-2805
    Castle Dale, UT 84513
  • Beehive Bail Bonds – (435) 749-1674
    315 South 300 East
    Castle Dale, UT 84513
  • Rebel Bail Bonds – (435) 381-2244
    P.O. Box 147
    Castle Dale, UT 84513

Other businesses located in the surrounding counties include:

  • A-Affordable Bail Bonds – (435) 613-2022
    Price, UT 84501
  • Price Bail Bonding – (435) 637-5959
    82 North 2nd West
    Price, UT 84501
  • Uintah Basin Bail Bonds – (435) 637-2949
    Price, UT 84501

If your loved one is in custody at Emery County Jail, know that you have options for getting them back to freedom. Call Emery County defense attorney Darwin Overson at (801) 758-2287 today to schedule a free, private consultation.