What to Do if Your Family Member Was Arrested and Is Being Held at Sanpete County Jail
Utah’s Sanpete County Jail is a small, medium-security facility with about 130 beds. The jail is used to house defendants while they are awaiting trial. If your loved one is in custody at the Sanpete County Jail, you can have them released by posting bail. Sometimes bail is cash-only, meaning it must be paid at the jail. In other cases, bail is bondable, which means you have the option of using a bail bond to set your loved one free.
This quick and easy legal guide will explain:
- How to bail a person out of Sanpete County Jail.
- The advantages and disadvantages of using a bond to get your loved one out.
- How to contact bail bond companies in Sanpete County and the surrounding counties.
If you have any questions about how to get your family member out of jail, whether it’s possible to have their bail reduced, or any other aspects of the criminal charges against them, call criminal defense attorney Darwin Overson at (801) 758-2287 to set up a free and confidential legal consultation today. Darwin is prepared to make emergency visits to the Sanpete County Jail on short notice.
How to Bail Someone Out of the Sanpete County Jail
The first step is to find out the bail amount. To see how much your loved one’s bail costs, follow these steps:
- Visit the Sanpete County Sheriff’s Office website at www.sanpetesheriff.org.
- Click the button that says “booking reports.” The reports are updated weekly.
- Click on the report from the week your loved one was booked.
- Search the page that comes up for your loved one. (It shouldn’t take more than a few seconds, since each week’s booking report only includes about a dozen inmates, accompanied by mugshots.) Information provided includes the arrest date, the charges, and the bail amount.
Once you know the amount, you can decide whether to post bail on your own, or with help from a bond company. (For more information about bail bonds, skip ahead to the next section.)
If you decide to pay on your own, you can bail your loved one out at the Sanpete County Jail, which is located at the following address:
1500 South Highway 89
P.O. Box 130
Manti, UT 84642
If you have any questions about bail policies or directions, call the jail at (435) 835-2191. The building’s business hours are 7:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., Monday through Thursday. However, the public lobby is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Using a Bail Bond?
Unfortunately, bail in Utah can be very expensive. Depending on the type of offense your loved one has been charged with, his or her bail may be set in the tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, if your loved one’s bail is too high, you have a few options to consider when it comes to having the amount reduced.
Your first option is to contact a lawyer for help with a bail reduction hearing, as Utah’s Constitution bans judges from setting “excessive” bail. If the bail amount can be lowered, you may not even have to consider the second option, which is to use a bail bond company.
Bail bond companies have some distinct advantages and disadvantages, which you should weigh carefully before making a decision. The positives of using a bail bond company are that:
- You do not have to pay the full bail amount to have your loved one released. Bail companies in Utah generally charge a fee ranging from 10% to 15%, so if the bail amount was $5,000, you would only have to pay $500 to $750.
- Because the required payment amount is lower than it would be otherwise, your loved one can be released that much quicker. If they’re employed, that could save them from losing their job.
However, there are also some negatives to using a bond company. For example:
- The 10% to 15% fee will not be returned to you if the defendant is found not guilty. If you pay on your own, the amount will be higher, but it will be refunded back to you as long as the defendant makes all court appearances and does not violate any conditions of bail.
- Bail is not always bondable, so using a bail bond might not be an option. To find out if bail is bondable or cash-only, call the Sanpete County Jail using the phone number provided above, or call the court with jurisdiction over your loved one’s case. Phone numbers for courts in Sanpete County are:
- Gunnison Justice Court – (435) 528-5494
- Manti Justice Court – (435) 835-4631
- Sanpete County District Court – (435) 835-2121
If the defendant fails to return to court, the bond company can:
- Track down your loved one using a bounty-hunter.
- File a lawsuit against you.
Contact Information for Bail Bond Companies in Sanpete County, UT
Once again, you should think about exploring other legal options with an attorney before you decide to commit to the responsibility of signing a bail bond contract. However, if you’re confident that you’d like to use a bond to have your loved one released from the Sanpete County Jail, the contact information below can help you get started. Make sure to confirm payment policies and hours of operation with each company you call.
Bail bond companies located in Sanpete County include:
- Massey’s Bail Bonds – (435) 201-8626
- 750 South 100 East
Ephraim, UT 84627
- 750 South 100 East
- Rebel Bail Bonds – (435) 835-5007
- Manti, UT 84642
Other bond businesses located in the surrounding counties include:
- A Plus 24 Hour Bail Bonds – (435) 623-3331
- Nephi, UT 84648
- Liberty Bail Bonds – (435) 623-4833
- Nephi, UT 84648
- Utah Bail Bond – (435) 623-0550
- 95 East 500 South
Nephi, UT 84648
- 95 East 500 South
If your sibling, parent, boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse was arrested in Sanpete County, call criminal attorney Darwin Overson at (801) 758-2287 to start exploring your family’s options in a free and private legal consultation. Darwin handles a wide variety of felony and misdemeanor charges, including but not limited to assault, DUI, theft, sex crimes, gun crimes, drug possession, and domestic violence.