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Bail Bonds Bondsman
If you have a loved one in jail, don’t waste time and get Bail Bonds Bondsman on the case. With more than 40 years of experience, Bail Bonds Bondsman has a proven track record of excellent service with satisfied clients all over Florida.
Bail Bond Process
When you hire our bail bondsmen you get customer satisfaction at an affordable price. We will walk you through the entire process, answering your questions and making it easy for you to work your way through the system.
Calling Our Office
The first step is calling our office. When we get your phone call, we will ask you for some basic information.
Basic Information Needed
defendant’s name, date of birth, location, date and time of the arrest.
The next step in the bail bonds process is securing payment. There is a 10% bail bond fee that is mandated by the state of Florida. It cannot be negotiated and it is non-returnable.
The fee is required by the state and must be paid at the time the bond is written. The bail bondsmen at Bail Bonds Bondsman take several different forms of payment.
With most bonds, the amount required is 10% of the total bail bond amount, plus any fees owed to the bail bonds service. Our service accepts cash, credit/debit cards, money orders, cashier’s check and various types of personal property.
As a co-signer you are responsible for the entire amount if the defendant does not live up to their legal obligations. If they do not appear in court or follow the rules of the bail bond agreement, you will forfeit your bail money and be required to cover the rest of the bail bond amount.
Why Choose Us
Before a criminal case is resolved the defendant can be kept in jail until the court is ready to hear their case. Bail is a way for the criminal defendant to be at liberty and out of jail during that time. It allows the defendant to be released from jail at any point prior to going before the judge.
Bail normally requires the defendant paying money to the court. If this isn’t possible, the defendant can get someone on their behalf to post the bail. This payment is designed to make certain that the arrested party attends the court hearings when the date is set to hear their case.
Bail isn’t intended to punish the defendant before they have been judged. Instead, it is a way for them to be kept out of prison while they await their case being heard. Bail is a way of keeping people out of the almost 2.3 million prison system population and doesn’t add to the 540,000 pretrial detention numbers. This allows people to carry on with their lives before the court demands their return for their case to be heard in front of a judge.
A defendant can be granted bail at many different stages in the justice proceedings. This can occur after a sentence has been issued by a judge as well as shortly after they have been arrested. When an arrest has been made there are normally only a few possible paths for the defendant.
They may be released without any charges brought against them, they could be charged and allowed to post bail, or they are charged and not given the opportunity to post bail. This final option leads to them staying in jail until the case against them has been concluded. Bail gives the defendant the possibility of freedom before their innocence or guilt has been concluded through a court hearing.
Bail is generally only denied in cases of violent crime or when someone has been harmed or killed. If the judge considers the defendant to be too much of a flight risk they can also deny bail.
Additionally, bail can be denied when the inmate is a risk to others or themselves.
Following an arrest, defendants are able to have bail set for them by two different methods. An arraignment hearing in front of a judge and through the use of a bail bond schedule. If the charges that the defendant is facing don’t match those found in the schedule they will have to wait to go before a judge to decide bail.
The predetermined schedule of bail amounts has been set by local judges and are used for specific offenses. As you would expect, the bail amount increases based on the severity of the charges and also increase if the defendant has been charged with similar offenses in the past.
The schedule may allow the police to release the defendant without a bail charge if the offense is minor enough. If the crime the defendant has been charged with is one in which there has been no violence, property damage or injury, it is possible to be released under the defendant’s own recognizance. This is sometimes called a signature bond and means that there is no bail amount to pay.
A misdemeanor nonviolent charge may only warrant a bail amount of $500, but if this is only the latest of many similar charges the bail will escalate appropriately. However, if the defendant has an extensive criminal history, they may have to bypass the predetermined schedule and wait to go before the judge.
Bail bonds are a type of surety bond. It is the bail bond agent or bondsman’s job to make bail payments to allow criminal defendants to be released from jail. When the services of a bond agent are used, a fee is payable to them, and they guarantee that the defendant will return to court to face their charges. This obligates the bail bond agent to pay the full amount of the bail to the court should the defendant fail to comply. This means that the agent is acting as the surety, guaranteeing the actions of the defendant to the court.
The fee which is paid to the bondsman, when they are contracted by the defendant or persons on their behalf, is where the bond agent makes their money. State bonds are 10% of the bail amount and federal bonds are 15%. This sum of money is payable to the agent when they get the defendant released and isn’t refundable.
In order for the bond agent to make sure that they don’t end up having to pay the full bail amount when the defendant doesn’t show up to court, they take some precautions. They often require that the defendant or the persons paying their fee provide some form of collateral. This will be something of value that can be sold in the event of the defendant not appearing in court when requested.
The defendant will also have to sign a contract with the bail bond agent. This contract will state that the collateral asset is security for their bond and that if they were to skip bail it will be forfeited to pay the bond amount.
When someone has been arrested, bail collateral can be provided to add to bail money or in place of it. This works like a loan that motivates the defendant to make sure that they make an appearance in front of the judge when they are required. The collateral used can be a number of different things. It could be your property, your car, jewelry and other valuable assets you have to meet the bail requirements.
When smaller items are used for collateral the bail agent or the court will take possession of the items. These items, be they jewelry or other possessions of value, will be kept in a safe location until the resolution of the defendant’s case. Larger forms of collateral like a house or a car aren’t normally taken by the court, instead, the deeds or pink slip are sufficient to meet the bail conditions.
It is usual for a house to be used for bail collateral. If and when the defendant fails to appear in front of the judge, the court or the bail bond company will seize the property used as collateral. The defendant needs to attend all the dates required to avoid forfeiting the bail collateral. If a house was used as collateral, this house will then be sold, and this process can take a number of weeks to resolve.
The value of the property being sold needs to meet 150% or more of the amount required by the court. This still needs to be the case when any mortgage loan on the property is taken into consideration.
When the defendant attends court and is either sentenced or found innocent the collateral will be returned. Items taken as collateral and any property deeds or pink slips will also be returned to their owner when the charges are dropped, or the defendant is released from the bail obligations.
Any collateral will normally be returned to the owner inside of five working days. The entirety of the collateral may not be returned to the owner when a premium has been required by the bail bond agent. This charge is agreed on when the defendant is bailed out by the bondsman. The bond agent is within their rights to hold on to any collateral possessions until all financial obligations and the case has been settled.