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What Is Bail Bond Reinstatement?

Bail bond reinstatement is the process wherein the court reinstates the bail that’s been previously revoked. If the bond was forfeited due to a defendant’s violation of their conditions of bail, in some cases, the defendant’s lawyer may be able to file a bail remission motion to have the bond money that was forfeited refunded. The bail is no longer forfeited however a nominal fee may be charged to process the reinstatement. The court also dismisses the bench warrant issued after the bail was revoked. Reinstatement of bail bonds varies by court jurisdiction. A few things come into factor on whether or not bond can be reinstated in your case. It will depend on the charges of the crime, how long it’s been since the bond was forfeited, and whether the court judge has reason to refund the bond. Since criminal cases can be very complicated it is generally a

By |2017-02-23T06:00:22-06:00February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Bail Bond FAQ, Bail Bonds, Glossary Definitions|0 Comments

5 Bail Bond Terms You Should Know

To many, the bail bond process may seem a complicated process full of terms and words that have meanings other than what you’re used to. This article will define a few common terms one might come across during the process of dealing with a bail bondsman. Premium Payments  The bail bond premium is the cost to post a bail bond, which in many states is restricted by law to 10% of the bond amount.  For example, if a bond were set at $10,000, a $1000 premium would be paid to the bail bond company in exchange for posting the bail bond and releasing the defendant from custody.  Cash, check, or credit cards are usually used to pay the bail bond premium.  The premium amount is non-refundable and fully earned upon release of the defendant, regardless of the final disposition of the defendant’s case.  Paying a bond premium to a bail

By |2017-02-16T06:00:07-06:00February 16th, 2017|Categories: Bail Bond FAQ, Bail Bonds, Glossary Definitions|0 Comments

Can I Get My Felony Expunged?

There are a few circumstances in which one can get a felony expunged. "Expungement" is the legal process by which a court removes or erases all records of a criminal conviction, even if it is a felony conviction. Your conviction will not simply disappear on its own even if you wait 10 or 20 years - you have to take action. As a result, if you wish to remove a felony from your record and you are eligible to do so under the laws of the state in which you were convicted, you will have to obtain a court order. Expungement laws differ throughout the nation. In Texas, you can have a felony expunged from your record in the following circumstances: You were arrested but never charged. You were charged, but the case was dismissed for lack of probable cause, insufficient evidence or unavailable witnesses. The grand jury “no-billed” your

By |2017-02-13T06:00:08-06:00February 13th, 2017|Categories: Bail Bond FAQ, Bail Bonds|0 Comments

Is a Bail Bond Tax Deductible?

It is only natural to wish that bail money would be something that is deductible on an annual tax return. However, even though technically it is money that is paid to a government entity, it isn’t a “tax” at all. Rather, it is a type of fine and a guarantee that the individual will show up for their assigned court date. So even if the bailiff uses the term “bail tax,” it will not be deductible.   What Is The Bail Money For?   If you have been arrested and jailed and want to get out of jail to go live at home and spend time not behind jail bars until your court date you can post what is called “bail money” to do so. This money is seen as a guarantee that you will show up for your scheduled court date.   Posting Bail Yourself VS Using a Bond

By |2017-02-01T19:12:13-06:00February 1st, 2017|Categories: Bail Bond FAQ, Bail Bonds|0 Comments

What is Bond Revocation?

If a defendant does something to violate his bail agreement, such as a failure appear at his scheduled hearing, the bond will be revoked. At that point, the defendant has lost the right to be free before trial. The court can issue an arrest warrant for the failure to appear (FTA). In most states, failing to appear is a crime. So, the defendant who jumps bail ends up with the original criminal charge plus an additional FTA criminal charge. The warrant remains active until the defendant's capture. A defendant's bond can be revoked for a number of other reasons as well. Some reasons include, committing a crime while released, even in the absence of a conviction for that crime, and violating any other condition of bail, such as failing to stay away from the crime victim. When bail is revoked, the defendant has the opportunity to argue against the revocation

By |2017-01-03T08:12:16-06:00December 29th, 2016|Categories: Bail Bond FAQ|0 Comments

What is Aiding and Abetting?

Aiding and abetting generally means to somehow assist in the commission of a crime, or to be an accomplice. Aiding and abetting is a criminal charge that can be brought against anyone who helps in the commission of a crime, though legal distinctions vary by state. A person charged with aiding and abetting does not have to be present when the crime itself is committed, but he or she has knowledge of the crime before or after the fact, and may have assisted in its commission through advice, actions, or financial support. Aiding or abetting can vary from driving a car, to being present at a fight and rendering assistance or being a lookout for a burglary or robbery or any other crime. For example, Ron asks Lisa for the code to the alarm system at the store she works at and she gives it to him. He then

By |2017-01-03T07:22:06-06:00December 27th, 2016|Categories: Bail Bond FAQ|0 Comments

What are Bounty Hunters and what do they do?

A bounty hunter or “bail enforcement agent”, in simple terms, is a skilled professional who is hired by a bail bondsman to find and capture a fugitive who has “skipped bail” in exchange for a monetary reward. Bounty hunters today, in most states, are licensed and/or registered professionals who play an important role in the bail bond business Bounty hunters have varying levels of authority in their duties with regard to their targets depending on which states they operate in. Barring restrictions applicable state by state, a bounty hunter may enter the fugitive's private property without a warrant in order to execute a re-arrest. However, a bounty hunter cannot enter the property of anyone other than the fugitive without a warrant or the owner's permission. The ability to carry a gun varies from state to state as well. Typically excessive force may not be used. And if a wrongful arrest

By |2017-01-03T07:08:26-06:00December 26th, 2016|Categories: Bail Bond FAQ, Bounty Hunter|0 Comments

What is the Notice of Forfeiture?

A Notice of Forfeiture is an official court document that is sent to the Bail Bond Company by certified mail. It informs the Company that a defendant released on cash bail either failed to appear in court, or otherwise violated a condition of their bail. Once the notice has been received the court then holds the authority to declare the bail bond forfeited. It is often a legal requirement that notice of the forfeiture be sent to the defendant and to their surety. Once the surety is notified, they typically have these four options. • Produce the defendant to court • Provide the court with an acceptable excuse for the defendant's absence • Pay the forfeited bond • Or they can face any additional consequences of failing to do any of the above remedy options For the defendant to remedy this situation their self, they will have to get a

By |2017-01-02T09:12:34-06:00December 20th, 2016|Categories: Bail Bond FAQ|0 Comments

What is forfeiture in regards to Bail Bonds?

To understand forfeiture you must understand what a bail bond is. To put it simply, a bail bond is a contract (in regards to money or value of property) between a state licensed bail agent and the signer or cosigner. The purpose of bail is to provide the court a guarantee you uphold the terms of agreement and will appear in court on the trial date. Bond forfeiture occurs when the defendant does not show up in court, and violates the terms of agreement. The bail bondsman or cosigner who put up the bond must pay the defendant’s outstanding bail amount. A forfeited bond becomes the property of the jurisdiction overseeing the case, and it cannot be refunded. The defendant will be expected to repay the bondsman’s entire cost. The bail bond company may sell any collateral the defendant has put up to secure a bond in order to obtain

By |2017-01-02T08:59:35-06:00December 18th, 2016|Categories: Bail Bond FAQ|0 Comments

What is a Bond Jumper?

When a defendant fails to appear at his or her court date after being bailed out of jail it is considered bond jumping. Jumping bond will typically be considered a crime in its own, and can result in the forfeiture of the bond, additional charges, and you will still be expected to face the pending charges. On top of this, if you ever get arrested and detained again in the future, after the current case is resolved, the bail in that future case may be very very high, because the judge will consider you a bail risk. It is not uncommon for individuals to jump bond. It can be easy for someone to forget they have court dates when they're also busy with work or their families. They also may be in the hospital and have just forgotten to contact their attorney. These are all situations that will be taken

By |2017-01-02T08:55:20-06:00December 7th, 2016|Categories: Bail Bond FAQ|0 Comments