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Can I refuse to be videotaped if I’ve skipped bail?

We’ve all seen the television shows. People who skip bail, tracked down by bounty hunters, arrested, and put back behind bars, and all caught on camera. Dog the Bounty Hunter is one example of a popular TV show, exposing individuals who have not only broken the law, but who refuse to follow the terms and agreements made with their bondsman, or skipping their court date all together. Some people who run into this situation have questions whether or not they can officially refuse to be videotaped if ever in this situation. They wonder if the cameras are a violation to their privacy, civil rights, or if it can be avoided all together. However, unfortunately, refusal to be recorded in situations like this are completely allowed and permissible for camera crews and authorities, especially if the incidents are occurring in public places. According to police handbooks and laws across the nation,

By |2016-11-02T07:10:10-05:00November 5th, 2016|Categories: Bail Bond FAQ, Bail Bond Laws|0 Comments

What happens if someone is re-arrested while on bail?

There are many times that the scenario has been exhausted with the offender being out on bail and then being re-arrested. This situation will prove to be difficult, and somewhat unknown in the final outcome as each individual State within the United States has its own statutes and limitations. Your unique and individual case will also reflect differently when not only seeking bail but also seeking to be understood within the process of seeking bail for the second time. In this article we will unpack the process of what this looks like, and as always, please be sure to contact Gage Gandy for detailed information regarding your specific circumstances. What if bond has already been surrendered? When the defendant is back in custody, that would be the best time to surrender the bond and your liability will become terminated. There are two specific challenges with this that are important to

By |2017-01-02T09:12:41-06:00July 26th, 2016|Categories: arrested, Bail Bond Laws|0 Comments

Bail Conditions

The Definition Bail conditions are set for people who have been sent to jail, but were released back into freedom due to someone close to them paying the allotted amount to get them out from behind bars. These conditions are put in place so the individual does not take advantage of their freedom, since they are still awaiting trial or sentencing for the crime they committed. Bail conditions are simple, practical rules that are required of them in order to remain out of jail for the time being, and to keep them out of trouble. These conditions are also commonly referred to as conditions of release. If Someone Violates Bail Conditions If the individual does not comply with bail conditions, they risk being thrown back into prison by the judicial system. In addition, depending on the seriousness of the bail conditions violation, it could place more charges or fines against

By |2016-06-15T09:27:10-05:00June 14th, 2016|Categories: Bail Bond Laws, Glossary Definitions|0 Comments

Why Are There Different Bail Amounts for Different Offenses?

Each judge calculates bail amounts depending on their personal opinions and a variety of factors. This can lead to some confusing and different bail amounts -- it may seem to you that there doesn't seem to be any reason that you would get one bail amount, and another similar individual would get a completely different one. In general, a bail amount is based primarily on the following factors: •    The severity of the crime. For obvious reasons, courts are more concerned about keeping individuals around who committed very serious crimes. If your crime was fairly serious (such as dealing with the injury of another person) the court is going to be inclined to post a higher bail amount, in hopes of absolutely ensuring that you show up for your court date. If your crime was a fairly benign one, they may be inclined to give you a low bail rate,

By |2017-01-02T09:12:42-06:00May 30th, 2016|Categories: Bail Bond Laws, Bail Bonds|0 Comments

What Does It mean if a Defendant’s Bond is Forfeited (Estreated)?

If you are out on a bond and you fail to show up at court, the judge will often forfeit your bond. This may also be known as an "estreated" bond. At this point there is still some time for remedy, but if the issue is not addressed, you will need to pay the full amount of the bond that you were liable for. If your bondsman put up a $20,000 bond and you paid a $2,000 fee for that bond, the forfeited or estreated bond is going to make you liable for the full $20,000, in addition to your guarantor, and in addition to any other fees that your bondsman has for a bond forfeit. Remedying a Forfeited Bond It may be possible to avoid having to pay the full bond amount, but it requires that your bail bondsman locate you and bring you into court within 180 days.

By |2016-06-15T09:27:36-05:00May 25th, 2016|Categories: Bail Bond Laws, Bail Bonds, Glossary Definitions|0 Comments

What Happens If The Defendant Gets Re-Arrested While Out On Bond?

An additional arrest does not have any direct impact on a bond that a defendant is already out on. If you get arrested after you've already been bonded out, you will need a new and separate bond, assuming that bail is set for you. However, just because one bond doesn't affect the other doesn't mean that there won't be any impact on your situation. You should still consult with your bondsman as quickly as possible. Each Bond Is Treated As a Separate Bond Not only is each bond treated as a separate bond, but your bondsman isn't likely to know that you've been arrested again -- there's no notification system for this, unless you call them for a separate bond. Bonding out for the second charge will be identical to the first; you will need to go through all of the steps again to provide the bonding fee and get

By |2016-05-18T16:27:01-05:00May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Bail Bond Laws|0 Comments

Can The Defendant Leave The State Or The Country While On Bond?

The court will frequently tell the defendant that they must not leave the state or country while they are out on bond -- if they do so, they may be arrested. Even if the court does not outright state that the defendant isn't supposed to leave the country, the defendant should still assume that they aren't supposed to unless they have it otherwise specified. Nevertheless, there are situations in which you might need to leave the state or country: •    A close family member may be ill. You may need to go and visit them while they are sick, especially if the illness is fatal. •    A close family member may have passed on. You may need to leave the state or country to attend their funeral. •    You may require medical treatment. There are many medical treatments that need to be done at specialized hospitals. •    You may need

By |2016-05-18T16:26:41-05:00May 19th, 2016|Categories: Bail Bond Laws|0 Comments

How many times can someone be arrested and still get out of jail on bond?

It is very important to remember that each and every situation and arrest is different, and will include the recent arrests of the defendant in question when arriving to the final decision by the judge as to whether or not they qualify for bail or not. As always, please be sure to contact Gage Gandy for detailed information regarding your circumstance, as we are here to assist you in any way possible. What is the general process that we can expect? Once the arrest has been made, a judge will review the case along with a pretrial release representative. The judge will then decide what the bail amount will be, given that they actually qualify for bail given their track record and the crime they have been arrested for and accused of committing. In the event that the judge reviews your case and sees that the defendant has wither committed

By |2017-01-02T09:12:44-06:00May 13th, 2016|Categories: Bail Bond Laws, Jail|0 Comments

What Happens if the Accused Skips Bail Bond and Disappears?

When a family member or friend of the arrested individual secures bail bond for him, they are entering into a legal contract with the bail bondsman that ensures the accused will show up at all future court dates to answer for their crime. Skipping bail in Brazos County, TX means that the accused hides, leaves the area or simply fails to appear for court. There are serious consequences for both the accused and the person who signed for criminal bonds or civil bonds for that person to begin with. Surety Bonds / Bail Bonds 1 – Surety bonds are revoked. When a judge agrees to set a bail amount for and arrested person, he is allowing them to go back to their normal lives while they await trial. If they prove themselves irresponsible enough to avoid answering for whatever crime they committed, the bond agreement is null and the person

By |2017-01-02T09:12:49-06:00November 12th, 2015|Categories: Bail Bond Laws|0 Comments