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Types of Bail Bond Collateral

Making bail can be a scary experience, especially if you're strapped for cash. The good news: There are a few other ways to post bail. Valuable possessions and surety bonds can be used individually or with cash to pay someone’s way out of jail. Keep reading to learn about how to come up with bail bond collateral. What Is Bail? Bail is a pre-set amount of money that must be paid in order for the defendant to leave jail. Posting bail incentivizes the defendant to attend their court dates. If the defendant fails to appear before the court, they forfeit their bail bond. A bail recovery agent (bounty hunter) will then try to locate the defendant and make them appear in court. If they are successful, the defendant will receive back the items and/or cash used to make bail. Different Types of Bail Bonds Cash is the most common form

By |2020-06-27T05:30:24-05:00June 27th, 2020|Categories: Bail Bonds|0 Comments

What Should I Know Before I Contact a Bail Agent?

Having to pay bail is a trying circumstance. There is fear and uncertainty wrapped up in unexpected financial stress. It’s a lot to handle, but a bail bond agent can help you get through the challenge. A bail bond can reduce how much you’re paying out of pocket, and the agent can help you navigate the bail process. In order to get started, the agent will need you to be able to provide four pieces of information. 1. The Full Name of the Defendant A bail bond is a loan, but it’s a very particular and special loan. It can only be granted for the purpose of paying bail, and because of that, it has to be paired with the specific defendant in question. That means that the bail agent cannot release the bond unless they have that information. In fact, pretty much all of the information provided to the

By |2020-05-30T06:38:00-05:00May 30th, 2020|Categories: Bail Bonds|0 Comments

What Is an Indemnitor?

In the event of a loved one's arrest, it's only natural to feel confused and overwhelmed. As an important person in the alleged offender's life, you may be requested to make a quick series of decisions to help that individual get out of jail. One of the key roles you could be asked to take on? That of indemnitor. This is a major responsibility and should not be taken lightly. Before you agree to anything, it is critical that you understand your obligations as indemnitor — and what could happen if you do not uphold these responsibilities. What Is an Indemnitor? Alleged offenders often seek indemnitors when they cannot afford to make bail on their own. In such cases, it is the indemnitor's job to cosign bail bonds on behalf of the individual making the request. By cosigning and agreeing to a specific set of responsibilities, the indemnitor can help

By |2020-04-27T02:30:07-05:00April 27th, 2020|Categories: Bail Bonds|0 Comments

What Does Bail Mean?

If you or someone you know has been arrested, you may be worried and have a lot of questions. One of the most common concerns is knowing how to get out of jail fast. In some cases, bail is set as a condition of release. Once it's paid, the accused person can go home. What Is Bail? Bail is a guarantee that you will appear for future court dates. It's a type of conditional pretrial release, meaning if you meet the conditions — like paying the bail and promising to appear in court — you can be released from jail. The judge is solely responsible for setting the bail amount. Most states follow specific guidelines for bail amounts based on the crime committed. However, mitigating or aggravating factors can be considered to set bail lower or higher.  Once all court requirements have been fulfilled, the bail is refunded. If the

By |2020-04-27T02:30:14-05:00March 29th, 2020|Categories: Bail Bonds|0 Comments

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

What Are The Different Types of Misdemeanors?

First lets go over what a misdemeanor is. Misdemeanors are criminal offenses that carry up to a year in jail in most states. Misdemeanors in Texas are crimes punishable by up to one year in local or county jail. Misdemeanors are categorized as Class A, B, or C.   Punishment for misdemeanors can also include payment of a fine, probation, community service, and restitution. Defendants charged with misdemeanors are often entitled to a jury. Indigent defendants charged with misdemeanors are usually entitled to legal representation at government expense. Some states subdivide misdemeanors by class or degree or define more serious misdemeanor offenses as "gross misdemeanors." These classifications determine the severity of punishment. Categories of Misdemeanors  Class A Misdemeanor In Texas, class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $4,000, or both jail time and a fine. Some examples of Class A Misdemeanors

By |2017-02-09T06:00:26-06:00February 9th, 2017|Categories: Bail Bonds, Glossary Definitions|0 Comments

What Are The Different Types of Felonies?

Lets begin by defining what exactly a felony is. In Texas, felonies are crimes punishable by terms that must be served in state prison or state jail. Unlike the less serious crimes (misdemeanors) which are punishable by up to one year in local or county jail. Felonies in Texas are designated as capital felonies; first, second or third degree felonies; or state jail felonies. Capitol Felony In Texas, capital felonies are punishable by death or life without parole. Murder is an example of a capital felony. If the defendant was a juvenile at the time the crime was committed and the prosecutor chooses not to seek the death penalty, then a capital felony is punishable by life imprisonment. Examples of Capitol Felonies Murder of a police officer, firefighter, correctional officer, judge, or prison guard Murder of more than one person at once or during the same course of conduct Murder

By |2017-02-06T06:00:43-06:00February 6th, 2017|Categories: Bail Bonds, Glossary Definitions|0 Comments