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What Is Concealed Carry?

Texas allows concealed handguns to be legally carried with a CHL (concealed handgun license) issued by Texas or by a state, which Texas recognizes. If a license holder is in possession of a concealed handgun, they must produce their concealed weapons license along with another valid identification upon the demand of a police officer. Private property owners are allowed to prohibit the carrying of concealed handguns on their property if they provide proper legal notice of trespassing by a CHL holder with a concealed handgun given.   Notice may be given verbally or in writing with a statutory warning or by signage with the statutory warning in English and Spanish, in one-inch high block letters posted in a conspicuous place. Further, even with a CHL, these weapons may not be carried concealed under the following circumstances.   Concealed Weapons May Not Be Permitted Under These Circumstances   A concealed handgun

By |2017-02-15T17:29:46-06:00February 27th, 2017|Categories: Glossary Definitions|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 The court also dismisses the bench warrant issued after the bail was revoked.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

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

What is Consent of Surety?

A surety is a person or firm (such as a bank, bonding company, insurance company) that agrees to be primarily liable for the conduct, obligation, or performance of another. The surety who pays the debt of a borrower-in-default, in general, automatically acquires an assignment of a creditor's legal right to recover the amount paid from the borrower. Federal law defines Consent of Surety (sometimes referred to as an Agreement to Bond) as the consent a contracting party must receive from the surety on changes made to an initial contract. What is the need for Consent of Surety? A Consent of Surety is a written document that you may get from your bail-bonding agent. However, bail-bonding agents are not required to give you a Consent of Surety. If you cannot get a Consent of Surety, you may be required to post a new bond. You may need a Consent of Surety

By |2017-01-06T07:07:38-06:00January 19th, 2017|Categories: Glossary Definitions|0 Comments

What is failure to appear?

You can be required to show up to court for any number of reasons. For example, if you received a traffic ticket, have been charged with a DUI, or have been subpoenaed to appear for a trial, then you are required to show up in court at a certain date and time. If you do not appear in court at your scheduled time, then you can be charged for failing to appear in court also know as a FTA charge. The most common FTA's involve traffic violation charges where people forget to show up for their court date. We are human and things do happen that could result in a legitimate reason for failing to appear. Some defenses are: No Notice to Appear: You can fight a failure to appear in court if the court failed to give you any proper notice for you to appear in court. If your

By |2017-01-02T09:12:35-06:00December 13th, 2016|Categories: Glossary Definitions|0 Comments

What is an Indemnitor for bailbonds?

When an individual co-signs a bail bond he or she is known as the Indemnitor. Bond Indemnitor’s are typically a family member or close friend of the defendant. If you are considering co-signing a bail bond it is important that you know the defendant well and have full confidence in their ability to fulfill ALL court mandated obligations. When dealing with the bond agency you will be asked to sign a series of documents and it is in your best interest to read each documents and understand what you are signing. Your signature legally binds you to fulfill all responsibilities of an Indemnitor. If you are unsure at any point throughout this process make sure to ask questions. Responsibility Upon co-signing on behalf of the defendant you will be legally and financially responsible for making sure the defendant completes all court-mandated obligations and shows up to all court appearances required.

By |2017-01-02T09:12:35-06:00December 3rd, 2016|Categories: Bail Bond FAQ, Glossary Definitions|0 Comments

What is Self-Bail?

Successfully navigating each step you take within the process of being arrested can be very overwhelming and daunting at best. One of the most common questions asked is, what is Self-Bail? Simply defined, Self-Bail is where a new inmate can post security (or bail bond) once being booked into the system. They can use cash or valid credit cards within their personal possession at the time of arrest. There is a specific process you take from the moment you are arrested to the time of sentencing. Within this article we will explore what this looks like, what you can expect, and simplify some of the terminology used within each step. Due to the nature of each individual facing circumstances unique unto them, it will be in your best interest to please be sure to contact Gage Gandy for detailed information regarding your specific circumstances. Let’s look at what it will

By |2017-01-02T09:12:37-06:00September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Glossary Definitions|0 Comments

Right to Arrest

The Definition of Right to Arrest The right to arrest is given to many bail agents. This means that if the defendant or individual does not pay the bond company on time or does not comply with the rules set before them, bail agents working for the bond company can apprehend, arrest, and deliver the individual back to jail. This type of right is the same right that law enforcement can have, as well. How Right to Arrest Works The right to arrest was granted for bail agents after the Supreme Court decision “Taylor vs. Taintor.” This decision gave bail agents full reign and rights to place a defendant under arrest if they have not complied with the courts, especially if they did not comply with the bond company. The reason bail agents can have this right is, mainly, when someone is released from custody on bail, they still legally

By |2016-08-08T13:50:48-05:00September 1st, 2016|Categories: Glossary Definitions|0 Comments