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WHAT IS A BAIL BOND ?  TYPES OF BAIL

A bail bond is also known as a surety bond. A Bailbond is a monetary guarantee that a person who has been arrested and charged with a crime is going to fulfill all the orders of the court and is going to appear before the court when they are ordered. After a bond is posted, the defendant is released from custody on bail until his court hearing date. The courts are responsible for setting the bail amount depending on several factors, but most people want to be released immediately from jail rather than having to wait days in jail to see a judge. This bail bonding process is a contractual undertaking, involving the licensed bail bondsperson, an indemnitor (person requesting the bail), and the court. This is the type of release mostly preferred by the courts because it guarantees that if the defendant “skips out on Bail” …which means the defendant fails to appear in court, the bails bonds agent will immediately attempt to locate the defendant, apprehend him or her, and then surrender them back to the court of proper jurisdiction. It is wise to involve friends and family of the defendant family so that the bail bonds man and the courts can better assure the defendant’s appearance for his trial(s).

Cash bail or Cash bonds …is when the individual who is trying to obtain a release for another person must deliver the full amount of bail in cash to the jail facility where the defendant is being detained.

Property bonds is when an indemnitor (person obtaining a release for the defendant) places local real estate / homes , with the courts as a form of security for the release of a defendant. Usually this process requires the approval of the judge and therefore takes between 1 and 2 weeks. A property appraisal, a comparable sales comparison, and the clerk’s acceptance is also required for this bond. Please be advised that property bonds are not accepted in every state. Call our Bail Bond Company For information.

WHAT DOES A BOND COST, WHO PAYS FOR THE BOND, HOW IS THE BOND PAID ?

A bail bond is a piece of paper – the bail bond, underwritten or backed by an insurance company (surety). Each bond written must correspond and not exceed, in face value to that specific amount of bail. This bond is taken by the jail, more or less, in exchange for the person in jail.  When the forfeiture of a bond occurs, the bonding company has to pay the courts, first. The bonding company then simultaneously seeks payment from the original indemnifier who negotiated the release of the defendant. Last, the insurance company, whose authority and power, guarantees all bonds written by its bonding company, may have to pay for a forfeited bond. Certain financial guarantees by the bond company are held by its insurance company, so that payments and good standing with the courts are always maintained. This is why collateral and strong indemnitors are required. The network of companies, people and financial guarantees that go into the ‘making of a bond’ are all about securing the bond until it is finally exonerated and all liability is released.

The bond cost or bond fees is called the bail bond premium…with Mitch Bail Bonds, you pay only 10% of the bond amount. Clients / indemnities requesting the bond, are responsible for paying the 10 % premium fee. The 10 % premium fee is the bail company’s source of income and is non-refundable. It is a fee mandated by the Florida Department of Insurance. At Mitch Bail Bonds, we offer payment plans for those clients / indemnities who do not have the full amount of the premium. A payment plan can be negotiated with a short-term, promissory note. Securing the full value of the bond is sometimes required by obtaining some form of collateral. This is sometimes required in case the defendant forfeits the bond. Note; if a defendants charges are dropped once the jail has accepted the bond it becomes a binding agreement. Therefore, the ‘premium’ is non-refundable.

IS COLLATERAL ALWAYS NEEDED TO SECURE A BAIL BOND? …ARE THERE OTHER OPTIONS?

AT MITCH BAIL BONDS, Collateral is not always necessary. Your signature may be the only guarantee required, especially if you own a home. In many cases, needing a bond does not mean that a lien against your property is necessary . In most cases, a good job, credit, established residency within the community and strong ties to the community constitutes collateral, too. It all depends on the type of charges, the size of the bond and other factors. At Mitch Bail Bonds, our licensed bail bond agents will help you throughout the whole bailbonding process.

IF PROPERTY IS REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A BAIL BOND…. WHEN IS THE LIEN RELEASED?

Property is released after the bond is exonerated, ( after the case(s) is finished / closed). Some courts usually send bail bond companies the notices of exoneration. In some other cases, the exoneration notices must be requested. Either you or the bail company can accomplish this within a very short time and your property will be re conveyed at that time.

IF MONEY OR PROPERTY IS USED FOR COLLATERAL, WHEN IS THE MONEY OR PROPERTY RETURNED?

Money and or property used for collateral of a bond will be returned after the bond is exonerated….(see the question above).

AFTER A PERSON IS ARRESTED AND TAKEN TO JAIL, HOW LONG DOES THE BOOKING PROCESS TAKE AND WHAT IS INVOLVED ?

The booking process is usually very tedious. During the booking process the jail will run the arrestee’s name and social security to check for pending warrants in other states and cities. A copy of the arrestee’s fingerprints is also sent to the jail for comparison and identity verification. Photographs of the defendant are also taken, booking numbers assigned, courts and appearance dates are set. Furthermore, the bail amounts are set coinciding with the charge / offense.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT TO THE DEFENDANT AFTER HE / SHE IS BOOKED. WHEN CAN THEY BE BAILED OUT OF JAIL?

The most common things that happen after a person is booked.

1. A defendant may be released and no charges are filed.

2. A defendant may be released on his/her own recognizance (R.O.R), however, the person must make

all court appearances or there will be a warrant issued and the process begins again.

3. A defendant may be released on bail bond.

4.No bail is set and the defendant must remain in jail until he/she goes to court.

WHAT DOES A BAIL BONDS AGENT FROM MITCH BAIL BONDS DO?

The bail bond agent from Mitch Bail Bonds is the person who posts your bond with the jail and obtains the release of the defendant. The bail bond agent can only post a bond after all the bailbond requirements have been met. In otherwords, the jail will not release a defendant without the court and date set, the bailbond amount defined, and confirmation that there are no pending warrants on the arrestee / defendant.

AFTER THE BAIL BOND IS POSTED AT THE JAIL, HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THE DEFENDANT TO BE RELEASED ?

The process to release the defendant from jail is totally up to the jail and depends on the amount of detainees being processed for release. In other words, whoever comes up first in the line gets released first. The bail bond agent and bail bond company has no authority over the jail to expedite any detainee’s release.

CAN I SPEAK TO THE PERSON WHO HAS BEEN ARRESTED ?

The only way to communicate with the arrested person is if they call you from jail. While in the process of booking, the person arrested can make a phone call. The arrested person can call you or can call our bail bond company by collect call. We accept all bail bond collect calls. Furthermore, depending on jail restrictions, we may be able to establish a 3-way call between you, the defendant and our bail bond office to negotiate the bailbond. These calls are great to obtain the necessary information to expedite one a persons release from jail.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE PERSON BAILED OUT IS LATE FOR COURT ?

If the person bailed out of jail is late for court the bond is usually forfeited. The court may view the defendant’s failure to appear as a willful act and issue a bench warrant. The defendant will then be subject to arrest by the bondsmen. Note; If you know the person is going to be late to court, you must contact either your bail company to handle the situation by reassuming the bond, or by contacting the court clerk in any courtroom. They will direct you to your appropriate court. it is recommended that you check in with the bailiff to advise them you will be late.

IS AN ATTORNEY OR A PUBLIC DEFENDER NECESSARY ON THE CASE ?

The defendant should consult with an attorney in a criminal case. Many criminal defense attorneys in Florida and other states offer a free consultation. The public defender is appointed to those who cannot afford a private attorney. At the first court appearance…(which is called the arraignment), the defendant is asked if he/she can afford a criminal defense attorney or criminal lawyer. If the answer is no, the court appoints a public defender.

Please Be Advised:

If think or expect that the person you have bailed out of jail is going to JUMP BAIL – please call us immediately. This will lessen or remove your financial responsibilities on the bond….If you or the defendant are planning on moving, you MUST update / advise our bail bond company or bondsman immediately before moving or you may be subject to forfeiting the bond.

WHAT IS ROR – ( RELEASE ON ONE’S OWN RECOGNIZANCE ) ?

This method is given to defendants who qualify. The courts offer this type of bailbond to the defendants who have steady jobs, are first time offenders, have lived in the same city / state for many years, strong ties in the community, have family and have no prior arrests. Defendants who are given this type of jail release program are considered very low risk of flight. A criminal history background check is conducted by our Private Investigation Department and a recommendation is given to the court based on the findings. In this case there is no financial or other security placed with the court to insure the defendant’s return to court, therefore the incentive for them to appear is minor.

WHAT IS ELMO – ( Electronic Monitor and Pre-trial Services )

The ELMO program is administered by the local law enforcement agency the Pre-trial Services Agency.This is sometimes a condition of release which is combined with the regular bail bond. This Elmo device usually takes the form of an ankle bracelet. This is a GPS Tracking type device which will set off a loud piercing alarm if a defendant should stray too far from its base which is located within the home of the defendant.

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