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Innocent or Guilty?

August 6th, 2014

Someone is sitting behind bars waiting on their bail hopefully getting paid so they can return home. Being the good friend or family member that you are, you start looking at options. There is one concern on your mind though. Even before the court date comes around, you know that your friend is guilty of the crime that they are said to have committed.

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Will this affect you at all when paying for the bail? The answer is no. Paying for the bail or for a bail bond is not a wager made on the outcome. The only wager present is rather or not the person shows up for their scheduled court date. Paying the bail and making sure they appear in court are the only requirements you have as far as your friend or family member go. Regardless of the outcome this will also not effect you on any standards or records. Posting bail for someone found guilty will not cause you to fail a potential job interview.

If you paid the court the full bail amount or used collateral, you are obligated to have these things returned to you regardless of the verdict. Rather the person in question is found innocent or guilty and regardless of the sentencing, you have done what is required. The only loss you may experience is from court fees taken from out from the bail posted. This of course does not entitle you to have any premium refunded to you. A premium is charged for the services of paying a bail, and not part of the bail itself.

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Bail Bonds: A History of Change

June 25th, 2014

The practice of bail bonds has been around for centuries, far before the modern world. The act of imprisonment dates back even further, and the regulations that govern both have changed extensively ever since. Where once the practice of imprisonment and the court system in general could be considered cruel and unjustified, the modern day prison system is bound by certain laws and regulations that create a much more fair and humane judicial system.

Before being placed in the hands of judges, the job of deciding a bail amount, and if bail was even given was in the hands of several different individuals. In England it was first in the hands of the sheriffs to decide if bail would be set. This allowed some to abuse their power until a statute better defined bailable and non-bailable offenses. The job of handling the issue of bail and bail amounts would eventually fell upon the judges. Without a proper system of checks and balances or regulation, the amounts issued for bail could range from reasonable to being simply impractical.

As we came to the modern age of man and his judicial system we created a more efficient way of handling the law and the offenders of. One change made in the system of appointing bail can be found in the 8th Amendment to the Bill of Rights. In this Amendment it was stated that “Excessive bail ought not to be required”. With this new amendment, placed beside the system of government that had been put into place by and for the American people allowed a much more reasonable and effective system of court. Some changes and regulations have occurred since, but all built upon the ideas expressed in the 8th Amendment. When these changes are combined with the bail bond services of today, including those from companies such as Daytona Beach’s Alliance Bail Bonds, people are given new and better opportunities to post bail before their court date.

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If you are ever find yourself or a loved one in need of help, or just want a little more information on Daytona Beach bail bonds. You may contact us here. Alliance Bail Bonds

Bail Bonds Collateral

May 1st, 2014

When someone is arrested, they are held in jail for a period of time before facing a judge.  When the arrested person faces the judge, the judge may place a bail for the defendant’s release, depending on the severity of the crime. The bail can range from a few hundred dollars to upwards of a million dollars. If a bail is set, it can be paid to ensure the defendant’s release until the court date. Many times, the defendant or the family and/friends of the defendant cannot afford to pay the full bail. In those cases, they will usually seek monetary assistance in the form a bail bond. With a bail bond, the defendant or family/friends of the defendant can pay a percentage of the bail to the bail bondsmen, and the rest is covered. The rest of the bail is covered under the pretense that the defendant will appear at court on the date assigned. There are several types of bonds, including a collateral bail bond.

Collateral is something that must be forfeited to a bail bondsman in order to secure a defendant’s release from jail. Many times, a bail bond company will require some sort of collateral to ensure that the defendant appears in court. This especially goes for defendants who are high risk and have missed out on court dates before. The majority of bail bond collateral is in the form of cash or real estate, but other forms of collateral are accepted such as the title to vehicles, assets, or credit card payments. When collateral is put up for a bail bond, the bondsman will hold the collateral until the defendant appears in court. For example, the bondsman will hold the titles to the vehicle, the deed to the real estate, or will charge the credit card. Many bail bonds don’t require collateral, but in most instances it is required for repeat offenders who are considered to be high risk to ensure they show up in court. When the defendant does appear in court, the collateral is returned.

Should the defendant decide not to appear in court, they risk forfeiting the collateral or the person who put up the collateral risks losing it. After the first missed court date, there is a waiting period of 120 days for either the defendant or the attorney to set another court date. If the time period for the trial passes before the court date is set, then the collateral is forfeited. However, there is time for the indemnitor to put up cash to get the collateral back. Otherwise, they will not be able to retrieve the collateral and the bail bond company will keep it.

If you or a loved one has found them in the unfortunate situation of being imprisoned, try visiting http://alliancebailbond.org/ to get assistance for the situation. At Alliance Bail bonds, defendants will be assisted to the best of their ability, and you will be showed the ins and outs of the bail bonds process. Alliance Bail Bonds main mission is to serve its customers and help defendants with the arduous bail process.

Bail Bonds

May 1st, 2014

Bail bonds are a form of payment, delivered by an individual accused of a crime, which allows them to temporarily leave the jail system until they are officially tried in a court setting. Bail bonds are offered to individuals who cannot meet their bail requirements; those who cannot meet bail may be awarded this provision, which is typically facilitated by a bail bondsman or a bail bond agency. In the event that an arrestees is unable to satisfy the required bail payment, they may be eligible to borrow the necessary funds from an institution specializing in the provision of Bail Bonds; Bail Bonds are provided as surety loans that can vary in requirements for an initial payment – Bail Bonds percentage rates can range from 5 to 50% depending on the gross amount of the required bail payment.

That being said, the typical bail bond is instituted by a bail bondsman in the form of 10%. Upon the repayment of bail to the arrestee who has appeared at their hearing, the bail payment is then transferred to the Bail Bonds institution. In certain cases, a form of collateral will be expected to be exchanged for the Bail Bonds dispersed by that institution; this is in addition to the required initial payment.

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Bail Bondsman

May 1st, 2014

A bail bondsman is any individual or agency that will act as a guarantor and pledge money or assets as bail for the appearance of an accused criminal defendant in court. The bail bondsmen thus assumes the bail responsibilities of an individual, in exchange for collateral and fees, to offer a guarantee to a specific court system that an alleged individual will show up for his or her trial or court dates.

Bail bondsmen are almost exclusive to the United States; although financial institutions or insurance companies act as the typical guarantor for other types of contracts, these entities are reticent to put their funds at the specific risks involved with posting a bail bond.

All bail bondsmen have a standing agreement with local court systems, where they will agrees to post an irrevocable bond, which pay the court system if the defendants for whom the bail bondsmen represent does not show up to their specific court dates. In turn, the bail bondsmen also has a agreement with an insurance company or credit provider to draw on such security; this relationship eliminated the need for a bail bondsman to deposit cash or assets with the underlying court every time a new defendant is bailed out.

A bail bondsman will typically charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail with a minimum of a $100 required; these numbers will fluctuate based on state law and the operating bail bondsman’s own agenda.

If the accused individual does not show up to their court date, the bail bondsman is allowed, by law or contractual agreement, to physically bring the defendant to the court in order to recover the money paid out under the bond – this practice is usually expedited through the inclusion of a bounty hunter.

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Advantages of a Bail Bondsman

May 1st, 2014

By acting as a guarantor to the court system, the bail bondsman affirms to the state or county that the individual will show up to his or her court dates. In addition to this guarantee, the ability to be released from jail prior to the individual’s court date enables the court system to operate their jails without facing severe overcrowding. The withholding of these individuals from jail, thus enables the court system to cut back on costs, related to food for example, that would otherwise be needed if the individual was held in jail until trial.

Bail bondsmen also have access to certain securities that are required to furnish the bond to the court; these securities are available 24/7, even if the creditor is closed. This availability is made possible due to securing special arrangements with credit providers; these arrangements are used to access a line of credit outside of a business operating hours.

The ability to access a line of credit enables the defendant to be released within hours of presenting the bond to the court. That being said, the primary advantage of a bail bondsman is that the agency or individual saves the defendant and his or her family from having to post the entire bail on their own.

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Bondsmen Daytona Beach

May 1st, 2014

Cash Bonds

What is a cash bond? A cash bond is the full amount of the bond required, paid in cash, to release a defendant from jail.
How much does cash bond cost? A cash bond costs the full amount of the bond AND a nonrefundable $25.00 Sheriff’s fee if the bond is posted after regular hours with the jail. Example: A $500 cash bond would cost a total of $525 ($500 plus $25).

How do I post a cash bond? For instructions on how to post a cash bond, call your local sheriff’s office. Note: You do not need to pay a bail bond agent to post a cash bond because you or another person can post a cash bond.

Can I change my mind after I post a cash bond for someone? You may have the defendant turn him or herself in to jail any time before the defendant misses a court date. If the defendant is returned to the jail, you will need to file the required paperwork with the court. It will take about two weeks for the money to be mailed to you.

If I post a cash bond, will I get my money back? Maybe, If the defendant attends all court appearances and either pleads guilty or is found guilty, by Idaho law, I.C. 19-2908, a cash bond can be used to pay fines and costs:

… when the money has been deposited, if it remains on deposit at the time of the judgment for the payment of a fine, the clerk must, under the direction of the court, apply the money in satisfaction thereof, and after satisfying the fine and costs, must refund the surplus, if any, to the party posting the deposit.

If you are using your money to post a cash bond for the defendant, please tell the clerk or jailer your name and address, If you are using the defendant’s own money to post the cash bond, tell the clerk or jailer that the bond money should be receipted in the defendant’s name. The bond receipt should be made for the person whose money is being used for the cash bond. If there is any money left, it will be returned to the person whose name is on the bond receipt. If the defendant attends all court appearances and the charges are dismissed or dropped, the person whose name is on the cash bond receipt will receive the refund of the cash bond. It takes about two weeks for the refund to be mailed to the person who posted the cash bond.

What happens if the defendant misses court? The judge will issue a warrant for the defendant’s arrest and the bond will be forfeited (defaulted). If you post a cash bond for the defendant, there are only two ways you can get your money back: 1) You must find the defendant and turn him or her back to the jail within 180 days of the bench warrant; 2) If the defendant is arrested and put back in jail within 180 days of the warrant, you can request your cash bond back.

Fill out the required paperwork and give it to the Court. The judge will review it and if approved, the cash bond will be mailed back to you. If the defendant isn’t found or arrested within 180 days, the Court will keep your entire cash bond.

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Daytona Beach Bail Bondsmen

May 1st, 2014

Choosing a bail bondsmen in Daytona Beach?

Usually to decide on a company to go with and put your trust with, all you need is good sense of judgment. If you’re walking up to a parking lot with used cars scattered and the sales guy immediately comes flying out of his office spewing some nonsense about the best deals in town wearing a 1960 plaid suit, you’ve probably judged the situation correctly and moved on to a different auto dealer. But how can you make a decision on a bail bond company when most of the time you will only be speaking with them on the phone, emailing them, or faxing them? Here are some suggestions and five good questions to ask.

First, get someone on the phone. Amazingly enough, this is the easiest part with contacting a bail bonds company, because bail bond companies know that answering the phone is key to their success. Now you’re on the phone with the agent and you want to quickly decide whether this is a company you want to work with. Meanwhile your loved one is in jail, you don’t have much time to interview every bail bond company to move forward with. Remember, you are going to entrust this company with getting your loved one out of jail and usually making a decision within a five minute phone call.

1. Is your bail company listed with BBB, what is your rating and where can I find the information?

You will find that not all bail bonds bondsmen are with the Better Business Bureau. Normally a company gets listed on the BBB to appeal to the public. BBB is an organization created to protect the rights of consumers where consumers can satisfy their need for finding a trustworthy company.

2. What percentage do you charge for a bail bond and why?

A reputable, licensed bail company will usually charge 10%. If the bondsman you are on the phone with starts mentioning discounted bail at 5% and they are overselling this aspect of the deal, beware. If they are cutting corners here, they’re probably cutting corners in other important places as well.

3. Will you help me understand the bail bond process?

The agent should reply with a quick, “Yes.” If the company knows their industry, they will understand that most of their potential clients will know nothing about the bail bond industry and therefore education is needed for a few reasons. One, to make the sale of course, and two, bail bonds companies need their clients to understand the process as much as possible, this helps when dealing with expectations throughout the entire process. The more the clients know and understand, the smoother the process with go and both the client and bail bond company benefit.

4. Are you licensed?

This quite an obvious question but this wouldn’t be a great article if I didn’t put it in. Dealing with a bail bondsman that does not have a license is like getting a heart transplant from a gardener. Enough said.

5. How fast can you get my friend (or family member) out of jail?

Any bail bond company that gives you an exact time-frame for a defendant’s release is probably giving you a line to close the deal. Bondsman can control when they get their portion of the release process complete, but cannot control the jail system. Jails operate on a safety-first basis. Flow of people and processes is often slow and unpredictable at best. That said, an experienced bondsman should know the individuals jail’ normal processing times.

Well, that’s 5 questions to ask a Bail Bondsman. If you have any other questions please click here and give us a call or visit us at our Daytona Beach location we will be more than happy to help.Alliance Bailbods Building