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Common Bail Bond Terminology

Getting arrested is one of the most stressful situations one can find themselves. After being processed by the police and meeting with the judge, it’s then decided whether bail will be granted and at what amount the accused has to pay to retain their freedom. It is around this moment that most people contact a bail bondsman. Understanding the process and terminology of bail is best learned before you have to go through the rigors of the process. The following are a handful of terms worth knowing in the event you need bail bond services.  

Bail

What exactly is bail, you ask? Bail is money posted in order to be released from custody until the time that the court orders them to re-appear. The money posted is used as a means to make sure the accused will return to court.

Bail Condition

This refers to the conditions the accused is required to abide by in order to secure their release.  These may include things like not communicating with a particular person or staying in their residence at specific times. Failure to follow these conditions may result in being returned to custody.

Bond

If the bail amount set by the court cannot be paid, assistance may be required from a company that can guarantee the full amount to the court. The accused typically pays 10 percent upfront, then the company will post a surety bond with the court for the full amount. If all appearances are made when required, the debt is dissolved and the bond company keeps the 10 percent.

Collateral

Collateral refers to the assets or property used to secure a bail loan. If the accused does not appear in court when ordered, it may result in forfeiture of the assets posted.

Bail Bond Surrender

When a co-signer has second thoughts they can request for a bail bond surrender. This means they no longer want to be financially responsible for the bail bond. A surrender happens because of financial strain and/or concern about asset forfeiture if the accused does not appear in court on the scheduled date.

Failure to Appear

A legal matter in the courts involves several phases. Some of these, particularly the trial, require the presence of the accused. Hearings and trial dates are publicized and notice is given when to appear in court. If they fail to appear, they may be considered to be violating a bail condition.

Bail Bondsman

Someone who will provide financial services to satisfy court demands in order to release individuals charged with a crime, before a trial. A bail bondsman is usually licensed by the states they operate in.

Fugitive

Someone who is actively avoiding capture by the police or other authorities after being charged with a crime. A fugitive is also someone who has been released but does not follow conditions and evades police and those contracted by the bond company to locate them.

Conclusion

If you or someone you know needs a reliable bail bond, it’s a good idea to learn some basic business vernacular so you’re not left in the dark. For a great bail bond service you can trust, contact the professionals at Troy’s Bail Bonds.

Popular Misconceptions with Bail Bonds

All too often people have a tendency to correlate bail and bail bondsmen with a bounty hunter coming to knock down their door to take all of their money. While there is no denying that on occasion this happens in some way or another, it doesn’t mean it’s anywhere close to the average experience you can expect from getting a bond to cover your release from jail. Below we list the four main misconceptions about bail bonds companies that will help you rid yourself of most of those negative perceptions.

Bail is the same as a Bail Bond:

While the names might sound similar, bail and bail bonds are not one in the same. Standard bail is basically just the payment made to the courts by either the defendant on trial or somebody else on their behalf which allows them to be back at home until their trial. Bonds, on the other hand are a pledge or agreement made between a bondsman and the court to ensure the bail will be paid in full if the defendant doesn’t appear on their court date. Once you have completed your trial, regardless of the outcome, your money will be returned to you either in full if a standard bail was paid or minus the bond fee if you were working with a bail bondsman.

Bail Bondsmen are Criminals:

With so much attention placed on entertainment and reality television these days, it’s often hard to shake the stigma that bail bondsmen are seedy criminals. While it is always a positive if you’ve never needed the services of a bail bonds company before, if you do need one it can mean the difference between you spending your time pre-trial with those you love at home or sitting in a cell behind bars. More likely than not, a bail bondsmen is on your side just as much as your attorney and want to help work out a deal that gets you home. We are dedicated to helping people in need get themselves out of jail to lead their daily lives and continue to earn for their families while they await trial.

You Lose Everything you Own to Post Bail:

Considering that a majority of the time people need a bond to post their bail because they don’t have the money available to pay it themselves, it is easy to believe that obtaining a bond will put you into an even more volatile financial situation. While there is a fee that needs to be paid when working with a bail bondsmen, the full amount isn’t kept if you show up to court. Most of the time a bail amount isn’t the unbelievably high number that is so often portrayed by the movies or in high profile cases; if you are being charged with anything but a major crime there is a good chance your bail amount will be moderate to reasonable, meaning you will not lose your house or life’s savings by obtaining a bail bond.

There are Obscene Fees to Obtain a Bond:

Any legitimate bail bonds company knows that the point of a bond is to help people in a tough situation return home while they await trial, not to take every dime they have in some greedy scheme. Working with a bail bondsman is actually a relatively straight forward process; if you need a bond it usually only means you will have to pay around 10% of the bail amount for the bond and post collateral (such as real estate or other assets) for the remaining balance to cover the full cost. While the idea of posting so much of what you own to cover the cost of the bond may be a nerve-racking idea, as long as you show up to court you won’t lose a single thing. Regardless of the outcome of the trial, your collateral will remain yours and only the 10% fee will be kept by the bail bonds company, which is a small price to pay when it comes to being at home with your loved ones.

Conclusion:

To put it very simply, bail bonds companies just aren’t what most people perceive them to be. While there are the occasional bad eggs that don’t run their business to the standards expected of them, places like Troy’s Bail Bonds are truly on your side when it comes to all of your legal troubles. With our team on your case, there is no reason to worry about getting the money you need to get back home, because we are devoted to making that happen.

5 Reasons Why a Judge Might Deny Bail

A person charged with a criminal offence can often post bail or obtain a bail bond to get out of jail. However, some people are denied when they try to appeal for it. When this happens, the person remains in jail and must wait there until the next hearing, where they can try to appeal again. It is up to the judge whether they allow a person to post bail, but why might a judge deny it? This blog will go over five reasons why a judge would forbid someone from obtaining bail.

The Person is a Repeat Offender

Judges have little sympathy for repeat offenders who are on parole or probation for a prior offence; this is because they have violated the agreement and abused their freedom by committing yet another crime. Repeat violations tell the judge that the person has not learned their lesson and doesn’t understand what it means to be held accountable for their actions. It breaks trust because it makes the judge think that they will go back out into society to cause more harm and commit more offences.

The Person is a Flight Risk

A person will be denied bail if they are deemed a “flight risk.” This means that the person has a history of missing court dates, skipping bail, or running away to avoid prosecution. If it’s too risky, a judge will likely deny bail in order to keep them in jail and prevent them from fleeing and avoiding punishment. If a judge grants bail, they give their trust. If one cannot be trusted to stay in the area and show up to trial, they will not be granted bail.

The Person is a Non-US Citizen

Non-US citizens are not granted bail. If a person is thought to be in the U.S. illegally without the proper documentation, they will be denied bail and retained with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). If the crime was severe, the person may be deported back to their home country.

The Person is a Threat to the Public

A person will not be granted bail if they are deemed to be a threat to themselves or others. A judge’s goal is to protect the general populace, so repeat offenders, terrorists, mass shooters, and murderers are denied bail to keep them away from others and prevent further crimes from occurring. If a person shows signs of instability, violence, or aggression towards others, a judge will want to keep them in prison. Bail is never given to someone who could put the lives and safety of others in jeopardy.

The Crime Was Severe

Criminals have a higher chance of getting bail if the crime they committed was less serious. Crimes like manslaughter, rape, armed robbery, and murder are considered severe, and are likely to result in life in prison or the death penalty, unless that person is otherwise proven innocent. In these cases, the judge will usually post an enormously high bail amount if the defendant isn’t likely going to be released, or deny bail altogether if there is strong evidence against the defendant.

Conclusion

For some, bail is not an option and they are forced to complete their full prison sentence. For others, bail is a viable method to get out of jail sooner than later. If you are eligible for bail, call Troy’s Bail Bonds for a free consultation! We have affordable, 24-hour bail bonds whenever you need it. We’re here to help you or a loved one get out of jail quick!

The Do’s and Don’ts While Out on Bail

If you have just been released on bail, it is more than likely that you have an abundance of burning questions. You appreciate the freedom of not being stuck in jail, but at the same time, you feel limited and uncertain of what you should and shouldn’t do. Being released on bail can afford you the opportunity to continue your life while awaiting trial. Nonetheless, many people feel that they are stuck in purgatory, unsure of what should be considered normal for them. Fortunately, we are here to answer some of those questions.

The Do’s

Try to maintain your regular routine. Going to work and keeping to a schedule can show that you are a productive member of society, which can really work to your benefit during the actual trial. Furthermore, working can keep you out of trouble and your mind busy from the stress that the impending trial can have on you.

While out on bail, be sure to keep your bail bondsman and attorney updated. Communication is key during this time and can help establish trust. Let them know if anything changes such as phone number, plans, addresses, and so on.

We also recommend that you spend as much time with your family as possible. Your loved ones will provide you with the support that you need during this difficult time. Also, once the trial starts, your time with them may be limited if it becomes a drawn-out legal process.

The Don’ts

Under no circumstance should you associate or hang out with bad influences. If you have a history of getting in trouble with a certain group of friends, it is best to avoid them as to focus on your own wellbeing. Furthermore, if they are involved in any illegal activities, it can put you at risk as well.

One of the biggest no-no’s during this time is skipping bail and missing your court date. This will reflect poorly on you and can lead to a warrant for your arrest.

Conclusion

Now that you know the do’s and don’ts during your release, keep them in mind and be sure to make good decisions. This time is critical and can ultimately play a huge part in the court’s decision. If you have any questions, contact your trusted bail bondsman.

What to Do When the Police Come Knocking at Your Door

We have spoken in a previous blog post what you are supposed to do when a police officer stops you in order to search your vehicle. However, what are you supposed to do when they arrive at your door? In both scenarios, it’s vital that you understand your rights while not being intimidated by the mere presence of a police officer. By knowing what to do in this situation, you can protect yourself from experiencing an unwarranted home search.

The Need for a Warrant

Speaking of which, let’s talk about warrants for a moment because this is a very timely discussion worth having. It was only this past June that the Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement must obtain a warrant before they are able to demand user location information from cell phone companies.

This is just an example of how more and more people are starting to take privacy seriously in today’s digital age, but that sense of security certainly begins at home. By searching a person’s home without proper authorization, this constitutionally violated the homeowner’s rights with unprecedented power.

The Topic of Consent

The major exception to this rule is when a police officer is offered consent to a person’s home. Alongside that, if any illegal items are found to be in plain view, they can be seized as evidence against you, which can also lead to an arrest. So long as you don’t have anything that fits that description, you shouldn’t have to worry about this in the first place.

But let’s go back to that topic of consent. You should make it habit to check to see who exactly is at your door before you open it, whether that means looking through your peephole or out the nearby window.

If you find the police have visited you, you can either decide to take another exit to speak to them, have a chat behind your chain lock, or simply refuse to answer them (if you don’t require their help). The only time this will come back to bite you is if they have a warrant.

Find Out Why the Police Have Visited You

As we just talked about, you may feel intimidated being in the presence of the police. Of course, this could also be an entirely unwelcome situation for a variety of reasons. Be that as it may, you should treat them just like you would any other guest, and simply ask, “How may I help you?”

More often than not, this visit will have little to do with you or is a case you can easily handle, like an inquiry about a crime committed nearby. It could also be a noise complaint where you’re just told to keep it down a little.

Conclusion

Either way, always remember to be respectful and apologize for any inconvenience. If the officer asks to enter your home, remain calm and inform them they cannot enter without a search warrant. Make sure any friends or family members are aware of their right to refuse police entry.

We should note ahead of time that this article isn’t intended as legal advice. If you feel your rights have been violated at any step of the process, be sure to speak with a legal professional who will go over your case on your behalf. It is also recommended that any request to enter your home that doesn’t end up happening should also be referred to a lawyer.

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