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The Repercussions Surrounding Bail Forfeiture

While we have spoken plenty in the past about the rules and regulations surrounding bails including the situations that would call for one, we haven’t really taken the time to discuss what happens when you don’t hold up your end of the bargain.

This can be a bit of an uncomfortable topic to talk about, but we believe it’s important that our clients understand what happens when you fail to appear for your trial after being bailed out of jail. This is what’s called bail forfeiture, and it’s a serious offense when you don’t follow court orders.

The Bail Forfeiture Process

Once this happens, the judge will issue a bench warrant along with a determined forfeiture date that involves a forfeiture hearing. At this point and time, the defendant officially becomes a fugitive on the run, and it is up to the bail bondsman or whoever agreed to the terms of the bail bond, to find the defendant and return them to the court.

So long as they appear in court by the forfeiture date, then there is no bond forfeiture to speak of. On the other hand, if they do not appear, the entire bail amount will then be payable to the court.

Valid Reasons for Missing a Court Appearance

Of course, there are plenty of valid reasons why someone may miss their court date. Whether the defendant is out of town, they’re dealing with an emergency like a death in the family, or they never received the instructions regarding the appearance date, a defendant may have a legitimate reason for being truant. If this is the case, the court will more than likely end up canceling the forfeiture and decide on a new date instead.

How Things Go From Bad to Worse

However, if that same court ends up finding the defendant and they pose a flight risk, the defendant will be held in custody until their trial. It goes without saying that many cases involving bail forfeiture are due to nerves and anxieties being experienced by the defendant, but they may also be in contact with an attorney to assist them in the litigation process revolving around the amount in damages being requested by the bench warrant.

Along with the bail forfeiture, there are typically other charges and possibly even fines bundled with a failure to appear in court, the severity of which will depend on the original charges. For example, whether we’re talking about a misdemeanor or felony, whether the fugitive returns on their own accord or if they have been arrested.

Conclusion

As you can see from this article, bail forfeiture can have a huge impact on the outcome of a trial. Not only will this put the person associated with the bail process into financial risk, but the defendant can experience extra charges that result in additional jail time.

Take all of these aspects into strong consideration when you or the person acting on your behalf takes out a bail bond. So long as both sides hold up their end of the deal, then the entire process will be a smooth one!

Why You Should Contact a Bond Agent for a Free Bail Consultation

You may feel tempted to handle a bail situation yourself when it involves a friend or family member. Maybe you consider this a personal responsibility to the person in question. Regardless of the situation, there are many different advantages when deciding to hire a bail bond agent, and they include a range of financial and legal benefits. By taking these points into consideration, you may find that contacting a bond agent for a free bail consultation can make your life a lot easier!

Considering the Financial Benefits

When you decide to hire a bail bond agent, you will likely end up saving money. That’s because you will generally only be responsible for covering 10% of the bail amount while the agent covers the rest. On the other hand, when you decide not to use a bail bond service, you will end up having to pay the entire bail amount. That’s probably the easiest explanation for why you should go this route, especially when you’re dealing with a substantial cost.

This leads us to the next problem: if you decide to pay cash for a large bail amount, you may be required to liquidate your assets, refinance your mortgage, or be forced to make other difficult and complex financial decisions that can put you on the hook. With a bail bond agent, this whole process becomes a lot less stressful and complicated.

For those that even have enough money to post the entire bail amount, using cash to cover a large bail may raise suspicion from the powers that be as to where all that money came from. The courts could raise a red flag for a large sum of cash used to pay bail and an investigation into the source of the funds could take an extended period of time. This may wind up slowing down the process of getting the defendant released to an unspecified time.

The Important Legal Benefits

When you’re dealing with a perplexing case, it’s helpful to have someone you can rely on to guide you through the process, especially when the defendant is going through their first offense. A qualified bail bond agent will understand all the legal requirements needed to get your friend or family member out of jail and what to do following this event. It can also mean the difference of how long it will take for them to get released in the first place.

You can also feel comfortable knowing you’re working with someone who respects your privacy. Confidentiality can be crucial when someone you love is in jail. By handling the matter with honesty and discretion, you’ll feel that much more self-assured in the process.

While you may think it’s easier to simply handle the situation by yourself, hiring a professional bail bond agent offers up a wide multitude of advantages you can’t ignore. Plus, there are those out there willing to offer a free bail consultation so you don’t feel pressured into making a decision you may later regret. Life will quickly become significantly easier when you have a professional bail bond agent on your side!

How Attorney Referral Services Work

If you are stuck in a legal bind, finding the right lawyer who will represent you in court can be difficult and certainly overwhelming. In most situations, people use attorney referral services as a strong starting point for them to find the right person to take charge of their case. With this in mind, we would like to explain how exactly this works and why so many have come to rely on this program!

How to Find Attorneys for Your Specific Case

There are some referral services out there who are linked to specific areas of practices or a certain community. If you happen to have a specific concern related to any of these organizations, you may want to talk with the referral service ahead of time to avoid any conflicts.

Attorney referral services are a commonly used avenue for persons who need legal aid. However, these programs may involve one or more fees during the process. For example, a typical service will charge you a small fee when you are connected with an attorney.

We should also point out that the attorney you choose will typically charge a fee for the initial consultation and your ongoing attorney-client relationship, so you certainly want to keep that in mind. It goes without saying you will know all this ahead of time before making your final decision.

The Pros and Cons of Attorney Referral Services

Now we get to the point where you want to weigh your options. Lawyers who are participating in an attorney referral service must be certified by the state bar and the American Bar Association. In this case, since our business is located in Louisiana, they must have good standing with the Louisiana State Bar Association.

At the same time, you usually don’t have the option of pre-screening attorneys with most referral programs as your choices may be limited to those who choose to associate with this service. This is particularly true for county-specific referral programs, but you can depend on their own screening procedures.

As with any attorney referral service, it is your choice whether to retain the attorney to whom you have been referred to. However, if you don’t feel that your chosen attorney provides satisfactory legal advice or representation, you are more than free to search for another attorney that does.

Conclusion

It is important for you to take the time to make an educated decision about the right attorney to represent you. After all, your legal issue is important to you, so you should be confident when you head into the courtroom that you have someone who has your back at every step in the process.

Of course, we recommend speaking with the business who connects you with the attorney referral service so you are fully informed. That way, you don’t feel overwhelmed during this delicate period. In the meantime, do you have any thoughts or questions regarding the use of this program? Be sure to share them in the comments section below!

How to Get Out of Jail Using Jail Bonds

So you’ve been arrested and placed in jail. This can be an incredibly stressful experience especially when the context surrounding the circumstances is taken into consideration. So now you may be asking yourself – how exactly do you get out of prison?

Generally speaking, this is done through the use of a jail bond, otherwise known as a prison bond. Basically, you are posting a “bail” amount whether that is through cash or a piece of property with an inherent cash value.

This is used as collateral in return for a promise to show up in court on your scheduled date. By doing so, you will get your bail money back. If you don’t, the court may issue an arrest warrant to put you back in jail. But what exactly is this process of setting bail, and how do you get out of this predicament to begin with?

How Bail is Set

Once you have been arrested, chances are you will want to know your bail amount right away. This can be a difficult process if you are not able to see a judge immediately, especially over the weekend. This can mean winding up in jail for a few days while things are sorted out.

However, for the most part, you’ll be expected to pay a certain fixed amount for more common crimes which typically isn’t an exuberant amount. The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution states that you cannot be held with an excessive bail amount.

This avoids the bail from being used as punishment or a bargaining chip for your freedom. As we mentioned above, this establishes that the bail is used to guarantee you will return to court when you’re ordered to do so. Depending on the crime committed, the bail amount must be reasonable enough to achieve that purpose. This may not always be the case, so you may be involved in a special hearing where you can request the bail amount be lowered due to your financial situation.

How to Post Bail

When you go to post bail, there are a few different ways to accomplish this. This includes: using a bondsman; posting cash for the full amount of the bond directly; using property (like a home or lot) with the court, or the judge can decide to let you go on O.R. (Own Recognizance).

That last option plays into the aforementioned special hearing where you may request a lowered bail amount. You may also have an opportunity to be released on O.R., which you should take. Typically, this only happens based on how integrated you are into the community. This includes having close family members who live there, residing there for a number of years, or having a small or nonexistent criminal history.

Conclusion

As we talked about, dealing with jail time can be incredibly taxing. When situations like this happen to you, it can be debilitating – especially if it means spending time away from your loved ones and your friends. When you’re facing jail time and need to post bond, you should strongly consider reaching out to a professional bondsman to guide you through the entire process.

Do you have any questions or thoughts regarding the jail bond process? Be sure to them in the comments section below!

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