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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!

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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