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How Do Bail Bonds Work

If you or a loved one gets arrested, odds are that you’ll want them out of jail as soon as possible. In most cases, the judicial system has established bail procedures for misdemeanor offenses. In other cases, a hearing is held to review the facts in the case to determine if bail is appropriate. Once arrested, the quickest way to get out of jail is by bailing the defendant out, using bail bonds.

When the court agrees to grant bail, they often determine an amount to pay as a bail fee. Remember, getting bail does not mean your free of your charges. It simply means you have agreed to appear for court hearings and will not remain in jail until such time. The defendant has to follow all conditions of bail provided by the court during their release. The bail amount set by the court may not always be available in cash. This is why you may need to call a bail bond agent to help you out.

What is a bail bond agent?

Bail bond agents are companies that act as the surety for a defendant in court to ensure they get bail. A bail bond agent will pledge money or property as a way of giving assurance to the court that the bail fee will be cleared. In simple terms, a bail bond is an assurance to the court that the defendant will pay the bail fee and a bail bond agent/company is the company that acts as a surety in court that the defendant will make his appearance.

Why do I need to hire a bail agent?

If you are unable to afford bail, you need to hire a bail agent. You will pay a small fee to the bail bond agent, who will take on the responsibility of the full bail amount.

What happens if the defendant doesn’t show up for their court date?

If the defendant fails to appear in court, you could lose any collateral that was signed over with the bond. As long as the defendant complies with the terms set by the court and shows up for all court dates, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

If you ever get your loved one arrested, you can always contact Central Florida Bail Bonds and you will have the bail bond processed as soon as possible.

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The Impact of Coronavirus on the Incarcerated

The Coronavirus has reorganized our lives quite a bit, but it has also had an impact on the court system. From the moment a person is incarcerated there are huge risks for both the arresting officers, the defendant, and the staff of the county jail.  Exposure to Coronavirus can reek havoc on the judicial system.  Here are some of the impacts:

Delayed Court Cases

Jails or prisons are not closed because of coronavirus outbreak, but it has affected how the court is currently being conducted. Stay at home orders are being put in place by local officials. This decision to stay at home impacts judges, attorneys and other professionals. In this event court cases may be postponed, or placed on an indefinite hold, resulting in delays in defendants being released.

Forced to Withstand Health Conditions

Those currently jailed or recently arrested have little choice in the conditions of the jail or how it’s maintained. Incarcerated individuals may be unable to receive proper care for medical conditions. While the coronavirus spreads country wide outside the jails, it can also quickly spread inside. Inmates could be exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus, but there is little space for the facility to relocate and properly care for those potentially infected.  Without access to Personal Protection Equipment, or PPE, inmates also risk further spread. If you are arrested for a crime, it’s important to be released quickly.  That’s why having access to Central Florida Bonding is important! Be sure to save our number (407) 841-3646 in your phone.

Too Close for Comfort

Jail cells are too close for comfort and provides little opportunity to properly socially distance. Which invites plenty of opportunity to increase the spread of coronavirus. The nature of holding cells also allow for employees, visitors and those incarcerated to both come and go as necessary. This leaves inmates more exposed to the virus.

In Orlando, Florida, there was a recommendation to allow low-level nonviolent defendants, who have less than 6 months remaining on their sentence, to be released.  This is in an effort to help slow the spread of coronavirus. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding this recommendation. Great efforts are made by the counties to rotate employees more often. Other steps being taken are reducing the crowding in prisons and being more purposeful and consistent in cleaning public spaces. Despite the many efforts implemented to slow the spread of the virus behind bars the numbers continue to surge with social distancing being almost impossible.

If you find yourself or a loved one in a situation where a bail bond is necessary, consider contacting a bail bond agency quickly. Central Florida Bonding is available 24-7 to begin the process of being bonded out of jail. Do not remain behind bars longer than you should. Call Central Florida Bonding at (407) 841-3646 or visit our website to secure your freedom immediately! We work fast to help Orlando inmates get out of jail so they can get back to taking care of themselves and their loved ones on the outside.