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Things to Avoid When on Bail

Everyone who is arrested has the option of waiting for their court hearings while incarcerated jail or being granted a bail bond. The option that most people choose is posting bail.  This allows defendants a chance to not miss out on fulfilling their day-to-day obligations and spending time with family and friends.  While bonding from jail is the popular choice, when given the chance, a defendant has to abide by certain rules while on bail.

These things include:

Don’t Miss Your Court Dates When on Bail

When you bond from jail, you will always be required to appear in court on dates that are decided by the court. Failure to appear in court on the required dates could lead to serious implications; like, canceling your bail bond, being placed back under arrest, additional charges being added.  While these all impact the defendant, there is also the potential to hurt family and friends if they posted money or collateral for your bond. Those items may be forfeited if the bail bond is revoked.

Don’t Travel Out of State

One of the conditions given when a judge grants bail is not traveling or moving out of your state. If there is an emergency somewhere outside your state, it is always recommended to seek permission from the court before leaving your state. Otherwise, you risk suffering the consequences of violating the terms of the bond.

Don’t Commit Another Crime

The worst thing that can happen is being rearrested for a similar or different crime, while out on bail. If a defendant is re-arrested, it will be difficult for the court to grant bond again knowing that you’re not a risk to yourself or society, depending on the crime.  It’s important to remain out of trouble until the original charges have been resolved.

Avoid Doing Things Under the Influence

If you use drugs or alcohol, you must avoid them. It’s more likely that a defendant under the influence of drugs or alcohol may conduct illegal or illicit behavior putting you at more risk of bail being revoked.  Stay clean. Enter rehab if you have to. It’s important to manage your vices until the original charges are resolved.

Choose a bail bond agent with a good reputation

If one of your friends or family members gets arrested, you may need to get a bail bond agent. Using an agent with a good reputation will increase your chances of getting bail than dealing with amateurs. Central Florida Bail Bonds has been in business since 1979 providing bond services to central Florida and surrounding areas. If you’re looking discreet and confidential services, you definitely want to contact us!  Check out one of our other blogs entitled “How To Handle Yourself if You Get Arrested.”

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All Arrests Don’t Qualify for Bail; Does Yours?

When you get arrested in any state in the US, you will have the option to apply for bail or stay in jail until the court decides your fate. However, not every bail application is successful. Sometimes the court can choose not to grant bail if arrests do not meet certain requirements.

When you apply for bail, the court assesses your application to determine whether you are eligible for bail or not. The court also determine the bail fees that are required to be paid if you quality for bail. Being denied bail can be due to several reasons that are important to understand. We are going to share with you some of the factors used to determine one’s eligibility to get bail. Just make sure you read till the end.

1. Nature of the arrests

When the court is assessing whether to grant bail for arrests, one of the major things they look at is the crime that a person has committed. For instance, people who have arrests for high profile crimes like murder, armed robbery, terrorism, will always find it harder to get bail.

Crimes that may result in life imprisonment or more than ten years in jail often have difficulty in bail hearings. Defendants with such offenses are looked at as a potential threat to society. The court would prefer having them in custody.

2. Defendants criminal history

People who are habitual criminals, with multiple arrests, also find it hard to be granted bail, even when the offense they have committed is not severe. It becomes even harder to get bail if the crime they have committed is similar to the previous crimes they have were arrested for before. It’s similar to the baseball 3 strikes and your out concept. If you’ve had 2 DUIs and are arrested for a 3rd, you may be facing more severe punishment, and thus may not qualify for bail.

3. How long a defendant has been a resident in a particular area

If you have been a resident for less than five years, getting bail could be more difficult. People relatively new to the area are more likely a risk to returning for a court date.  For example, if you fly to Las Vegas for a weekend and are arrested for assault, it may be more difficult to have bail granted than if you’re a resident.

Side note: Did you know that Central Florida Bail Bonds can help you out if you get arrested in Las Vegas? Take a look at transfer bonds. We can help in any jurisdiction.

Final thoughts

It is everyone’s right to apply for bail, but being granted bail remains a decision of the court. So, while applying for bail, you need to be ready for two outcomes based on your crime and personal profile. Lawyers of the defendant also need to do know the facts about the crime, your social standing, and history to make sure they can answer the judge’s questions during the bail application hearing.

Central Florida Bonding has been serving Central Florida for over 40 years. We serve Orange County, Seminole County, Osceola County, and the surrounding areas. Please call us at 407-841-3646.

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How To Handle Yourself If You Get Arrested

We hope that you will never be in a position that you are arrested, but if you are it’s important to be prepared, know your rights and who to call. Being arrested might not be a good experience and is often considered to be dramatic.

Here are some basic steps that you can follow that may make the whole process easier. Even if you are innocent, it’s important to know your rights, know how to behave, and what to do in the unfortunate position of being arrested. It will help you to avoid mistakes that can make the situation worse.

Stay Calm

When approached by police, it’s important to stay calm and don’t panic. Listen to what the police are asking you to do. If they ask you to stop, then stop. Keep your hands out of your pocket. Don’t make sudden movements. If the police ask to search your property, ask if they have a warrant. Without consent, they may not have the legal right to conduct a search. It’s important to stay calm and polite throughout and don’t force into the negative conversation.

Don’t run or be violent

If you are actually put under arrest, fighting or struggling is not necessary. Resisting arrest can lead to more serious charges.

Know Your Rights

After you are arrested, you have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. Invoke your rights! After you’ve invoked your rights, remain silent. Once you are in jail do not talk to any other people about your case except for the attorney. You can tell police basic information like your name, address, date of birth, but do not tell them anything else.
While you’re in custody, you should assume that any conversations you have with family, friends, other inmates could be recorded or monitored. Only speak to your attorney until you are released.

Ask for Help

You are entitled to a phone call when you’re arrested. You call family, an attorney or a bail bondsman. If you cannot afford an attorney one will be appointed to you, called a public defender. You should always have memorized at least two friends or family phone numbers to be able to call from a landline. It’s unlikely that you’ll be granted access to your personal cell phone after your arrest. Also remember, any phone calls can be reordered or monitored unless it’s to your attorney. Your lawyer can arrange for a bond in order to help you get out of the jail. More information on how to get a bail bond, here. If you have been arrested outside of Florida, or in another city, you can still utilize Central Florida Bonding by obtaining a transfer bond. The bond is transferred to the location where the defendant is held.

The defendants are given an option to pay their bond to get out of jail or stay in jail. If the defendant opts for a bond from jail, they can choose to pay the bond in full and get released. If the defendant is being arrested for more than one charge, they can face multiple bonds.

Conclusion

It is very important to consult the lawyer when you are arrested. With the help of the lawyer and a bail bondsman, the defendant can get out of jail easily. Stay calm and quiet and do not provoke the arresting officers.

We hope that this article will be helpful if you or someone you know ever gets arrested. Please remember that Central Florida Bail Bonds offers discreet, confidential, 24/7 services to get you out of jail fast. We bond for most criminal and felony charges. Call 407-841-3646 in the event that you or a loved one are arrested.

 

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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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Central Florida Bonding Warns About Child Neglect

While the world continues to climb out of COVID-19 pandemic abuse and neglect continue and for some it’s on the rise.

What is the definition of neglect?

The very definition of neglect is “a type of maltreatment that refers to the failure by the caregiver to provide needed, age-appropriate care although financially able to do so.”

There are four types of child neglect:

  • Physical neglect – This is the most common type of neglect. For example, when a child is not provided basic necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter. Another example is when young children are left alone unsupervised.
  • Emotional neglect – This is where a child is isolated, rejected, ignored, or even threatened. A child is not provided with the emotional support that they require.
  • Educational neglect – This is where a child is denied an education by the parents/caregivers not bringing the children to school, not enrolling them in school, or not homeschooling them.
  • Medical neglect – This is where a child is denied healthcare by his/her parents or caregivers even though the parents and/or caregivers can afford it.

What is the charge when arrested for child neglect?

Neglect of a child as a criminal offense is a felony. A person facing child neglect charges, could face jail time, fines, probation, or lose their parental rights to the child.

Central Florida Bail Bonds has been providing clients with professional bail bond services since 1979. No matter what charge you or a family member is facing, be it child neglect, DUI, domestic violence, drug trafficking, assault, theft, or other charges, we can help. We have a bail bond agent available to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and all year long. To start the bail bond process, please call us at 407-841-3646.

Our team of professionals are ready to assist you. We can help you or a loved one bond out of jail quickly. Don’t fumble through the bail bond process on your own. Instead, rely on our experience and expertise to assist you. We are here to help! We can assist you with paperwork, answer questions, and explain how the bail bond process works.

Central Florida Bonding has been serving Central Florida for over 40 years. We serve Orange County, Seminole County, Osceola County, and the surrounding areas. Your neighbors have relied on us, you can too! Please call us at 407-841-3646.