Bail Bonds St Petersburg -How to Get A Specialist’s Help
Having your loved one in jail can be extremely stressful, especially knowing how long the legal process can be at times. It is also an expensive affair, from posting bail bond, to hiring a lawyer, and attending all those court sessions. This is why we are here for you.
Jail Bail Bonds St Petersburg is a company that will aide you through the whole process of posting bail, thus making it a bit more bearable, affordable and flexible for you, especially if you do not have the cash to post bail immediately on you.
We have years of practice in this specific field under our belt, and that has made us among the most trusted bail bonds agencies in St Petersburg, and across the whole of Florida too.
About Jail Bail Bonds St Petersburg
Jail Bail Bonds St Petersburg will get your loved one out of jail almost immediately. Since bail bonds can be posted even on the same day that the arrest happened, we can get your loved one out of those dreary jail cells almost immediately and have them back home with you as they go through the legal court process, even if you do not have the money on you, we can work out an agreement that is fair to both parties.
We are experts in all and any of your bail needs. With many years in the field, practicing, we have become experts at bail bonds, and will help you with anything you may need. We can advise you on the best way forward too.
We are pretty flexible with our payment options. With all the stress we know you may have about paying the bail amount requested, we do not pressure you with paying us on the spot as well. We can come up with a payment plan that is a bit more lenient for you, for example, giving a sort of collateral to cover your payment till you are able to cover it in full. This collateral could be anything from jewelry to property, and this point will be better explained later on in this post.
We are here to help you, genuinely. We take the burden of bail bonds out of your hands so that you can fully focus on other things, like hiring a lawyer who can represent your loved one well in court and help them win their case. Do not worry, we’ve got you.
We value your privacy. Any and all personal information that you give to us shall not be divulged to the public, and since we are not a governmental agency, we are not obligated to a call for open records. You can trust us, both to get you out of jail, and keep your information safe. The only information that will be open to the public is that you used us as your bail bonds company, and the amount you posted.
We are trustworthy. In the event that you opt to give collateral to stand in for your bail bond fee, then you can rest assured that once your case is over, whatever the outcome, you will receive your property back in full. The only exceptions for this are if you skip a court date or fail to pay back your bail bond amount in full. This will be better explained further on in the article, but you can rest easy knowing that you can trust us with your- or your representative’s- collateral, be it a house land, a car or jewelry.
What are Bail Bonds?
You may be new to all of this, since jail and imprisonment are not things people go talking about all over the place, so some terms can seem like jargon to you. Bail is a word that describes the process of releasing someone who was locked up before the end of their criminal case. Contrary to common belief, bail does not always have to involve the defendant- or someone on their behalf- paying a certain amount of money to grant them freedom. It purely depends on what the court decides.
The money paid is just like, a sort of method to ensure that the person will show up for their appointed court date and is there throughout the whole legal process. It is in no way a punishment for whatever crime they have been alleged of committing, and sometimes, bail can be lifted, even as the defendant’s court case is ongoing.
You can already tell that bail is an important part of the legal system. Why?
- It frees up space in jail. Jail spaces are limited, and considering the number of people who are arrested and charged on a daily, the cells cannot contain that number without posing an overpopulation, and thus health and safety risk (It is a health risk since putting people in one congested room can cause suffocation and air borne diseases, plus the food rations cannot be enough to adequately feed all of them, so it will lead to malnourishment.
A safety risk, since locking up many criminals together will most likely lead to enmity, arguments, and fights that could lead to deaths.) Most people prefer to post bail and be free, which eases up congestion in the jail cells.
2. Grants the defendant freedom. This is such an important factor, especially if the accused is innocent. It sets a sort of fairness in the judicial system, the right to hear your case as a free person. It is also convenient if the defendant committed a petty crime, and not something that makes them a threat to society. This also enables the defendant to continue with their day to day activities as they attend their court dates and await judgment. They will not miss important life events simply because they were locked away in a jail cell.
3. Ensures that the defendant shows up for court dates. No one will pay a good amount of money, or collateral to the judicial system then disappear. Most of the time, it is friends or family who pay the amount requested, so it would deter the accused from skipping town before a verdict is given.
Plus, the security paid would mean that they would lose their property, like houses, land and cars. Bail bonds can be posted at anytime, it could be immediately after an arrest, as the case continues to be heard, or, surprisingly enough, after a verdict has been reached to determine whether they are guilty or innocent.
Something you should know, however, is that there are three possible outcomes after someone gets arrested; – The defendant is immediately released from custody after arrest. – They are charged and released on bail. – The arrestee is charged and remains locked up till their case is over. Yes, sadly, sometimes there is no bail bond option, and they have to fight from inside.
Bail Bonds St Petersburg Schedule
Bail schedules refer to the amount that is supposed to be paid for individual crimes. For example, the set bail for disorderly conduct is $1,000, and for burglary, the amount is set at $5,000. The laws of a state are what will determine, not only the amount to be paid, but also whether the authorities can release a person without bail, or if they must wait for a bail hearing. Judges are also allowed to increase or decrease the set bail amount, when appropriate. Federal courts do not have set bail bond schedules, so the amount to be paid fully depends on the court’s decision, so cross your fingers and hope that it is at least a manageable amount.
Surety Bonds & Bail Bonds St Petersburg
A bail bond or surety bond refers to bail payment for the defendant that is done by a bail bond agent. Bail bond agents are also known as bondsmen (pretty cool name, right?) or bond dealers. An interesting fact is that bail bond agents are almost exclusively found in the United States, and the Philippines.
So how it works is, the defendant pays the bondmen a fee, and the agent acts as an assurance (surety) that the defendant will show up for their next court cases, and if they do not, then the bail bond agent will pay the defendant’s full bond amount to the court. Bail bond agents make a living by charging a fee to the defendants who need to be bailed out.
The premium fee for a state bond is 10% of the set bail amount, so if bail is set at $5,000, then their fee will be $500. If it is a federal bond, the premium is set at 15%. Meaning if bail is set at $10,000, the premium will be $1,500. This amount is earned once the arrestee is out of jail and is nonrefundable. Now, this all seems like such a huge gamble, because, what if the defendant actually skips town? Is the bail bond agent supposed to just pay the bail amount and count their losses? Sounds like a dangerous game to play, right?
The bail bond agents figured out a way around this to ensure they do not end up going bankrupt. The defendant is required to provide some sort of collateral, or security of some kind against the set bond amount. This collateral may be in the form of jewelry, or something that equals to the set bond amount that can be sold to recover the bond amount.
Also, the defendant, or someone else on their behalf, is also supposed to sign off on something- for example a car, home etc.- as a security interest in case the defendant fails to appear in court. This further goes to ensure that the defendant attends all their court cases, or else they stand to lose their property. Bail bond agents can also reach upon agreements with your insurance companies, banks, and other credit providers in regard to your collateral and security.
To ensure transparency is observed, both parties; the defendant and bail bond agent, are required to sign a contract that lists all the terms of their agreement. There are also laws that govern how bail bond agencies work, and this is to ensure the situation is fair to both of you.
Also, if the bail bond agents fail to pay the whole amount of your bail to the court in the event that you fail to attend your court hearing, they are prohibited from taking on any other bond case, which is why it is important for them to ensure that what you have provided as collateral is of the same value as your bond amount. There are also people called indemnitors.
This is a person whose job is to assure both the court and the bail bond agents that the defendant will appear in court on all their set dates. These people can be sued by the bail bond companies in case the defendant fails to appear, or, the bondsmen can just choose to sue the defendants themselves.
There are also people called bounty hunters, who are people meant to go after defendants to go after defendants who skip their court dates so that they can repay the money paid out by the agents as bond. There are, however, states that have outlawed bounty hunting.
Throughout the years, research and numbers have shown that, quite a lot of defendants tend to skip town and miss their court dates, especially when they feel the outcome will not be in their favor, but those released through the help of bail bond agents attend all their court dates to the end.
This is because of the genera fear that if you skip a court date, your property will be seized and sold either by the bond dealers or the court. Worst case scenario is if the property belonged to someone else, like a representative on yours.
Cost of Bail Bond Agents
The defendant has first to pay the nonrefundable fee for the bail bond agent immediately after release, then give collateral to stand in place of the bond amount. If the defendant follows their agreement to the letter, the collateral will be returned to them, be it jewelry, a house or car after the case is closed. But no matter the outcome of the defendant’s case, the bondsman fee is nonrefundable.
What Is Bail Collateral?
Bail collateral, as earlier explained, is something; like property, given in place, or sometimes in addition to bail money. The value of what you give as collateral should be equal to your bail amount. In case you are giving property as your collateral, then the bail bond agent will hold onto the title deed, log or pink slip. If it is jewelry, then they will possess and keep it in an undisclosed location till your case is resolved. If you are giving property as your collateral, then fail to show up for your court date, the court will automatically put it up for sale .It has to garner up to 150% interest of what is owed to the court for it to be sold.
Collateral is usually returned, whether the person is found to be guilty, innocent, charges dropped, or bail lifted. Now, at times, the full collateral amount may not be returned to the defendant after the case is closed, but this depends on the agreement reached upon by both parties (defendant and bail bond agent) so do not be afraid that terms you did not know about will be imposed on you. Collateral is normally returned within 5 business days after the case is closed and defendant has paid all necessary fees owed.
As a member of the public, can I get access to bail bond information? All and any information about the bond will be available to the public since it is filed with the court that is handling the pending case. This information includes the bond company that posted the bail and what amount it was. But personal information that the defendant had given to the bail bonds company is not available to the public, your privacy is highly valued no matter what.
This is because bail bond agents have a Code of Ethics, just like doctors and psychiatrists, one that dictates that certain pieces of information given by the defendant is to be kept private and confidential. Since bail bond companies are privately owned, and not governmental, they are not required to comply to an open records request.
If, however, an investigation is still going on, and some evidence that the bail bond agents have can be used, an attorney can get a subpoena to get access to it.
Jail Bail Bonds St Petersburg
- 3050 1st Ave S St. Petersburg, FL 33712