Over the last 34 years we have seen bonding companies come and go.
We have seen them charge hidden fees and have people sign unethical contracts that only your attorney could understand. Here are a few tips that can save you valuable time and hard earned money
1. STAY CALM: Finding out a loved one is in jail, or going to jail yourself is very stressful. Your first instinct is to "get out now" no matter what you have to sign or how much it costs. Taking a few minutes to find out all the facts can save you hours and in some cases days of your time and Hundreds of your dollars.
2. CALL NOW : We have a direct link with the Jail. We are able to see the bail amount of the charge or warrant. This enables us to provide you with accurate information of what it will take to help you or your friend in need. Our staff has the combined experience of over 100 years in helping families, friends and businesses with their bonding needs.
3. DON'T RUSH TO THE JAIL: Rushing to the jail before working out all the details will waste time. In most cases you will need verification of your employment, ID, real estate papers, etc and a solid idea of what you are getting into. . We will give you the straight up answers and walk you through the process. Having to make a second trip to your home or office for paperwork can set you back time and money.
4. DON'T WAIT AT THE JAIL: This is mainly for any Florida County Jail . We deliver the bond to the jail and include a number for the inmate to call whomever you choose when they are ready for release. This can save you at least 2 hours but more like 4 to 8 hours or more of waiting.
5. WATCH OUT FOR EXCESSIVE MINIMUM FEES: Most companies only want to do large bonds. They will charge you excessive minimum fees to write small bonds. For example, If there is a $180.00 bondable warrant, you would be charged a minimum fee of $100. .
From Posting of Bail Bond to Freedom from Jail:
After Bail is posted an outside vendor usually couriers the Judges signed release order to the jail. Typically civilians are not allowed to even touch the release orders. This fact of course, as in everything else in the criminal justice system, varies from place to place and person to person and from jail to jail. Like everything else the courier is privy to information such as the changing of the guard in jails, the changing of tour, the official body count and the computer system refresh times etc. After the courier finds the appropriate time to drop off the release order the Correction Department or Sheriffs Departments usually take anywhere from 2-6 hours to process a release of a prisoner. This of course also depends on what day of the week it is (holidays, club nights etc.) more persons take off from work calling in sick and the smallest priority in lieu of a staff shortage is releasing a prisoner quickly as opposed to prison safety and security.
During the time frame of drop off of paperwork and release the Jails will not give any information on release times. Sometimes guards that are overworked and facilities that are understaffed the prison would suggest or imply that the release order was never dropped-off by the Bondsman excusing any delay on their part for releasing a prisoner. If you did not have any reason to believe that the Bondsman would not be dropping off a release order I would not count on what the guard is saying to be true. However a Bondsman by law can withhold the delivery of the release order if a condition was not completed by Indemnitor's or new information that was found about a defendant's case materialized.
It is important to note that, Judges order the release of prisoners into the sole custody of the Bondsman and not the family members paying for bail. However, it is the sole responsibility of the Indemnitor's and not the bail company or Bondsman to advise the Bailee that it is mandatory that he/she to report to the Bondsman 24hrs after he/she is released from custody and announce his presence for initial processing. The defendant is expected to report on a weekly basis announcing his attendance and signing in the weekly log within a certain day and business hours. In some cases a defendant, for whatever the reasons. cause the family and the Bondsman the ultimate headache; they skip or fail to comply with the rules, regulations and contractual terms agreed to.
If the defendant "skips", does not report, does not go to court appearances and or any and all other appearances as designated by civil authority or judge(s), or does not comply with any and all bail conditions, the cosigner(s) aka Indemnitor's(s) are immediately responsible to pay the Bondsman and the bail company the full amount of the bail plus any and all expenses. If the defendant is located and arrested by the bail agent or his designee, the cosigner(s) jointly and severely responsible for any and all additional expenses the bail agent/company has or may incur while looking for, attempting to apprehend, transporting and lodging the defendant and the security team. Pleading ignorance by indemnitor(s) or defendant in violation of terms and conditions will never be acceptable as defense or excuse.
It is important to note that, Judges release the prisoners (defendant) into the sole custody of the Bondsman and not the family members paying for bail. That means while the case is active the defendant must comply with the specific instruction of the Bondsman or his designee. Any non compliance with judges orders, violation of bail performance and compliance contracts, obstruction of the normal operation of a reporting facility or harassment or threat of any type to anyone under the employ of the Bondsman or any disruption however minor will be considered an openly hostile act and defendant will be sought and taken into custody to be returned to jail. We do not like to do this but sometimes defendants are either chemically dependent, are not taking prescribed remedies or are downright ornery and actions need to be taken by the Bondsman or his designee to quickly remedy an issue that may get out of hand.