When a friend or loved one is arrested, you will immediately be overwhelmed with emotions and decisions to make. One of the main decisions you'll need to make is to post bail and this decision may include using a bail bond company. If you decide to post bail using a bail bond, be sure to avoid the following mistakes in the process so you can help your loved one and give yourself some peace of mind.
Mistake #1: Not Asking the Right Questions
Many people usually feel like time is of the essence and that they need to get their loved one out of jail as soon as possible. Because of this they don’t do the proper research about bail bond companies.
It’s important to not rush the process of securing a bail bond company. When you first reach out to a bail bond company, you should be prepared with the right questions. Money, of course, is an important factor to consider. Find out how much of a fee you have to pay for the bondsman’s services. All Bail Bond Agencies in the State of Florida are required to charge 10% of the bond set by the court, unless the bond is $1000 or less, then the fee is $100 for that charge. All fees are regulated by the Florida Department of Financial Services and these fees are not negotiable.
You should also ask how long the release process usually takes. The bail bondsman may have to communicate with authorities for a proper timeline. Ask about the company's opening hours — ones that are open late, on the weekends, or even 24/7 usually get the release more quickly.
Most importantly, make sure you work with a licensed and reputable bail bond company. You can also check the company’s reviews online to see how others rated their experiences.
Mistake #2: Missing Important Information
Those first initial hours after speaking to your loved one who's been arrested will be the most perplexing, especially if you've never had to post bail. You'll need relevant information on hand when you visit the bail bondsman to get the process underway more efficiently.
The most important information to have ready is the jailed person's full, legal name and the place where they were detained. If you can get an inmate number, that information will be very useful. You also need to know the exact charges against the defendant and the set bail amount.
Your bail bonds company can help answer any questions you may have and can also attempt to find additional information for you.
Mistake #3: Failing to Assess the Arrested Person
The bail bond company will post a surety bond so your loved one can get released from jail. The company is not the only one who takes the risk, The individual, also known as the Indemnitor, will be responsible as well. That person will be required to sign an Indemnity Agreement that will make that person responsible for the face value of the bond, if the bond is forfeited if the defendant fails to appear in court and the Judge forfeits the bond. If collateral is taken to further secure the bond, you might be at risk of losing the collateral if you are unable to pay the forfeiture.
Mistake #4: Misunderstanding the Bail Conditions
A strong understanding of bail conditions will help you decide whether or not you want to post a bond for your loved one. Defendants are required to attend their court appearances. Sometimes, The Judge will order the defendant to report to the Pre-Trial Release Program (PTR) at the Bay County Courthouse as well as be given a monetary bond to post. It is important that the defendant report to the Pre-Trial Release Program (PTR) immediately upon their release to ensure compliance with the court. Failing to comply with these orders could result in a warrant issued for your arrest due to violating the conditions of release.
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