How We Work
Following is an outline of what to expect when you engage our services. But first, a couple of key definitions:
What is an Arrest Warrant?
When a crime has been committed and investigated by law enforcement, a judge may issue an arrest warrant, which is a court order authorizing the arrest or detention of the person or persons suspected of the crime. The judge must first determine that there is reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed, and that the person named in the warrant was involved in the crime, before signing the arrest warrant. Once the warrant has been issued, law enforcement officials have the right to use the warrant to go to the home or workplace and detain the person named in the warrant.
What Is Bail?
Bail is the process of providing money to get an accused person, or defendant, out of jail after an arrest. It is an amount of money, determined by a judge, that is paid as a promise that the defendant will show up for his or her scheduled court date. For example, if the judge sets bail at $10,000 and the defendant pays that amount in full, he or she will be released from jail until the court date which could be weeks or months down the road. If the defendant cannot pay the full bail amount, then a Bail Bond may be a better option.
What Is a Bail Bond?
If the accused person does not have enough cash to pay the full amount of bail set by the judge, the court will accept a bail bond. A bail bond is a promise by an insurance company to pay the entire amount of the bail if the defendant does not show up for his or her court date. The insurance company, through a bail bond company, will charge a fee for posting the bond. For charges $1,000 and above a mandatory fee of 10% is required, and for charges below $1,000, there is a mandatory fee of $100. These fees are regulated by the State of Florida and all Bail Bond companies are legally required to abide by them.
Posting a bail bond is often a much more attractive option for a defendant than sitting in jail for a long period of time, awaiting a court date. Being out on bail allows the defendant to quickly return to their normal life, working and spending time with loved ones while awaiting their case to be satisfied.
Step 1 - Call Us Anytime
7 days a week, 24 hours a day – we will answer your call
Step 2 - Take a Deep Breath
Know that you’re in good hands. From this point forward, we’re in it together, with you.
Step 3 - Create a Plan with your Bondsman
Here you will be informed of all procedures and required needs in order to utilize a Bail Bondsman. We work with our clients to best tailor the process to their unique situation.
Step 4 - Bond is Posted
After meeting with your Bail Bondsman, they will go to the detaining jail and post the defendant’s bail. Depending on the facility, releasing times may vary between 4-8 hours.
Step 5 - Welcome Home! YAY!
Once the defendant has been released, they will contact their bondsman and return any required paperwork. Defendants will keep in contact with their Bail Bondsman until their case is closed.
The "Self Arrest" Option
Instead of being arrested during a traffic stop or having officers show up at your home or work, being taken to jail and booked, fingerprinted, and eventually dressed in an orange jumpsuit, the Self Arrest program allows you to turn yourself in. This option eliminates taking your property and allows you to have a friend or loved one sit with you during the process. It can save hours of time, is much less stressful, and makes the experience easier and more comfortable.