Computer Coding

New Proposal to Replace Bail

May 7th, 2017 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

When getting arrested, the first thing a person will usually think about is how to get out as quickly as possible.

Law Books

Why Do Bail Laws Change?

February 17th, 2016 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

The constitution makes provisions for bail bonds under the Eighth Amendment. It states that excessive bail is not allowed in areas where bail is permitted. Also, the Sixth Amendment allows a defendant who is being charged with a crime the right to know what they are being charged with, and then they can ask for bail if the charge falls under the category as a bailable offense. It's true that each state has jurisdiction over their own bail laws, but they also have to comply with the federal regulations too.

Bail bonds

Bail Reform: Why the Discussion?

July 25th, 2014 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

Being put in jail is never something a person expects, but it does occur. When this happens, the individual is most likely eligible for bail, which will release them. However, most people don’t know that there are a few different ways to go about paying for their bail. Of course, it also largely depends on the total amount that is set forth by the judge. The individual can pay the bail in full, which can be a stretch if it is a considerable amount. Another option is to use a bail bond agency in which they can pay a small percentage. There are other financial implications related to bail about which people should know.

Cash Bail Bonds

November 21st, 2011 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

The bail bond experience can be a confusing and frustrating process for many individuals. Here at All-Pro Bail Bonds, we work hard to make this procedure as simple and pain-free as possible. Many find cash-only bail bonds particularly confusing. Here are some frequently asked questions: Q: Why are cash bonds enforced? A: Cash bonds are set by the court for a variety of reasons, oftentimes the judge requires a cash bond due to failure to pay a fine on a prior case, arrest on an out-of-jurisdictional warrant, and failure to appear before the court on a scheduled appearance. The court may require a cash-only bond in an attempt to secure a cash fine or ensure the appearance of a defendant. If the defendant or his family posts the bond, the court may opt to retain the cash as payment toward fines and court costs; for this reason, having an authorized third-party post your cash gives you a better chance of getting your money returned. Q: What is the cash bail procedure? A: Cash bonds may be posted at the Court during regular hours or at the jail, after hours. Cash bonds posted at the jail, must be paid with the exact dollar amount; the jail will not make a change. For bonds paid for at the jail, it may take as long as two weeks before the Court receives the cash. It is important that Defendant should carry their bond receipt to Court and inform the Judge that bail was posted on their behalf. Many times if the Court had not received the cash in time for the hearing they may attempt to arrest the defendant because there was no evidence of a bond being posted. Q: Can I get my money back on a Failure to Appear? A: A Failure to appear (FTA) is a charge issued by the Court when the Defendant fails to appear to a scheduled court hearing. When the Defendant Fails to Appear, the Court will schedule a Forfeiture Hearing and issue a warrant for the Defendant’s arrest. Within 45 days of Defendant’s no-show, the Court sends a summons to the Defendant and Bond Poster (Bail Bondsman), notifying them of an Order to Show Cause hearing for Bond Forfeiture. If Defendant cannot be located before the Forfeiture Hearing the bond will be forfeited. If Defendant’s non-appearance was a result of a misunderstanding or unavoidable circumstance, Defendant may be able to reschedule his/her missed hearing by contacting the Court and explaining their circumstance. If the Court is willing to reschedule, then chances are good the bond forfeiture will be canceled at the next hearing.  

Assembly Bill 1369 vetoed by Governor

October 18th, 2010 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

On September 29, 2010, Arnold Schwarzenegger officially vetoed Assembly Bill 1369. The bill proposed allowing the use of voluntary or involuntary electronic monitoring programs for inmates being held in lieu of bail for both felonies and misdemeanors. Under existing law, if a misdemeanor flees from a voluntary alternative custody program, he or she is subject to felony prosecution. Under AB 1369, if a person is charged with a felony and escapes or removes their electronic monitoring device while participating in an alternative custody program, he or she can only be prosecuted for a misdemeanor. Those favoring the bill said it would give counties facing jail-overcrowding problems the flexibility to place inmates on electronic monitoring upon their release. Based on the lack of space in the county jail system, a Federal Court has placed a mandatory cap on the number of inmates in the system. To adhere to the cap, the Sheriff's Department has reduced the percentage of time served by inmates committed to county jail. So, supporters of AB 1369 argued that electronic monitoring would allow for further monitoring of those released earlier than they typically would be based on their offense. The Governor's Office of Planning and Research argues that "As written, AB 1369 would allow counties that are forced to release inmates from their jails before those inmates' sentences are completed, because of a lack of jail space, to require felony inmates to participate in an involuntary home detention program, in lieu of confinement. Jail overcrowding is a substantial, statewide concern. However, the only sanction available under existing law for a person subject to involuntary home confinement who escapes or attempts to escape is to have the person taken into custody to serve the balance of his or her sentence. Currently, a person subject to voluntary home detention is guilty of an alternate felony/misdemeanor if he or she escapes or attempts to escape from the place of confinement." The Governor vetoed the bill because he agreed with the opposition that a person should not be subject to misdemeanor penalties for evading felony prosecution.  

Bail Bond Rates

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