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Steele Boys’ Bail Bonds

1003 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Panama City, FL 32401

Phone: 850-303-2256

We accept Visa. We accept MasterCard. We accept Discover.

HOW DO BAIL BONDS WORK?

A bail bond is known formally as a "Surety Bond". Normally, a defendant, relative, friend, or attorney will contact a bail bonding company by telephone. During the phone consultation, we will collect basic information about your situation, what the charges are, length of time at your current residence, your employment, etc. During this time, we are assessing the risk involved in your bail bond.

If the client chooses to purchase a bail bond from us, the client will need to sign bail bond documents including a Bail Bond Application, a Bail Indemnity Agreement, and a receipt.

We can process bail by fax in just a few minutes.

After the paperwork is completed, a licensed agent will “post” the bail bond at the appropriate local detention facility or jail which will result in the release of the defendant. From beginning to end, a competent bail bond company will complete the entire bail bond process in a couple of hours, although cannot start the bail bond process until all the arrest and booking procedures have been complete.

For this service, the customer is charged a fee (usually 10% of the full bail amount, which is mandated by state law). Be skeptical of bail bonding agents offering discounted bail bonds for 5% or less. Bail bond cost is set by Florida law, and bail agents who charge less are in violation of the law or may simply be using a "bait & switch" tactic to get your business.

By involving family, friends, and collateral, the bail bond company can be reasonably assured that a person released on bond will appear in court on their appointed court date. Since the bail bonds companies money is at risk, the bonding company has a financial incentive in supervising bailees, ensuring that defendants appear for all hearing and, if necessary, a trial. If a defendant "skips or jumps bail", the bail agent is allowed time to find the defendant and bring them in.

With this in mind, always understand your responsibility before you agree to sign on someone else's behalf. If the person fails to appear, the bail bond company will expect you to know where the defendant can be found and assist in his return to court.

ARREST AND BOOKING

When an individual is arrested, he will normally be taken to a local law enforcement detention center for booking. For many charges, a bail amount may already be set, otherwise, you can expect your bail to be set at your first appearance hearing. After they have been booked, the defendant has several options for release.

The booking process usually consists of fingerprinting, a background check, check for outstanding warrants and getting entered into the computer system. The arrestee will be searched for weapons and other contraband, and their personal belongings will be cataloged and retained by the jailer. During their time in jail the detainee will not have access to money, credit cards, cell phones, medications or other personal property.

After fingerprints are taken, the arrestee is held in a cell. The cell may or may not have a payphone for use. Some jails allow for phone calls before the person is brought to the cell, others will give phone access when it is convenient for the officers.

There is a lot of work involved on the part of the jail to get an individual "processed in". After the jailer has done this work, the computer system needs to be updated. The entire process can take quite a bit of time. Some jails, especially smaller jails, do this quickly and efficiently and are complete with "processing in" in an hour or less. Other jails take several hours to accomplish this. The busy-ness of the jail is also a large factor in determining the time required to process an arrestee.

OPTIONS FOR RELEASE

Here are options for release:

Bail Bond (formally a Surety Bond): Bail bonds are explained in detail above.

Own Recognizance (also known as "O.R.") - Defendants can be released on their Own Recognizance, also known as "OR". This is usually reserved for lesser crimes. Only a judge can decide to release a detainee on OR. In such a case, the defendant is released with a written promise to appear in court.

Cash Bail - To be released on cash bail, an individual must post the full amount of the bail with the court in the form of cash or cashier’s check. In order to post cash bail, an individual should check with the clerk to verify forms of payment accepted in an individual jurisdiction as different courts may have other options or restrictions. The source of funds for large bail generally must be verified to ensure that funds come from legal sources.

After the case has been resolved, the entire amount is refunded. Cash bail is a good option for people with a low dollar bail amount or who can afford to have large sums of money tied up for an extensive period of time.

RELEASE PROCESS

The jail release process is almost like the booking process, only in reverse. Unfortunately for the family who is waiting and the detainee, it is not like checking out of a hotel where you simply leave when you are ready and the bill has been paid.

Regardless of the release type, the computer system must be updated, the personal property returned and paperwork issued explaining the charges, where and when to appear.

In a small jail this process may take a few minutes, but hours in a crowded or busy jail. The timing normally cannot be accurately determined and certainly cannot be guaranteed. Should you use Steele Boys Bail Bonds, we can assist with our experience regarding timing of release from jail.

Please call Steele Boys' Bail Bonds at 850-303-2256 to talk with a licensed agent about how bail bonds work or the bail bond process.

 

 


Established: 2002
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Steele Boys’ Bail Bonds
1003 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Panama City, FL 32401
850-303-2256

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