Category: Legal Facts

Infractions, Misdemeanors, and Felonies: Know the Difference

Everyone knows that misdemeanors are not as serious an offense as a felony.  While felonies do generally mean more jail time, a misdemeanor may not just be the slap on the wrist that we may expect.

What Does a Bail Bond Agent Do?

If asked what a bail bond agent does, most people will say, “They get you out of jail” but few have more than a vague answer at best.  The truth is, that while they do get you out of jail, they also have other duties.

Surprising Facts about Bail Bonds

Everyone knows about bail bonds.  They know that if they ever get arrested, a bail bond agent is who to call to get out of jail quickly and back home where they belong.   For most of us, the bail bond system is unfamiliar and something we hope we never need. 

Why We Have a Bail System

When a person is arrested and charged with a crime, they are brought to a hearing where a judge looks at the details of the case such as the manner and seriousness of the crime, and considers details about the accused like criminal history and the likelihood that they would flee.  They consult with a bail schedule (bail guidelines) and set bail.

What To Do During a Traffic Stop

Everyone who has a driver’s license will get stopped by a police officer for a traffic violation at some point.  Even the most careful driver will go a little over the speed limit or fail to come to a complete stop now and then.  For police officers, traffic stops can be dangerous and the people they stop can be unpredictable so they follow specific procedures with every stop to ensure the safety of everyone involved.  By following some simple recommendations, you can get through the traffic stop quickly and smoothly.

Bail Bonds: The Basics

If you or a loved one has never been arrested, when it happens, it can be scary and confusing, whether you’ve been arrested for a serious crime or a minor infraction. Here are some basics on what happens when you’ve been arrested and how to get out of jail.

What Should I Do If I Have a Warrant?

It happens all the time on police dramas and reality cop shows. A person is stopped for a minor traffic violation and when the officer looks up the person in the system, they inevitably have an outstanding warrant for their arrest so the officer slaps on the cuffs and hauls them in.

Which is Better: Cash Bond or Bail Bond?

If you or a loved one has been arrested, there are some decisions that will have to be made, one of which is the type of bail to pay.  You may be released on your own recognizance depending on the crime, your criminal history, community ties, and other factors that lead the court to believe that you will show up at your court dates to face the consequences of your actions.

Federal Court Bail Bonds

Bonds for federal court are Signature Bonds (unsecured bonds) usually signed by a responsible 3rd party (co-signed).  A Property Bond is also used in federal court. This is a bond that is secured by property, usually in the form of real estate.  It requires a recent appraisal of the property along with a current lot book report from a title company and notarized documents must be filed with the county recorder’s office.  

What Do You Do If You Missed Your Court Date?

Missing your scheduled court date is not like missing a scheduled dentist appointment.  Failure to appear in court is a crime that could cost you money as well as your freedom.  Fortunately, if you don’t ignore it and you take steps to fix the problem, you may be able to rectify your situation.