WHAT IS BAIL BONDS?
Bail bond essentially acts as an insurance policy whereby the bail bond company guarantees to the court that the person obtaining the bail bond will make all of their required appearances. If the individual appears in court as ordered, then the bail bond is never in jeopardy. However, if the individual fails to appear, the bail bond company is notified of this by the court. At that time, the bail bond company must surrender that individual back into custody. If the bail bond company fails to surrender that person back into custody, then they are forced to pay the entire amount of the bail bond to the court.
WHAT IS A BAIL BONDSMAN?
A bail bondsman or bail bond agent is any person or corporation that will act as a surety and pledge money or property as bail for the appearance of persons accused in court.
WHAT SHOULD BE DONE IF AN INDIVIDUAL MISSES A COURT APPEARANCE?
If an individual misses court for any reason, you must contact DDD Dallas Bail Bonds immediately. We have valuable information which, most of the time, will allow you to get your bail bond reinstated. It is our objective to keep you out of jail and on bail throughout your entire court proceedings.
HOW LONG BEFORE SOMEONE CAN BE BAILED OUT OF JAIL?
When a person if arrested they are typically taken to a police station where they are fingerprinted & photographed as part of the arrest process. Bail can then be arranged once booking process is complete.
WHAT IS THE CO-SIGNER RESPONSIBLE FOR?
A co-signer is a bail bond indemnitor and is fully responsible that the defendant show up to their set court date.
CAN A PERSON SECURE THEIR OWN BAIL AT DDD DALLAS BAIL BONDS?
Yes, DDD Dallas Bail Bonds allows clients the opportunity to ‘self bail’ however stricter prerequisites regarding collateral, occupation and ties to the community typically must be met.
WHAT IS A FELONY?
A crime, typically one involving violence, regarded as more serious than a misdemeanor, and usually punishable by imprisonment for more than one year. Also, the imprisonment will be served in a prison facility rather than a county or local jail establishment. Criminal fines may also be imposed for felony charges, often in the amounts of thousands of dollars.
WHAT IS A MISDEMEANOR?
A misdemeanor is a less serious criminal offense for which you can be fined $4,000 or less and be sentenced to county jail for up to one year. You do not lose any civil rights for a misdemeanor conviction. Misdemeanors include simple assault, theft and DWI, first or second offense.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO YOUR OFFICE WHEN I COME IN TO PURCHASE BAIL BONDS?
- Valid state or military issued ID, or valid passport.
- Most recent pay stubs – if you have direct deposit you can bring in evidence of your pay deposits. Call us if you have questions.
- Proof of residency.
- Funds or approved collateral to cover the cost or down payment of your Bail Bonds.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office – we will provide you with any information you need.
HOW DALLAS BAIL BONDS AMOUNTS ARE SET?
Dallas Bail Bonds Amounts are set by Judges/Magistrates. The Dallas County Judge has the option to use a standard bail schedule that specifies the bail bonds amounts for the most common crimes, or the Judge can make the determination of bail amount on a case-by-case basis. If bail is set, the defendant has the option to post the full bail bond amount or use a Surety (Dallas Bail Bonds agent) to post the bail bond.
HOW DO I GET A BAIL BOND?
There are four ways in which a person may be released from custody.
- You can use a bondsman.
- You can post cash for the full amount of the bond with the court or jail.
- You can use real property (such as a home or a lot) with the court.
- And lastly the judge can decide to let the defendant go on their own recognizance.
DO I GET MY MONEY BACK AFTER THE CASE IS OVER?
There are a few exceptions to this but you do not get your premium back that you paid to the bonding office. This fee is what allowed the defendant to get out of jail and is fully earned once the defendant is out of custody. For example if the defendant gets rearrested a week later you get no portion nor a refund of any money. If the bondsman fails to live up to his end of the contract then and only then you may be entitled to a refund of some kind.
WHAT IF I THINK THE DEFENDANT IS NOT GOING TO SHOW UP FOR COURT AFTER I HAVE POSTED THE BOND?
There are remedies that can be done here as well, contact the bondsmen as soon as possible so that they can discuss your option in full detail with you. You can read more about what to do when a person fails to show up for their court appearance.
WHAT DO BONDSMEN ACCEPT AS COLLATERAL?
Each bonding office will have their own standards but for the most part you can expect them to accept various forms of bail collateral. Some example of collateral include:
- Real estate
- Credit cards
- Personal credit
- Bank accounts