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If you’re looking for information about bail bonds, bounty hunters, how to post bail, how bail is determined, what a bail hearing is, what a skip trace is, what a bail agent does, or anything related to bail bonds, you can find it here in our expert tips.

What if a loved one is jailed in Orlando and family members who want to help live in Tallahassee? Florida law makes it possible for a family member or friend to arrange for a transfer bond. These bonds cost at least $50 to $100 more than normal bonds and can be used for other locations...

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Like many states, Delaware has laws on the books regulating bail recovery agents, better known as bounty hunters. All bounty hunters must be licensed with the Department of Public Safety, at a cost not to exceed $500. In order to qualify to work as a bounty hunter, Delaware law requires that a prospective applicant be...

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In Connecticut, as in many other states, there are two different ways for a person who has been arrested to be released from jail without paying bail. One is a signed promise to appear in court whenever required, though no bail is set or required. It is called release on recognizance, or ROR. However, for...

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How is bail set in Colorado? The overriding concept, according to state laws, is that “the amount of bail shall not be oppressive.” In deciding whether the defendant should be released on personal recognizance or on secured bail, courts are instructed to consider the character and reputation of the defendant, as well as the scope...

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What is “suspicious bail?” Under California law, if the authorities believe that bail was obtained “by means of an unlawful act, transaction or occurrence constituting a felony” the bail can be refused and the defendant may be held instead without bail. The idea behind bail is to ensure?that the defendant shows up for all court...

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When a defendant is allowed to leave jail?on his or her “own recognizance,” the release is a way to get out of jail before trial without posting bail. Under Arkansas law, there are a number of conditions that a judicial officer can impose on a defendant, if the court believes they are necessary. These include...

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Controversies have erupted during the past decade in some states over the regulation of bail recovery agents, better known as bounty hunters. In Arizona, state lawmakers have a licensing process in place for any bail bond agent and only a licensed bail bond company can hire someone to act as a bail recovery agent. Under...

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Alaska has an unusual feature in the bail bond process called the Third Party Custodian. A judge can release a defendant to a custodian – often a family member or friend – often without requiring any bail security. The idea is that someone who knows the defendant well will ensure that he or she follows...

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Under Alabama law, anyone 18 or older can co-sign a bail agreement on behalf of a person who has been arrested. However, that’s a signature that shouldn’t be given without considerable thought.? If the defendant doesn’t show up for all scheduled court appearances – or doesn’t follow conditions that can be imposed by the court...

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Bail forfeiture is a serious offense. In essence, it means that the defendant has failed to appear for trial, as ordered by the courts. If this occurs, a judge issues a bench warrant and determines a forfeiture date, typically at the forfeiture hearing. At this time, the defendant officially becomes a fugitive. It becomes the...

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