The Federal Bail Bond System

The Federal Bail Bond System

The Federal court criminal justice system can be confusing to navigate on your own and not many people know the details of it or how to explain what it is. The federal bail bond system is not a straight forward and simple as the state court system, a loved one cannot be released right away with just the help of any local bail bonds agent. There are a few ways to go about receiving bail in federal court but take up to a few days or even weeks to submit. Ultimately the decision on who receives bail will always be made up by the Judge or Magistrate in charge of the case. Contact us right away if you need help navigating this complex process.

How To Receive Bail From the Federal Court System?

An Appearance Bond would be the easiest way to receive bail in the federal court system. In short, it is having a friend or family member sign a form that will personally guarantee the court bail money in case the defendant skips court or fails to comply with the conditions of their release.

The Judge or Magistrate for the case will determine the bail amount for each individual defendant and who may qualify to become a surety on a bond. The surety on a bond will have to be financially stable. They will have to be currently employed and have proof of a steady income. Corporate Surety Bonds and Federal bail bonds are similar to a state bail bond in that regard because its an insurance purchased and submitted to the court as a financial guarantee that the defendant will be present at all times requested by the court. The difference is that in federal court the surety bond guarantees not only the appearances in court but also any conditions that are placed on the bail or “performance”.

What Would the Restrictions Be?

Some of the terms that could come with it could include drug testing, travel restrictions, pretrial monitoring, and other conditions. Your bond may be forfeited right away if the court is informed of a violation and will demand that the bail bond company pay the amount in full. With this heightened risk comes a higher cost than the normal state bail, as well as collateral added in order to guarantee the bond. Appearance Bonds use real estate to guarantee the bond. The judge or magistrate will determine which property can be used and the amount of bail needed.

What Qualifies as Collateral?

The property that is put up as collateral must match the bail amount in equity. Equity is determined by subtracting any outstanding liens or money owed against property from the current market value. A quick example would be; a home valued at $350,000 which has a mortgage balance of $200,000 has equity of $150,000. Courts are very particular about how these bonds may be prepared. You will need to have your appraisal, title reports, and other documentation asked for. We highly recommend turning to us for help with these type of bonds as they could prove to become a major headache when you have little experience with them.

Contact Us Today

Our bail bondsmen are trained and ready to help streamline this process for you. Contact the Bail Bonds Doctor today and get out as soon as possible. If you would like to learn more about how this process works or wish to schedule an appointment to begin your process today, give our highly-rated company a call today at (612) 332-3030.

Can You Bail Someone Out from Another State?

Can You Bail Someone Out from Another State?

Loved ones or friends living in another state is already stressful enough. You may feel like it would be hard for you to be there for them if they need something or if something goes wrong and this is especially true if your friend or loved one ends up in jail. Figuring out how to bail them out long distance can be difficult and most of the time you are better off enlisting the help of a professional. That’s where our team of professional bail bondsmen here at Bail Bonds Doctor comes in.

How Bail Bonds Help You

It’s rare that someone has enough cash on hand to bail themselves out without additional help. With a bail bond you’re loved one can be bailed out with a minor fee for our services so you don’t have to come up with all the money on your own. An arrested person can’t secure bail on their own though because they need someone to guarantee the bail bond.

A guarantor must provide some form of collateral and the collateral can be seized if the person being bailed out tries to flee. This means that the guarantor must be willing to take on potential debt and make sure that the arrested party attends all of their court dates and doesn’t try to flee.

How to Bail Someone Out from a Different State

There are two main you might encounter when dealing with out of state bonds. The first is that laws and regulations vary depending on the state and even the county where your loved one is being held.

The second is that it may be difficult to find the information you will need to know about the defendant before bail can be posted for them including:

  • Date of Birth
  • Arresting Charge
  • What jail they are held in
  • The arresting agency
  • Booking number and the bail amount

Once you have all the information needed, the problem is figuring how to get the bail money and the required paperwork to the jail. This process is very hard to complete long distance, though.

Why You Should Call a Bail Bondsman

A bail bondsman can make this process so much easier by ensuring that all necessary paperwork is filed and that the jail get’s the bail money as quickly as possible so that your loved one can get out fast. A bail bondsman will also be very knowledgeable on the local laws and be able to tell you every single step you’ll need to get your loved one out.

Extra Steps When you are Bailing Someone Out from a Different State

If you are bailing someone out from a different state you will need to sign documents electronically that confirm your identity and obligate you to pay the full bail amount if the arrested party tries to flee after they are released. When bailing someone out make sure that you send the money in as quickly as possible as the bondsman will need to collect their fee before they can pay the bond.

Call Us and We’ll Get Your Loved One Out

Having a loved one arrested is stressful enough and when they’re in a different state the stress is even worse. When you need a team that can get your loved one out as quickly as possible call our professional bail bondsmen here at Bail Bonds Doctor. We’ll walk you through every step of the process and get your loved one out before you know it.

Blog Post | What To Do While Out On Bail

What To Do While Out On Bail

After being released on bail many people are left wondering what they should do until their case is resolved. Well the Bail Bonds Doctor has got you covered. Our highly-rated team of bail bondsmen have decided to put together an article to help you better navigate what to do upon your release on bail. The first and most important thing to do is make sure that you make all of your scheduled court appearances until the case is ultimately decided by a plea, jury trial, or dismissal. If you are convicted you must also appear in court for the sentencing.

While released from jail on bail, keep close contact with your bail bondsman. Notify your bail bondsman within 24-hours of any changes to your residence, phone number or employment. This is crucial in the event that we need to contact you about any changes to your next court date or other matters regarding your case.

You may be asked to come in and check in with our office while out on bail. Be sure to check in as directed and if you forget or cannot check in as scheduled, give our office a call as soon as you realize you missed a check in.

If you are unsure about when your next court date is, call our office right away. Always call us if you don’t know your next court date. A bail bondsman at our office can check in with the court and get back to you on when you need to show up for court.

If you do miss a court appearance for any reason, give us right away so that we have a chance to inform the court of the mistake and get you back on the calendar before there are warrants issued out for your arrest.

If you end up getting arrested for another offense or in another county, be sure to call us immediately to ensure that an arrest warrant does not get issued for you in your pending case.

Things You Should Do

  • Stay Clean & Sober: If you are in need of help find a locally scheduled Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcodics Anoynomous (NA) meeting. We can help point you in the right direction if you are unsure where to begin.
  • Practice ‘Self Protection’: While you are released on bail be sure to obey the laws and avoid putting yourself in situations that could bring you attention from law enforcement.
  • Keep Full-Time Employment: Judges take jobs into consideration and going to school is also a plus if you are enrolled.
  • Avoid People Who Could Get You Into Trouble: If you were arrested because you were hanging out with the wrong crowd, avoid those people. You don’t want to get caught up in something new that they may be doing while you are out on bail.
  • Seek Help: If you are charged with a crime that involves violence, consider enrolling in an ‘anger managment’ class, on your own. The judge will notice that you are taking steps to better yourself.
  • Be Honest With Your Attorney: Work with them every possible way that you can. After all you are both on the same team and need to work together for the best possible outcome.
  • Stay In Touch With Those Who Co-Signed Your Bail Bond: Those who cosigned your bail bond played a huge part in your release from jail. Stay in contact with them regularly and seek them out for emotional support as these are the people who care about you the most.
  • Contact The Bail Bonds Doctor

    The Bail Bonds Doctor can get you a qualified bail bondman who will help you get out of jail to await your trial. We eliminate the hassle when getting bail bonds and produce quick results to alleviate your stress. We require very little information to get started and provide numerous ways to contact us day or night. When you’re searching for a bail bonds company to help get your loved one out of jail, contact us for quick, immediate and reliable service at (612) 332-3030.

How Long After Posting Bail is the Defendant Released?

How Long After Posting Bail is the Defendant Released?

In the unfortunate case that you need our highly-rated services, you may have some questions. Including, how long after posting bail is a defendant released? Being locked up can produce huge amounts of stress and get out as soon as possible quickly becomes a priority. Fortunately, the Bail Bonds Doctor can help you find out all that you need in order to prepare for your eventual release and what to expect after posting bail.

What is the Booking Process Like?

The wait time for a release can depend on a few circumstances including, the number of people who are waiting ahead of a defendant and whether or not a bond has been set and if not you will have to wait until the magistrate sets a bond. A booking process could include answering some basic questions such as your full name, address, date of birth and mental or medical history. After getting that basic information you will be fingerprinted and then have your mugshot taken. You will then be allowed to use the phone to make a call to a friend or family member as well as a bail bondsman like us if needed.

Release Timeline

The moment that your bond is set you can start to make arrangements to pay your bail or be released on your own recognizance if allowed by a judge or magistrate. After your arrangements have been made you may be discharged from jail and are then given a court date. The actual discharge process could be as quick as 30 minutes or take as long as 24 hours. It can be frustrating not knowing how soon you will be released as it is unpredictable but the faster you make your bond payment the faster you will be released.

Contact The Bail Bonds Doctor

The Bail Bonds Doctor can get you a qualified bail bondman who will help you get out of jail to await your trial. We eliminate the hassle when getting bail bonds and produce quick results to alleviate your stress. We require very little information to get started and provide numerous ways to contact us day or night. When you’re searching for a bail bonds company to help get your loved one out of jail, contact us for quick, immediate and reliable service at (612) 332-3030.

New Restrictions For Minnesota Bail Bonds

New Restrictions For Minnesota Bail Bonds

New RestrictionsBail companies in Minnesota have had a problem with underhanded, dishonest and amoral business practices in the last few years. These kinds of behaviors have prompted the Minnesota Commerce Department to issue new restrictions and regulations regarding the business practices of bail bonds providers in the area. Here at The Bail Bonds Doctor, we pride ourselves in living up to the standards set, and we are always standing by to provide you with the bonds assistance you deserve and desire.

A List Of The New Restrictions And Regulations

Bail bond providers in the state of Minnesota must now file rates for bonds and follow documenting procedures designed to prevent kickback schemes and other dishonest business practices. Bail companies are also required to undrego an annual audit to ensure that they are working under the letter of the law. These new regulations also include a list of prohibited actions such as:

  1. Providing commission and finder’s fees to unlicensed agents
  2. Soliciting business on court property
  3. Paying someone or providing a a person with something of value in exchange for hiring a bail company for services
  4. Paying a judge or other official to send business to the bail company in question
  5. Paying commission or providing kickbacks to inmates who send business to the bail company

Contact Us Today

Our professional bondsmen here at The Bail Bonds Doctor are always committed to fair and honest bail bonds business practices. Because of our stellar customer service, and friendly staff, we have been the go-to bail bonds company in the area for years. We come highly recommended by our clients and we guarantee that we will live up to these new standards and rules regarding fair and ethical business practices. So if you need help with bail of any kind, then please do not hesitate to give us and our bondsmen a call or to fill out the form on right side of the page.

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Engaging a Bail Bonds Company

Engaging A Bail Bonds Company

October 30, 2015

Community Chest: Get Out Of Jail Free Card

So you or your loved one find yourself in need of a bail bonds company, where do you start?

– Jail is never a good option and thats why bail bond companies exist, their job is to get you out of custody fast.. Typically you will have access to a phone within hours of the arrest, you can either call the bondsman directly or you can contact a loved one to do it on your behalf.

– Most people in the bail industry are available 24 hours a day if the are reptutable … we know arrests happen all hours of the day. Once you get a hold of a bondsman, there will be a systematic process that needs to be followed in order to get you released. Many times a loved one is necessary to help make financial arrangements to secure the bail bond. There are many ways to collateralize a bond as well, your bail bond company should have a complete list.

– In Minnesota, bail bond companies are easy to find. If you’re in Minneapolis, Google “bail bonds Minneapolis”. if you’re in Saint Paul, Google “bail bonds Saint Paul” and so on. Whatever city the arrest took place, seraching the Internet with the city or county will get you a list of companies that can help you.

– Some bail bond companies even allow you to file the paperwork and handle the payment over the Internet. This may allow you to avoid having to go down to the jail house in the middle of the night to sign a bunch of paperwork and to meet with the bail bondsman.

– The bail bondsman will generally let you know how long you should expect to wait and what you should have when you call so that they can process the bail and get the person out of jail as quickly as possible. Remember that the bail bond company is there to help you, so if you have questions, contact them so that you avoid any mishaps or delays.

Bail Bonds – Not for Europe?

Bail Bonds – Not for Europe?

June 21, 2015 | Dianna O’Brien

London

Just one more reason to love the US of A — we have bail bonds!

It was a fascinating topic to the Europeans I met recently while in London. They were confused – intruiged – and amazed! It’s strange to think there’s no similar option for those caught up in a bad situation “across the pond”.

Bail Bonds Doctor Scott County Office Now Open!

Bail Bonds Doctor Scott County Office Now Open!

January 5, 2015 | Dianna O’Brien

Scott County Office

Bail Bonds Doctor is proud to present our newest office in Shakopee MN to service Scott County Jail and Carver County Jail. Mike Neill will be manning the office to help clients in need of bail bonds in the southwest metro. The address is 100 S. Fuller St., Suite 120, Shakopee MN 55379. The office is extremely convenient for clients – located on the same street as the jail and government center. Stop by and say hello!