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The Costs of Jumping Bail

The Costs of Jumping Bail

     If you have ever been to jail, you should know the term bail. Making bail through a bail bondsman is one way to get released from jail until your court process is completed. When a judge sets bail there are many factors the judge reviews to set that amount. Factors including the nature of the charges, prior convictions, prior appearance rates, stability inside the community, and the flight risk. It is the responsibility of the bail bondsman to ensure the defendant appears at all of the court dates after bail is posted.      When using a bail bond agent it will require some sort of collateral or co-signer to additionally take on the responsibility of the defendant showing up at court. The requirements are based off of the bail bond amount meaning a $500 bond will not require as much as a $100,000 bond.      When our bail bond service gets notice that a defendant fails to appear in court, our first step is to reach out to the co-signer to go over why the defendant missed court. Many times there was a mix up in court dates in which our bail bond service will provide a consent of surety for the defendant to reinstate the bail bond. If the court refuses to accept this consent of surety, we have other options including walk through bonds. We can only do true walk through bonds for Denver and Adams County warrants. Stress Cost of Jumping Bail:      If a defendant fails to appear in court, the bail bond agent could hire investigators (bounty hunters) to find the defendant. Other task forces could be searching including the marshals, local police, and depending on your charges, federal officers. Everyone the defendant has ever been associated with could be contacted about these charges about the location of the defendant. The DMV could suspend your license until the warrants are cleared, and your life could become very stressful. Legal costs of jumping bail:      Many times when a defendant fails to appear in court, the court can tack on additional charges which would mean more consequences for the defendant. There will be a warrant issued for the defendants arrest and warrants do not disappear, defendants will have to face the charges eventually. Plea deals that were once available to the defendant could disappear and it could mean a longer sentence. Financial Costs of jumping bail:      The co-signer who signed for the defendant to go to all court appearances could be out the entire bail bond amount if the defendant is not brought back into court or custody within a certain time frame. Including that bail bond amount, the co-signer could also be liable to pay for investigation fees,...

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What To Do If You Have A Warrant

What To Do If You Have A Warrant

Having a warrant can make your life difficult. Looking over your shoulder everywhere you go trying to figure out if that moment is going to be the time your going to go to jail can be very stressful. At Mac’s Bail Bonds 25% of the clients we help are defendants calling us with warrants out for their arrest. Clearing a warrant is a fairly simple process which can be done within a matter of hours. Here are the list of steps we take when clearing a warrant: Step 1, The Information: When our bail bond service gets a call about a defendant that has a potential warrant, our first step is verifying that the warrant is active and figuring out the court location, charges, and bail bond amount. This is the most crucial step when clearing a warrant because it is important to know exactly what your bail bond amount is before you turn your self in. Step 2, Getting Prepared: After knowing what the charges, court location, and bail bond amounts are we can now proceed with setting up the bail bonds. This process is the same as setting up a normal bond including needing a qualified co-signer and or collateral as well as going over the premium fees associated with the bond. Step 3, Locations: There are only two places in Colorado to be able to do true walk through bail bonds to clear warrants. This is Denver and Adams County. You can only clear Denver warrants at Denver and you can only clear Adams County warrants at Adams. If your warrant is not through one of these court locations don’t worry. We can still clear your warrant fairly quickly without you having to get arrested. The next best option is Glendale Police Department. Glendale Police Department can clear your warrant in less than 30 minutes, but the department will only do these on an on call basis meaning our bail bond agents have to call ahead of time to see if an officer is free to clear it and at times it can be tough to get it done here due to the availability. Now the last option when clearing the warrant is the Aurora Municipal Jail. Aurora Municipal can get defendants in and out of Aurora Facility within an hour. Aurora can usually always take in defendants with warrants. The bail bond agent would meet the defendant and co-signer at Aurora to turn the defendant in, then post the bail bond after the defendant is booked in. The process at Aurora is five times faster than most of every county jail in Colorado. Step 4, Warrants Cleared: Now that your warrant has been cleared, it...

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US Bail Associations

Here is a list of the bail bond associations in the United States. I encourage every bail bond agent to get involved with their local associations. Colorado Bail Bond Association http://www.pbacolorado.com Alabama Bail Bond Association http://www.alabaa.com/ Arkansas Bail Bond Association http://www.arkansasbail.net/ California Bail Bond Association http://www.cbaa.com/ Connecticut Bail Bond Association http://www.bailct.org/ Florida Bail Bond Association http://www.fbaa.us/ Georgia Bail Bond Association http://www.gapb.org/ Idaho Bail Bond Association http://www.professionalbailassociation.weebly.com/ Indiana Bail Bond Association http://www.isbaa.org/ Iowa Bail Bond Association http://www.iowabailbondassociation.org/ Jacksonville Bail Bond Association http://www.jacksonvillebailagents.com/ Kansas Bail Bond Association http://www.kansasbailagentsassociation.com/ Michigan Bail Bond Association http://www.mpbaa.com/ Minnesota Bail Bond Association http://www.mnpbba.com/ Mississippi Bail Bond Association http://www.mnpbba.com/ New Jersey Bail Bond Association http://newjerseybailassociation.com/ North Carolina Bail Bond Association http://www.ncbaa.com/ Ohio Bail Bond Association http://www.obaa.org/ Ohio Bail Bond Association http://www.osbba.com/ Oklahoma Bail Bond Association http://www.okbondsman.com/ Orange County Bail Bond Association http://www.ocbaa.org/ San Diego County Bail Bond Association http://www.sdbailassn.com/ South Carolina Bail Bond Association http://www.scbaa.org/ Tennessee Bail Bond Association http://tapba.org/ Texas Bail Bond Association http://www.pbtx.com/ Virgina Bail Bond Association http://www.vbaa.org/ United States Bail Bond Association http://www.pbus.com...

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Why Pre-Trial Release Is Bad For Colorado

Why Pre-Trial Release Is Bad For Colorado

Here are some of the reasons why Pretrial Services is not the best option when dealing with the court systems in Colorado. Don’t get me wrong, extra reporting and having defendants go through Pretrial Services helps out in certain circumstances, but not always. Below are some reasons why Pretrial Services is not the best options for Bail Bonds in Colorado or in the best interest for the state, society, and the defendants. I am also going to point out some of the arguments Pretrial Services has brought up to defend themselves and show you why they are false. Pretrial Service’s arguments about why they think there system is the best: • Pretrial Services think that it would decrease jail populations in Colorado by making it easier to get released • They also feel that it would be easier for lower income families in Colorado to get out of jail. (Read Below And It Will Explain Why This Is Wrong) The reasons why Pretrial Services is not a good option for bail bonds in Colorado. • Pretrial Services charges fees and money for their monitoring, if the defendant can’t pay, there not released, this goes against making it easier for low income families to get out and watch out it could potentially increase Colorado jail populations. • Many defendants will be forced to choose between maintaining employment or maintaining their bond conditions by needing additional time off not only for court, but for meeting monitoring requirements which typically are unavailable after “Close of Business.” • We go back to the cost for the low income families needing additional funds to pay for failing to meet monitoring requirements • Another cost increase will be from the increase in Failure to Appears. With the increase in Personal Recognizance releases having no financial or other investment at risk in returning to court, it is human nature that more people will not return. Even if it is a Co-Signed Personal Recognizance bond, both the Co-Signer and the defendant still have nothing at risk. • If a low income individual is unable to bond it is either because the bond set is high due to a Judge seeing there is a high flight risk or a danger to the public. o Further they probably have no family and poor ties to the community, again showing a high likelihood of absconding. • Staffing requirements for Risk Assessment and Case Managers are unobtainable costs for rural counties. • A Defendants incarceration on simple misdemeanors could be actually longer due to unavailability of Pre-Trial services personnel. Arrested on Friday night, Risk Assessment not available until Monday morning. This bill would limit the use of Bond Schedules. • Bond...

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Why Are We The Top Denver Bail Bonds Service

Why Are We The Top Denver Bail Bonds Service

For years now, society has perceived bail bond agents as thuggish looking crooks who scam innocent people out of there money, and this perception is derived from the Hollywood films that use bail bond agents as an occupation of the stars. You will soon realize why we are the top Denver bail bonds service and why our bail bond agents are the most professional, honest, and ethical agents in town.   We are here for defendants: +++ When we tell clients we will be there for them throughout the entire court process, we mean it. Now we can not provide legal advice, but we can provide court date information to defendants and co-signers, what the upcoming hearing is going to be (i.e. Pretrial Conference, Probation Hearing,…), consent of sureties if needed to continue the case until sentencing, reinstating the Denver bail bonds, or consenting to allow the defendant to travel while on bond. Our Denver bail bonds service also knows many specialized criminal defense attorney’s that can assist you throughout the court process and we can not refer a particular one, but we will give you the contact information to many of those attorney’s along with the information to the public defenders office. Our goal is to set our clients up to succeeded and complete the entire court process.   Our Denver bail bonds service explains everything: +++ Starting out in the bail bond industry, I would see many bail bond services and agents around town. While observing these bail bonding services I saw one piece missing while they were completing their paperwork and posting the bonds, this was the fact that they did not explain the contracts in depth to the client. Not disclosing all of the information to the client is wrong, deceptive, and could result in big losses for the bail bond service and the co-signer. At our Denver bail bonds service we make it a priority to go through every single line of the contract. This protects the client and it also reassures to the bail bondsman that the co-signer knows the responsibilities of this bail bond. It is a win-win situation for everyone involved and only takes around five minutes to do.   Open all day every day: +++ Many services claim to be open 24 hours a day, but time and time again I hear complaints from clients about how our bail bond service was the only one to answer the phone in the early morning hours. From a business perspective, advertising one thing and doing another is unethical and should not be occurring. We are a true 24 hour bail bond service and when you call for our Denver bail bonds service...

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Marketing Mistakes, Information and Tips For Your Bail Bond Service

Marketing Mistakes, Information and Tips For Your Bail Bond Service

Here is a list of the top mistakes I see bail bond agents do that can ruin their business and also helpful information that can potentially lead to a successful bail bond service in your local markets. Marketing has evolved inside the bail bond industry and here is some helpful information for you. 1) Marketing and what you should and should not do: Before you start, create a plan of action. It does not matter if its an office next to the jail, website marketing and SEO, word of mouth with business cards, networking, and so on. This will help you when your feeling stuck and your phones are not ringing. Stick to your plan and make it work. Like any business this is going to be a full time job. As a bail bond agent if your not available 24 hours or when your phone rings, that is potential clients that just slipped through your fingers. 2) Office Located By the Jail: This is an effective strategy to gain walk in customers quick. Have a big light up sign ready to be put up when your opening the doors. The only downside to this strategy is the cost. Offices next to high traffic places can be pricey and you need to make sure that you have enough flow to afford this part of it. I have seen bail bonding companies close the doors within a year and a half because there expenses were to high and the volume of bail bonds were not there. Get the right price, and if it was not meant to be, don’t force it. 3) Website Marketing and SEO for Bail Bonds: In my opinion this is the best and most effective way to gain customers. Just like any other marketing idea, it can go south very fast so you want to make sure you know exactly what you want and the budget you can afford. I am going to talk most about this because this is my focus.   Keywords: Regardless of whether or not you use a website service, you will want to make sure that you have your target audience in place before you start. If you do not have the keywords you want to use before you begin your website adventure, it could cost you a lot of time, money, and stress (I did learn the hard way). What I mean by keywords is simple, what jails do you want to target? Do you want to take on the majority of bail bond agents in the state and go for Denver or are you wanting to target the surrounding jails such as Arapahoe, Aurora, Douglas, Jefferson, Adams, Gilpin.. (For...

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