Typically, an arrest is an event that leads up to your need for securing release on bail. Once the police arrest and escort you to jail, you can contact your relatives or friends and inform them of your current situation. In most cases, your relatives are the ones that will call a Winchester bail bondsman because, while in custody, the police will allow you to make only one phone call before your bail hearing. If you can contact a bondsman, you should always give the jail location where you are. The information you provide allows the bondsman to prepare your prompt release. At Express Bail Bonds, we are ready to help.
How Winchester Bail Bonds Process Works
You will appear in court for a bail hearing within 24 hours of arrest. The judge will examine several factors to ascertain whether you qualify for bail. The main details the judge will consider are the following:
- Checking if you are a danger to society, notably if you were arrested for serious crimes like kidnapping. You will not have the option of release on bail if your crime is charged as a capital offense.
- Checking if you are a flight risk — if you are a flight risk, the judge will not set bail for you. However, the judge could delay making the final judgment until he/she receives your passport and other documents to prevent you from fleeing the area after release. After obtaining your relevant documents, the judge will set the amount of bail for your freedom.
Your Winchester bail bondsman will post bail to guarantee that you will appear for a court trial. If you comply with all the requirements and attend all the hearings, the amount paid will be refunded to you after your trial process. When you seek a bail bond service, you will pay a bond premium for the service the bondsman offers.
Sometimes, a bondsman could request bail bond collateral. Collateral shields the bondsman so that if you flee, the bondsman can dispose of the collateral. You can choose what to use as collateral, including real estate or credit accounts.
We Provide a Timely Bail Bond Service
The stress of you or your loved one being arrested and put behind bars can be devastating. The first 24 hours after your arrest can be among the most challenging hours of your life. Fortunately, at Express Bail Bonds, we do our best to relieve your stress and that of your family. We offer a fast Winchester bail bonds service and ensure you are informed of your rights and the process. With that in mind, the following is what happens in the first 24 hours of processing bail:
Once you contact us, we will swing into action right away. Our conveniently located Winchester bail bonds offices allow our bondsmen to be at the detention facility and work toward securing your release within a short period.
While some bondsmen work to have you out of the detention facility within two to four hours of posting bail, we strive to secure your release within a shorter period. For example, when you face an arrest at night and call certain bail bond providers, you will have to wait until the following day for the magistrate to set your bail. However, regardless of when the police arrest you, you can reach out to us. Our Winchester bail bondsmen are available 24/7, and our lines are always open. You will never encounter an answering machine when you call us. Instead, we will be happy and eager to pick up your call and offer you incredibly professional bail bonds service.
Securing Your Release From Custody
While waiting to secure your release from custody, we will do everything possible to alleviate your stress and worries. Whether that means keeping you up-to-date on the state of your bond or delivering messages from family, we work to make you comfortable in an uncomfortable situation. We do everything to give you peace of mind during the bail process.
When Bail Bond Is Not Necessary
Sometimes, the court could release you without posting a bail bond. Usually known as a signature bond, you can use a ‘’get out of custody free’’ card. It secures your freedom temporarily, at least until you can have a fair trial and you are sentenced or acquitted. It is also known as the ‘’recognizance’’ bond. This bond is offered instead of you paying monetary bail or a traditional bond. No money changes hands if you follow all the rules the court imposes on you and attend all the court meetings.
In a signature bond, your signature works as your bail or bond. You do not need to pay the court or seek the service of a bondsman to avoid going to prison or jail. Instead, you sign a document at the end of your bail hearing, promising you will attend a court trial.
A financial penalty is imposed on you if you fail to honor the court proceedings. In addition, you will be required to meet the amount cited in the bond, and you will likely be subject to immediate arrest if you do not honor the court trial. However, you are not on the hook indefinitely for the promised money. A signature bond expires when you do whatever you have promised to fulfill, and you honor the court proceedings at the appointed time.
Eligibility For A Signature Bond
Generally, signature bonds are reserved as an option for minor felonies and misdemeanor offenses. The decision to grant a signature bond rests with the judge. The judge can release you on your own recognizance. The judge can also order you to pay cash bail for a serious offense. He/she can also request a traditional bond in case you do not have money or cannot access the available cash.
You will only qualify for a signature bond if you have ties to society and no prior criminal history. In this case, you cannot disappear to avoid trial, or you are not considered a threat to society. Usually, some courts employ mathematical algorithms to determine if you are a flight risk or a threat to society. Then, they assign you a score to determine if you are eligible for a signature bond.
The court could impose other conditions on you apart from attending the court meetings at the prescribed time. The conditions could include the following:
- Ordering you not to use alcohol or drugs.
- Order you not to visit or have contact with some people, places, or locations.
- Order you to maintain contact with a probation officer.
Skipping Bail Or Failing To Appear After Bail Out
You risk more than just skipping your bail money or collateral if you are out on bail and you fail to show up for court trial. The repercussions of skipping or jumping bail can snowball. The crime of skipping bail could also be referred to as nonappearance, release violation, and criminal failure to appear. Some courts could give you grace periods, while others do not have leniency towards this crime.
Sometimes, skipping bail is only a crime where you face felony charges for the case at hand. However, skipping bails without good cause is an offense. The court could interpret skipping bail as failing to honor the court trial and failing to surrender within a set period. Depending on the judge’s discretion, you could be allowed 48 hours, 30 days, or some other extended period after skipping bail to surrender before filing a lawsuit.
If Skipping Bail Was Accidental
Usually, the prosecutor can only charge you with skipping bail if he/she provides evidence that you knowingly, willfully, or intentionally failed to honor the court meetings. Typically, it will suffice if the prosecutor proves that you were aware of the court hearing and simply did not appear, and it was not accidental.
You could have a defense if you did not receive a notice of the hearings, but most prosecutors put these notices in a file. The notice can take different forms based on the jurisdiction, including mailing a letter to you and even the wording of the bail. Attempting to persuade the judge that the notice was lost in the mail is not convincing. If you accidentally skip bail, you should inform your Winchester bail bondsman immediately.
Consequences Of Skipping Bail
Most courts tie the punishment for skipping bail to the underlying conviction. For example, the statute could impose a misdemeanor punishment on you if the underlying conviction is a misdemeanor. The statute could also set a felony punishment on you if the underlying conviction is a felony. A court could also create different degrees of skipping bail within the misdemeanor and felony charges. This could mean the entire bail skipping crimes attract similar punishment.
Besides additional criminal charges, the court could do the following:
- Impose on you additional conditions of release or set a higher bail or bond amount.
- Revoke pretrial release; thus, you will be stuck in custody awaiting trial.
- Order a warrant for your arrest.
- Order forfeiture of any money or collateral used to secure your freedom from jail.
Conditions Of Bail
Most arrestees often think that when they are released on bail, all they need to do is attend their court meetings. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Once you secure your release from custody on bail, you must adhere to the bail conditions. These are additional guidelines that the court sets to ensure that you do not commit other offenses when you return to society. The court will impose the conditions based on your circumstances. Some of the requirements could include the following:
The court could order you to participate in programs for self-improvement. The programs could include:
- Parenting classes.
- Domestic violence education.
- Anger management.
- Substance abuse classes.
In most cases, the court could order you to surrender your gun, and you will not be allowed to buy new weapons while out on bail. This applies to all cases, not only weapon crimes.
Typically, these orders prohibit you from talking to or staying in the same area with some people. No-contact orders are standard in domestic violence cases where you could risk other people’s safety.
No-contact orders also prohibit you from engaging in ‘third-person communication,’ like attempting to send messages via another person. If the court imposes on you a no-contact order as a bail condition, it will be in effect until the end of the case. The court will also order you to keep off from certain individuals regarded as criminals or areas where criminal activities occur.
When you are out of custody on bail, you could be required to retain your current job. You cannot neglect your job duties while awaiting your court hearing. If you do not have employment, your release condition could be that you must actively look for work.
If you were charged with a drug-related crime, you could be required to stay sober while out on bail. This could apply to alcohol or illegal drugs. The court also has the power to order you to undergo random drug testing.
You could assume that since you got out of jail on bail, you can travel anywhere you please, provided you attend court meetings. However, securing your release from custody or prison does not mean you can go anywhere. The judge could order you to stay in your county to ensure you do not flee. However, the judge could allow you to travel for special circumstances, like visiting your sick relative.
This bail condition is common and consists of meetings and mandatory court meetings. The meetings often aim to ensure that you follow all the bail conditions. This is the same as meeting the probation officer.
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Why stay in jail any longer than necessary?
You can count on Express Bail Bonds for a quick release from custody. Your trustworthy Winchester bail bondsman understands the toll that jail time could take on you and will work to hasten your release. The bondsman can accomplish this by utilizing their understanding of local practices, the required paperwork, and the people they need to make contact with. This puts bondsmen in a position to speed up the procedure and release defendants from custody. For a prompt release from custody, call us at 702-633-2245 to speak to a bondsman.