Getting Out Of Jail And Into Court
It is a stressful time when your loved one is arrested. As a Colorado Springs bail bond service provider, we want you to have as much information as possible. We have put together a guide of what you need to know about the bail bond process, and the court process. It begins when your loved one calls you and asks for your help to get out of jail. What do you do? Who do you call?
Calling The Bail Bonds Service Provider
Loved ones who call you from jail need help and want to get out fast. The first thing you should do is to look up a Colorado Springs 24 hour bail bonds service provider. After finding your Colorado Springs bail bonds service provider, you can call their number and tell them what is going on for your loved ones. As soon as they take the call, they will be working on getting your loved one out of jail.
The key to getting your loved one out of jail quick is being able to pay for the premium, which is usually 10-15% of the total bond amount. This then gives the bail bonds service provider what is needed to go to the jail and place a surety bond. This surety bond basically promises that your loved one will go to court.
Things You Should Know About Bail
There are a few things you should know regarding bail. The premium that you pay for your loved one is non-refundable. This is because the money is earned when your loved one gets out of jail. Also, if you have to put anything down for collateral and your loved one does not show up to court and does not call your Colorado bail bonds service provider, you can forfeit whatever you put down as collateral.
However, if your loved one does miss court, they can call the bail bond service provider and they can do a couple of things to correct the problem. First, the bail bonds service provider will give the court a Consent of Surety, which tells the court what happened and that the bail bondsman will still stand behind your loved one. It is up to the Judge to accept or deny this. If the Judge denies the Consent of Surety, your bail bondsman can do what is called a walkthrough. A walkthrough is when your loved one goes to the jail with the bail bonds service provider and they will post a second bond in their name. You will have to pay the second premium, but your loved one will spend little to no time in jail.
Once You Are Out Of Jail
Though different places have different rules about what your loved one can do while they are out on bail, there are a few common place rules that are usually the same no matter where you go. One of these rules is that the defendant cannot leave the area they are at. The Judge can order them to remain in a designated area, like your town or city, while your charges are pending and the court date is being set. Also, your loved one is not allowed to drink or use drugs during this time. If they are caught with such things, they can be arrested again and be taken back to jail for violation of bond conditions.
The biggest rule about being out on bail is that your loved one must not get into further trouble. If they are found doing things that are against the law, the Judge can revoke bail and your loved one will spend the rest of time in jail until the court date. Some of these bad behaviors include:
- Speeding or Reckless Driving
- Drug use
- Domestic Disturbances
- Or committing a felony offense
Going To Court
The next step to clearing your loved one and getting whatever collateral you put down for their release is to make sure they go to court. If you cannot make it to your loved one cannot make it to their court date, make sure to call the bail bonds service provider, and they can ask for a continuance. If your loved one doesn’t, their bail can be revoked and a warrant will be issued for their arrest.
Make sure to have time before and after your hearing. Having a court hearing can take plenty of time. Get there early, and don’t be late. Here are some things to consider taking with you on your court date:
- Copies of all your court papers
- Evidence that you have including important dates and events that happened in your case
- Bring change in case you need to make copies of anything or pay for parking
- Notepad to take notes of questions you want to ask.
Another good thing to note is to make sure you dress appropriately. The setting is mostly formal, though, so remember torn clothes and t-shirts are frowned upon.
Do not bring children with you. Though it can be hard to find childcare, you cannot take children into the court. Court can take hours or even all day.
Be sure to act correctly in court. This means not swearing, not being noisy and not being disrespectful, even if you don’t like what is being said. The best guide is to not sleep, eat, chew gum, sleep, or talk/text on your phone.
The last big thing to note for going to court is to not bring any weapons. This may seem like something that shouldn’t have to be noted, but a lot of people do not know the formal rules of court. Knives, guns, mace or pepper spray and bombs are, of course, on this list. But also on this list are the chains that connect your wallet to your jeans.
Doing What The Court Requires
Once your loved one has completed court, they may have your loved one do things to complete their court case. This can include paying fees, going to counseling, doing a public service or some other activity. In order for your collateral, if you used any, to be released, your loved one will need to complete all things asked of the court. The court will then give a paper to your loved one releasing all assets used in the bond. You can give this paperwork to your loved ones Colorado Springs bail bonds service provider, and they will release your collateral within one week.
Being arrested is stressful for both your loved one and the person they call to help them out of jail. The important thing to know is that the bail bonds service provider that you hire can help answer questions and be there for step by step guidance. Make sure to make a list of questions as you think of them, and they will answer what they can and direct you to whomever can answer your questions in the event that they cannot. Having someone to help you and your loved one through this tough time can make court and everything in between and after seem a little less scary.
If you have questions regarding a bond or need to get someone out of jail in the Colorado Springs or Pueblo area, call Angels and Outlaws bail bonds at (719) 696-9088 or go to our website at www.angelsandoutlaws.com.