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What are Skip Tracers?

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

A skip tracer is, essentially, a bounty hunter. Before you start thinking of bounty hunters as they existed in the Old West, realize that this is not the reality of the situation. In fact, in a rather rare instance of this, some of the reality television shows that followed bounty hunters around gave a good idea of what they do.

It Starts with Bail

Skip Tracers generally work with bail bondsman. A bail bond company puts up a surety bond for someone who needs money to get out of jail on the contingency that the person makes their court date. Ideally, the person makes their court date and the bail bond is exonerated right then and there. There are people, however, who decide to skip out on their court date and to, to put it in common terms, open up a can of worms that they never wanted to deal with.

When the defendant skips their court date, the court will issue a warrant for their arrest right away. At the same time, the bail bond company that put their trust in the person to show up for their court date suddenly becomes liable for the full amount of the bail required to get that person out of jail in the first place. As you might’ve guessed, this can sometimes amount to tens of thousands of dollars or even more.

The bail bond company will engage the services of skip tracers, in some cases, to find the person who absconded from their court date. These are professional individuals who are not law enforcement agents per se, but who do have quite a few powers that allow them to go after the person who skipped out on their court date.

In the best case scenario, the tracers working for the bail bond company manage to track down the person, bring them back to jail and resolve the whole situation. In fact, contrary to what people who go on the run likely think, these professionals end up catching the people who skip out on their bail more than 90% of the time.

People who keep their commitments to a bail bond company never have to deal with bounty hunters or, as they generally prefer to be called, skip tracers. They only come into play when somebody fails to hold up their obligations and puts everyone around them in a bad situation, and the consequences for doing so are generally rather severe.

What Risk Does a Florida Bail Bondsman Take?

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
Bail Bonds Alachua County Gainsville

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If you had to contact a bail bondsman to get out of jail, it might seem like they put a lot of conditions on your bail that seem downright unreasonable. You have to understand what a bail bondsman is doing when they bail you out. They are taking a very real risk in doing so and they need to make certain that they are taking a sensible risk.

Florida Bail

Bail is money that a bail bondsman puts up to get you out of jail. They put up a surety bond, which means that they are guaranteeing the court that you will show up at your court date on time. If you don’t make your court date, the bail bonds company then becomes liable for the entire amount of your bail.


The service that a bail bondsman provides is allowing you to get this surety bond so that you don’t have to pay the entire cash amount of your bail. For most people, coming up with $1000 or more to get out of jail would likely be unreasonable. A bail bondsman takes a risk in believing you in regards to your intention to show up for court and they may need you to adhere to certain conditions to make sure that you actually are going to show up.

If You Don’t

As was said, a bail bondsman takes a lot of financial risk in bailing you out of jail. Sometimes, if you don’t have enough money to pay for the percentage of the total bail that they charge upfront, the bail bondsman may require that you put something up as collateral. This could be your car, your house, jewelry or anything else that’s valuable. This helps them to mitigate the risk. Of course, it also gives you a powerful incentive to keep your end of the bargain.

For example, if you decide to skip out on your Alachua County bail bond, you can expect the bail bonds company to come after you and, of course, you’re going to end up with a warrant for your arrest. This situation does not have to get to this level. If you keep the obligations of your bail, if you show up to your court date on time and if you stay in communication with your Gainesville bail bonds company, there shouldn’t be any trouble at all. In fact, if you adhere to the arrangement you have with your bail bondsman, you’ll quickly understand why this is such a valuable service.

Handling an Arrest

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

police-clipIf you happen to be present when somebody you’re close to gets arrested, there is definitely a right way and a wrong way to handle the situation. The first thing to keep in mind is that police officers are not litigators. It’s not their job to stand there and debate with you whether the person should be arrested. If the police officer has decided to arrest someone, it’s pretty much a done deal from that point on. That person will be brought to jail after they are arrested. The legal issues involved will be debated in court. The interval of time between when the person is arrested and when they go to court, however, is where bail comes in.

What Bail Does

If someone is arrested for a crime, there are, in the broadest sense, two directions in which it can go. The first is that the person is processed, given a court date, and then released on the understanding that they will show up for their court date. If they fail to show up for their court date, a warrant is issued for their arrest and they get picked up again. The other way it can go is that the person will be expected to stay in jail until their court date rolls around. This could take weeks.

Bail allows a defendant to put up money so that they can get out of jail. Unfortunately, the amount of bail required is more than most people have on hand. There’s also a much better way to go about getting bail money than taking it out of your savings account. You do this by contacting a bail bond company, which allows you to post bail for a much lower fee than would be required if you are to post it outright.

What to Do

After the person is arrested, you’ll have to wait until you get their booking number. You can contact a bail bond agent beforehand to get the process started, however. Once you have the booking number, the bail bond company can put up bail for a percentage of the total amount required; usually somewhere between 10% and 20%. After the fee is paid, the bail bond agent will put up a surety bond that is contingent upon the defendant showing up on their court date and, in some cases, upon some other conditions. Provided you follow the conditions to the letter, this is a very easy way to handle an arrest and to get someone out of jail before their court date.

Helping Someone Who Was Arrested

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Sometimes, people end up getting arrested for no real reason at all. This is generally what happens when somebody happens to be running with the wrong crowd and, because of who their associated with, the end up being charged for something that they had nothing to do with. This can create quite a nightmare. The nightmare is that the person, even if they are acquitted of the charges or the charges are dropped altogether, ends up sitting in jail until they can be seen in court. There is a way to remedy this: bail.

What Is Bail?

Everyone’s heard of bail, but not that many people likely know what it really is or why it exists. Even though the US justice system is set up to favor the rights of the accused over the rights of the prosecution, people end up getting charged with crimes they didn’t commit every single day. The idea behind allowing people to bail themselves out of jail is to make certain that people aren’t put through the hardship of being held in custody without being given an opportunity to establish their innocence.

Going to jail is a much different thing than going to prison. Nonetheless, sitting in jail while your employer is wondering where you are and why you haven’t called, while your rent is not getting paid and while you have no income is most certainly punishing. To make certain that people aren’t put through this unnecessarily, the bail system exists.

Paying Bail

If a judge has allowed someone to post bail and get released, there are essentially two ways that the person can do that. First, they can pay the full amount of the bail out of their own money, which is, of course, completely impossible for some people, particularly if the bail amount is set very high.

The second thing that they can do is to pay a bail bondsman. That bondsman, for a percentage of the bail required rather than the full amount, will issue a surety bond that guarantees that the person will show up in court but that allows the person to get out of jail in the meantime.

If you do this for someone, make certain that they know how important it is for them to show up in court. The bail bondsman’s business is based on getting people out of jail so they can take care of their lives and then show up in court when required. When they don’t show up in court, there are serious consequences.