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How to Get to Court on Time

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

It might seem a little silly to give advice on how to get to court on time, but enough people miss their court dates that it seems sometimes necessary to do so. Remember that getting to court on time is unlike any other appointment that you have. If you miss your court date, you’re looking at serious legal consequences. If you happen to be out of jail on a bail bond, the consequences are going to be complicated by the fact that you will have a serious issue with the company that issued your bail bond if you fail to appear. Here are some tips.

Plan to Be Early

There’s an old saying that to be on time is to be early. Do not plan to make it to court 10 or 15 minutes before you are to appear before the judge. Be there an hour early. This might seem like an inconvenience but, in reality, there are times when the court is isn’t quite as busy and where you might actually be able to get out earlier if you show up earlier, simply because of a light day at the court.  The larger jails, such as Jacksonville and West Palm Beach, take longer to get to your assigned court room.

Call Ahead and Learn the Security

Everybody is well aware of the fact that you can’t bring weaponry into court. There are some other items, however, that may be banned. You should figure out what these are well in advance of your court date. The reason for doing so is that, for example, if you took the bus to court and you happened to have a cell phone on you, you might not be able to bring that into the courthouse and you might not have anywhere to store it. The guards are not going to take responsibility for it for you.

By knowing what you have to bring and what you cannot bring, you can avoid any delays that may actually make you late for your appearance before the judge.

Have Your Paperwork

If there is any paperwork that you need to bring to court, lay it all out on the table the night before and make sure it’s all there. You don’t need to be scrambling for documents when you’re trying to get to court on time.

Multiple Rides

If you don’t have a vehicle of your own, arrange for a ride. If you don’t have any friends who are reliable, set aside the money to take a cab to court so that you can be sure to be there on time.

How Long Does it Take to Post Bail

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
Bail Bonds Jacksonville

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Lic #: P105790

When you’re working with a bail bondsman, remember that they cannot speed up the legal system. They’ll be ready to go—provided you have the right paperwork and information for them—once the defendant is eligible to be bailed, but you’ll have to remember that there are some circumstances that can make this take a long time. Here are some things to consider.

Jail Occupancy

If the person you’re trying to bail out happened to be arrested when the jail is very busy, it may take a long time before they’re even booked. People do tend to disappear into a sort of limbo for a while when they’re being processed, so it may take three or four hours before you have all the information you need to bail them out. Be patient about this. The jail will usually be fairly accurate when they give you an estimate of how long it will be, so you don’t need to call them every 10 minutes and make everything take even longer.

Busy Nights at the Bond Office

There are busy nights at bail bondsman offices, as well. There may have been some sort of an incident that resulted in a lot of people being arrested—a protest, for example—and there may be a lot of people who are having their bail bonds processed at the same time that you’re trying to get someone out of jail. The bail bonds companies are usually very fast at processing, however, and they’ll be able to offer that speed day or night, so this isn’t usually the problem.

Other Circumstances

If you’re bailing someone out that you thought you knew very well, keep in mind that there may be circumstances that you’re not aware of. For instance, that person may have a lengthy record and that may mean that it could take some time to process them. They may not be eligible for bail at all if they’ve committed a serious crime or have a lot of past instances of committing crimes.

Posting bail can take several hours.  The Tallahassee, Gainesville, Stuart, and Fort Myers bail bond process have been the quickest.  It also may turn out that it costs a lot more than you thought, if the person arrested has a checkered past. If either is the case, talk to the bail bonds company about what you can get done while you’re waiting. There is a lot of paperwork involved, and getting that done as soon as possible will speed up the entire affair.