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What Risk Does a Florida Bail Bondsman Take?

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

Ryan Wells -
Lic #: P105790

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.

Why You Should Never Miss a Court Date

Monday, May 20th, 2013
Brenwell Bail Bonds

Joe Brennan

There are plenty of people out there who get arrested for a very minor offense and who end up making the situation much worse for themselves by missing their court date. Missing your court date is an offense in and of itself. If you want to make certain you don’t end up making a minor offense much worse than it has to be, you should always make your court date.

What Happens if You Don’t?

One of the ways that people get themselves into trouble is not realizing exactly what happens if they do miss their court date. Not showing up for a court date is no minor thing. There are good reasons why the courts take this so seriously. Aside from the fact that you’re breaking the law, it costs a great deal of money to operate a court of law and, when people don’t show up, not only has the law been broken, but a lot of very expensive people have had their time wasted.

When you don’t make your court date, the judge will generally immediately issue a warrant for your arrest. If you had the opportunity to get out of jail before your court date on bail before, you can be certain that you’re not going to get that chance again. If the offense is minor, they may release you on your own recognizance, but that generally will not be the case if you’re looking at something rather serious.

If a bail bondsman provided your bail, not showing up to court puts them in a very bad situation. The bail bond that they issue is contingent upon you showing up in court. If you don’t show up, the bail bonds company becomes liable for the entire sum of your bail, which could be thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.

If you have a court date, even for something as minor as traffic tickets, make sure you get there on time. It’s a good idea to show up an hour early. Some people show up to court too close to the time when they are supposed to appear before the judge, end up getting delayed and quickly find out that, when you’re not there on time, judges are generally not inclined to take excuses off of you and will throw you in jail.

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