Collateral: Will I Get My Stuff Back?

When someone is arrested and bail is set for their release from jail, there is the option of offering something as collateral to the court or to a bail bondsman if you don’t have enough money to cover it. Bail is an incentive to ensure that the defendant shows up for his/her court dates. Once the trial is over, no matter if it’s dismissed or the defendant is found innocent or guilty, any bail money or collateral will be returned to its owner. A bail bond agent will charge a non-refundable fee of 10% that will not be returned. It’s the fee for using their services.

A Loved One Was Arrested. What Do I Do?

No one wants to get a call in the middle of the night form a loved one who has been arrested. It’s scary and confusing. You may be angry or upset with him for his actions but regardless, you want to help. Should you? If your loved one has done this a lot, is a habitual offender who has called upon you often for this kind of help, should you give it, again? Unfortunately, this is a question that only you can answer.

DWI Traffic Stop: Know Your Rights

No one should ever drive under the influence. It’s quite simple: people will die and lives will be ruined. But drivers still get behind the wheel of their two-ton hunks of potential destruction when their mental abilities have been impaired by alcohol or drugs. Media campaigns warning of the dangers aren’t enough so police departments across the country periodically conduct DWI checkpoints to catch drivers who have had too much to drink.

Out On Bond: What Happens If You're Arrested Again

Everyone knows that when you’ve been arrested and you get out of jail on bail, you’re supposed to be on your best behavior. In fact, it’s typically part of the conditions of your bail that you refrain from committing any crimes or even hanging out with people who do. The court isn’t letting you out on bail so you can commit crimes; they let you out because you promise to behave and to show up for your court dates. They’re giving you a chance to get on the right path.

Bail Bonds and Your Privacy

A person’s right to privacy is being decimated in the digital age. With video cameras on every street corner and details on every keystroke we make being sold to the highest bidder, our own personal privacy is poised to become a distant memory.