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Bail Bonds by Mark
Licensed bail bondsman
Mark J. Harris is a professional bail bondsman that is committed to helping clients. He provides service to clients in the area of Niceville, Destin, Crestview, Santa Rosa Beach, Fort Walton Beach, and DeFuniak Springs. If you think you are in need of a bail bondsman, give Mark J. Harris a call today! He will work with you to assist you in any way that he can.
Not all bail bondsman are the same. Others only care about receiving their money and moving on to the next client. Mark J. Harris is dedicated to providing his clients with exceptional professionalism and customer service. He understands that the circumstances that he meets his clients in can be very stressful for them. He will try to make the process as easy and smooth as possible. He will do his best to work with each client personally and help them along the way. If you are in need of a professional bail bondsman, look no further. Call Mark J. Harris today for exceptional and reliable service.
Bail bonds, local and statewide, all felony & misdemeanors.
Need a bail bondsman in Fort Walton Beach, FL?
is a Bail Bond?
A monetary guarantee filed in the court whereby a defendant is temporarily placed in the custody of the posting Bail Agency. Further, the bail agency promises the court that the defendant will appear each and every time they are ordered to do so while their case is pending.
a defendant released on bail really in the custody of the posting
Yes, when a Bail Agency posts a Bail Bond with the Jail or Court, the Bail Agency is taking responsibility for the defendant to appear at all future court dates. For example, if a defendant does not follow the terms and conditions of the Bail Agency, then he/she risks being returned to jail! We provide the comfort of not being in a jail cell. However, if a defendant fails to communicate or check in as required then he/she may be returned to jail.
much does bail really cost?
10% of the bond is the standard premium. However, Union Members, Members of the Military, Veterans, & clients (defendants) represented by a private attorney may qualify to be released on bail for 8%!
How come some agencies state 0%
This may be misleading since a company would go out of business writing free bail. However, there are companies who will take a lien on your house and require monthly payments to cover the bail premium. If your financial situation requires a 0% program then be sure to make the monthly payments on time to cover the bail premium (not bail amount) owed to the bail agency or else your loved one (the defendant) will be returned to jail and you will still owe the premium plus costs such as fugitive recovery agent fees and court fees.
Do I need collateral?
Every case is different. However, we enjoy bringing families together and with high bail amounts to collateral are necessary. If you have questions, don't be afraid to call and ask!
can I put up for collateral?
Anything of resale value! However, if you're a homeowner then a signature may be all that's needed or a lien will be placed in your home based upon the bond amount and the required equity (Market Value vs. what's owed on the home).
do I determine equity for a home?
Recent sale amounts for homes similar to yours. For example, if you currently owe $375,000.00 on your home and the homes in your area are being sold for $475,000.00, then you have $100,000.00 equity. However, it really depends on the condition of your home and the current market. If you have questions don't be afraid to call us!
if the person I bail out does not appear?
The court will issue a warrant for the arrest of the defendant. In addition, a notice will be sent to us regarding the failure to appear. However, we will be happy to assist you in either reinstating the bail to the court or surrendering the defendant back to custody.
if the person I bail out gets re-arrested in a different county or
Call us immediately so we can make sure you are protected. Communication is very important.
there any additional legal fees?
In the event of forfeiture (when the defendant failed or refused to appear in court as required) there will be court costs. The worst being a Summary Judgment where the defendant cannot be located and you have to pay the entire bond amount. If the defendant failed to appear due to a valid excuse, then the bond can be reinstated. Court fees varies from $75 and up. If a motion has to be filed to vacate the forfeiture then you will be liable to pay for all legal fees.
the bond has been posted at the jail, how long until the defendant
will be released?
Release times vary from City Police Departments, Jail facilities, and County Detention Centers. For example, a small police department may release a defendant within 10 minutes to an hour. A County Detention Center may take up to 6 to 8 hrs. County Jail may take as long as 12-24 hrs. Most of the time County Jail releases defendants within 6 to 8 hrs.
Should I get an attorney to request a
If a case has been filed at the court by the District Attorney's office and the bail amount is high, then you may want to seek the advice from an attorney regarding possible bail reduction. However, a bail reduction hearing cannot occur until there is an official case filed by the District Attorney.
When a defendant is booked into Jail and held on new charges, the district attorney has 48 court hours to file an official complaint or else the defendant must be released. This does not mean a case will not be filed at a later time.
For example, if a defendant is arrested on a Wednesday, then the District Attorney has until Friday to file a case and officially charge the defendant in a court of law. If a defendant is arrested on a Thursday then he/she could be held until Monday or Tuesday.
Please remember this does not mean a case will not be filed upon release by bail bond or according to the 48 hour rule. Once a case has been filed by the D.A., the bail could remain, be lowered, or be increased. Once the defendant goes to court he/she could be released without posting a bond. Bail Reduction is not as simple as some attorneys claim.
The Jailor cannot reduce the bail without a court order signed by a judge. The bottom line is if a defendant is arrested on a Wednesday and does not have a court case number by Thursday, then Bail Reduction by Friday is very unlikely because the defendant will either be released under the 48 hour rule or the DA will file a case on Friday and the Defendant will have to wait for arraignment the following week for possible bail reduction or have someone post bail for him/her to be released from custody.
If the District Attorney files a case on Thursday, then an Attorney can request a Bail Reduction at the arraignment, which would be the following day (Friday). Bail Reduction is possible by Friday if a case has been filed by Thursday. There are no guarantees the court will grant reductions, but if the defendant has no priors then the court may grant a request. Remember justice is blind!
if a person has a Warrant?
In most case we can clear warrants with the court and set a new court date. However, each case is different. Call and ask for assistance.
How long will it take for a defendant to
be released from jail?
Most metropolitan jails may have delayed released times from 6 to 12 hours. However, if a defendant is being held at a police station, then he/she could be released within 1 hour.
The booking process at large Detention Centers takes a few hours.
All persons arrested and brought to a police station or detention center are "booked" into a local database. The purpose of the booking process is to establish the true identity of the defendant, find if the person is wanted elsewhere in the state or nation, document a "history" of the arrest (in the local and the FBI's national database), and to determine whether or not the person can be released on his/her own recognizance or on cash bail.
The defendant cannot be released until the Department of Justice identifies the individual in custody. Don't allow a bail agent to tell you anything different.
Do some Bail Bond Companies give
There have been some incidents with clients being given misleading facts on release times and bonds not being processed quickly from a well known bail bond agency.
a Bail Bond Company refer an attorney?
It is against the law for a bail bond company to refer an attorney.
What happens if a person is
released on Bail, but the case is dismissed? Do I still owe the
Yes, if you hired a bail company to post bail for a defendant. Commission is earned once the defendant is released on a Bail Bond. Further, Bail Bond Companies cannot determine if the District Attorney is going to file a case or not.
Your local bail bondsman in the Ft. Walton, Destin, DeFuniak Springs, Crestview, Niceville, and Valparaiso, FL area is Mark J. Harris. Mark and his bondsman staff are there when and where you need him to help with all your bail bond questions and needs.
We proudly serve Fort Walton
Beach, DeFuniak Springs,
Santa Rosa Beach,
Destin and the surrounding areas.
We also accept cash payments.
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