Bond agents usually require both the person released from jail as well as the bond co-signer to perform regular check ins after a bond has been issued. These check ins keep the defendant and co-signer updated about court dates or trial appearances as well as keep the bond agent informed of updates about each person […]
The holiday season usually brings thoughts of happiness and time spent with family and friends. Sadly, it is not always a time of celebration. In fact, the holidays are the busiest time of year for the bail bond industry with increased domestic violence, theft, and drunk driving arrests.
Strong emotions paired with increased drinking and/or […]
The phone call no one wants to get: a friend or family member has been arrested and taken to jail. It is crucial to stay clear-headed during this emotional time. Here are a few ways you can best comfort and assist your friend or loved one.
Gather as much information from your loved one as […]
If your friend or family member is arrested they are afforded various rights, most importantly that they are innocent until proven guilty and they have the right to be released on bail dependent on certain circumstances. After looking at the severity of charges brought against a defendant, a judge will either set their bail amount […]
The Georgia First Offender Act (FOA) is a provision of Georgia law that allows certain individuals to enter a plea of guilty or nolo contendere but avoid a criminal conviction, giving first time offenders the opportunity to to learn from their mistake and move on with their lives without the burden of a conviction. This […]
Your official Georgia criminal history record contains information about every incident for which you have been arrested, fingerprinted, and charged with a felony offense or certain misdemeanors (those designated as “fingerprintable offenses” by the Attorney General of Georgia). Your Georgia criminal history record will include data on your identification (name, birth date, social security number, […]
If an officer has seen you commit a crime, has probable cause that you have committed a felony, or a judge or magistrate has issued an arrest warrant (supported by probable cause), an officer may perform an arrest.
Your Miranda Rights
Every person who is arrested by police must be informed of their legal rights to remain […]
Following an arrest and jail booking, a defendant is given a bail hearing where the judge will set a bail amount. Paying the bail amount to the court allows the person who was arrested to be released from jail. Not paying the bail means the person will have to remain in jail until their court […]
After being released on bail, you may ask yourself what you can and can’t do. Depending on the details of your case, it may take several weeks or even months before you go before a judge. In addition to not being arrested again while you are out on bond you will need to abstain from […]
A bail amount is usually set by a judge at a suspect’s first court appearance (bail hearing or an arraignment) after an arrest. Judges normally adhere to established flat rates to match the arrest charge. However, judges can alter these standard bail rates, not offer the option of bond, or waive bond altogether by releasing […]