Quick Bail Bond Summary
1st Knight Bail Bonds is open 24/7! You can call us BEFORE your loved one gets to jail to get the process started.
- Booked into jail (mug-shot, fingerprints) and bail is set (for example $10,000)
- 1st Knight Bail Bonds gets info (jail, charges, background, bail amount, family info, etc.)
- 1st Knight Bail Bonds charges 10% or $100 minimum per charge for services ($10,000 bond = $1,000 | $1,000 bond or less = $100)
- Defendant released from custody. Must appear for all court dates.
Full Bail Bond Process
Bail is one of those things you hope you’ll never need but it’s a good thing to familiarize with just in case you ever do. When you or a loved one has been arrested, it’s very stressful and decisions need to be made quickly in order to get out of jail.
When a person is arrested, he or she will be brought in front of a judge for a bail hearing to determine whether or not bail will be offered. Bail is a monetary amount paid to the court in order to be released from jail until trial. After the defendant has made all scheduled court appearances, no matter the outcome―innocent, guilty, or charges dropped―the money will be returned to the defendant or whoever posted the bail money. Bail is an incentive for the defendant to show up for court or else the bail money is forfeited to the court.
How Bail Is Determined
The judge will take many factors into consideration when determining bail such as the nature and severity of the crime, the criminal history of the defendant, and whether the release of the defendant would pose a danger to society or himself/herself. They’ll also look at things that reveal whether or not the defendant would be a flight risk such as family in the area and ties to the community and if the defendant has a history of skipping out on bail.
In many jurisdictions, judges will refer to a bail schedule which is a guideline for setting bail for various crimes. There is no standard for bail schedule so they can vary between different jurisdictions.
Once the judge has taken everything into consideration, they will set the amount of bail that would need to be paid to be released until trial. However, if the defendant was deemed a flight risk or the crime was particularly severe or violent, bail may be denied.
For most people, bail is simply too expensive which is why the bond system was developed. If the bail is too expensive, the defendant can use the services of a bail bond agent who will charge a 10% non-refundable premium and cover the rest of the bail. Depending on the individual situation, something of value as collateral may be required which could be sold to pay the bail in the event that the defendant didn’t show up for court. However, a simple contract with the bail bond company may suffice.
Bail bonds are a way to allow more people to remain out of jail while they await trial to alleviate overcrowded jails, to save taxpayers the cost of housing people who haven’t been convicted yet, and to allow people who’ve been arrested to remain at home, going to their job and being a productive member of society. 1st Knight Bail Bonds is a full-service bonding company serving Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco counties. We work hard for each and every client to get them out of jail as quickly and discreetly as possible. If you or a loved one is in jail and you don’t know what to do, call 1st Knight at (727) 538-7727 and we’ll guide you through the process. We’re here to help.