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Bail Bondsmen In Dallas County, TX Help Cities and Communities

How Bail Bondsmen In Dallas County, TX Help Cities and Communities

There are many ways in which bail bondsmen positively affect communities. These benefits are felt beyond a solitary community and reach to the city and county areas as well. It is easy to think that the only person benefiting from the bail posted by a bondsman is the individual who is being accused of a crime and perhaps their immediate families. But the extent of positive influence is felt throughout the community and beyond. Here are just a few of the ways that bail bondsmen are helpful to communities.

Dallas, TX Bail Bonds Help Decreased Jail Population
When a person is charged with a crime and arrested most often they will have the opportunity to post bail. Bail allows the individual to be released from jail while they wait for their trial or hearing. A bondsman posts bail for an individual so that they can be released and spend their time waiting for trial outside the jail population. Remember, an individual is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law – something some people tend to forget. Jail overcrowding has been a growing concern for communities for many years. If a jail reaches its set capacity, then authorities have to perform some type of action to help alleviate the problem. In some cases they release non-dangerous offenders who have already been convicted of a crime and sentenced. And in other cases, they simply cannot make proper arrests if they have no place to take the accused offender. These two alternatives are not acceptable and can wreak havoc on a community. The citizens would have an increased concern for their safety when offenders are left […]

What Happens To A Bail Bond When The Case Is Over?

Here at Set’Em Free Bail Bonds Dallas, we are often asked what happens to bail bonds when a case is over.

Here’s a quick explanation: The whole purpose of Dallas Bail Bonds is to ensure that the defendant returns to court for all scheduled court appearances, and stays in compliance with the conditions of their release while awaiting trial and a final disposition of their case.

When the defendant’s case has concluded, bail is no longer required. As long as the case has concluded, the court will release the bond – regardless of whether the defendant is found guilty or not guilty.

In turn, this releases anyone who co-signed on the bond from any further responsibility related to the defendant making court appearances. The Dallas County Bail Bonds agent is also released from any obligation to the court.

Have More Questions? Contact us – we can provide you with Dallas County Bail Bonds 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us at 214-941-2245. We’re here to help!

Author: Patrick Hill

Memorial Day Safety Tips from Set’Em Free Bail Bonds

Texas law enforcements efforts to stop drunk drivers will be a top priority throughout the entire Memorial Day weekend. If you’ve ever been pulled over because of suspected DWI, then unfortunately you already know the routine. For those that have not been checked for DWI, then the process goes something like this:

The officer will ask you a series of questions. If your answers or actions (or a combination of both) lead the officer to believe you may be intoxicated, then you will be asked to step out of your vehicle. The office may ask you further questions and then ask if you will take a Field Sobriety Test. There are a number of tests the officer can administer, some of which are listed below:

  • – Walk and Turn (Divided Attention Test) – The driver (and/or passenger) will be asked to take a certain number of heel-to-toe steps, turn around, and take the same number of steps back. The police officer will be checking to see if the person taking the test can follow directions, keep his or her balance, and complete the test without stopping.
  • – One Leg Stand – the person taking the test will be asked to stand on one leg with their arms down by their sides. Then they’ll be asked to raise one leg up off the ground, but not too far up, then count out loud so they can be heard. The officer is looking to see if the driver can follow instruction, keep their balance and maintain their ability to stand still.
  • – Finger To Nose – the person taking the test will be asked to stand still with their legs together and eyes closed, and then touch their nose with an […]

Types of Bonds In Texas

A bond is a type of security that a defendant provides to the court to ensure he/she will appear in court or trial to answer any charges that have been leveled against them.

There are three types of bonds in Texas:

  • Cash
  • Surety (commonly referred to as a Bail Bond)
  • Personal Recognizance (commonly referred to as a P.R. bond)

 

Explanation of these bonds are below:
Cash – a cash bond is a payment for the full amount of the bond posted in cash, cashier’s check or money order.  There is one advantage to posting bail in cash – once the trial has been completed and the defendant has appeared in court as required, the entire amount of the cash bond will be returned to the person that posted it, although it could take several weeks before the money is actually received.  There are also disadvantages to paying a cash bond:

  • If the defendant does not appear in court as scheduled; a portion or even all of the cash bond could be forfeited – meaning the person who put up the cash bond could lose all or a part of their money.
  • Depending on the amount posted, if it is large enough it could bring unexpected attention from law enforcement agencies.  There could be inquiries as to where the cash came from or how it was acquired.  As long as the money was acquired legally, there should be no problems.
  • The money posted for a cash bond will be tied up until the case is completed, which could include several court appearances spread over an undetermined length of time.

 
Surety – what most people commonly refer to as a Bail Bond – is a bond posted through Dallas Bail Bonds companies such […]

Guidelines and Rules for Dallas Bail Bonds Co-Signers

Considering co-signing for a bail bond in Dallas County, TX?

People often call us to ask what exactly is involved and what responsibilities they would take on if they co-sign for a bail bond in Dallas County. Understandably, everyone wants to know (and needs to know) exactly what they’re signing up for. At Set’Em Free Bail Bonds, we want to ensure all of our clients and their family members are well aware of those responsibilities so we go over bail bond guidelines very carefully. Below is a list of Dallas Bail Bond guidelines that apply to anyone co-signing for a bail bond. If you use a company that does not fully explain these guidelines, then be sure to ask them to provide their guidelines to you in writing before you sign anything!

1. Do not co-sign for a person you do not know.
2. If the defendant fails to appear in court, the co-signer must pay the full amount of the bail bond plus court costs.
3. Set’Em Free Bail Bonds does not revoke co-signers. Be sure that you want to make the bond before it is made.
4. If a bond is bound over to another court, the co-signer is still responsible.
5. Do not co-sign unless you are certain that the defendant will VOLUNTARILY appear at all court dates, hearings and trials.
6. Co-signers are not responsible for the defendant’s court fines (bond fees and court costs are not considered fines).
7. Do not co-sign any blank documents.
8. If you do not understand something, ask our agent before you co-sign.

Co-signers share the responsibility to ensure the defendant performs their check-ins as scheduled, and to notify Set’Em Free Bail Bonds […]

You’ve Been Arrested, Do You Need A Dallas Bail Bondsman?

If you have been arrested and charged with a criminal offense you face the possibility of significant penalties.  Criminal charges can result in large fines and you could face the possibility of prison or other confinement. DWI/DUI offenses carry mandatory fines, imprisonment, educational classes and possible loss of license.  Other criminal offenses carry even more severe penalties and restrictions.

Young people that are charged with crimes face criminal penalties that can have a significant impact on their future.  Pleading guilty to a criminal offense without first consulting a qualified attorney can have a severe impact on your eligibility for certain types of financial aid for college, and can even effect your ability to be accepted to many colleges and universities.

If you are charged with a crime, The State of Texas will prosecute you with an experienced prosecution attorney. You need an experienced criminal attorney who is familiar with the system to help you with your defense.  You will also want to work with a Dallas Bail Bondsman like the bail bond agents at Set’Em Free Bail Bonds. We work with all attorney’s and can provide a Dallas County bail bond that will allow you the opportunity to with your attorney to prepare your defense outside of a jail cell.  Remember, in this country you are innocent until proven guilty!

When should I contact a Bail Bondsman in Dallas?
If you, your loved one or friend have been charged with a crime, contact Set’Em Free Bail Bonds now.  We accept collect calls from Lew Sterrett jail, and can provide assistance in arranging a Bail Bond in Dallas County or other jails in Texas and throughout the United States.

Delays in contacting our office can increase the […]

Bail Bonds Work – Not As Exciting As You Might Think

Most people I run in to love to ask me about my work.  They think being a Dallas Bail Bond agent must be mysterious, dangerous and exciting all at the same time.  They are generally disappointed when I tell them that it’s just not all that wild and hairy.  They watch the “bounty hunters” on TV and think that’s what we do all day long.  When I tell them most of what they see on TV is a joke and we don’t all run around with paintball guns that look like real assault rifles and dressed in pretend military/missionary gear chasing down “dangerous criminals” that skipped out on a $300 traffic ticket -smh- they seem even more disappointed! LOL

The truth is, most of the people that come in our office are regular people just like you and me, that have gotten themselves into some sort of legal jam because of a very bad decision, or have been falsely accused by someone with a vendetta (yeah! it happens more than you think, and don’t think it can’t happen to you).  They don’t want their family or co-workers to know the fix they’ve gotten themselves into, and they’re more than happy to comply with whatever bail bond requirements are necessary to complete their Dallas Bail Bond successfully.

Here at Set’Em Free Bail Bonds in Dallas, we are here to help them do just exactly that.  We post bonds quickly, confidentially – and unfortunately – without a whole lot of fanfare… Sorry 🙁

If you do have the misfortune of being arrested for any reason – Set’Em Free Bail Bonds can provide you with a Dallas County Bail Bond 24 […]

What Happens When You Get Pulled Over For A DWI?

Don’t think Texas law enforcements efforts to stop drunk drivers ends when the holiday season is over – this is a top priority throughout the entire year. If you’ve ever been pulled over because of suspected DWI, then unfortunately you already know the routine. For those that have not been checked for DWI, then the process goes something like this: The officer will ask you a series of questions. If your answers or actions (or a combination of both) lead the officer to believe you may be intoxicated, then you will be asked to step out of your vehicle. The office may ask you further questions and then ask if you will take a Field Sobriety Test. There are a number of tests the officer can administer, some of which are listed below:

  • Walk and Turn (Divided Attention Test) – The driver (and/or passenger) will be asked to take a certain number of heel-to-toe steps, turn around, and take the same number of steps back. The police officer will be checking to see if the person taking the test can follow directions, keep his or her balance, and complete the test without stopping.
  • One Leg Stand – the person taking the test will be asked to stand on one leg with their arms down by their sides. Then they’ll be asked to raise one leg up off the ground, but not too far up, then count out loud so they can be heard. The officer is looking to see if the driver can follow instruction, keep their balance and maintain their ability to stand still.
  • Finger To Nose – the person taking the test will be asked to stand still with their legs together and eyes closed, and […]

Bail Bonds Posted 24 Hrs – Set’Em Free Bail Bonds

Here at Set’Em Free Bail Bonds, we post bail bonds 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. If you need a Dallas County Bail Bond, give us a call at 214-941-2245. We’re ready to help!

Author: Patrick Hill

Dallas Bondsmen Vindicated By Recent Study

Kevin Krause at DallasNews.com recently ran an excellent article on the study that was performed by a University of Texas at Dallas professor. The study, which was done by criminology professor Robert G. Morris, showed that one out of every four criminal defendants fail to show up for court.

Per Kevin’s article:

“Morris approached county commissioners in 2011 about conducting the analysis. Commissioners accepted his offer, saying they wanted to find out which method of pretrial release works best and saves the most money.

Releasing defendants while they await trial clears room in the county jails, saving the county millions of dollars that would have to be spent on food, medical service and housing.

The study, which examined the cases of more than 22,000 defendants who were released from the county jails in 2008, concluded that those released on commercial bail bonds were more likely to show up to court than those who posted cash or obtained a pretrial services bond or attorney bond.

As a result, the study concluded that bail bonds — the most commonly used method of pretrial release — were also the most cost-effective.”

To read the full article, visit DallasNews.com.

At Set’Em Free Bail Bonds, we are here to help. If you or someone you know needs a Dallas County Bail Bond, please allow us the honor of assisting you in your time of need. Our knowledgeable agents are prepared to answer any of your Dallas Bail Bond questions, and help get your family member or friend back to you as quickly as possible.

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