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Dallas Bail Bonds Co-Signer Responsibilities

Dallas Bail Bonds Co-Signer Responsibilities

So you just got THAT phone call! Your family member or friend as been arrested and they need your help. They’ve asked you to find a Dallas Bail Bonds company and get a bond posted as quickly as possible. You haven’t ever done this before, so you hit the internet and start searching, trying to find a company that is reputable and that will answer the many questions you have.

You call several bail bonds companies and start asking questions. You soon discover that getting bail bonds doesn’t just mean running down to the local bail bondsman’s office and forking over some cash, you’re going to be required to sign paperwork. That paperwork includes accepting the responsibility of being the Indemnitor for the bond – in other words – you will be required to co-sign for the bond which makes you responsible for paying the bond amount if the defendant doesn’t satisfy the requirements for keeping the bond in place.

Co-Signing For Bail Bonds Should Be Taken Seriously

When you’re dealing with Dallas Bail Bonds companies you should understand some basic principles regarding co-signing for a defendant’s bail. First, you should never co-sign for someone you don’t know, or for someone who you believe may not satisfy the requirements of the bond once they are released from jail. Those requirements will include checking in with the bail bonds company on a scheduled basis, and they will also include showing up for all court appearances on time until the case is resolved.

If you, the potential co-signer, feels the defendant is not reliable enough to perform these tasks, then you should think twice about indemnifying […]

How To Dress For Your Dallas County Court Appearance -Part 2

Dallas Bail Bondsman’s Advice on How To Dress For Your Dallas County Court Appearance

This is the second installment in our series on how to dress for your court appearances and courtroom etiquette in Dallas County, and any other county court.

When we last left off, we were discussing the proper attire for court. Here’s a quick refresher:

DO show up a few minutes early for your court appearance, and check the docket to ensure your case is listed. If it isn’t, then showing up early will give you time to find out what courtroom your case has been moved to. Remember – if it doesn’t show up on the list of the courtroom you were given, then that DOES NOT mean you get to just go home!!!

If you’re not sure how to find your new court room number, call your attorney. Our clients know they can call Set’Em Free Bail Bonds Dallas at 214-941-2245 any time to get assistance with any last minute court room changes.

DO wear a suit if possible. If you don’t have a suit, then men should wear properly fitted slacks and shirt – no baggy pants with underwear showing! Ladies should wear a suit if possible. If not, then wear slacks and an appropriate blouse, dress, or skirt and top.

DON’T:

Wear see-through garments
Soiled or dirty clothes
Grills
Excessive jewelry
Dress as if going out to the club (mini skirts, hooker or platform heels, excessive make-up)
Shorts
Clothes that show the midriff
Clothes with wording or graphics that are obscene, promote illegal or questionable activity, sex acts, profanity or violence!
Hats
Tube or halter tops
Flip flops
Barefoot
Muscle shirts
A-shirts (commonly known as wife-beaters)
Gum chewing

Also remember to either turn your cell phone off, or place it on vibrate. […]

How To Dress For Your Court Appearance -Part 1

How To Dress For Your Dallas County Court Appearance

So you’ve got your court date, you’ve made arrangements to get to court on time, and you know exactly which courtroom you need to be in.

Everything covered?

Nope, not yet! How much research have you done on courtroom etiquette? None? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

How you present yourself in court is very important – don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! This is especially true if you are appearing for a trial. Did you the way most people are treated or perceived is more than likely based on how they’ve presented themselves? First impressions are very important, and also very hard to change later. If a person presents themselves in a negative light, i.e., appearing unkept, conversation littered with foul language, etc., that person will most likely be perceived as ignorant and unintelligent. On the other hand, if a person has a clean appearance, has obviously taken time in their personal hygiene, and can carry on a normal conversation, then that person will most likely be perceived as someone with reasonable intelligence. Notice I said “normal” conversation. No one is expecting you to be a rocket scientist!

These perceptions carry over into the courtroom with the judge, prosecuting attorney and most importantly, with the jury.

You’ve heard that phrase “Attitude Is Everything.” Well, that is certainly true inside a courtroom. Your attitude and demeanor can go a long way in influencing the outcome of your trial. So in order to help you prepare for your day in court, here are some helpful tips:

Do’s

Do show up to your court appearance early -this way if there are any unforeseen problems like unexpectedly having to spend 30 minutes trying to find a […]

Dallas County Bail vs. Bonds – What’s The Difference?

Dallas County Bail & Bonds

Many people are either confused about the difference between the terms bail and bond or may use the terms interchangeably.
There is a difference between the two.

When someone is arrested and taken into custody (taken to jail), they must go before a judge or magistrate to be arraigned. During the arraignment the judge informs them of their charges and sets the terms and conditions of their bail – provided bail is made available.

There may be certain circumstances where a defendant may not be awarded bail. This can happen when the defendant is considered a flight risk or a threat to the public. In these situations the judge will deny bail which means the defendant can not be released from jail before their trial has completed.

For defendants who are awarded bail, the judge will set a bail amount.

Definition of Bail

Bail is the amount the defendant most pay in order to be released from jail while awaiting their trial date. The bail amount is set based on the nature of the charges and the defendants past arrest history. If the offense being charged is minor in nature, the bail amount will most likely be small – as little as a couple hundred dollars. If the offense being charged is considered more serious then the bail amount will be higher.

Bail is the money that is put up as security to assure that the defendant will appear for all court dates until the final disposition. Defendants have the option to put up cash but if the amount is large, the average person may not have the funds available.

That’s where Set’Em Free Bail Bonds comes in.

Bonds

The defendant – or the defendant’s family can call us (a bondsman) […]

Texas No Refusal Weekend

Advice From Dallas Bail Bonds Company

Thinking About Having One For The Road?

Better Think Again! Better Think Again!!

Just a reminder from Set’Em Free Bail Bonds Dallas that this 4th of July weekend is a No Refusal weekend. What that means is if an officer requests that you take a test to determine whether or not you are intoxicated or under the influence (that’s Alcohol OR Drugs…including Prescription Drugs that hinder your ability operate a vehicle) you DO NOT have the right to refuse and a blood test will be forcibly administered and video taped under the direction of medical staff, and any other personnel deemed appropriate.

If you don’t like that idea it’s very easy to avoid the entire situation. Don’t drive while under the influence!! If you find yourself in this situation, call a friend, call a cab or just stay put! It really isn’t work the risk.

Set’Em Free Bail Bonds Dallas has extensice expertise in the bail bonds industry. We provide Dallas County Bail Bonds for felony, misdemeanor and traffic related offenses. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us at 214-941-2245. We’re ready to help!

Author: Patrick Hill

Learn How Individuals Benefit from the Bail Bond Industry

How an Individual Benefits from the Bail Bond Industry

There are many ways that an individual might be affected by the legal system. For instance, it is possible that someone can end up in jail on minor charges. The Constitution of the United States offers protection and certain rights to those who are being accused of a crime. One way that the individual is offered protection is that bail cannot be set at excessive amounts for the crime that was allegedly committed. The quickest way to gain release from jail is of course to secure bail, but acquiring that freedom is not the only benefit that is obtained.

Dallas Bail Bonds Help Individuals in Preparing Their Defense

It can take a lot of preparation to prepare the defense when a person is planning on fighting a charge that’s been filed against them. This job is not a simple task and is made much more difficult when confined to a cell. If an individual is in jail they are not able to travel to collect evidence or find witnesses that can speak on their behalf. When bail is posted, it allows the individual the time needed to make preparations for their defense.

Financial Benefits

When a person gets arrested there is no guarantee that they will have a job when they get out. If bail is not posted very soon after it has been set they may miss several days of work. Even if their boss is understanding and chooses not to terminate their employment, they will still be out several days of pay. This can be a substantial amount of money. In many cases, a bail bondsman can post bail for an individual within just a few hours so that […]

How Bail Bondsmen Help Families

How Bail Bondsmen Help Families


At Set’Em Free Bail Bonds Dallas we know that finding out that a family member has been arrested is one of those phone calls no one wants to receive. An arrest can have a negative effect on a family in many ways, emotionally and especially financially. When someone is arrested the judge will typically set bail depending on the severity of the crime and other issues. A bail bondsman can post bail for an individual so that they can spend their time waiting for their court date outside the jail. This can be very beneficial for them as well as their families. Here are some of the ways the bond industry helps families.

Ensured Safety

Jail has a reputation for being a very dangerous place, especially for those who are in larger cities. Officers, of course, do their best to keep inmates as safe as possible but it can still be a rough place to stay even for a few nights. Whether a family member is innocent or guilty it is possible for them to end up in an altercation with another individual inside the jail who is dangerous. By posting bail, the bondsman ensures families that their loved one is safe from the dangers lurking inside the jail. They are free to stay at home with their families while they prepare for their day in court. Remember, here at Set’Em Free Bail Bonds we know everyone is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Familial Support

In the world today it is increasingly important for families to stick together and support one another even in the tough times. Even if an individual made mistakes or poor choices which got them arrested […]

2014 Texas Warrant Roundup

2014 Great Texas Warrant Roundup

Law enforcement agencies all across Texas have joined together to actively serve outstanding arrest warrants. The Dallas City Marshall’s Office again joins the annual state-wide effort this year.

The Warrant Roundup Starts today (March 1). The mission of the roundup is to reduce the number of outstanding warrants throughout the state. Law enforcement officers will be arresting anyone who has unpaid citations that have gone to warrant.
If you have an outstanding warrant or a delinquent traffic, misdemeanor (Class C) citation, or delinquent parking citations please call us at 214-941-2245. We can help you resolve your warrant and avoid being arrested.

Offenders who have not resolved their warrants are subject to having a hold placed on the renewal of their vehicle registration. They are also subject to having their driver license renewals denied, and being arrested and jailed. a hold being placed on the renewal of their vehicle registration with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (Scofflaw Program) or being arrested and jailed. In Dallas and other cities, drivers may also be subject to denial of their driver’s license renewal.

Dallas Bail Bonds

Need to resolve your warrant? We can help. Contact us at: Set’Em Free Bail Bonds. We provide Dallas County Bail Bonds for felony, misdemeanor and traffic related offenses. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us at 214-941-2245. We’re ready to help!

Author: Patrick Hill

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Difference Between Felony And Misdemeanor Charges

Whats The Difference Between A Felony and A Misdemeanor

CLASSIFICATION OF OFFENSES. Offenses are designated as either felonies or misdemeanors. The most notable difference between felonies and misdemeanors is the severity of the punishment, or the sentence.

Misdemeanors are classified into three categories, depending on the seriousness of the offense:
Class A Misdemeanors Punishments

  • fines not to exceed $4,000;
  • confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year; or
  • both a fine and confinement.

Class B Misdemeanor Punishments:

  • fines not to exceed $2,000;
  • confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days; or
  • both a fine and confinement.

Class C Misdemeanor Punishments – Most Class C misdemeanors are punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.

On the other hand, felonies are classified by the seriousness of the offense as well, but there are five categories as opposed to 3 for misdemeanors. Those levels are listed below:

  • capital felonies;
  • felonies of the first degree;
  • felonies of the second degree;
  • felonies of the third degree; and
    • (a) state jail felonies.
    • (b) An offense designated a felony in this code without specification as to category is a state jail felony.

The definitions and codes below are from: Texas Penal Codes

SUBCHAPTER C. ORDINARY FELONY PUNISHMENTS

Sec. 12.31. CAPITAL FELONY. (a) An individual adjudged guilty of a capital felony in a case in which the state seeks the death penalty shall be punished by imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for life without parole or by death. An individual adjudged guilty of a capital felony in a case in which the state does not seek the death penalty shall be punished by imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for:
(1) life, if the individual’s case was transferred to the court under Section 54.02, Family Code; or
(2) life without parole.
(b) In […]

Dallas County Bail Bonds Calls

Dallas County Jail Call

Got a call from the Dallas County Jail the other day. First part of the call went something like this:

Defendant: Hi. I need to get a bail bond.
Me: Ok, what’s your name:
Defendant: “——- ———–”
Me: Ok, there’s an insufficient bond and bond forfeiture for failure to appear.
Defendant: Yeah, I have the money. I paid for my other bond, no problem – so you don’t have to worry about getting your money. I just don’t like going to court. I don’t know why they had to arrest me again for the same thing.
Me: :-/ Yeahh, that not going to court thing is gonna be a problem for you!!!

At Set’Em Free Bail Bonds when we get these types of phone calls it just re-emphasizes the fact that even people who have gotten Dallas County Bail Bonds in the past still may not know exactly what is required of them in order to keep their Dallas Bail Bonds in effect.

Dallas County Bail Bonds Information

This call was a classic example of their previous bail bonds agent not taking the time to fully explain to them that the whole purpose of their bail bond was to ensure their appearance for all future court dates until the case was disposed of. After further conversations with this defendant it became very clear to me that she didn’t fully understand the process, and really had no idea how serious her situation was. We continued our conversation, I got her family contact info, talked extensively with them explaining the process to them as well – and we were able to successfully process her bond.

After she was released and came into […]