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Tips on How to Survive Jail

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While jail will never be fun, a few tips can at least make your stay bearable.

If you’ve ever been arrested, you know what it’s like to spend at least a few hours incarcerated. The time likely passed in a haze of phone calls and booking procedures, and if you were lucky, you got bailed out soon. The passing of a sentence for jail time represents a different situation. Depending on your crime, you could face incarceration for days, months, or years.

If you know you have an upcoming jail sentence, you’ve  likely worried yourself sick over what to expect. While all jails and prisons are different, a few general pointers can help make your time more bearable.

Lose the Attitude

You may feel as if survival of jail time requires a tough facade. This couldn’t be further from the truth, as a bad attitude will only cause you problems. Jail employees will not tolerate it, and can actively make your time in jail more unpleasant. As for your interactions with other inmates, keep them civil and brief.

Roll Solo

This stands as a development on the previous point. You want to avoid group dynamics, since they can only get you into trouble. Don’t accept favors from other inmates, as you never know what they’ll expect from you later on.

Arrange for Reading Material

If you can find a friend or relative to send you books while incarcerated, you should definitely avail yourself of the service. You will have a lot of downtime, and while jails and prisons generally have their own libraries, you can’t expect them to be well-stocked. All jails have a different procedure for accepting packages on behalf of inmates. Usually, the only requirement for a book is that it gets sent directly from the publisher or an online retailer like Amazon.

While a primer on jail life could contain many, many more tips, these three will serve you well as a start. If you or a loved one ever find themselves incarcerated near Clearwater or St. Peterburg, FL, give James Brennan Bail Bonds a call at 727-531-5000.

What Do I Do If I Think There’s A Warrant For My Arrest?

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Not sure what to do if you have a warrant out for your arrest? Call us!

Are you worried you may have a warrant out for your arrest? There are many reasons a warrant can be issued, from failure to pay a traffic ticket from a red light camera, to being a suspect in a crime investigation. If you suspect there may be a warrant out for your arrest, there are a few steps you should take, to avoid unnecessary stress and fear.

How Do I Handle An Arrest Warrant?

Take a Moment to Breathe

The worst possible thing you could do is panic, and try to skip town. So take a moment to collect yourself and breathe. If you panic and make a snap decision, you could create many unnecessary complications.

Verify You Have a Warrant

To verify if you have a warrant or not, you can check the local police website. The warrants are typically listed on the wanted lists. If you see your name, you may have cause for concern. You may also call a court house to find out if your name is in the system for arrest, and you will then have time to contact your attorney.

Contact Your Attorney

If you have verified that there is a warrant for your arrest, you should always contact your attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can then begin getting all of the facts you need, and help you with processing and finding out your bail amount.

Contact a Bondsman

Often, arrest warrants have a predetermined bail set by the judge at the time of issue. Once you or your attorney has found the bond amount, you should contact a bondsman. A bondsmencan work with you to cover he bond amount.

Turn Yourself In

Last, you need to turn yourself in. Though this may seem scary, it is extremely helpful to your case to do so. Bring your attorney and your bondsmen so they can help expedite things. Going through all of these steps can help you get in and out of the police station quickly.

Do you or someone you know need bondsman services in Clearwater, FL? Call James Brennan Bail Bonds today at 727-531-5000! We’re here to help you and your loved ones!

Explaining Arrests To Your Kids

If you or a loved one has been placed under arrest, you are surely very stressed yourself, and if you have kids, you are likely concerned with how this will effect them! They may be frightened or worried that their loved one is at risk of being hurt or taken away for a long time. Arrest of a parent or caretaker can be particularly devastating if the child witnesses the arrest, or is forcibly separated from the parent.

How to explain arrests to children

Explaining arrests to children can be difficult, but it is important to take the time to ensure your children understand that everything will be alright.

Here at James Brennan Bail Bonds, we decided to take some time to lay out a few tips we’ve learned that can minimize the child’s distress, with honesty and clear explanation.

Explaining Arrests to Toddlers

For children that are very young, it can be difficult to help them understand why their loved one is being taken away, and they are likely experiencing feelings of fear and abandonment. Your goal in this situations should be to comfort and reassure the child. Let them know that their parent will not be hurt, and that they will see their parent again very soon.

Explaining Arrests to Elementary School Children

Children between 5 and 7 years old may feel responsible for the arrest, as they are at the tender age of learning about consequences. It is important to let children this age know that they are in no way responsible, and that they will see their loved one soon. Let them know that their loved one will not be hurt, and that they will come home soon.

Explaining Arrests to Middle School Children

Older children, between 8 and 12 years old, are likely aware of the premise of law enforcement, and are likely frightened by exaggerated stories of arrest and prison. Assure them that their loved one will not be hurt by anyone, and that they are going to the police station to speak with officers and answer questions.

Explaining Arrests to Teenagers

Teenagers tend to be harder to reach, emotionally, when it comes to arrests. Often, teenagers may feel angry with their parents or the officers that arrested them. Keep a calm and steady voice, and allow them an opportunity to feel helpful. Ask if they can comfort younger siblings, or help you with the task of contacting a bail bondsman. Teenagers often process these situations better when they are asked to participate in a solution.

Arrests can be stressful and difficult events. If you or someone you love has been arrested in St. Petersburg, FL, or surrounding areas, call James Brennan Bail Bonds. We will get you out of jail and back with your family as soon as possible! (727) 531-5000

3 Common Types of Theft You Need To Know About

Theft is defined as the action or crime of stealing. Theft is an intentional act and can lead to a lot of trouble. There are different types of theft and theft charges that can land you in jail, requiring you to seek bail bonds services. Here are four types of theft.

3 Common Types of Theft You Need To Know About

Identity Theft

Identity theft is a very serious crime. Forms of identity theft include stealing someone’s social security card, driver’s license, or other personal identification to acquire things. Depending on how much is spent, identity theft can either be third-degree to first-degree felony theft charges.

Robbery

Robbery is one of the most common types of theft. Whether someone breaks into a home or steals a purse off a woman, that is considered robbery and is very serious. Depending on what is taken in the robbery and other factors, robberies can lead to third-degree to first-degree charges.

Auto Theft

Depending on the value of the car, how long it was taken, and if any violence or weapons were used, this is a serious type of theft. In the state of Flordia, you are guilty of the felony of grand theft auto.

If you or someone you know has committed any type of theft crime, we are here to help. If you have a misdemeanor or felony charge against you and need bail bond services in Clearwater, FL, give the bail bondsmen at James Brennan Bail Bonds a call at 727-531-5000 for affordable and fast service that you can always count on.

How to Deal with an Immigration Arrest

How to Deal with an Immigration Arrest

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Immigration and the status of immigrants in the United States has been a common topic the news lately. If you or a loved one are an immigrant, you may be worried about what happens if you are arrested or detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Know Your Rights

Immigrants arrested or detained by ICE still have certain rights. If you are arrested by ICE at work, home, or on the street you probably have more rights than if you were arrested at an airport or the border. There are some very basic things you should remember during an Immigration Arrest-

1.You have the right to remain silent. You should ask to speak to a lawyer IMMEDIATELY.
2. Do not sign anything. You could be signing a document that will keep you from seeing a lawyer or judge.
3. In most arrests you have the right to request to be released from jail or detention by paying a bond.

Getting an Immigration Bail Bond

Arrests are extremely stressful. One step you or your loved one can take to minimize stress is to get an Immigration Bail Bond. Your eligibility for an immigration bail bond depends on whether your ICE office or Immigration judge thinks you are a flight risk. You may be released on what is known as a personal recognizance bond- a signed agreement that you will return to court and avoid committing any crimes. If you do not qualify for a Personal

Recognizance Bond your judge or ICE officer may grant you either a Delivery Bond or a Voluntary Departure Bond.

If you or a loved one have been arrested or detained by ICE and need information, please give James Brennan Bail Bonds a call. We will work quickly to answer your questions and find the best bond solution for you.

Why Use a Bail Bondsman?

Wondering if you should use a bail bondsman to get out of jail? You should be asking yourself ‘Why not?’ There are actually several benefits to using a bail bondsman, including financial and practical reasons.

Save Money

use a bail bondsmanDepending on your charges, bail may cost anywhere from $100 to $100,000 (or more!). Needless to say, it can be difficult to come up with the money on short notice. No one wants to stay in jail for days or weeks until their court date, and asking friends and family to bail you out isn’t always an option. By using a bail bondsman, you only need to pay a small percentage of the total cost of your bail. This can save you several hundred or thousands of dollars!

Trusted Assistance

Not only will a bail bondsman save you money, but a good one will help you navigate the bail process. It can be confusing, especially for first-time offenders, and a quality bail bondsman will do his best to answer your questions. Many will even remind you of your court date and provide resources to help you.

It’s Easy!

Bail bondsmen are generally available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can get help fast. At James Brennan Bail Bonds, we make it even easier by eliminating the need to come into our office. Just call us at 727-531-5000; there’s no need to print, fax, or scan any documents.

If you need to use a bail bondsman in Clearwater, FL or St. Petersburg, call James Brennan Bail Bonds at 727-531-5000 today!

What Happens If You Skip Bail?

When you get out of jail with a bail bond, it is essential that you show up for your court date. Here’s what happens if you don’t:

Bond Forfeiture

skip bailIn every bond agreement, you must pledge to show up in court after you get released from jail. When you don’t show up, the bond will be forfeited and you will be responsible for the original, full price of bail. If your bondsman required some form of collateral, he may sell it to recoup the money he lost if you skip bail.

Arrest Warrant

Sometimes people cannot get to court because of an emergency. Other times you might just forget or skip bail intentionally. However, in almost every circumstance, a judge will issue a warrant for your arrest and you will be charged with failure to appear. This may be a misdemeanor or felony charge, depending on your original charges. If you have a legitimate excuse for not showing up on your court date, you should contact an attorney immediately. You should also contact your bail bondsman right away.

Once a warrant for your arrest is issued, police or a bounty hunter will attempt to find you and bring you back to jail. Many bail bondsmen use bounty hunters to track down people who jump bail in order to get some of their money back. Once arrested, you will then be held without bail until your next court appearance.

Additional Penalties

In addition to these consequences, you may also be required to pay additional court fees, fines, and more. Skipping bail is a serious offense, so don’t forget your court date!

If you need bail bonds in Clearwater, FL, call James Brennan Bail Bonds at 727-531-5000!

What To Do When A Loved One Gets Arrested

What do you do when your friend or loved one calls from jail asking you to bail them out? If you’ve never been in this situation, it can be stressful and even scary. However, the person in jail is most likely even more anxious than you. Follow these tips on what to do when a loved one gets arrested.

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Keep Calm

Whether you are with your loved one at the time of arrest or they call you from jail, the most important thing is to stay calm. If you are present at the time of arrest, try to keep your friend calm as well. In such a situation, it’s easy to get upset with the arresting officer. However, fighting the arrest or attempting to harm an officer will put you both in danger. You don’t need to go to jail too! Remember that interfering with police can get you arrested as well.

Gather Information

If your loved one calls you from the county jail, don’t ask for details about what happened. Your friend should only relay the facts to you in case the police are listening in to your phone call. Ask your loved one for their full name and date of birth if you don’t know it, and get their charges and booking location. If they have already had a bail hearing, find out the cash bail amount.

Consider A Bail Bond

If your loved one’s cash bail amount is too much for you to afford, consider getting a bail bond. If you’re not familiar, a bail bond allows you to pay 10 percent of the cash bail price and the bail bondsman will put up the rest. This is contingent on the agreement that your loved one show up in court. Some agreements require other stipulations, and some may require putting up some form of collateral like a car title or valuable jewelry. When a loved one gets arrested, this may be your best option to get them out of jail.

If you are considering a bail bond in Clearwater and St. Petersburg, FL, call James Brennan Bail Bonds today! We are available 24/7 to provide you with fast, friendly service when a loved one gets arrested. We provide bail bonds for all types of charges, including DUI and immigration. Reach us at 727-531-5000!

Stop Clowning Around: Menacing Clowns In Florida

While  not quite sure where this creepy clown craze came from, ever since reports from Greenville, SC about clowns luring children into the woods with candy first surfaced, it seems “creepy clowns” are popping up everywhere. From yelling obscenities and running down the road in Texas to standing in a woman’s back yard here in Florida, these clowns and their menacing are starting to get more than creepy; they’re getting scary.

Menacing In Florida

48892093_s-300x200These individuals have been hurling threats toward many institutions and individuals, then just vanishing. However, these actions are considered assault or menacing. Menacing and assault are similar charges with different names. Many people get them confused; the difference is that menacing is a felony. Assault is a misdemeanor charge of violently threatening the well being of another person without actually striking them.

For those who have threatened others and then struck or attempted to strike the threatened person, the charge is elevated to assault and battery, a felony. This means that when one of the clowns get caught, they may be charged with a felony, and if found guilty, may experience considerable jail time.  While a misdemeanor can land them 60 days in jail, a felony such as menacing or assault and battery can lead to maximum 15 years in jail and $10,000 in fines. 

These individuals are shaming and putting an ill light on an entire community of individuals who make their living bringing joy and happiness to people everywhere. This makes it hard for them to perform their services. At James Brennan Bail Bonds, we hope these individuals will stop and our beloved clowns can get back to what they do best;  making people smile. 

If you are arrested for felony menacing or if you need bail, give us a call today at 727-531-5000.

Which Celebs Have Used Bail Bond Services?

bail bond servicesSome people are surprised to find out that celebrities are sometimes forced to use bail bond service just like the rest of us. No one is above the law and sometimes, things do happen. Take a look at some of these famous individuals who needed to call on the services of their trusty bail bondsman.

Katt Williams

This actor and stand up comedian is no stranger to being arrested. Most notably, Williams was charged with burglary in 2009. His bail was set at $40,000 which his bail bondsman paid. But after being released, Williams was arrested a second time for not making payments to his bail bondsmen for the before mentioned arrest. He was forced to pay his own bail of $10,000 in order to retain his freedom until his hearing.

Lindsay Lohan

Here’s another celebrity who is no stranger to her local bail bondsman. Throughout her career of arrests, Lohan has normally utilized bail bond services. In 2010, she called on her bail bondsman on several occasions because of her repeated probation violations. All thanks to bail bonds, Lohan was able to keep herself out of an even worse situation, actual jail time.

Nicholas Cage

The famous actor was charged with domestic violence, public indecency, along with a few other serious charges. In his inebriated state, he also got into a physical confrontation with the paparazzi which only added to his problems. He was forced to call on his friend, Dog the Bounty Hunter, for bail bond assistance. Dog was able to post $11,000 bail and help Cage avoid any jail time.

As you can see, arrests can happen to any of us. So if you or someone you know ends up in a sticky situation and in need of bail bond services in Clearwater, FL, call James Brennan Bail Bonds at 727-531-5000.