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Quick Bail Tips

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Are you or a loved one facing arrest? This can be an extremely stressful time, and while it is easy to feel overwhelmed, we have four quick tips for posting bail to help you through this time. By following these steps the process will be smoother and less stressful for you and your loved ones.

Remain Calm

This step can be hard. Being calm in a stressful situation is difficult. However, if you remain calm the process will go much more smoothly. If it is your loved one facing arrest you also should remain calm. You can aid your loved one better if you are calm. If you are being arrested listen to the authorities. Stay cool and collected so that you do not make any mistakes that could land you in further trouble.

Call Your Bail Bondsman

Gather up some info when you go to call your bail bondsman. It helps to have the defendant’s name on hand, their date of birth, the jail, their location and the date of arrest. If you don’t have all of this information though, still call your bail bondsman.

If you are in need of a bail bondsman, you can always count on us, and reach us at 727-531-5000!

Make Bail

Your bail bondsman will help you finish the necessary paperwork and then will post bail for you. Remember, the bail agency can make the first part of the process quick, but they don’t control the time it will take for release. That is up to the jail you are located in.

Keep Your Court Date

You will be asked to appear in court at a set date and time. It is extremely important that you show up for your court date. Write down the information in a safe place and set a reminder for yourself to show up. Ask a family member or friend to help you keep the date.

 

3 Common Felonies in Florida

Cocaine HandcuffsWhen you are charged with a crime in Florida, it will wither be a misdemeanor or a felony. Misdemeanors like loitering and petty theft are considered less serious crimes, and therefore offer lower maximum penalties. Felonies are much more serious crimes, and require a major defense strategy if you are going to reduce your penalty in court, or be found not guilty. James Brennan Bail Bonds offers felony bail to individuals or family members charged with a felony crime. Get out of prison and start working on your defense case today. Meanwhile, here are 3 common felonies in the state of Florida:

Aggravated Assault

You may believe you just got into a minor fight, but several factors can distinguish this incident as aggravated assault. The charge will depend on the following characteristics of the crime:

  • Intent of Aggressor
  • Identity of Victim
  • Severity of Injury
  • Use of Weapon

If one or more of the characteristics of your incident meets the above criteria, you are subject to state felony. Contact a bail bonds company and call your lawyer.

Child Abuse

In some instances, parents may not understand what constitutes felony child abuse. In addition to physical harm, a felony can consist of emotional or mental distress. The following people are required to report child abuse:

  • Judge
  • Mental Health Evaluator
  • Physician
  • Police Officer
  • Social Worker
  • Spiritual Adviser (Priest, Pastor, Rabbi, etc.)
  • Teacher

Failure of any of the above persons to report known abuse is considered a misdemeanor. In contrast, a false report can be a felony.

Possession of Controlled Substance

This felony applies to unauthorized possession of controlled substances besides marijuana. Some common ones include

  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone

If you have been charged with felony drug possession in Clearwater or St. Petersburg, FL, call James Brennan Bail Bonds at 727-531-5000

Tips For DUI Checkpoints

DUI CheckpointIf you have been arrested for DUI in St. Petersburg or Tampa, FL, contact James Brennan Bail Bonds for DUI Bail Bonds. DUI checkpoints can be scary for drivers who have had a couple of drinks. So what do you do in a situation like this? Consider these tips for DUI checkpoints:

Avoid Checkpoints

DUI checkpoints are supposed to be public knowledge, and in many cases are listed on local newspapers or other sources. You can check websites like DUI Block to get a collection of any DUI checkpoint announcements in your area. Keep in mind that checkpoints are legal in the state of Florida, so you can avoid them, but if you don’t, you will be required to provide identification.

Know Your Rights

American citizens have rights when they are pulled over. Outside of providing your license and registration, you are not obligated to submit any more information, without the presence of a search warrant. If the police officer seems to be grilling you with questions, politely decline to answer and invoke your 5th amendment right to remain silent.

Stay Calm

The worst thing you can do anytime you are pulled over, is to panic. Police officers will sense your panic, and immediately assume there is a reason for you to be worried. Remain calm and speak to the officer politely. Keep your words at a minimum but don’t come across as rude. If the police officer asks you to step out of the vehicle, make sure you do so without leaning on your car, which can make you look impaired. Call 727-531-5000 for DUI Bail Bonds in St. Petersburg and Tampa, FL.

Tips For Probation Success

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Probation gives an opportunity to maintain freedom while you pay your criminal debt.

If you received probation instead of a jail sentence, then congratulations. You’ve received the opportunity to remain a productive member of society while you pay your debt for a crime. Though an obvious improvement over jail, probation is no cakewalk. The court will require you to accomplish any number of objectives, from paying fines to completing community service. On top of this, you will need to stay out of trouble and check in regularly with your probation officer. To make the most of probation and stay out of jail, you will want to follow these tips for probation success.

Keep Your Appointments

Your appointments with your probation officer represent one of the most important requirements of probation. These appointments give the officer a chance to check-in and measure your progress. If you miss an appointment and drop out of contact, you can expect a warrant for your arrest.

Pay Your Fines

Probation typically comes with some number of fines and fees. These could include a monthly probation fee, charges for drug tests, and financial restitution. These fines represent a hard requirement of probation, and non-payment could result in revocation. As part of this, your probation officer will expect you to remain employed.

Other Requirements

Though it seems obvious, you must avoid the commission of other crimes while on probation. If you commit another crime while on probation, you could have your probation revoked. You would then have to serve two jail sentences — one for the probated crime, and another for the new arrest. In many cases, probation will come with some frequency of drug tests. To avoid a violation, stay clean while on probation. This could extend to the use of alcohol, dependent on the crime and the court’s orders.

If you avoid other crimes and do everything your probation officer instructs, you will achieve probation success. If something goes wrong and results in your arrest for a probation violation, you will need to post bail. For bail services in Clearwater, FL and St. Petersburg, FL, call James Brennan Bail Bonds at 727-531-5000.

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!