Bail Bonds in Sarasota, FL
Residents of Sarasota, FL who are looking for a reputable bail bonds agency only need to look as far as Brennan Bail Bonds. We are available to serve the community's needs at all times. Our licensed and bonded agents are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We take our job so seriously that we even work weekends and holidays. The police don't stop arresting people after the shop closes, so we make sure we can help you no matter what time of day you may need us.
For the defendant, the process begins with their arrest. They will be taken to the local jail and processed. This includes fingerprinting, being photographed and undergoing a background check that searches for open warrants. The booking process can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours depending on the size of the facility. Once they have been formally charged, their bail will be set according to bail schedule or by a judge at a bail bond hearing.
The first step in the bail bonds process is filling out the application. Once the application is finished, the next step is to secure the funds for the bond. A bond premium is 10% of the total bond amount. This fee is mandatory and set by the state of Florida and non-refundable. As soon as the funds for the bail bond are secured, the agent will go to the jail and submit the required paperwork along with the bond and the release process will begin. This can take up to 8 hours depending on how busy the facility is.
After the defendant has been released, he or she will have to go over some paperwork. The bail bonds agent will advise them of their responsibilities and when their court date is. After all of the formalities are finished, they will be allowed to go home to their family.
Dealing with the arrest of a friend or family member can be very discouraging. No one expects to be arrested, therefore no one is ever really prepared for what happens next. In the majority of cases, co-signers do not have access to the amount of money needed to post another person's bail. At Brennan Bail Bonds, we are here to help you with that problem. We take several different forms of payment including cash, credit cards and Western Union money transfers. For our clients who qualify, we have zero down, low interest payment plans available to help you stay within your budget.
If you can come up with 10% of the total bond amount, we can come up with the rest. When your budget is stretched to the limit, we have convenient payment plans for individuals who qualify for the loan program. We can make this work. If the premium falls below a certain amount, the state of Florida has mandated that the minimum amount that can secure a bond is $100. Once that is squared away, our bail bond agent will be off and running to get the process finished and your loved one home where they belong.
Just because a person is arrested, it doesn't mean their rights have been compromised. A person who is charged with a crime is presumed innocent until their guilt is proven. According to the 8th amendment, a person who is arrested and charged with a crime has the right to post bail and obtain early release prior to their trial. Even though the Constitution was written over 200 years ago, its precepts still hold true today. The ability to post bail allows the defendant the opportunity to return home and take care of their family. It gives them the time to make arrangements to provide for their family while they are in court as well as hire a qualified attorney to handle their case. It also ensures that their bail will be equal to the crime.
Even though every person has the right to bail, there are times when that right can be revoked. If a person commits a violent crime and is thought to be a danger to himself or others, the judge may deny bail in the interest of public safety. A judge can also deny bail if the defendant poses a significant flight risk. Denying a defendant's bail is not a decision that is lightly made. The judge must do what is right for all involved. While it may seem unfair to the defendant, the rights of the public at large can supersede if there is a tangible threat to the safety of others.
Always look to Brennan Bail Bonds when you find yourself in need of a qualified and reputable bail bonds agency. Our staff are fully licensed and insured by the state of Florida and are well versed in every step of the bail bonds process. We can offer you sound advice as well as answer any question you may have. Bail bonds can be extremely confusing, especially if you have never had to deal with an arrest before.
Clerk of Courts and Courthouse
2000 Main St
Sarasota, FL 34236
2071 Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34237
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Sarasota State Attorney
Jail - Sarasota Florida
2020 Main St
Sarasota, FL 34237