Bail Bonds in St. Lucie County, FL
Local Telephone: 772- 200-4331
Brennan Bail Bonds agents in St. Lucie County, FL are here to help you understand the bail bonds process. Many people have a hard time figuring out how bail is set for each crime. In some cases, a pre-determined list of charges and corresponding bail amounts are established by judges in the area. Although these may change from time to time, they give jailers a bail amount to use so that defendants can be released without going in front of a judge. There are times, however, when the schedule can't be used. If a person commits a severe crime or is deemed an habitual offender, the police may hold them until a judge can set their bail. Their prior criminal history will play a large role in what amount of bail they receive. Another factor is whether or not they may skip bail or fail to appear at their scheduled court hearings. A person who is considered to be a high flight risk may be detained with no bail. Crimes such as capital murder and attempted murder may have bail amounts in excess of one million dollars. If the judge believes the defendant may harm themselves or others, they may order them to be held without bail until their trial.
An arrest rarely occurs when you are prepared for it. With today's economy, many families barely have enough money to survive on, let alone post a bail bond. Our agents are here to help you secure the funds you need to post a bail bond and get your loved one out of jail. We take several different forms of payment including Western Union, cash, money orders cashiers' checks and major credit cards. For our clients who are eligible, we have low interest, zero down payment plans that will fit easily into your budget. To qualify, you must have your own home and have maintained your employment for a specific amount of time.
Bail is both a right and a privilege. The 8th amendment gives every American citizen the right to early release through the use of a bail bond. The ability to post bail prevents judges from setting bail in amounts that are excessively high considering the crime that has been committed. It also allows the defendant to be released so they do not have to remain in jail until their court date. Individuals who are forced to stay in jail for the entire time run the risk of losing their jobs, being forced to drop out of school and endangering their family's financial and emotional security. As a privilege, bail can be denied if the judge believes the defendant is a flight risk and will not appear for their court hearing. In cases where the crime is extremely violent and has resulted in the death of another person or traumatic bodily injury, the defendant's bail may be denied.
If a judge believes that a defendant may harm themselves or others, they can require the defendant to be placed under psychiatric evaluation for a specific period of time. Once the evaluation is completed, the defendant can petition for bail if they passed. If not they may be held for their own safety at a psychiatric facility until such time as they are deemed fit to proceed with court. Although this is rare, it can happen when a person has been severely traumatized by the event in question. A person who is very depressed or upset may try to harm themselves or others.
For every bond we write, we are required by law to charge a premium. State bond premiums are set at 10 % of the total bond amount. Federal and immigration bonds require a 15% premium. Premiums are non-negotiable and non-refundable. Bail bond agencies that claim to be able to offer discounted premiums at a much lower rate are probably not complying with the law and should be avoided at all costs. If you have questions about how the premium is used, call us and we will help you understand how the entire process works.
The paperwork associated with a bail bond is very simple and is normally completed in about 30 minutes. After the bail bond agent has everything in order they can head down to the jail and post the defendant's bond. It can take from 2 to 8 hours for the release process to be completed. The bail bond agent can do nothing else to speed up the process. They have to wait like everyone else. The positive side of this is that once the release process has started, the closer you are to the end.
For individuals who are unable to meet with us at one of our offices, we offer online transactions. Application forms can be filled out and submitted online and a credit card can be used to secure the premium needed to complete the process. Many transactions can be performed via fax, phone or email. We use the latest technology to be able to provide you with the fastest, most efficient service possible When you can't come to us, we make it possible to meet half way. We can even come to where you are if that is what you need for us to do.
As soon as you hear that a friend or family member has been arrested, call our offices immediately at 888-354-9011. Our agents are always available no matter what time you make the call. We pride ourselves on personal service. Your case will get underway as soon as you pick up the phone. There are agencies out there who live by the answering machine. We do not believe that is an effective way to conduct business. When you are going through a rough time, you don't want to listen to tape recording. You want to hear a live voice accompanied by a person who has compassion and respect for all you have to deal with.
Residents who live in the Port St. Lucie County area can rely on Brennan Bail Bonds to help them get back on track. Being placed under arrest can be quite embarrassing. We will keep your situation as confidential as possible and protect your privacy. We will make sure you get the best treatment possible when it comes to the courts and working with law enforcement officers. We are here to help you. To get things started, call our office or visit our website today!
St. Lucie County Jail
900 N. Rock Rd
Fort Pierce, Florida 34945
(772) 462-3414 Booking
Saint Lucie County Sheriff
4700 West Midway Road
Fort Pierce, Florida 34981
St. Lucie County Clerk of Court
(772) 462-6936 Felony
(772) 462-6954 Misdemeanor
State Attorney's Office
Public Defender's Office