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Legal Terms: Contempt Of Court

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Understanding Legal Terms Can Help You Feel More Comfortable During Your Trial

If you’re new to the bail process, chances are that you might not be too familiar with certain parts of the legal process either. There are many terms in court that you are expected to know, so today we will go over a fairly common one.

What is Contempt Of Court?

A person can be held in contempt of court if, in any way, they disrupt court proceedings or impede the ability of the court to perform its primary function.

Civil Contempt

Civil contempt typically refers to when someone is not following a court order. For example, if the court has ordered you to pay child support, and you refuse, that is a form of civil contempt. If you choose to comply with the court, you may see the additional contempt charges lifted.

Criminal Contempt

Criminal contempt is regarded as more serious, and if you are charged with it, you will  not be able to get off the hook through compliance. In fact, because your contempt charges are separate from your original case, you may have to deal with contempt charges long after your original case has been settled. Criminal contempt includes outbursts during court proceeding, threats to court members, and other actions of that nature.

If you need bail assistance in Raleigh, Ra, give our team a call today at (919) 205-5322!

The Basic Process of DUI Bail

Though the celebrations of New Year’s Eve have passed, there are still plenty of people dealing with the aftermath of those times when things go just a little too far. Drunk driving is still very much a serious problem with serious consequences. When someone is arrested for drunk driving, they may have to post DUI bail before they can be released, like the process for other crimes.

DUI Bail

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The Basic Process of DUI Bail.

Before a DUI case can be concluded or a suspect released, bail must be paid. This is the incentive for the suspect to show up at any court appearance, as well as for another person who may have paid that bail to ensure the suspect’s appearance. If the person who was arrested fails to show up in court, any posted bail will be lost and the bondsman will collect the money. An arrest warrant will also be issued against the person who “skipped bail,” as well as for drunk driving.

Immediate bail isn’t always granted. A person arrested for DUI may have to attend a bail hearing. Usually, a suspect will not have to wait more than two days for this, but that does not include holidays and weekends. In some cases, the hearing may happen in the same day.

The amount of bail set by the judge will be determined by many factors. Those factors may include whether or not the person has a history of the same offenses, how serious the incident was–how much damage was done, if someone was injured or killed, etc.–other criminal history, family and community ties, and more. If the cost of bail is high, a bond may be purchased from a bondsman. Of course, the suspect’s driver’s license may be rescinded for a time. In some cases, that person may be given a temporary driving permit, but this is not always the case.

Drunk driving is a serious matter, and so is being arrested for it. If you or someone you know needs DUI bail, come to Collins Bail Bonding in Raleigh, NC, or call (919) 205-5322.

Why Are Some Defendants Held Without Bond?

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Different Factors Determine Bail Eligibility And Amount.

If you or a loved one have been arrested, it is perfectly normal to be nervous or worried. At CL Collins Bail Bonds, we are here to help you through this situation however we can. To learn more about what to do if a friend has been arrested, click here. As you probably know, shortly after the arrest and processing procedure, the defendant is given a bail hearing to determine the price of bail. Today we will be talking about reasons that a judge can decide to withhold bond in some cases.

Past Criminal History

One of the main things a judge reviews when setting a ail amount is the criminal history of the defendant. If the defendant has a long criminal record, bail amounts are likely to be higher, and if the listed crimes match that of the new charges, a judge may decide to withhold bail.

Flight Risk

Another factor that a judge will consider is the flight risk of the defendant. If it appears to the judge that the person will try to skip town or avoid their court date, bail can be withheld. Persons with stable jobs in the area, or children in the area are less likely to be considered a flight risk, whereas individuals from out of town are more likely to be seen as a flight risk.

Danger Risk

According to the alleged crimes as well as the criminal history, the judge will determine whether or not the defendant appears to be a danger to themselves or others. If so, the judge will withhold bail to protect the public.

To learn more, or to request bail assistance, give us a call today at (919) 205-5322!

Expunging A Juvenile Record

Juvenile DetentionWhen your teen is arrested, there is a whirlwind of thoughts that undoubtedly run through your mind as a parent. Thankfully, many charges on your teen’s juvenile record can be sealed or expunged, depending on severity. While each state has different detailed tasks for expunging or sealing records, the same basic steps apply.

The Difference between Expungement and Sealing

In most cases, your teen will be eligible for complete expungement when they hit adult age. This means that they can petition the courts for a complete erasure of their past arrest history. However, if the charges were serious or if they were repeated, your teen may not be eligible for record expungement. They may, however, be eligible for record sealing. This limits who can see their records, which typically only includes government and state officials.

The Process

Neither of these actions is automatic and must be petitioned to the court. This means you must formally request for the action to happen. This is a fairly simple process in most states, but an attorney is recommended.

  • First, you must petition the court. You will send in a form to the appropriate court that requests the removal of your minor offenses.
  • The court will contact you, and usually, call you in to discuss why they should grant you the expungement or sealing. Do not skip this date.
  • Typically, once the appropriate amount of time has passed without you getting into trouble, your request will be granted.

When your teen gets into trouble, don’t worry. Typically, this record doesn’t have to follow them throughout their entire life.When your teen has been arrested, call the experts at C.L. Collins Bonding at (919) 205-5322 to find out what to do next.

Common Bail Bonds Scams To Avoid

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Do You Know What Scams To Look Out For?

While most bail bondsman are trustworthy and reliable, there are some bondsman who can’t be trusted. Every industry has scam artists and criminals, and today we will tell you a few ways to avoid falling for these common scams.

“Cheap” Costs

Generally speaking, bail bondsman will require a 15% fee for their services. This fee is simple, and reputable bondsman are entirely upfront about their rates and policies. Unprofessional and untrustworthy bondsmen will often offer 5% or 10% fees to reel you in. However, later on they will require hidden fees and high interest rates that may seem to spiral out of control. Costs lower than 15% are not a viable business plan for bail bondsmen, so watch out when they offer their services for less!

Soliciting Inmates

If you are in jail, and a bondman contacts you, understand that this is against the law. Oftentimes, scammers will wait outside of prisons, or encourage other prisoners to advertise for them. Never trust a bondsman that contacts you first. Instead, contact a bail bondsman you can trust and verify.

Expired Licensing

When you choose any professional serviceman, you will always want to check their qualifications. The same applies to bail bondsmen. In this state, a legal bondsman will have an updated license that you can verify. If a bondsman doesn’t have a license, or has an expired license, walk away and find a bondsman you can trust!

 

 

Three Causes of Probation Revocation

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To make the most of probation, avoid these common causes of revocation.

While probation represents a great opportunity, it comes with many obligations. Some probationers fail to measure up, and have their probation revoked as a result. To avoid a return to jail, steer clear of behaviors or actions that could lead to probation revocation.

Use of Drugs or Alcohol

Probationers must avoid all illegal activities. Random urinalysis or hair tests provide officers a way to monitor the use of drugs. A positive result counts as a violation, which could lead to revocation once reported to the court. This prohibition extends to drinking if your arrest involved alcohol. To play it safe, avoid all drugs and alcohol throughout the term of your probation.

Lack of Contact

Supervision officers keep tabs on probationers to gauge adherence to guidelines and check progress. If the probationer  avoids his or her officer or skips meetings, the court will revoke probation. If you change addresses or phone numbers, always notify your officer. You should also give plenty of advance notice should you need to reschedule a meeting.

Failure to Meet Terms

Probation comes with many requirements. The probationer may need to pay fines, complete community service, or attend counseling. Failure to meet any of these terms could lead to a violation and revoked probation. If you have questions about your responsibilities, your supervision officer can provide answers or help.

Though probation revocation does not automatically lead to jail, it most certainly involves consequences. The probationer could have extra time imposed, additional fees to pay, or more counseling to attend. If you or someone you know does return to jail, they will need a bail bond. If you live in Raleigh, NC and need fast jail release, call (919) 205-5322 today for service from CL Collins Bail Bonding.

Top Reasons You Didn’t Know You Could Go To Jail

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We all know that stealing, murder, and even vandalism can land you behind bars. But many times, the arrested party had no idea they could be arrested for their offense. This list provides the top reasons people were taken to jail when they didn’t know they could be.

Old Traffic Fines

Most of us have had a traffic fine at some point in our lives. The problem occurs when we get busy and forget to make the payment. This is one of the top reasons many people end up in jail.

Expired registration or Insurance

These punishments are usually handed out as fines, but if you have too many offenses, or if you have an unpaid fine balance concerning these charges, you can be and sometimes are taken to jail.

Fishing Without a License

Believe it or not, poaching is a serious problem in the U.S. Therefore, if you are caught fishing without a proper license by an officer or game warden, you can be arrested on the spot.

Skipping School

Did you know that if your child misses a preset amount of days within a specific time period, you could be held liable in a court proceeding? Usually, these offenses are let go with a fine but forget to pay it or have multiple offenses and you could be looking at time behind bars.

Ignorance is no excuse for disobeying the law, and will not get you out of any trouble. Stay up to date with your local laws and call Collins Bail Bonding at (919) 205-5322 when you find yourself in trouble.

Bail Bond Myths Debunked

There are a lot of misconstrued ideas when it comes to the bail bond industry. Because it is one that not many come into contact with too often, various stories start to come up. And if you don’t have any working knowledge of bail bonding or the process behind it, there’s no real way of telling what’s real and what’s fake. But fortunately for you, the experts and Collins Bail Bonding is here to give you the scoop on some of the most widespread bail bond myths.

  • Fees paid to the bail bondsman will be refunded: The fee that you pay to us is non-refundable. That portion that we receive is about 10 to 20 percent of the full amount of the bail that we put up on your behalf. Think of that amount you pay us as a sort of service fee.
  • Bail Bondsmen can negotiate your bail amount: Bail amounts are set annually by county and there is nothing that your bail bondsman can do to alter it in any way. The only person with that power is the judge.
  • Bail bondsmen only accept cash: Although cash payments are accepted, a legitimate bail bond agency will be able to provide you with alternative payment options, whether it be card or collateral.

It’s important to know what’s real and what’s not when you’re dealing with a bail bond agency. The pros at Collins Bail Bonding remain transparent as possible when it comes to the bail bond process. So if you or a loved one ever find yourself in a sticky situation with the law, call us at (919) 205-5322!

How Your Bail Amount Gets Determined

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Don’t get stuck in jail. Pay your bail and gain your freedom!

A person’s bail amount generally gets set shortly after their arrest. This occurs at the first court appearance, either an arraignment or bail hearing, that can often take place right at the jail. When it comes to setting bail, many judges will rely on standardized practice. Judges can, however, raise or lower bail indiscriminately, or even waive it altogether. 

To know how your bail amount gets set, you have to understand the influence of a few factors. Remember, when it comes to bail, you do not need a lawyer, You can either pay the cash yourself or employ the services of a trusted company such as Collins Bail Bonding.

Factors That Influence Bail

Aside from the seriousness of the crime, the judge will take a few things into consideration when he or she sets bail. The suspect’s criminal history will play a large role. The function of bail is to provide freedom up until the point of trial. No judge wants a defendant to commit more crimes while free of custody.

The age of the accused also plays a role. The judge may see a younger defendant as the victim of a momentary lapse in judgment, and thus offer a lower bail. Lastly, the defendant’s ties to the community, and whether or not he or she is employed, play a major role. Again, defendants should stay out of trouble while on bail. A gainfully employed person with family and community ties will likely get a lowered bail amount.

Of course, bail remains ultimately up to the discretion of the judge. If you’ve had bail set in Raleigh, NC, regardless of the amount, contact CL Collins Bail Bonding today at (919) 205-5322.

What to Do when a Friend Gets Arrested

Jail Cell BarsWhen you get a bail bond to get out of jail, that’s only one step in the process. If you leave on bail, you are agreeing to appear in court. If you decide to skip town instead, there are consequences:

The bail bond you agreed to will be forfeited if you don’t make your court appearance. This means you become entirely responsible for the original bail amount set when you were first charged. Any collateral given to your bondsman may be sold to cover the costs of bailing you out.

When you skip bail, a failure to appear charge will be also be added to your record. In most cases, a judge will issue a warrant for your arrest. Most bail bondsmen have bounty hunters they contact to track down people who skip their court date. Once someone is caught and brought back to jail they’ll remain there – without rights to bail – until their new court date. Missing your court date will result in additional penalties as well. This includes court fees, fines, and more.

Emergencies happen. You might forget about the court date. In cases where you had planned on appearing at court but unforeseen circumstances prevented it. It is vital that you contact your attorney and bail bondsman immediately to explain the situation to minimize as much damage as possible.

If you need bail in the Raleigh, NC area, contact Collins Bail Bonding at (919) 205-5322. We’ve been in business for over 20 years so we have the experience and dedication to get you out of jail quickly.