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Restrictions on Convicted Felons in Florida

long roadConvicted felons are often required to surrender certain rights. Restrictions vary from state to state, so understanding these legal details will help you exercise your rights to the fullest. Don’t let the confusion of a legal situation keep you immobilized!

Rights Restricted in Florida

The terms of parole, probation, or restriction of rights relate the exact details of each convicted felon’s rights. Below are several rights that are commonly withheld from convicted felons in Florida.

  • Public Service: convicted felons are barred from serving on a jury or running for, or holding, public office.
  • Gun Possession: felons are prohibited from purchasing or obtaining firearms.
  • Occupation Licenses: Florida felons are barred from obtaining professional or occupational licenses. However, many felons may be eligible for associate occupational licenses.
  • Voting Rights: felons are often prohibited from voting. However, under certain conditions, some felons may have their voting rights restored.

Fortunately, the state of Florida and even the federal government may reinstate certain rights on a case by case basis. Weathering legal situations is often a confusing challenge, but the professionals at A Heaven Sent Bail Bonds are experienced in navigating the legal system. Call us today at (941) 567-6169 for assistance or questions regarding restricted rights from felons!

 

Knowing Your Legal System: Jury Nullification

jury nullificationWe all like to take pride in our legal system, but unfortunately many of us only know very little about it. Don’t worry, it takes a lot of time to take in such a vast amount of information. It helps to do it in small steps; here, we’ll go over a lesser known aspect of our justice system: jury nullification.

Jury Nullification Overview:

When a defendant in a trial gets acquitted, not because the jury doesn’t find him or her guilty, but because they disagree with the law or its punishment, jury nullification has occurred. Technically, the courts do not allow jury nullification. It forbids council from bringing it up. However, an acquittal’s finality stands, and cannot get undone.

History:

Jury nullification existed well before America became a country. It got used in maritime and free speech cases in pre-colonial times. Later, jurors used it to acquit defendants under prosecution of the Fugitive Slave Act. It also acquitted people charged for Prohibition crimes.

 

Remember to keep educating yourself a little bit each day. If you should find yourself in need of bail, A Heaven Sent Bail Bonds can help you out. Give us a call today to find out more; you can reach us at (941) 567-6169.

Knowing Our Legal System: Civil Asset Forfeiture

traffic stopKnowing our legal system might prove beneficial to a lot of people. Many consider it one of the best in the world, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its flaws. Some practices create a lot of controversy. We will go over one such practice, civil asset forfeiture, that the news covered on multiple occasions recently.

The Practice:

Police use civil asset forfeiture as an alternative to charging someone with a crime when they don’t have evidence to do so. Instead, they charge a person’s property for being associated with a crime (usually drug use/dealing). This doesn’t require any burden of proof on the police’s/prosecutor’s end, but puts in on the property owner to prove innocence.

The Controversy:

Many descry the practice because it often costs more to go to court than the worth of the property taken, which gives no recourse to any innocent victims. Also, the allocation of funds seized (much of it often going back into the police department) has created controversy.

 

Remember to always exercise your rights when dealing with the police. If you find yourself in trouble with them, A Heaven Sent Bail Bonds can help. To find out more about our services, please give us a call at (941) 567-6169.

Your Body On Alcohol

lined up bottles of alcoholSo many people drink in the world, it has become the norm for most. Many of these people might not have a good idea of how alcohol affects their body. However, as with any drug, you should completely inform yourself before ingesting it. Here, we’ve gone over how your body reacts to alcohol.

How it works:

When you drink, your small intestine and your stomach put all that alcohol into your bloodstream. Because it has toxic properties, your liver starts the process of breaking it down. However, it can only do this at a rate of 1 drink per 1-2 hours.

Until your liver can digest it, the alcohol travels all throughout your body, including your brain. This can cause the “good feeling” you enjoy during drinking in moderation, or the feelings of confusion, lowered inhibitions, and drowsiness from drinking in excess.

Chronic abuse of alcohol can lead to a host of health problems associated with your liver and heart. To avoid this, only drink in moderation. If you’ve found yourself in need of bail services for an alcohol related incident, A Heaven Sent Bail Bonds can help. To find out more, give us a call at (713) 463-7774.

What Does Probation Entail?

Have you recently gotten charged with a crime? If so, you might get offered the option of probation. You should feel lucky, the negative aspects of jail heavily outweigh those of probation. However, it will still prove a major inconvenience. You will have to adhere to a long list of rules. These rules vary by county and also the terms set by the judge, but you can expect some, if not all, of the following:

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Stipulations of probation:

  • The court will require you to report to your probation officer at least once a month.
  • Regular, and possible random, drug testing will become mandatory.
  • The court will give you zero tolerance in regards to any future crime (until probation ends). If you do end up in trouble, you may have to serve out the full sentence for your previous crime as well as the new one.
  • You might get regular visits (home checks) from your probation officer to ensure you haven’t broken any laws.
  • You might have to adhere to a strict curfew.

While this may not sound appealing, the experience of jail would prove much worse. If the court currently has you under probation and you require probation bail violation services, A Heaven Sent Bail Bonds can help. To find out more, give one of our professional bondsman a call at (941) 567-6169.

Bail History Overview

Most of us probably don’t have the proficient knowledge we would like to when it comes to the Amendments in the Bill of Rights. Sure, many of us can recite them more or less if the need arises. But, do we really know that much about them? Here at A Heaven Sent Bail Bonds, we deal with one of them frequently: the 8th Amendment. To help you understand it a little better, we’ve put together a brief overview of its history.

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History Overview:

  • Bail, at least as we know it, originated in England. The first colonies in America merely replicated the general rules there.
  • Virginia’s constitution of 1776 included the phrase “excessive bail ought not to be required…”. Sound familiar?
  • The 6th Amendment also has a big impact on bail; it states that the police must inform a defendant if a charge gets brought against them, alerting them to their right to bail should the crime fall under the category of a bailable offense.
  • The Judiciary Act of 1789 described which crimes would have the right to bail.
  • The Bail Reform Act of 1966 let anybody out on bail (except for capital offenses), UNLESS a judge deemed them as an extreme risk for flight.

Hopefully this quick overview has informed you a little more about our Bill of Rights, since it remains such an important part of our culture. If you should find yourself arrested under a bailable offense, don’t hesitate to exercise your rights; give A Heaven Sent Bail Bonds a call right away! Let us put our expertise to work for you.

Serial Killer Facts

They strike fear into our hearts, and yet for some reason we still remain fascinated with them. What makes a serial killer tick? Do they get born that way or not? We may not have the knowledge to answer these questions, but we’ve compiled a short list of other serial killer facts:

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Fact #1:

The ages of most serial killers fall between 20 and 35 years old. Historically, in the US, they have tended to include mostly white males. However, this trend has changed more in recent years.

Fact #2:

More serial killer victims get reported in the western half of the US than in the eastern half.

Fact #3:

Vlad the Impaler became the basis for Dracula. A vicious ruler, people have estimated him to have ruthlessly killed and tortured over 20,000 men, women, and children.

Fact #4:

Serial killers tend to have an IQ higher than that of the average population.

Fact #5:

Serial killers generally get diagnosed as psychopaths; this doesn’t equate to insanity, it just means that they don’t feel guilt, remorse, shame, etc.

 

We hope you found these interesting, if more than a little disturbing. Should you find yourself in need of bail services for something other than serial killing, A Heaven Sent Bail Bonds can help. For more information, you can reach us at (941) 567-6169.

How To Handle A Traffic Stop

Civil rights are a source of pride for our country; the Bill of Rights is the embodiment of this. Contrary to semi-popular belief, many of these rights come into play during a traffic stop. It’s important to understand how to utilize them. To help, here’s a quick overview of the correct way to handle a traffic stop:

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Don’t talk when you don’t have to:

Everyone is familiar with the “right to remain silent”. What you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. That’s why it’s so important to exercise your 5th Amendment right whenever possible; you are not obliged to answer a police officer’s questioning. All you have to do is simply state “I am going to remain silent”.

Refuse searches:

The 4th Amendment prohibits illegal search and seizure. This right has suffered greatly in recent times, so it’s important to reinforce it every chance you get. If a police officer asks to search your vehicle, that means he doesn’t have permission. They won’t ask if they do. If you are asked about consenting to a search, or a search is begun without your permission, don’t resist and say “I do not consent to this search”.

Determine your arrest status:

A police officer requires a good reason to detain you. If you want to know whether or not you are allowed to leave, just ask “Am I free to go?”. If the officer informs you that you are under arrest or being detained, then remain calm and say “I am going to remain silent”.

 

Remember to always be polite and courteous in your dealings with the police, it will only hurt you otherwise. Keep these tips in mind, and your traffic stop will most likely go as smoothly as possible. If you do find yourself on the wrong side of the law, A Heaven Sent Bail Bonds can help; just give us a call at (941) 567-6169.

Bail Bonds FAQs

contract discussionThe bail process can be daunting. This is why we have provided some helpful information for someone to consider before posting bail for the first time. If you have any questions about bail bonds or concerns about a defendant, always contact a licensed bail bonds agency to discuss your options moving forward.

The professionals at A Heaven Sent Bail Bonds are available and more than happy to address any of your questions or concerns 24 hours a day seven days a week.

What Do I Need to Know When I Speak With A Bondsman?

  • the name of the facility where the defendant is being detained (the more information, the better, i.e., the city the jail is located in)
  • the amount of the bail (if you don’t know the bail amount, your bail agent can ask for it when they call the jail and will then be able to tell you the total cost of posting bond)
  • the full name, date of birth and booking number of the detainee (your bondsman can access the booking number if you are unable to attain it before speaking with them)

What Are The Ways You Can Post Bond?

  • licensed bail bonds agencies such as A Heaven Sent Bail Bonds
  • post the full amount of the bail in cash
  • the court may grant your release on your own recognizance (OR bond)
  • you can put up collateral (jewelry, real estate, bonds, credit cards, etc.)

Are Defendants Allowed to Travel Out of the State They are Awaiting Trial In?

  • the defendant MUST get written approval from the bond agency in order to leave the state
  • if the court has explicitly advised you to remain in the state of your arrest, you MUST seek written permission from the court as well (the court may deny your request)

What Happens if the Defendant “skips bail?”

  • the defendant is considered a fugitive
  • a warrant for the defendant’s arrest will be issued
  • the total amount of the bond is forfeited to the court
  • bail recovery agents or bounty hunters will attempt to bring the defendant back to jail

To get answers to your bail bonds FAQs in Sarasota and Bradenton and throughout Florida, contact the bail bonds specialists at A Heaven Sent Bail Bonds.