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Have Fun (But Stay Safe) This Summer

bottles-1235327_1920Now that summer is here there will be lots of barbecues, pool parties, and many opportunities for drinking alcohol. Remember that having fun this summer does not require heavy drinking.

Never try to drive after drinking alcohol even if you think you have sobered up enough to drive, changes are you are not. It takes about one to two hours for your liver to process a single drink. Imagine how long it would take to process five or six! Florida has a maximum Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 and is considered an implied consent state. This means you agree to the administration of sobriety tests by signing your driver’s license. Refusing a sobriety test means automatic suspension of your driver’s license and a fine.

Drinking in excess can lead to health issues as well. The alcohol you drink all enters your bloodstream and then is filtered through your liver. Abusing alcohol can cause health problems with your liver, heart, and even your brain. Since alcohol travels freely through your bloodstream will you liver is trying to process it, alcohol can have an effect on your brain. Heavy alcohol consumption can lead to seizures and even nerve damage.

Florida has made the #3 spot on the list of states with the highest number of alcohol related arrests. Always drink in moderation to avoid the risk of getting in trouble with the law. If you find yourself needing bail assistance, call A Heaven Sent Bail Bonds anytime. Call us at 713-463-7774 to talk to a representative now.

The 5 Weirdest Laws Still on the Books

There are a ton of really strange laws out there, and sometimes people get put in jail for the weirdest reasons. With the ever changing penal code, it can be tough sometimes to know what you’re allowed to do and what you’re not. Although some of these laws are absolutely ludicrous it’s no laughing matter when you’re the victim of the state or federal government overstepping its bounds. Check out our 5 weirdest laws still on the books! If you find yourself in need of a bondsman that knows life isn’t fair sometimes give us a call. We’ll always be there when life is just weird.

  1. bear wrestling No Dice- Did you know that it is actually considered illegal to hang obstructions from your window of any kind. This includes simple harmless things like fuzzy dice. We don’t know who made this law, but it’s definitely time for a revision.
  2. No Hand Holding- In Tennessee it’s apparently illegal for students to hold hands. The so-called Gateway Sexual Activity Bill was created by the Tennessee House of Representatives claimed that this was an immoral act that led to unwanted sexual activity later on. If a parent feels that the law is not being enforced they can actually sue the teacher.
  3. No Bear Wrestling- Well the folks here at A Heaven Sent Bail Bonds hope you didn’t have any aspirations of bear wrestling because apparently that’s illegal too.
  4. Like Your Kids? Did you know that it’s actually illegal to sell your kids in the state of Florida? So we sure hope you like little Timmy because you can’t get any moolah for him.
  5. No Crabs- In Sarasota, it’s actually illegal to catch crabs of any kind. We feel like a few people have broken this law, though.

With all the weird laws out there it can difficult to know exactly what you’re allowed to do and what’ you’re not allowed to do. If you find yourself being treated unfairly for a law that just doesn’t make any sense call your local area bondsman. We’ll make sure to get you back to your family as quickly because the last thing anyone wants is to be stuck in jail for something they didn’t do.

5 Things to Look For in a Bail Bondsman

Imagine for a moment that your loved one is in jail, and they are counting on you to bail them out. You can’t afford the entire bail amount, so you need to choose a bail bondsman. But how do you know who to choose? Which qualities should you look for? Here are five characteristics of good bail bondmen to make your choice a little easier.

1. Do They Seem Professional?

Bail bondmen don’t necessarily have to wear suits and ties, but they should be clean and courteous. A good bondsman will answer any questions you have. They will return your calls promptly. A physical location for the bond company is another plus.

2. Do They Offer Information?

Ask questions. An honest bail bondsman won’t try to weasel out of answering basic questions, such as, “How long have you been in business?” “Are you affiliated with any professional organizations?” “Do you have online reviews?” “What is your web site URL?”

a photo of a man's hands handcuffed behind his back3. Is Their Bail License Current?

A bail bondsman needs to have a current bail license. Ask for their license number if you don’t trust their word. You can check its validity online at the state’s Department of Insurance, or the state regulatory agency’s web site.

4. Do They Come Recommended?

Word of mouth is a good indicator of whether a bail bondsman is good or not. Look at online reviews, and ask friends or family for referrals.

5. Did They Call You First?

Some shady companies will call you up and pretend to be representing the jailed person. In reality, these people are like the ambulance chasers of the bail bond world. Contact your loved one and make sure they really retained this person’s services before you give them any money.

If you or a loved one needs bail bond services anywhere in Florida, give us a call today!

4 Unbelievable Reasons People Got Arrested

If you find yourself on the wrong side of the law, you probably won’t find much to laugh about. But some people’s charges are so ridiculous that it’s impossible not to laugh. With that in mind, let’s take a light-hearted look at our proud (?) legal system.
 
Assault with a Deadly Fruita man in a suit holding a banana like a gun

When an argument turns violent, some people just grab the nearest item and use it as a weapon. In this case, Phillip Joseph Smolinsky of Florida admitted to attacking his girlfriend, but denied any involvement with the delicious banana he was accused of wielding.
 
Holding a Spider Hostage

Bryan Paul Smith of Kansas seemed like a good friend when he offered to take care of a pal’s tarantula while said pal was out of town. But it seems that he formed quite the bond with his 8-legged buddy; Smith refused to return the spider when his friend returned, and threatened to shoot his friend if he tried to reclaim his own pet.
 
a tornadoWindy Conditions

It’s an unfortunate condition we all share, but some people’s flatulence is more offensive than others. Lawrence Michael Jonap, a police officer, was arrested for allegedly breaking wind in a coworker’s face! Good aim, bad judgement.
 

Possession of Candy

An NYPD officer arrested two suspects for possessing pieces of a hard, crystalline, rock-like substance. The two spent the night in jail, but the police department had to let them go when lab results found the “rocks” to be Jolly Rancher candies, still in the wrapper. The two innocent men got a sweet settlement after the fact.
 
a black domestic goat sticking its head through a wooden fenceHonorable Mention: Babli the Goat

A goat in Nigeria was arrested for eating the plants in a neighbor’s garden. Babli, the goat in question, has quite the bad reputation in his town. He has been referred to as a “repeat offender”. Fortunately, he made bail. If a goat can do it, so can you!

Financing Your Bail Bond

handshake, agreementArranging your finances to post bail can cause you stress if the amount is a large sum of money or if your finances are especially tight. But with the flexible, creative payment options that our bail agents offer at A Heaven Sent Bail Bonds, posting bail can become a reality even if you have poor credit or are low on funds. Here we walk through a few payment options to help you explore the process of posting bail.

We understand that posting bail is often an unexpected strain, so we offer many practical options to help you afford posting bail. We accept payments through debit and credit cards, PayPal, and from alternative sources such as quick cash services. As bail is in essence a type of loan, we offer low down payments and financing. 

Posting Bail: Making Payments

Don’t let finances be the one factor that prevents you from posting bail. We go above and beyond to help you afford bail, no matter if your credit is excellent or poor. We post bail any day, any time for virtually any charge.

Call our team 24/7 at 941-567-6169 for fast, affordable bail!

Ex-Olympian Charged With Murder; Released on $688 Bail

Oscar PistoriusOscar Pistorius, a 2012 Olympic medalist who broke history as the first double amputee sprinter to compete in the Olympic games, has been charged with the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He was first convicted in September 2014 of culpable homicide, but prosecutors appealed his conviction in November 2015 where Pistorius was later charged with murder. Pistorius is now awaiting the sentencing phase while he is out on house arrest after being freed on a $688 bail.

 

Pistorius’ low bail amount was set by a South African judge who reasoned that since Pistorius agreed to await his trial on house arrest, he was a low flight risk. Posting bail follows a different path in every country, but in the U.S. it depends on many factors related to the charges. Bail in the U.S. is set by a judge who considers the nature of the charges, the defendant’s prior convictions and history with the law, their flight risk, their ties to the community, and many other elements that can affect the proceeding trial.

For fast bail on nearly any charge, call our team today at 941-567-6169

Posting Bail: Drug Offenses

barbed wire fenceFacing drug charges can be a frightening situation. Drug charges can carry serious penalties, so it is important to seek legal council before your trial. Posting bail is a critical step in this process. To help you access your legal right to post bail and seek council, we go over a brief outline of drug charges here.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration classifies many drugs into schedules, or classifications of the danger of a certain drug. The schedules range from I to V. Schedule I drugs are considered the most dangerous, have the highest risk of physical and psychological dependence, and carry the heaviest penalties. This includes methamphetamine, marijuana, LSD, methaqualone, and peyote. Schedule V drugs are considered to have a lower potential of abuse, such as Robitussin AC and Lyrica.

Penalties for drug charges depend on the circumstances of the defendant’s involvement with the drug. Possession, trafficking, cultivating, or criminal enterprising of a drug all carry different penalties, and the penalties differ again by the schedule of the substance. In any instance of drug charges, the penalties can be serious and life altering, so it is important to post bail and seek legal council.

Where to Turn

Rapid, reliable bail for drug charges starts with Florida’s top bail team: call us today at 941-567-6169! 

Our Friendly Bail Service

Getting arrested can be one of the greatest hardships in a persons life. That person will likely experience judgement and condemnation from everyone around him, mostly people he has never met, at least until his trial date. Luckily, the 8th amendment helps shield our citizens from such unwarranted judgement. Here, we talk about our friendly bail service.

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We treat you with respect:

It’s not our place to judge. We know you’re experiencing a trying time, and we believe you’re “innocent until proven guilty”. That’s why we will treat you with the utmost respect, doing everything we can to get you out of jail as fast as possible. Our team believes in the principles America laid down as the land of the free.

 

Have you or a loved one been arrested? Don’t hesitate a moment longer. Give us a call and get them out of jail today. You can reach us at (941) 567-6169.

Tips For Making Bail

popocar.jpgArrests can happen unexpectedly, which means that you can be left unprepared to make bail. However, there are a few things that everyone should remember that will help you make bail quickly and easily. Whether you are the person arrested or a loved one getting the call after an arrest, the best thing you can do in this scenario is stay calm. Remaining calm may seem difficult during this tumultuous time but it is the most important step towards making bail. Check out the rest of our helpful tips for making bail, so that you are ready in case you ever get arrested or receive a call from a loved one who is behind bars.

Compare Several Licensed Bail Bonds Agents

Just like purchasing any other product, you will want to shop around when buying a bail bond. Of course, it goes without saying that you should only do business with a bail agency that is duly licensed by the state to sell bail bonds. You should also review the websites of bail agents you are considering as well as give them a call and discuss your needs with them. THhis can give you a good idea if their agents are right for you.

Select a Bondsman You Trust

After you have compared several bondsmen, make a final decision on the agency you want to use. Perhaps the most important factor in determining which bail agent is the right fit for you is whether or not you trust the agent and how comfortable you feel working with him or her.

Ask Questions

Bail can be a complicated process, and many people might have difficulty understanding some of the language used in a bail bond agreement. This makes it extremely important to ask questions so that you fully understand the terms of your agreement.

Keep Detailed Records

You will have several pieces of paperwork that contain the details of your agreement as well as court dates and other important information. The more organized and detailed your records, are the easier it will be for you to access your bail information in the future when you need to know when to appear in court or when to make a payment to your agent.

Show Up For All Court Hearings

The most important part of making bail is returning to court for your criminal trial. Bail operates on the premise that, after your release, you will appear in court to stand trial for the crime(s) you are accused of committing. If you do not show up at the date and time specified for your court hearings, you will be considered a fugitive and a warrant will be issued for your arrest.

Held in Jail Without Bail

jail cellsOccasionally we will hear about an offender who is being held without bail to await their trial in prison. If bail is a right granted to citizens by our Constitution, how can bail be withheld? Here we discuss some of the most important factors that are considered when deciding bail.

Judges have the power to set the amount of bail, or whether bail will be allowed in a particularly sensitive case. Judges examine facts about the accused person’s character, finances, and other connections, but denying bail is especially considered if the accused person poses a safety threat to the community. Other factors that are accounted for when deciding on bail are:

  • Financial situation
  • Family and community ties
  • Charges are punishable by serious prison sentence or death
  • History of drug and alcohol abuse
  • Likelihood the accused may destroy evidence if released
  • Likelihood that the accused will flee to avoid trial
  • Mental status
  • Repeat felony offender

Posting bail to await trial in the privacy of one’s home is a privilege. To take advantage of this privilege or if someone you know needs bail fast, call the team at A Heaven Sent Bail Bonds at (941) 567-6169. We post 24 hour mobile bail for the toughest cases and any charges!