Can Your Record Be Expunged?

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Recently, we explored what expunging your criminal record is able to do for you. Read Expunge Your Record, for more information on expunging criminal records and how it could benefit you and your criminal record. Expungement is meant to give you a ‘clean slate’ and give you hope for your future. After you spend time in jail, it can be disheartening and difficult to live the rest of your life without mountains of difficulty getting in the way. Expungement is meant to give you another chance, it’s expensive and time-consuming, but can you put a price on freedom? At HB Bail Bonds, we’re able to give you the bail bonds services you need to ensure you can have time to plan your next steps as you wait for your court date. HB Bail Bonds offers the best and affordable bail bonds services in the Columbus and Dayton area because we know the importance of getting your loved one out on bail to prepare for his or her court date.

Once you’ve gotten out of jail, prison, or you’ve spent a few years back in the real world, you can have your criminal record expunged. Read Expunge Your Record, to learn more about the proper procedure for expunging your record. Read below about whether or not you’re able to get your criminal record expunged.

Can My Criminal Record Be Expunged?

It depends on the circumstances. Expungement is for people who have made one mistake and want a second chance. Not everyone can get their criminal record expunged. It all depends on the state and federal levels of government who determine whether you’re entitled to a second chance.

What Are The Offenses That Will Disqualify Me From Expungement?

Everything is state-by-state, however, there are a few offenses that will prohibit you from having your criminal record expunged. The felonies you will be unable to get expunged from your criminal record are: offenses involving children, rape, child molestation, or sexually based offenses.

In Ohio, if you’ve committed any of the following crimes you are not eligible for expungement. In addition, if you’ve been convicted of a first or second-degree felony you are not eligible for expungement.

Below are the following convictions that you cannot get expunged in Ohio:

-Pornography involving a minor
-Obscenity involving a minor
-Illegal use of a minor in pornography
-Felonious sexual penetration
-Voyeurism
-DUI
-Gross sexual imposition and sexual imposition
-Sexual battery
-Corruption of a minor
-Rape

If you’re under 18 the below offenses will prohibit you from having your record expunged:

-Public indecency
-Procuring
-Disseminating/displaying/deceptive matter harmful to juveniles
-Pandering obscenity
-Promoting prostitution
-Voyeurism
-Compelling prostitution

Who Is Eligible For Expungement?

In Ohio, you have to be an eligible offender in order to receive an expungement of a conviction. An eligible offender is a person who has been convicted of an offense in Ohio or another state and who has only one felony conviction, no more than two misdemeanor convictions or only one felony and one misdemeanor. In addition, you’re eligible for expunging your record if there are no charges held against you and the statutory time period has passed for your offenses, so you can get your record expunged.

Getting your record expunged it a long process, but if you are eligible take your opportunity of a second chance.

To learn more about our bail bonds services, contact us.

What Does A Criminal Record Prevent You From Doing?

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After you get out of jail or prison, it might be a shock being in the real world again. You might struggle with everyday things that you would not have had to deal with before going to jail or prison. Regardless, if you go to jail or prison, your life will change once you get out. When you have a criminal record, your life will be different; below are just a few of the ways that it will be different than you remember. At HB Bail Bonds, a bail bonding company in Columbus, OH, we can assist you or your loved one in acquiring bail bonds to get out of jail. If your loved one is in trouble, we can help free him or her with our affordable bail bonds services. We strive to offer the best bail bonds services in the Dayton and Columbus areas. For any questions about our bail bonds services, contact us.

Five Sectors Of Your Life That Will Change With A Criminal Record

Below are just a few areas of your life that will change after you’re convicted of a felony. If you’ve been convicted of a misdemeanor, what you’re limited to do is not as bad. However, you’ll still be faced with some stigma due to having spent time in jail.

Housing

Discrimination in terms of housing will be a consistent occurrence if you have a criminal record. Also, unfortunately, we live in a country where the color of your skin matters. Note: if a white convict is accepted for housing but an African-American or Hispanic felony was turned away, that’s a violation of the Fair Housing Act, and the landlord can be taken to court. If you have a criminal record, you aren’t protected by all laws that ensure fair housing, unless the above discrimination occurs. As a convicted felon, you don’t have as many rights as others; however, you still are able to go to court if you’re treated unfairly due to a situation that does not have to do with your criminal record.

Keep in mind that if you are turned down for housing due to a criminal record, it can be legally justified. If you were convicted of a crime that prohibits you from living near schools, playgrounds, and other areas where children are, you are unable to find housing within a certain distance from those areas, so that eliminates a chunk of housing you could rent or buy. Whether you’re renting or buying, you might be turned away for housing due to lack of funds because of time spent in jail or because of the general impression landlords have that ‘criminals are poor tenants’. Landlords have a tendency to not want to allow criminals in their housing facilities because of generalizations. If you want to buy a house, you can be turned down for loans as well.

Loans

As aforementioned, you can be denied on loans because of a criminal history. If you’re a student or in the process of applying for loans through the government, you can also be turned away. FAFSA usually doesn’t give loans to people with a criminal past. No matter how long ago a crime occurred, it can still be held against you. You might be thinking that the crime happened years ago, but lenders go by a very strict procedure to determine if someone should or should not receive a loan. Lenders go by the five C’s of credit: character, capacity, capital, conditions, and collateral.

If you are applying for a loan for housing, school, or any other needs, continue to try to get a loan because it is a lender-by-lender basis. For instance, if you try one lender and they deny you it doesn’t mean every lender will deny you. In addition, keep in mind that your interest rate might be a little higher if you do obtain a loan. Remember, there are many factors that go into getting a loan, and you shouldn’t resign yourself to a dismal fate.

Jobs

There are a few jobs that you are unable to have if you have a record. For instance, you are unable to work as a teacher or a youth instructor if you’ve been convicted of a sex crime or have been charged with abuse. If you’ve been convicted of theft, you probably can’t work as a cashier, and if you’ve been convicted of a drug charge, you can’t work for the government. White collar jobs, medical field jobs, financial industry jobs, and delivery jobs are very limited and almost non-existent for people who have a criminal past. There are many other jobs that might not hire you for a job either if you have a criminal background. Remember to know your rights and to not give up on finding a job.

Vacation

Depending on your criminal indiscretion, you also might not be allowed to fly out of the country or even leave the state. If you’re on parole, very rarely are you allowed to leave the area you live in. If you want to fly to another country, you might be on the No Fly list due to your crime. Also, it is very hard to get into other countries due to a criminal background. For example, you wouldn’t be able to go to Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, or Canada because of a criminal record.

Can’t Vote

We recently had an election at a very detrimental time in the United States. Unfortunately, if you are a convicted felon, you were unable to vote in our last election and won’t be able to vote in many elections to come. However, Ohio is one of only 14 states that does in fact allow voting for convicted felons. If you’re incarcerated, you are not allowed to vote; however, if you are out of prison or jail you are allowed to vote in Ohio. On the other hand, if the crime had to do with an election type of conviction, such as voter fraud, you would never be able to vote again. Voting is a privilege, not a guarantee.

If you have a criminal record and want to get it expunged, read our post on how to Expunge Your Record. To learn more about our bail bonds services, contact us.

Three Common Myths Exposed About Bail Bonds

HB-Blog-Featured-MythsWhen a loved one goes to jail and you need to post a bail bond for them it can be difficult trying to figure out how to navigate the situation. In addition, to trying to sift through your feelings of fear, confusion, and disappointment, you also have to figure out how to make the best decision for your loved one. At HB Bail Bonds, we make the process easy for you. Located in Columbus, OH, and serving the surrounding areas we want to help you figure out how to help your loved one. If you’ve never been in this situation or if you have been in this situation, there is so much information out there that you need to understand be able to figure out the truth for yourself. To make the best decision for your loved one we want to debunk some common myths you might consider are actually truths.

Do I Get My Money Back?

Receiving the phone call from your loved one from jail can be devastating. The situation can be especially troublesome if you don’t have the required amount of money to help your loved one out. When that happens you need to go to a bail bondsman or a bonding company to help figure out the best bail bonds situation for you and your loved one. When you don’t have the required amount of money, you need to either opt for collateral or pay the bail amount. Once you pay the fees that are needed to close the court case, you are unable to get the money back. It is a myth that bail bonding companies are able to refund your money. The amount of money you pay for the bail bonds services is a service and non-refundable.

Bondsmen Can Negotiate

The purpose of a bondsman is to help your loved one by providing money for the bail bond amount. It is a myth that bondsmen are able to lower the amount of bail by conferring with the courts. When bail is set by the courts it is not able to be lowered by a bondsman. When the bail is set, it’s set. When the bail is set you only have to pay 10 percent of the total bail amount. However, in some cases that amount can still be very high and it can be difficult on you to come up with the required amount of money. When the bail is set no one is able to lower the bail or make it become cheaper. The law is that 10 percent of bail amount is required and if you can’t pay the amount there is collateral that can be used. If you are unable to pay the required amount you can put up your home, car, or a piece of land. At HB Bail Bonds, we are able to help you save money with our bail bonds services. Read about our financing and see how you can save money.

Cash Only

Cash is accepted, however, so are credit and debit cards. At HB Bail Bonds, we want to make this process as efficient for you as possible, which is why we accept many different forms of payment. It can be a hassle taking money out of the bank, especially if it’s after hours and the money is too large of an amount to get out of the ATM. By accepting credit and debit cards, we’re able to create a simpler process that will help you and your loved one out. Learn more about our financing options.

HB Bail Bonds is an affordable bail bonds company that can help you and your loved one during this troubling time. We strive to offer the best bail bonds in the Columbus area whether your loved one is facing a felony, misdemeanor, of even a traffic offense. Whatever the case may be we can assist you. Contact us for more information.

Expunge Your Record

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-So you spend time in jail, get out on a bail bond, go back to jail after the trial, and then… what?
-What happens after you get out of jail or prison?
-How can you go on with your life after spending time in jail?
-What happens if you wanted to be a teacher or make a difference in the government?

Jail and prison time can ruin your life, but is it possible to get it back? After spending time in jail or prison and you think your dreams are shot, don’t let that deter you from accomplishing what you want to achieve. Granted, prison and jail time will put a few roadblocks on your path, you’ll have had to spend money you don’t want to, and you’ll wonder if you are able to ever have a life again, but don’t give up. Expungement can possibly be the answer to your problems.

What is Expungement?

Every state differs with their expungement laws. In Ohio, expungement means the same thing as sealing your record. It is a legal process to allow a person with a criminal record to seal his or her criminal record file. An expungement includes removing: dismissed charges, filed charges, not guilty findings, no bills by grand jury, bail forfeitures, criminal convictions, and acquittals. A file can be sealed forever by a court who grants an expungement and sealing of a record. However, nothing is really forever and it all comes down to the crime that was committed. For instance, if you have custody of children, work with children, or are a healthcare professional, your file is not sealed forever.

An expungement will allow your criminal file to be forbidden from government officials from discussing, reporting the arrest, indictment, conviction, sentencing the person, disclosing, and a trial. Basically, an expungement will make it seem like you were never charged in the first place for the crime. It will put your criminal record back to the position as it was previously; it would be like you were never charged with anything at all.

The only way anyone could read your expunged record is by a legal process called the Application for Expungement and Sealing of Record. Essentially, you can’t really erase a mistake like going to jail or prison; it might be a blimp on your life, but it’s one with which people will associate you. Expungement is giving you the ability to pretend it didn’t happen, but some things can never be erased.

How Does Expungement Work?

In Ohio, the only way to remove criminal activity from your record is by going to court and having it sealed. In 2014, Governor Kasich passed a law that said if you were turned down for an expungement in the past, you’re eligible to be cleared in any legal hurdles, which may have prevented the previously submitted application.

The only way to go through the expungement process is by going to court and going through a legal process of expungement and sealing of a record. You need to hire a lawyer that’s familiar with expungement and go through the process of expunging and sealing a record. The process can take 30 days or over three months depending on the case and the court. You need to turn in your application for the expungement, and once it is granted you are asked questions about your criminal record and then it will be determined on whether your record will be expunged.

What you should know before entering this process is that even if you were dismissed from charges, it is still on your record for everyone to see. Even if you haven’t been arrested, if there are charges filed against you, it will show up on your permanent record. In addition, not every crime can be expunged. There are limits to what expungement can do for you, so before you go through with the expungement and record sealing process, do some research to ensure you are eligible to have your record expunged.

The Pricing Of Expungement

The pricing for expungement is expensive. There are the court fees that range from $50 to over $100 and then the fee to expunge your record. There is also the fee of the lawyer, and if your crime is a misdemeanor, you’ll pay less than if it was a felony. Either way, the fees will be in the hundreds of dollars, and that’s only for one crime. If you have multiple crimes on your record, it can even be in the thousands of dollars.

At HB Bail Bonds, we offer the best and more affordable bail bonds services in Columbus, OH, and surrounding areas. If you or a loved one is facing jail time, contact HB Bail Bonds for our bail bond services. We look forward to assisting you!

Know The Difference Between Bail And Bonds

HB-Blog-Featured-Bail-VS-BondWhen a person goes to jail it can be very hard on both the loved one and the person. Regardless of the crime, seeing a loved one in trouble is very hard to deal with. If your loved one has ended up in jail you need to know how to help him or her to get out as quickly and easily as possible. HB Bail Bonds, located in Columbus, OH, caters to the surrounding areas and is able to help you during this difficult time. By understanding the difference between bail and bonds, you are able to make the best decision for your loved one.

Bail And Bonds

Essentially, bail and bonds have the same effect. Both bail and bonds are able to free a loved one temporarily so they are able to figure out their next steps in gaining their freedom. After a loved one is sent to jail, they are allowed to be bailed out or bonded out. These two words might be interchangeable because they do the same thing, but it all comes down to the source of money that is chosen to secure your loved one’s freedom.

Bail

Bail is the fiscal amount of money a defendant must pay to ensure that he or she is released. If he or she does not appear at the specific time, then he or she relinquishes the amount of money that was presented. Bail is preferred because it is a monetary amount of money and the process is a bit simpler. The money that is paid for a bail is generally by a loved one or a friend who is able to have the proper amount of money to release the convicted. Unlike a bond, the entirety of the amount of money owed for bail needs to be paid, which most people are unable to do. When you are unable to pay for your loved one’s release, then that is when HB Bail Bonds is able to step in and provide the proper amount of money that is needed to release your loved one.

Bonds

Similar to bail because there is temporary release, bonds are paid by a third party. Bonds are essentially bail that has been paid by a bail bond company. He or she is able to secure a form of collateral, such as a house, piece of land, or car. Also in Ohio, the amount of money that needs to be paid is 10 percent of the overall bail amount. At HB Bail Bonds, we then pay the court the specified amount of money owed. If the convicted person does not show up, then the rest of the money will be paid and the defendant will then lose his or her collateral if they bolt. In addition, in Ohio, there is a bounty hunter who will need to go find the defendant.

In addition to there being bonds, there are also signature bonds. A signature bond is when there is a promise written to appear in court. If the defendant bolts, then he or she must pay the court a certain amount of money. Signature bonds are mostly used for people who are a low-risk of running.

Whether you are in need of a bail or a bond, you now know the difference and how it can help you make an executive decision. There is a difference between bail and bonds; a person is bailed out if he or she is able to be released straightaway because they already have the money versus when you are bonded out due to collateral. If you are looking for a trustworthy bail bonding company, HB Bail Bonds can be your source with our bail bonds services. We offer affordable bail bonds and we’re willing to work with you in a hassle-free environment. If your loved one is facing a difficult time, contact us today.

The History of Bail

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Have you ever wondered where some of our laws and norms came from? Besides the obvious ones such as the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, which we all know where they came from, but other ones no one really considers. For instance, where did the idea of bail bonds come from? Who thought of bail bonds and why do we have the right to post bail when we’re in a tight spot? At HB Bail Bonds we want to provide you with as much information about bail bonds as possible. If your loved one is facing jail time and needs to post bail in the Columbus, OH, and surrounding area we can assist you. To learn more about our bail bonds services, call now.

The History Of Bail Bonds

Below you’ll read about the origins of bail bonds and how they were established as well as why America as an infant country decided to incorporate laws from England. The history of bail bonds will also give you a good idea of what our country was like hundreds of years ago and how similar – despite technology – it is today. In addition, the history of bail bonds will paint a picture of how little humans have developed since the creation of the bail bonds system.

The Beginning Of Bail Bonds

Similar to the crime rates now, in the infant America or New World as it was called during the time, had a crime problem. Crime in 2016 and the late 1600s and early 1700s doesn’t compare because of the vast amount of technology that exists and the increased population, but there are still similarities. Crime is still crime and lawmakers had to figure out a way to maintain control over this burgeoning country.

A long time before America was even a thought, back in the Middle Ages in England, the system of bail bonds was invented. Bail bonds back in 13th century England was defined as putting up money or property in exchange for a release from prison until a person’s trial date. Similar to now, bail bonds were temporary and the practice was invented to balance out the socioeconomic status of the village people. No matter if rich, poor, or the small amount of people in the middle class, if you committed a crime everyone would be treated equally if they were accused of a crime. Bail bonds arose out of this need of equality and balancing out how everyone was treated. Even hundreds of years ago people were searching for equality.

During the Middle Ages in England, it was also brought to the attention of the local sheriffs and lawmakers that when people were accused of crimes they would try everything to avoid facing the courts and the punishment that awaited them. Since it was the Middle Ages the punishments were generally pretty gruesome too, such as being burned at the stake or water torture. Due to wanting to avoid these punishments and with the lack of a judge or magistrate, the local sheriffs had a hard time keeping the criminals behind bars until his or her trial. Since the criminals knew what the punishment would most likely be, it was easier to allow criminals to be released from the crowded jails until his or her trial date. Apparently, it was easier to hold water torture or death over someone than keep them in overcrowded jail cells until his or her court date. The local sheriff was able to make all of the decisions when it came to figuring out the fate of the criminals and everything was based on the severity of the crime. Of course, because the sheriff was granted a lot of power by the king and like most people in power there was personal gain and corruption.

America’s Bail Bond System

After America was made into a country our Founding Fathers had to incorporate some laws and norms that would be followed to reduce the chances of anarchy. Taking a page out of their mother country, bail bonds were incorporated into the laws of the infant country. The bail bond system and bondsmen have been attached to this country since the founding, however, the laws have changed as time progressed. Instead of having a local sheriff decide everything, we have judges that we don’t have to wait a month for, so bail is posted relatively quick. The laws have also changed with bail bonds due to wanting to make everything more fair. Individual states have their own laws for bail bond services, too. The overall concept of bail bonds has remained pretty standard and bail bonds services are still necessary to help people who need extra time to build their case. However, much like everything in a capitalist society when a person doesn’t have the funds the services of bail bonds isn’t as helpful. This is why there have been other laws set into place such as being able to leverage property or a car. The property value is different than it was during the Middle Ages or even the 17th century, so if you don’t have the funds there are still other items to use as collateral.

At HB Bail Bonds we strive to offer the best and affordable bail bonds. We’re intent on helping you with our bail bonds services. Contact us if you or a loved one is in need of bail.

What’s The Difference Between Jail And Prison?

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Depending on the crime a person has committed, he or she may be looking at jail or prison time. However, what’s the difference between jail and prison and is there really a difference? Most people use jail and prison interchangeably, but there is a difference between these two institutions. At HB Bail Bonds, we offer many bail bonds services that range from DUI or OVI bail bonds to felony bail bonds. Whatever bail bonds you need, you may face prison or jail time once everything is said and done, and yes there is a difference.

If you or your loved one need bail bonds, come to HB Bail Bonds. We offer 24-hour bail bonds that are affordable and our bail bonds agents are experienced and ready to help you and your family out of this tough situation, at least temporarily. Once your loved one has gone through the trial etc., he or she may look at time on the inside. Learn more about the difference between prison and jail, so you and your family are able to prepare accordingly.

Jail

Jail is generally short term. If a person is facing time for less than a year, he or she will find himself or herself in jail. Jail is only temporary and is generally used for people who are recently arrested or charged and unable to post bail or pay a bond. As aforementioned, it is also for people who are sentenced for less than a year.

The county is in charge of jail, and the sheriff’s department runs it. Jail is also for people who are serving lesser crimes. Some of the crimes that can put one in jail are some misdemeanors such as: petty theft, disorderly conduct, speeding, parking in a handicapped parking space, not stopping for a Stop sign, driving while intoxicated, battery, possession of paraphernalia, public fights, assault, criminal mischief, vandalism, and trespassing. These misdemeanors are usually paired with a fine of up to $1,000.

Just because a misdemeanor might seem less severe than a felony, doesn’t mean it’s not going to be put on a person’s record or count against him or her. If a person is arrested for driving while intoxicated or public fighting it is still able to hurt his or her chances of getting a job, government loans for school, or the ability to do some activities may be restricted. Spending time in jail will impact a person’s life even if he or she only spent a week or so in jail. No matter the amount of time a person spent in jail, or the misdemeanor he or she was charged with, those mistakes are still liable to hinder a person’s freedom for the remainder of his or her life. It might not seem like a big deal to drive intoxicated or urinate in public, but in the scheme of things it can be detrimental to a person’s freedom.

On the other hand, in Ohio, a person is able to have his or her record expunged, which means that a person can have his or her record sealed and become inaccessible to the public. However, this process is very difficult and pricey.

Prison

Prison, unlike jail, is for an amount of time longer than a year. Prison is a longer term and most people who have been convicted for felonies or high misdemeanors will be looking at time in prison. Prison is meant to be a long -lasting place to serve out long sentences. Prison is also run by the state or the government. Federal prisons, ones run by the government, are for people who have broken federal laws. People who have broken state laws go to state prisons. So, technically there are two types of prisons that a person can end up in, depending on what law was broken. For instance, if there was a murder a person would go to a federal prison in comparison to if there was a weapon law broken he or she would go to state. It all comes down to the crime committed. Lastly, prison facilities are also better than jail facilities because they are made for long-term housing.

Depending on the crime that has been committed your loved one could be spending time in prison or jail. At HB Bail Bonds, we offer many 24-hours bail bonds services that can meet your bail bonds needs. If you are in need of bail bonds, please contact us for more information.

Bail Bondsman in Columbus Helps You Spot a Bail Scam

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There are a lot of people out there willing to take advantage of people who are in a bad situation. When you or a loved one are in jail, you’ll want to get them out as quickly as possible. Don’t let your haste to act make you vulnerable to a bail bond scam, though. Our bail bondsman in Columbus offers tips to help you spot a scam. You can avoid making a difficult situation even worse.

Beware of These Bail Bond Scam Warning Signs

Bail bondsman charging less than 10%.

Bail bondsmen are legally required to charge 10% of the bail amount. For instance, if bail is set at $10,000, the bond will be $1,000. You may only need part of that amount in cash or collateral and be able to finance the rest. The bill should always add up to 10% of the total bail amount. If it doesn’t, there is a good chance you aren’t working with a legitimate bail bondsman.

Other inmates who pressure you into using their bail bondsman.

This is a scary scam involving the person who is in jail. Another inmate might pressure or threaten them into using a particular bail bondsman. These inmates are probably getting kickbacks from the bondsman they are recommending. This is illegal. It’s best to stay away from someone who uses these shady tactics to drum up business.

A bail bondsman calling you to demand money for a loved one.

One scam that’s become popular in recent years happens after the loved one is released from jail. A bail bond co-signer gets a call saying that unless they pay more money, their loved one is going to go back to jail. Many people end up paying the scammer out of fear for their loved one who has been recently released. No legitimate and professional bail bondsman is going to call you and demand more money. If you get a call like this, hang up and call your bail bondsman back on their listed number to verify the call.

What to Do If You Suspect a Scam

If you think you might be getting scammed, report it to the local police. If the scammer uses the name of a local bail bondsman, you might want to let them know, as well. You can also report scams to the Better Business Bureau. They track scams and releases alerts so others know to avoid them. The best way to avoid getting scammed is to work with a bail bondsman in Columbus that has an established business and a good reputation. Check out ratings and reviews online.

Our Bail Bondsman Is Safe, Reliable, and Trustworthy

HB Bail Bonds in Columbus is a trustworthy bail bond agency who can help you get your loved one out of jail quickly. When you work with our team, you won’t have to worry about scams or shady deals. Give us a call or contact us by filling out the form on our website and we’ll get to work on your bail bond right away.

How To Deal With Jail (Until Our Bail Bonds Team Gets You Out!)

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Going to jail is no one’s idea of a great time. Unfortunately, a lot of good people can find themselves in a bad situation and spending a little time behind bars. Our bail bonds team can work quickly to get you released and in most cases, our clients are sitting in jail for no more than a couple hours. Those few hours can seem much longer, though. That’s why our bail bonds team has a few tips to help you stay comfortable and safe during your time in jail.

Please remember that “jail” and “prison” are two very different things. Jail is where you are held after being arrested by the police; most people only spend a short amount of time there until they are bailed out or they go to trial. Prison is where people go after they’ve had a trial or pled guilty to charges and need to serve time.

Uses These Tips to Make Your Jail Time Better

Dress warmly.

If you have advanced notice that you are going to be picked up or plan on turning yourself in, dress warmly. Most jails aren’t well heated. Put on a sweatshirt and some thick socks and you’ll be able to stay a little more comfortable.

Don’t stare.

If you are in jail with other people, it’s best not to stare at anyone. This can come across as confrontational or get you into a situation you don’t want to be a part of in the first place. Keep your head down and mind your own business while you are being held.

Be polite.

This rule should apply to everyone you come into contact with; be polite to police officers as well as others being held in the jail. That doesn’t mean you should chat everyone up; in fact, that’s a bad idea. Just be polite when addressed and otherwise be quiet.

Don’t panic.

Easier said than done, perhaps. Many of the clients who come to our bail bonds office in Columbus haven’t had to deal much with the law, so this can seem like a very scary situation. Even good people can make some bad decisions. Just remember that this isn’t the end of the world and help is on its way to get you out of jail and back to your life as soon as possible.

Let Our Bail Bonds Team Help Get You Out Fast

When you need to get yourself or a loved one out of jail as quickly as possible, our bail bonds in Columbus can help. While the above tips are an important way to keep yourself safe while behind bars, the most important thing that you can do is contact our bail bonds team at HB Bail Bonds. We’ll make sure you get the help that you need so you don’t have to spend any longer in jail than is absolutely necessary.

Contact us by filling out the contact form on this page or giving us a call at 877-GET-BAIL. One of our experienced agents will help secure your release as quickly as possible.

Bail Bondsman in Columbus Offers Tips to Get Out of Jail Fast

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No one wants to sit in jail for any longer than is absolutely necessary. Our team understands that, and that’s why our bail bondsman in Columbus works hard to get your loved one released from jail as quickly as possible. There are a number of things that you can do in order to speed up the bail bond process, as well. Check out these tips to help get your loved out of jail and back home quickly!

How to Speed Up the Bail Bond Process

Work with an experienced bail bondsman.

When you want to make sure your loved one is released from jail as quickly as possible, you’ll want to work with a bail bondsman who has experience working in the area. Bail bonds have different laws from state-to-state, and fostering a relationship with authorities in the area can help speed up the process. Work with a team who understands the system and can quickly guide you and your loved one through it.

Have your loved one’s information.

When you speak to a bail bondsman, you’ll need to have some important information ready to give them so they can start the paperwork process. You’ll need your loved one’s first and last name, what their charges are, where they are being held, and for how much the bail was set. There will be other information that will be required, but this will help get the paperwork going.

Have your cash or collateral ready to go.

Your bond amount will by 10% of the bail amount, so you’ll want to get the cash or collateral together to cover the amount required. If you don’t have enough cash to cover it, talk to your bail bondsman about what kind of collateral is acceptable for the amount. Some bail bondsman like HB Bail Bonds offers financing options, too.

Be ready to sign the paperwork.

You’ll need to sign the bond paperwork, so the quicker you are ready to do that, the better. Be sure you are aware of the responsibilities that you are taken on by signing for someone’s bail, though. If you need time to think about it, that’s okay–just be sure you are ready for the responsibility when you sign.

Ensure there is an agent ready to go to the jail.

It doesn’t matter how quickly the bail bond paperwork is completed if you have to wait several hours for someone to drive to the jail to bond out your loved one. Work with a bail bond agency that has agents stationed near the jail where your loved one is being held. That will help them get there faster and get your loved one out.

Get More Information About Fast Bail Bonds

Need more information about bail bonds or how to speed up the bail bond process? Talk to one of our experienced bail bondsmen in Columbus today. You can call us or contact us through our website today for more information on the bail bonds that you or your loved one need.