How Can I Contact Someone In Jail?

 

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Having a loved one in jail can be a heartbreaking situation. While there are a number of ways you can communicate with an inmate, strict regulations can make contacting an inmate somewhat difficult. Sometimes you can stop by for a personal visit if he or she is booked in a local prison. Other times, in situations where distance is an issue (like being out-of-state), writing a letter or giving a phone call are alternative methods for communicating with your loved one.

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How To Become A Bounty Hunter

 

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So you want to be a bounty hunter aye? This career is not for the faint of heart. This position is considered dangerous due to the unpredictability of criminals and the possibility of violence, and yet . . . this is also one of the most thrill-seeking careers out there. Let’s see what it takes to become a bounty hunter.

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Where Does Bail Money Go?

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When a person’s bail is posted, the court system will keep the amount until either the court case is resolved or the defendant fails to appear in court. A person can pay the court directly for the full bail amount by providing a cash bail bond, or by hiring a bail at the expense of a 10% premium.

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Can You Get Your Bail Money Back After Being Wrongfully Accused?

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Being wrongfully accused of a crime that you didn’t commit can certainly bring a wave of mental and emotional trauma to your life, especially if you had to pay a high price for your bail bond amount set by the judge. So what happens when you’re proven innocent? Do you get your bail money back? Are you given a refund? To answer this in short . . . it depends.

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5 Quick Ways People Get Arrested In The Summertime

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With Summer just a couple months away, remember to stay safe and responsible. Making a rash and irresponsible decision could bring your Summer fun to an abrupt end. What could be worse than spending your Summer vacation behind bars? In today’s article, we’ll be presenting 5 quick ways people get arrested in the summertime.

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Know What It Means To Co-Sign For A Utah Bail Bond

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Having a loved one in jail can be an unfortunate experience. Thankfully, one of the fastest ways to get a person out of jail is to hire a bail bond agent. This can help you secure the freedom of your loved one by paying only 10%-15% of the initial bond amount. However, getting a bail bond for their release requires someone other than the accused person to co-sign the bond. This person is known as the Indemnitor.

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How to Handle Yourself if Arrested

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Getting arrested can be a tense experience. This can make you feel uneasy and nervous as you try to understand the situation. Getting apprehended may seem unfair given your circumstances, but it’s important to behave properly and cooperatively with state and federal law enforcement during an arrest. Choosing to behave improperly can make matters worse and result in greater consequences in the end. Here are some ways you should handle yourself if arrested:

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What Charges Are Denied Bail?

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Getting arrested is an unfortunate experience. If you qualify for bail, the judge will set the amount based on several factors, including the severity of the crime. While posting bail is a right given to every accused person, there are still some exceptions. These exceptions occur if the judge considers it necessary for an accused person to remain in custody. (Check out our article on How Do Judges Determine A Bail Amount).

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How Do Judges Determine A Bail Amount?

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When a person gets arrested, there’s a timeline of events that occur. If the crime is serious enough, they can be booked into jail where they’ll wait until a court hearing where the judge will set the bail amount (if the person qualifies for bail). There are a number of factors that determine a person’s bail amount:

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What Do Bondsmen Accept as Collateral?

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If a person ends up in jail and they qualify for bail, the judge will determine the amount at their court hearing. Instead of paying the full bail amount out-of-pocket (which can be quite expensive), people will generally hire a bail agent who will post their bond in exchange for a 10% commission. However, as a way of ensuring their promise to appear in court, the bail agent will also ask them to sign over collateral.

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Will I Need Collateral On My Bond?

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Bail amounts can often be quite expensive. Since paying the full bail amount can be a challenge, most people will usually hire a bail agent. When a person hires a bail agent, the agent agrees to post their bond in exchange for a 10-15% commission. As a way of ensuring your promise to appear in court, the bail agent may also ask you to sign over collateral.

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History of Bail Bonds

Bail Bonds in the 13th Century

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The idea of using money and other collateral assets in order to release someone booked in jail before their trial dates back to England in the 13th Century.

Using a system of bail bonds enabled people of all classes in society, the rich, middle, and poor, to have better chances of receiving bail when accused of a crime.

Previously, the ones who had enough money and property value were able to secure a temporary release before their trial. Individuals began to commercialize the system when they realized they could offer the security amount to the court with extra fees attached to the defendant and therefore make a profit.

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Our Utah Bail Bond Agents

Hi everybody! We’ve added several bail bond agents to our Agents page over the past few months. Let’s introduce them 🙂

Sportsmans Bail Bond Agents


Christie Peterson

Christie is a professional, licensed and experienced bail bondsman. She will work above and beyond to guarantee your freedom leaving our customers feeling like a part of the family! Christie covers all of Salt Lake City personally. CALL Christie right now in order to get information on your loved one, and find out how we can help them. GET OUT of the Salt Lake City Metro Jail fast! We accept cash or credit cards.


Thad Ellis

Thad is a professional, licensed and experienced bail bondsman. He will work above and beyond to guarantee your freedom leaving our customers feeling like a part of the family! Thad covers all of Utah County personally. CALL Thad right now in order to get information on your loved one, and find out how we can help them. GET OUT of the Utah County jail fast! We accept cash or credit cards.


Austin Jenkins

Austin Jenkins Bail Bondsman Agent Utah Salt Lake CountyAustin is a professional, licensed and experienced bail bondsman. He will work above and beyond to guarantee your freedom leaving our customers feeling like a part of the family! Austin covers all of Salt Lake County personally. CALL Austin right now in order to get information on your loved one, and find out how we can help them. GET OUT of the Salt Lake County jail fast! We accept cash or credit cards.

 

 


Tom and Pam Brereton

Tom & Pam are professional, licensed and experienced bail bondsmen. They will work above and beyond to guarantee your freedom leaving our customers feeling like a part of the family! Tom & Pam cover all of Carbon County and Emery County personally. CALL Tom & Pam right now in order to get information on your loved one, and find out how we can help them. GET OUT of the Carbon County & Emery County Jail fast! We accept cash or credit cards.


Cameron

Cameron Bail Bondsman Agent UtahCameron is a professional, licensed and experienced bail bondsman. He will work above and beyond to guarantee your freedom leaving our customers feeling like a part of the family! Cameron covers Millard County, Piute County, Sevier County and Wayne County personally. CALL Cameron right now in order to get information on your loved one, and find out how we can help them. GET OUT of Millard County Jail, Piute County Jail, Sevier County Jail, and Wayne County Jail fast! We accept cash or credit cards.


Star and Damon

Star & Damon are professional, licensed and experienced bail bondsmen. They will work above and beyond to guarantee your freedom leaving our customers feeling like a part of the family! Star & Damon cover all of Garfield County and Iron County personally. CALL Star & Damon right now in order to get information on your loved one, and find out how we can help them. GET OUT of the Garfield County Jail and Iron County Jail fast! We accept cash or credit cards.


Stacy

Stacy Bail Bonds AgentStacy is a professional, licensed and experienced bail bondsman. She will work above and beyond to guarantee your freedom leaving our customers feeling like a part of the family! Stacy covers all of Grand County and San Juan County personally. CALL Stacy right now in order to get information on your loved one, and find out how we can help them. GET OUT of Grand County Jail and San Juan County Jail fast! We accept cash or credit cards.

 

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Don’t Spend Christmas in Jail!

Christmas and the Holidays are right around the corner, and you don’t want to spend it in jail. Most people are finishing up any last minute shopping, attending school Christmas plays, drinking hot cocoa by the fireplace, and more importantly, spending time with family and friends.

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What is the 8th Amendment?

What is the 8th amendment

“Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”

The eighth amendment bans the federal government from demanding excessive bail and fines and states that no harsh and unusual punishments can be given. The paragraphs below describe in more depth what this amendment means.

 

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