4 Movie Myths About Posting Bail

Movies and television shows often fall into the same patterns when highlighting a variety of jail processes. The information and assumptions people make from fictional programming often sets unrealistic expectations for the reality of a situation.

When movies create scenes with bail and bail bonds processes, the point isn’t to misinform the viewer but to help move the story forward and create compelling drama. Understanding the real-life circumstances will help people get a better grasp on various expectations when posting bail.

Learn fact from fiction with a breakdown of four different movie myths about posting bail.

1. The Judge Always Sets Bail

In many movies, you will witness a dramatic court scene where the judge sets a huge bail amount and everyone in the courtroom has a shocked reaction. However, things aren’t exactly like that in real life.

During a bail hearing, the sole decision is usually not up to the judge. The judge will typically follow set guidelines and standards based on the crime committed. In some cases, the crime itself will determine the bail, but many judges go by a set algorithm for crimes.

For example, the bail may be based on the crime itself, the criminal history of the arrested party, and the age of the person arrested. Also, movies tend to be dramatic when the bail amounts are stated. In various movies and TV shows, you may hear amounts in the millions.

Well, the average bail for most crimes is in the hundreds or thousands. Anything in the millions would involve very major crimes and is not a common bail amount. Smaller misdemeanor crimes may be in the low hundreds depending on the actual crime.

The bail hearing itself is not a big spectacle either, unless it is a major crime or news coverage is involved. Many inmates have the option to attend a bail hearing alone and choose not to have lawyers at this point in the process.

2. The Bail Is Denied

Another dramatic twist in the movies? Characters who get denied bail and are forced to spend time behind bars before a court case takes place. Once again, someone getting denied bail is another rare circumstance.

If bail was denied, a precedent often exists of a person skipping bail before or other factors that make a person a flight risk. Smaller crimes are usually not a factor, and you will rarely get denied bail if the bail hearing is for your first arrest.

3. You Only Get One Phone Call

To help heighten the drama of being in jail, many characters feel isolated with a cinematic policy known as the one phone call situation. Turns out, you can actually make as many phone calls as needed, but the person on the other end of the line must pay the collect call charges to keep the communication lines open.

Once you’ve been arrested, you do not have to make a decision to talk to either a bail bonds company or your loved ones. You have the option to make multiple calls. When you get into contact with a bail bonds company, they will accept your collect call and discuss your bail bond needs over the phone.

So, once you are arrested, you have no need to worry about the single phone call to make. A loved one may even purchase minutes for your calls so the other party does not need to accept charges with every call.

4. The Bail Means Absolute Freedom

In a lot of movies, when a person has posted bail, they seem to live their life freely like they just beat all the charges they once had. The drama of the courtroom has now transitioned into a whole other story thread.

The freedom that comes with posting bail is not the same in real life. In real life, you have multiple court hearings to attend, and you must show up for them every time. The bail may get you out of jail, but that does not mean you will not get sentenced once the full case makes its way through the court system.

When you post bail through a bail bond service, you may also have a co-signer on your bail bond. The person who co-signs the bail bond is responsible for your actions and ensuring you do not skip out on the bail.

Often, collateral is associated with a bail bond agreement, including anything from houses to cars. A bail bonds company has the ability to supply you with all the information you need to ensure your bail does not forfeit and you follow proper procedures to get through the whole court process.

In short, do not believe everything you see in movies and on television. The process is very different from the fictionalized films, which often focus on the drama and conflict rather than true procedure.

For more information on posting bail, contact us at Lets Bail Bonds. We have years of experience and can answer any questions you may have about the whole process.

Part 1. Ask a Bailbondsman: What rights do inmates have?

First Amendment Rights

All inmates are given First Amendment rights, to the extent that the rights don’t affect their status as an inmate. These rights include very important things such as protecting inmates against inhumane treatment (cruel and unusual punishment), as well as “smaller” rights such as the allowance to be present when prison officials open their legal mail.

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The Right To Not Be Discriminated Against

Prisoners have the right to be free of being discriminated against, whether the discrimination is regarding their religion, race, age, gender, or anything else. If there is proven discrimination, the court will use rational-basis scrutiny to determine if it is constitutional. Each type of discrimination (religion, race, etc.) requires a different way of being determined.

The Right Not To Be Harassed

Prisoners are given the right to not be harassed by other inmates or by prison staff. If an inmate reports that they are being harassed or being allowed by prison staff to be put into situations where they could be harassed, it’s a serious matter that can lead to penalties for the perpetrators and criminal sanctions.

See more about inmates’ rights in the video below:https://www.youtube.com/embed/zq8nh4y2nVw

Rights To Medical Care

Prisoners can receive medial care, to an extent. If they are in pain from a cavity, for instance, they can have their tooth pulled, but not filled. Each case will vary, but the idea is that they are given care with reasonable treatments, not extensive treatment.

The Right To Appropriate Mental Health Care

Similar to having the right to medical care, this right states that mental health care for inmates must be “adequate”. It’s important to note, though, that if an inmate files for mental or emotional injury, they will also need proof that they have suffered a physical injury.

The Right To A Hearing Before Moving To A Mental Health Facility

If an inmate is to be transferred from a prison to a mental health facility, he or she has the right to have a hearing before. This right also states that an inmate is not entitled to a full hearing before the government can force him or her to take anti-psychotic drugs.

Rights For Disabled Inmates

If an inmate is disabled, they are granted the right to accommodations to suit their needs. For example, a prisoner who uses a wheelchair must have enough space in their cell to turn and maneuver the chair, and bathroom requirements must be met as well. Disabled inmates should also be given the right to participate in physical prison programs.

The Right To Humane Facilities

Inmates have the right to live in a prison that is fit for humans. This means that the prison can’t have vermin infestations, they must have the required amount of bathrooms, there cannot be fire hazards, etc. Inmates are to be housed in humane facilities, as well as treated humanely. And if they do not receive this right, they have…

…The Right To Complain About Prison Conditions

If an inmate feels that the prison conditions are unsafe, unsanitary, or otherwise warrant a complaint, they have the right to bring this up to officials and the court. Before filing a court claim, however, the inmate must try to resolve the complaint with prison authorities first. Inmates are also responsible for paying the court fee to file the complaint.

An inmate’s rights are important, especially when the personal element of a loved one is introduced. That’s why it’s good to know what an inmate is and is not allowed to have access to.

If someone you care about has been arrested and you’re looking for a way to bond your loved one out of jail or prison, please contact us at Lets Bail Bonds We are a bail bondsman company that truly cares about our clients, their loved ones, and their rights.

How to Bail Someone Out of Jail

At Lets Bail Bonds of Montana, and Affordable Monitoring of Montana, we understand how stressful the entire situation can be. That is why we are here to simplify the process. We will handle everything, all you need to do is contact an agent, and within about 15 minute’s we will have all the paperwork done.

Finding Out the Person’s Booking Status

  1. Find out if the person was detained. After arrest, a person will be released or jailed. If they’re jailed, then they will need to be arraigned before a judge. The date of arraignment depends on the date of arrest: if it’s a weekday, then arraignment could happen as soon as the next day or two. If the person was arrested on the weekend, they will have to wait until the following Monday.
    • Some courts have weekend or night court that allows people to get arraigned sooner. At the arraignment, the judge will determine the person’s bail.
    • Some offenses have bond amounts already set by law. If the person committed one of these offenses, then you can find out the bail amount ahead of time. Illinois, for example, sets bond amounts according to the charged offense because the state wants to avoid undue delay in freeing someone when the date and time of arrest makes it inconvenient to have the person arraigned.
  2. Figure out where the person is detained. Large, metropolitan police departments may have different holding locations. Different agencies (the police department versus the sheriff’s department, for instance) have different holding facilities as well. The first thing you need to ask the person is where exactly they are detained.
    • If the person hasn’t contacted you, ask the arresting agency where the person is detained.

  1. Learn the person’s booking status. Regardless of why the person has been detained, they will have to finish going through the booking process before being eligible to post bail. The booking process requires photographs, fingerprinting, and paperwork information that includes the person’s address, etc. Depending on how busy the agency is, someone may have to wait several hours for a turn through the booking procedures.
    • The person may have no idea how long their wait will be. You can call the arresting agency after getting off the phone with the friend for a time estimate on the expected wait.
  2. See if the court website has any of the info you need. If you haven’t received a call from the person, but you know that they were arrested (if you were present at the time of arrest, for instance), then you can see if the court keeps an online database of the booking process. Many jurisdictions keep real-time information on the status of people being held in jail, so you might be able to search for the person by their last name to learn their location and booking status

Using a Bail Bondsman

  1. Determine if bail is necessary. Bail will be set at the arraignment. In many situations, especially for minor offenders committing first-time offenses, the defending attorney (or public defender) may argue at the arraignment that the defendant should be released under their “own recognizance” (or “personal recognizance,” called a PR bond). When a person is released under their own recognizance, it means that the court is trusting the person to return for the actual court date without holding a bond amount to ensure the person

  1. Find out the bail amount. The base bail amount is determined by a “bail schedule,” which outlines recommended bail amounts for each type of criminal offense. Starting with the recommended bail, the defending attorney can argue to reduce the bail amount, and the prosecutor can argue to raise the bail amount from the recommended level as well. This is called a “bail motion.”
    • Reasons a prosecutor may introduce a bail motion include:
      • The person being a flight risk, which means that the court determines a person is not likely to return for their court date. Employment status, family in the area, and other community ties factor into this determination.
      • The person presents a danger to society, which means that the court determines releasing a person may potentially put others in danger.
    • If the accused represents neither of these factors, then the defending attorney may argue to reduce the bail amount below the standard bail schedule amount. However, one’s personal attorney will likely charge fees to appear and argue on the person’s behalf, which may even exceed the reduced bail amount.
    • If the court tries to set a bail amount that far exceeds the bail schedule for the respective offense, then the defending attorney may also argue to lower the cost based on the accused’s 8th amendment rights, which require that bail not be excessive.

  1. Understand the different types of bonds. There are many different kinds of bonds that you could post to get someone out of jail. The most common are:
    • Private bail bonds. Here, you pay 10% of the full amount of the bail.
    • Public bail bonds. Where private bonds are illegal, you pay 10% of the full amount of the bail to the state. In the federal court system and Washington, D.C., judges have the authority to authorize signature bonds if you cannot afford to pay bail.
    • Signature bond or “own/personal recognizance.” You agree to come to court and if you fail to show, then you must pay a financial penalty.
    • Property bonds. Some states and the federal government allow these bonds, where you insure the bond with real property (such as your home). If the person skips bond, then you would lose your home.
  2. Check if a bondsman is an option in your area. There is little variation by state for bail requirements and no difference in bail factors because they are derived from the U.S. Constitution. One of the biggest variations involves whether a bail bondsman can post a bond in your state.[2] Illinois, Kentucky, Oregon, and Wisconsin do not currently allow bail bondsmen
    • Due to the perceived predatory nature of the practice, many countries have outlawed it completely. Other U.S. states have shown interest in doing so as well.
  3. Determine if the jurisdiction accepts signature bonds. Often, areas that have banned private bondsmen accept a “signature bond,” wherein a number of people, such as friends and relatives, sign on to verify that they will cover the bail amount without actually turning over funds. They are legally liable for the amount if the accused does not attend court proceedings. In order to verify if the local court accepts signature bonds, call ahead and see what types they accept.
    • Typically these signature bonds will involve showing some sort of deed or title. They might even just be a promise that the signers will cover the bail if the defendant skips their court dates.
  4. Figure out if you need a bail bondsman. In instances where there is a bail amount, especially a high amount, many people do not have the available funds to post a bond. Bail bondsmen make their living by putting up money to fulfill the bail requirement. They then charge a percentage of the total bail as their fee.
    • If you have the money, it may make more sense to pay the full bond amount than go to the bail bondsman. If you pay the full amount yourself, then you will get back more than you would if you go to a bail bondsman (assuming you make all of your appearances).
    • There are usually a few bail bonds companies surrounding the jail or court in every city.
    • There is usually very little variation in price between bail bondsmen. Bondsmen typically charge 10-15% depending on the type of crime or geographic location.
    • For example, a 10% bond fee on a bail amount of $10,000 will mean that you pay $1,000 to the bondsman that you will not recover. Sometimes there is also a minimum fee amount, which would apply to some smaller bail amounts. If you can afford to put up the amount without the assistance of a bail bondsman, then it’s a far less expensive route to take.
  5. Have the bondsman ready ahead of time. If you know for a fact that you will need to use a bail bondsman to help post the bond, then you can actually contact the bondsman early in order to have the bondsman appear at the arraignment. If the bond is paid directly after the arraignment (the defendant’s first appearance in front of a judge when the bail amount is set), it can cut down significantly on the time the person spends in holding.
    • Bondsmen usually have someone on staff at all hours. Call ahead and let them know when you need them. They can also help with local procedures or rules for bailing someone out. If you retain a lawyer, most criminal defense lawyers have bondsmen with whom they are familiar. They can prepare for a bondsman to be present at the arraignment for you.
    • Situations where you can anticipate the necessity of a bail payment without any motions to reduce the amount include felony cases, misdemeanors that involve injury (“aggravated circumstances”), and multiple misdemeanors committed in succession. By simply knowing the charges the accused faces, you may be able to determine if the expected bail amount exceeds what you can afford without a bondsman.
    • If you are the one jailed, then you will need a friend or family member to work with the bondsman. When you get out, you can then contact the bondsman and have the bond reassigned to you.

Paying Bail

  1. Pay the bond. Once the person is booked and you have a set bail amount, you can finally pay the bail to have the person released. The exact office you pay varies by location, but it is usually an officer for the police or sheriff’s department that made the arrest, or it may also be a clerk at the superior court in the jurisdiction of the appropriate county.
    • You can pay bail with cash or a check, and many courts also accept credit cards.
    • You typically only need the name of the accused when you go in to pay bail; however, the specific office may require additional case information, which you can usually find on the website for the appropriate court.

  1. Arrange a ride for the person. Whether the accused is released on their own recognizance or you post bail, the next most helpful thing you can do is arrange a ride for the person. They will be released from the holding facility without anything but what they had on them when booked. The person will appreciate having a way to get home, especially if they don’t have cab fare on them.
  2. Ensure the person shows up for their court date. Bail amounts are essentially insurance policies to make sure that the person returns for their actual court date. Once the person shows up for a court date, the bail amount is returned to you in full. Make sure the person whose bail you paid shows up for this court date in order to have your bail amount returned, or you will not get the money back.

4 Ways to Speed Up the Bail Bond Process and Minimize Jail Time

When you get arrested, the last thing you want is to spend an extended amount of time in jail, especially if you have a bail set for your release. Find out ways to minimize the jail time, receive a bail bond, and enjoy your release.

Using one or more of the tips, you can avoid lengthy periods behind bars and enjoy your freedom as soon as possible.

  1. HIRING AN ATTORNEY

If you feel like you will need an attorney for the case, hire one right away. An attorney will help expedite the bail process, especially if they have bail bond experience. Some attorneys work exclusively with specific bail bond companies and will help you complete paperwork and set up payment methods quickly.

The use of an attorney also helps with your reputation with the bail bond company. A bail bond company knows you are serious about your charges and attending future court hearings if you have hired extra professional help.

An attorney will also represent you and get you out of any snags. For example, an attorney can fight for a lower bail or dispute various charges in the case. All of the elements will help you with the bail bond process and allow you to avoid jail time.

  1. USING WALK-THROUGH BAIL BONDS

In some cases, you have a warrant out for your arrest, but you have not been booked by the cops yet. Before you surrender to the warrant, work with a bail bond company and lawyer to set up a walk-through bail bond. The booking process usually entails no jail time as you already have everything in order to post the bail.

A bail bond company will look up your charges, the most likely bail amount based off those charges, and ensure everything is in order. The bail bond company will also travel with you to the jail as you surrender your warrant. The process allows you to go through the booking process and immediately leave with your bail covered.

Delays may occur if you have any conditions set on the bail. For example, you could have a condition to remain confined to your home or a condition to temporarily surrender any firearms you own. The delays will not mean you have to spend time in jail, but may need to see a judge to hear about the conditions of the case.

  1. EXPLORING YOUR PAYMENT OPTIONS

To help speed up the process, consider the source of your bail bond payment. For example, if you write a money order, the process time could delay the bail bond. If you are trying to gather cash, you would need someone to bring the cash to the bail bond company.

The quickest forms of payment include credit cards and debit cards. Often, the payments are accepted over the phone so you do not need to wait for someone to drive to the bail bond company and take care of the process. With the instant payment, you paperwork will get filed quickly and you can avoid extra jail time in the process.

In some cases, you may apply for credit directly through the bail bond company. When you or a loved one applies for the credit, fax and email methods will help speed up the process and the approval time.

  1. GETTING INSTANT CONTACT

As you seek out bail, the bail bond companies provides a 24-hour service. You do not have to wait until the next business day or when the weekend passes by. Within minutes of an arrest, a loved one may contact a bail bond company. The company has the resources to contact jails, find out about arrest information, and begin the bail bond process.

With the 24-hour contact, you do not need to worry about delays and can complete paperwork long before the courts open up for business. The 24-hour process also applies to holidays. As you seek out a quick release from jail, the last thing you want to stress about is missing out on key holidays like Christmas and the Fourth of July.

Many of the bail bond businesses are located next to courthouses and jails to provide easy access as well. For example, a city like Las Vegas has a ton of traffic, but with the bail bond company located within walking distance of a court, you do not need to worry about extra delays.

The in-person access from bail bond companies provides the extra service and speed you would not have if you or a loved one tried to handle the bail on your own. The 24-hour business also provides answers to any questions or concerns you may have as you go through the bail bond process.

4 Tips for Choosing a Bail Bondsman

While you or somebody you’re keen on has gone to jail, it may be a terrifying time. Not solely is the individual’s future unsure, however you wish to get them out of jail as quickly as doable. The most effective ways in which you are able to do that is by getting a bail guarantor since most individuals don’t have the cash upfront to pay for bail. Under are 4 suggestions that you need to use to seek out the best bail bondsman for you or the one you love to assist them get out of jail as quickly as doable.

Ask your lawyer for references

This can be a good thought whether or not you select to rent a lawyer or you got one of many public defenders. A lawyer has connections and plenty of expertise with regards to authorized issues, and they need to have sufficient information that they’ll present you just a few names of reliable bail guarantors. For the reason that companies usually work very intently with regulation enforcement and native attorneys, the bondsmen which can be respectable and strong are going to be shared with these within the trade.

Look on Yelp

Lots of people consider you usually is a spot to go for suggestions for meals, however this isn’t the case. Skilled companies similar to bail bond companies additionally use Yelp. Right here you may learn the evaluations that earlier shoppers have left and be taught concerning the companies of the corporate. Though it’s a foul thought to pick out your bail bondsman solely primarily based on the evaluations on Yelp, it could enable you see what sort of companies they’ll offer you.

 

Earlier than you select your bail bondsman, you wish to take a look at the license that they’ve. Go to the web site of your state licensing division to get up-to-date data relating to the licensing standing of an company. Chances are high you’re additionally going to seek out any sorts of complaints that had been filed towards the company and the bondsman. This data may be useful once you’re attempting to decide on the best bondsman to your case.

Ask Concerning the Bondsman‘s Expertise and Sources

Though it’s true that all the brokers need to be paid the identical charges, among the bond companies present extra versatile, higher fee plans and choices in contrast with different companies. A great bail bondsman is at all times going to place the wants of their shoppers first and perceive the monetary necessities in addition to present the best resolution to suit the shopper’s talents.

These are 4 suggestions that you need to use that will help you discover the best bail bondsman to your wants. Hopefully, you’ll by no means have to make use of the following tips, however once you do they are going to enable you discover the best bail bondsman to assist your self or another person obtained out of jail shortly. The bail bondsman is there that will help you throughout a tricky time in your life. However you wish to just be sure you have the best one to your wants and that they are going to do their finest that will help you out.

Seven Questions to ask a Potential Bail Bond Company

You hope that you never need to use a bond company. But if you do, there are a few things that you should ask them to make sure that you have the right one company for your needs. Below are seven questions that you can ask to help you get a good idea about whether a bond company is the right one.

How much do you charge?

The rate that the company is going to charge will be legally mandated from state to state. The company is going to charge you anywhere from 8 to 15% of the total amount of bail based on the state that you’re in. Make sure you’re cautious of any company offers for a good rates. It might mean they’re not operating legally and they’re not a company that’s reputable.

How quickly will you be able to get a person released?

The company is only able to control paperwork and the part of the release process that they take part in . The majority of bondsman will have pretty accurate time frames about when a defendant will be able to be released. Getting a person released from jail is often an unpredictable and slow process, so you want to be patient while waiting. The first thing the jail is going to be concerned about is safety.

What’s the process for a bail bond?

Professional companies should have no problem explaining the procedure effortlessly. Below is basically the way that the process will work:
The company is going to collect some general and basic information about the situation so that they can ask assess the bond’s risk factor. An example would be where the person is being held, their charges, the length of time they’ve lived where their current residence is, if they’re employed and where.

The customer will have to arrange payment and complete the bond documents so that the bail bond application, receipt and indemnity agreement are included.

The company will then post bail, and the defendant is going to be released.

Is your company licensed?

For example, Montana bondsman receives their licenses through Montana’s department of insurance. They’re also the only ones that are permitted legally for negotiating and posting bond. You want to make sure that you were only dealing with companies who have valid and current licenses and they’re in good standing. Ask to see the license and identification of the bail agent before giving them money and completing your transaction.

Where are you located?

Sometimes, a bondsman isn’t in the state where you live. When this happens, it might cost you a lot more money because of the posting fee, and that’s the fee when the bondsman may need to pay another one to post your bail. To expedite the processes and make sure you’re not paying anything extra, find a guarantor that’s within a distance that’s reasonable from the jail that is holding the person.

What’s the indemnitor’s responsibilities?

The Indemnitor is the person who bails a person out of jail, accepting the full responsibility that they are going to show up to their court date. If the person doesn’t appear, the indemnitor will be responsible for helping the bondsman find them. If they aren’t able to be found, the indemnitor has to pay the full bail amount. Most of the issues with bail bonds can be handled using a simple phone call.

What happens if the person doesn’t come to the court case?

This question can vary between bond companies, but the process is pretty much the same. There will be a warrant issued for their arrest, and they’re going to show up in the police bulletins as being a fugitive. The company is going to try locating the defendant through calling their home, their work, their references and instructing them to go to their hearing. If a defendant isn’t able to be located, the company might hire one of the bounty hunters for locating and arresting them.

Keep in mind that this process for a bail bond is going to vary between states. But when you understand these fundamental questions that you should ask a potential bond company, it will help you with making the right decision on which companies to choose to help you through a tough time in your life.

DUI – What you need to know!

We are often asked how the bail process works for an individual who is arrested for a DUI offense. First, the person must remain in jail until they are taken before a judge. It’s at this time where the judge advises the arrested of the charges filed against them. But that’s not the only thing that takes place during what’s called arraignment. This is also when the judge or magistrate sets bond or a bail amount. Ultimately, the bail amount depends on the criminal laws of the state in which the person is arrested.

BOND TYPES FOR CRIMINAL CASES

There are three main types of bonds for such cases. The first is what’s known as personal recognizance (PR). With PR bonds, the court basically releases the individual on their word that he or she will appear for subsequent court dates. Not to mention, they must not commit any new offenses while on bond. It’s safe to say that PR bonds tend to be the cheapest type of bonds. However, as you might have guessed, personal recognizance bonds are pretty rare when drunk driving is involved.

So let’s move on to cash bonds, the second main type of bond. Cash bonds require the individual to pay a cash sum into the court’s registry. Should they fail to appear for court, the court keeps the posted cash. Pretty straightforward, right? Now we can discuss the type of bond that’s most used in DUI cases: surety bonds. A surety bond is where a third party, such as a local bail bondsman, agrees to assume responsibility for the person appearing for court in exchange for a fee. Consider this example: the bond is set at $5,000. Rather than drain their savings account to post their bond, the person gets in touch with a bondsman. In New York City, bondsmen charge anywhere from 6 to 10 percent of the bond.

DUI BAIL AMOUNTS

We should mention that the actual bail amount for a DUI hinges on the person’s criminal history and the bonding schedule used in the jurisdiction. As is the case with any other crime, the more arrests and convictions you have, the higher you can expect to pay. A first-time misdemeanor DUI might only cost you $500 in bail money. That said, felony DUI bond amounts can be as high as $50,000.

DUI BAIL BOND CONDITIONS

There are usually particular DUI case stipulations that must be met aside from posting bail. By this, we mean being ordered to install and maintain an ignition interlock device on any vehicle you intend to drive. Such as service can range anywhere from $80 to $200 per month. Of course, some judges may opt for other conditions such as alcohol and/or drug screenings while your DUI is pending.

Keep in mind that the court is going to do whatever possible to protect the community. There have certainly been situations where a judge requires an individual arrested on DUI charges to avoid driving altogether while out on bond. One quick clarification here: should your driver’s license be suspended, know this is done through your local Secretary of State.

HOW OUR LOCAL BAIL BONDSMAN HELPS WITH DUI BAIL BONDS

Was one of your loved ones recently arrested and booked into an Montana jail on DUI charges? Then you need to act swiftly. Here at Lets Bail Bonds, we are ready to help. For more than 50 years, we have been getting individuals and their families out of difficult situations.

What makes Lets Bail Bonds different is that we treat cases with the utmost respect and confidentiality. Are you concerned since this is your first time contacting a bail bonds service? Not to worry. Our third generation business is staffed with some of the finest bail bondsmen in the city. We will take the time to explain the bail process and what we need on your end. Plus, we welcome any questions you may have. Unlike other bail bond companies who rush through cases, we slow things down to help put your mind at ease.

Our 24/7 bail bonds team understands that people make mistakes. But, after the individual is arrested, it’s imperative to have a plan of action in place. Rest assured that our licensed bondsman will work diligently to expedite the bond posting process. Let’s touch on how payment works briefly. There’s no question it’s difficult to come up with a large sum of money at the drop of a hat. You can feel comfortable knowing our flexible agents will come up with a solution that makes sense for you. Lets Bail Bonds accepts all major credit cards and checks for your convenience. Plus, we offer stress-free payment plans.   

From DUI bail bonds and domestic violence bail bonds to emergency bail bonds, see how our agents can assist you. Call our local bail bondsman today.

The Reality of Unemployment Fraud

Unemployment fraud isn’t new. There have been instances of it dating all the way back to when the system for helping people stay financially solvent after they suddenly lost a job was first created.

The high number of people who were forced to claim unemployment benefits when the pandemic struck the United States, combined with some unexpected unemployment bonuses the government instituted in an attempt to keep the economy running has triggered an interest in unemployment fraud.

Loree Levy, a spokesperson for the Montana Employment Development Department, recently confirmed that the state is on the lookout for people who are committing unemployment fraud.

Levy’s department released a press release the addressed the issue. “These perpetrators are often using stolen identity information from national and global data breaches, as well as exploiting expedited payment efforts in the federal PUA program,” the release stated.

In Montana, you can be charged with unemployment fraud if it’s believed that you knowingly supplied inaccurate information to obtain unemployment benefits you aren’t entitled to. Even if you’re application isn’t approved, you can be charged with unemployment fraud.

Examples of unemployment fraud include:

  • Providing false identification information on the application
  • Failing to report earned income while collecting unemployment
  • Failing to report additional forms of compensation you’re collecting while also collecting unemployment
  • Not being a legal Montana resident
  • Falsifying employment information
  • Stealing another person’s unemployment check

Individuals aren’t the only ones who can be accused of unemployment fraud. Employers can also end up in hot water. If an investigation reveals that employer-supplied false information to the state to make it difficult for an employee to collect the unemployment benefits they deserve, the employer will be charged with unemployment fraud.

Unemployment fraud in Montana is a wobbler offense. Whether someone is charged with a misdemeanor or a felony depends on the amount of money they collected from the scam. If the amount is less than $950 misdemeanor charges are filed. The penalty can include a $1,000 fine and spend up to six months in county jail.

If the amount is greater than $950 and the prosecutor decides to stick to with a misdemeanor, it’s a potential $10,000 fine and year in a county jail.

In felony unemployment fraud cases the amount must exceed $950. Being found guilty could result in up to a 5-year jail sentence and a $50,000 fine. In addition to the fines, the state demands that the money was stolen from the system be returned and adds a 30% interest rate to the total.

The best way to avoid an unemployment fraud charge is to be completely honest on your unemployment application.

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