Under the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires that surety bonds not be excessive however Courts are given wide latitude under the Excessive Fines Clause of the Eighth Amendment.
When fixing the amount of bail for a particular defendant, the court takes into consideration several factors: (1) the seriousness of the offense; (2) the Weight of Evidence against the accused; (3) the nature and extent of any ties, such as family or employment, that the accused has to the community where he or she will be prosecuted; (4) the accused's ability to pay a given amount; and (5) the likelihood that the accused will flee the jurisdiction if released.
In applying these factors, courts usually attempt to set bail for a reasonable amount. Setting bail for an unreasonable amount would unnecessarily restrict the freedom of a person who only has been accused of wrongdoing; who is presumed innocent until proven otherwise; and who is entitled to pursue a living and to support a family. At the same time, courts are aware that bail needs to be set sufficiently high to ensure that the defendant will return for trial. Defendants are less likely to flee the jurisdiction when they would forfeit large amounts of money as a result. Courts are also aware that they must protect communities from the harm presented by particularly dangerous defendants. In this regard, the U.S. Supreme Court has permitted lower courts to deny bail for defendants who would create abnormally dangerous risks to the community if released.
Q: How do I find out if there is a warrant for my arrest?
A: Call the Warrant Unit at (757) 382-6388 or (757) 382-6389. They will tell you if there is a warrant or other criminal process for you. They cannot tell you what the charge is over the telephone because of privacy considerations.
Q: Can I find out about warrants or charges from other cities?
Q: Where can I turn myself in if I am wanted?
A: You may turn yourself in at the front desk of the Chesapeake City Jail located at 400 Albemarle Drive Chesapeake, Virginia 23322.
A: In Virginia Beach you can turn yourself in at the First Precinct 2509 Princess Anne Rd.
Q: How can I alert Law Enforcement of someone that is wanted anonymously?
A: You may call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887) or you may text CHESTIP plus your tip to CRIMES (274637).
Q: What is the cost of a Bail Bond?
A: In most states, including Virginia, the cost of a bail bond is 10% of the bail. Note that each state sets their rates and the rates are non-negotiable.
Q: Can I find Cheap Bail?
A: The cost of a bail bond in Virginia is set with the Department of Insurance at a minimum of 10% and a maximum of 15% of the total bail amount. We often get the questions from potential clients: “Can you do it for less?”, “Would you take 5% if I pay cash?” Any agent offering bail less than 10% in the State of Virginia is simply acting illegally or deceptively and should be reported to the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).
Q: Do you offer 5% Bail or Negotiate Premium?
A: We do not negotiate bail premium. Some people may not care if paying an illegal 5% bail premium is against the law. However, we ask you to consider carefully the position in which unlawful bail puts you. If a bail agent is breaking the law by price-cutting, will the same agent return your collateral? Will he or she surrender the defendant back to the court without cause? 5% sounds like a great deal, but what will it really cost you? Please be careful and think through your options before accepting a cheap bail bond offer.
Q: How do I pay for the Bail Bond?
A: When arranging bail, companies need payment in advance of “posting” a bond for the release of a detainee. We accept cash, check, and all major credit/debit cards. Most of our clients pay using cash or Credit Card. At CJ Bail Bonds LLC, we know the cost of the bail bond is more than many people have at hand. Therefore we offer various payment options, flexible financing and payment plans when acquiring a bail bond. In many cases, we can offer no collateral bail bonds.
Q: What happens when a person is arrested?
A: When an individual is arrested, generally, they will be taken to a local law enforcement station for processing and booking. Processing and booking includes fingerprinting, pictures, and nation-wide computer database searches. It can take many hours, but in smaller jails generally happens more quickly. Bail cannot be arranged until the arrest process is complete.
Q: What is "O.R. or P.R."?
A: Defendants can be released on their Own Recognizance, also known as "OR" or Personal Recognizance, also know as "PR". This is usually reserved for lesser crimes. Only a judge can decide to release a detainee on OR. In such a case, the defendant is released with a written promise to appear in court and no bail is required.
Q: What is a Purge Bond?
A: A purge amount is an amount of money that must be paid toward child support arrearages in order to avoid going to jail for contempt of a support order. Because punishment is not the purpose of civil contempt proceedings, a court must allow the contemnor (person in arrears of ordered support) an opportunity to “purge” himself or herself of contempt.
Q: Can I just pay the jail for the full amount of the bail?
A: Yes, you can. To be released on cash bail, an individual must post the full amount of the bail with the court in the form of cash or cashiers check. In order to post cash bail, an individual should check with the bail clerk to verify forms of payment accepted in an individual jurisdiction as different courts may have other options or restrictions. The source of funds for large bail generally must be verified to ensure that funds come from legal sources.
Q: What is the procedure for bailing somebody out of jail?
A: Once the bail bond is approved, the customer will need to sign basic bail bond documents including an application, Indemnity Agreement, and receipt. After the paperwork is finalized and payment has been made, a licensed bondsman will “post” the bail bond at the jail.
Q: Can your company quickly handle bail bonds for any jail in Virginia?
A: CJ Bail Bonds LLC can handle your bail bond quickly. From start to finish, most bail bonds are completed in 1-2 hours. We are also able to handle all bail bond documentation by e-mail and fax in a matter of minutes. All of our contracts are located on the "Contracts" page. In addition, we also have a strategic network of licensed agents throughout Northern Virginia who can “post” bail bonds at the appropriate jail.
Q: How long does a bond remain in effect??
A: The bond remains in effect until final disposition of the charge(s), including any appeals, unless a court releases you. The court may order that you forfeit the bond if the person fails to appear for any court hearing. If you want to be released after you have posted a bond, you must ask the court to issue a capias for the arrest of the person for whom the bond is posted. You normally will not be released from the bond until that person is arrested and placed in jail.
Q: Does CJ Bail Bonds offer financing or payment plan options?
A: We realize that the cost of a bail bond may be more than you have readily available. If you qualify, we can work out a payment plan.
We do not charge a fee for financing. We will work out payments that you can afford. We offer no collateral bail bonds to qualified applicants. We accept cosigners (make sure you understand your bail bond indemnitor responsibility before you sign).
Q: What happens if the defendant is not bailed out?
A: If the defendant is not bailed out, he or she will generally remain in custody until the matter has been resolved in court.
Q: What other bail information and legal resources are available?
A: CJ Bail Bonds LLC has a great collection of bail bond resources for your easy access and convenience. From bail schedules to informational articles, you can find what you are looking for when it comes to information on bail bonds.
BAIL BOND COLLATERAL
Q: What is collateral?
A: Collateral is something of value that is used to secure a debt or ensure payment. Sometimes a bail bond company will receive collateral in order to ensure that the defendant appears in court. Most bail bond collateral is in the form of real estate or cash. A bail bond company must return your collateral at the resolution of the case.
Q: Do I always need collateral for a bail bond?
A: Not with CJ Bail Bonds LLC. We often negotiate no collateral bail bonds. These are called signature bonds. We find that most of our customers are eligible for a signature bond.
Q: If I use collateral for a bail bond, when do I get it back?
A: When the defendant’s case has been completed and all financial obligations are satisfied, collateral is returned to the individual who pledged it.
Q: Will the court take my property as bail collateral?
A: Yes, the court will take your property as bail collateral. However, because Property Bonds involve real estate and can be likened to the buying or selling of a home, the process usually takes several weeks. Equity in the property must be equal to 150% of the total bond amount.
BAIL BOND RESPONSIBILITIES
Q: If I bail somebody out of jail, what is my responsibility?
A: When you bail someone out of jail, you are called the bail bond indemnitor. You take full responsibility for the defendant to show up to all of his/her court dates. Most issues with appearance in court are easily resolved and rarely escalate beyond a simple phone call.
Q: What happens if a defendant is bailed out and fails to appear in court?
A: If the "failure-to-appear" (FTA) in court was a simple mistake, then the bail bond company or an attorney can usually make arrangements for the defendant to return to court. Courts generally understand that people get sick, traffic or car problems arise and other unforeseen circumstances occur. This is most commonly the situation and is easily remedied.
Q: How do we know we can trust your bail bond company?
A: We are a Disabled Veteran Small Business and we pride ourselves on our professionalism .You can know to trust our company by verifying our bail bond license status by contacting the Virginia Department of Insurance.
For answers to your specific bail questions, please call us at Office: 757-266-1666, 757-330-1423 / 1424,
or Google 804-876-2245 (Bail).
The Commonwealth of Virginia sets the fees for surety bonds called (premium) an agency can charge. Presently the premium can be no less than 10% of the bond but no more than 15% of the bond. The below calculator is set for 10%.
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