Experience bail bonding from a whole new perspective with A.K.A. Bail Bonds of Alabama with our hassle free service. Be set free by God's grace is our prayer for you, not just our motto.
Conveniently Located at:
217-A 2nd. Ave E. - Oneonta, AL, 35121
A NEW ERA HAS ARRIVED IN THE BAIL BONDING INDUSTRY: At A.K.A. Bail Bonds of Alabama our only business objective is to honor God!
To accomplish this objective we'll begin with these six principles.
1.We will always treat people of every race, creed, and national origin with respect and dignity. “no tomamos ventaja de hispanics” Regardless of your economic situation, or status in the community we will treat you fairly. We'll pray for those we bond out and their families, as well as for those that we can't. That's the best help we know to offer!
2.Our focus will never be on money, but rather on helping those in need. We will work with families and individuals to work out affordable payment plans for the higher bonds where the crime was not of a violent or sexual immoral nature. We will be a company you can count on in times of need, and we'll do this with the utmost discretion, and respect for your privacy. We all have made mistakes in our lives, and that's when friends help friends.
3.We will work with families and loved ones by offering recommendations and information about services in our community such as The Royal Pines Drug Rehabilitation Center, The Hope House, The Department of Human Services, etc... We care about people, or we wouldn't be in this business! We will do everything we can to get your loved ones the help they need so this situation stops repeating itself. No one grows up wanting to be in jail, so getting help for people that find themselves in the revolving door of the justice system is a priority with us. For those that are ready, we can help! For those that have never faced such a situation, we can assist in easing the stress by giving them accurate and honest information about the proceedings they'll face.
4.For those coming from incarceration that may need someone to talk to, and to receive Biblically-sound advice, we'll be there. Our role in their lives doesn't end when we receive our money, it' s just beginning. We want to be a good ministry partner, not just a good Bail Bonding Agent. We'll offer personal advice to those that ask, as well as recommendations to professional counselors that can help! We're not here to lecture, or to be judgmental of anyone, we're simply here to help if needed!
5.We will not assist in the release of anyone that is charged with the sexual abuse of children, crimes against the elderly, habitual offenders, or those that pose a risk to the community at-large. We will help protect the community in which we live, knowing we all share in this responsibility!
6. We will never allow anyone to influence our business in a way that could be seen as a conflict of interest, or unethical. It simply won't happen! We will always operate above board as we'll conduct our business in a manner that will earn the respect of the Blount County court system, law enforcement agencies, and YOU our friends in the community.
How long does it take to get out on once the Bail Bond is Posted?
The paperwork takes approximately 15-30 minutes. The release time after the jail receives our paperwork is generally one hour or less for local police stations and 3-12 hours for county jails. Generally speaking, the busier the holding facility, the longer it takes.
Why don't I get my Premium back?
Bail Bond premiums (a.k.a. the 10% you pay) are normally fixed by contract with the state. A bail bond premium is a lot like car insurance. You are purchasing an insurance contract for the individual being released. Even if you never get in an accident in your car, you don't get your insurance premium back. Bail bonds work the same way.
Why can't I do a cash bail myself?
You usually can for traffic and minor violations. While a few jurisdictions do allow cash bail by citizens who sign an appearance guarantee and / or post the entire bail (not just the 10% premium), most states now require a licensed bond agent to guarantee the appearance. This way the state knows it can instantly collect the entire bond amount plus it can put the burden of apprehending those who fail to appear on the bond agency. Put another way, most states do not hassle with collateral and property, they collect bail forfeitures in cash.
What is and isn't good Collateral?
Anything which you own and has significant resale value is good collateral. A house on which you pay a mortgage is considered good collateral up to the difference between it's value and the amount you still owe on the mortgage. Note that except for a house, items which you have bought on credit and are making payments are not usually collateral unless you hold the title (a.k.a. pink slip). e.g. A car on which you have a loan in which the lender holds the title and you make payments is not collateral because lender has a lien on the vehicle. You may keep possession of major collateral items (e.g. House, Boat, Cars, Motor Homes) as long as the Bail Bond Agent holds the title (a.k.a. pink slip). Personal items of high value (e.g. jewelry, fire arms, computers, cameras, stereos) can be used as collateral but normally must be surrendered to the Bail Bond Agent who will hold them in a safe or other secure place. These items are normally valued at their current resale value, not what you originally paid for them.
When do I get my Collateral back?
Upon completion of the court case. This happens when: The charges are dropped. The person is found innocent at trial. The person is sentenced at trial. Of course, the Collateral will only be returned if there is no outstanding balance due on the Premium. The Bail Bond Agent has a fidiciary (formal legal) responsibility to safeguard all collateral.
What are the chances that the person will be Released on their Own Recognizance (ROR)?
ROR release practices vary widely by court jurisdiction. Generally the more severe the charge, the less likely OR release is. Checking with the court or a criminal attorney is probably the best way to gauge the chances other than asking the jailers themselves. A judge is likely to consider a person's stability in the community and in their employment when setting a bail bond amount. But you should also know that bail bond and ROR release standards have been raised in domestic dispute cases over the past few years. Some states now even have "mandatory cooling off " periods in which bail is not immediately granted for these types of cases.
What happens if the person does not appear in court as promised?
A bench warrant is issued for the person's arrest and the person's name will appear in police bulletins as a fugitive. Although specifics vary depending on the jurisdiction, generally the court also authorizes the Bail Agency arrest authority for the individual as well. The Bail Agency normally calls the person's home, work, and other references to try to find the fugitive and convince them to appear. If these efforts are unsuccessful, the Agency may then search and employ apprehension specialists (a.k.a. Bounty Hunters) to arrest the fugitive. From the perspective of someone who guaranteed the appearance by posting collateral, you want to convince the fugitive to surrender himself to the police or court as soon as possible. Normally, if the fugitive is returned before actual remittance to the state, you can usually get your collateral back. Also, judges tend to get more irritated the longer a fugitive stays at large. If the fugitive does not surrender and cannot be found by the forfeiture date, the Bail Agency remits the entire bond to the court and proceeds with legal action to seize and liquidate your collateral. By law, the Bail Agency is required to refund any value received in excess of the Bail amount following liquidation.
Doug Sharp, Sole Owner of A.K.A. Bail Bonds of Alabama
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