(954) 772-6444  Fort Lauderdale & Broward County

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1) WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SOMEONE IS ARRESTED?When this happens, call Lee Thomas Bail Bonds in Ft Lauderdale for fast service - 954-772-6444.

A) When a person is arrested and booked into a jail on a warrant/capias, there is usually a monetary bail bond amount set and attached to that warrant, which gives that person the eligibility to bond out of jail that same day.

B) When a person is arrested by a police officer and booked into a jail, that person, depending on the charge, may or may not be eligible to bond out of jail. That person may be required to appear at a proceeding called "First Appearance". At First Appearance, the judge will determine if bail bond is set and if the person is eligible for release. First Appearance will take place within 24 hours of the arrest, and the judge will do one of the following:

  1. Release the person on his/her own recognizance ("ROR"), which allows that person to be released from jail with a written promise to appear at all subsequent court hearings;
  2. Set a ''No Bond" with no opportunity to be released; or
  3. Place a monetary bail amount, a bail bond, on each charge giving the person the option to bond out of jail.    

At Lee Thomas Bonding Agency we will assist you through the bail bond process. Call 954-772-6444. 


All bail bonds agencies in the State of Florida have a standardized fee, which is set by the Department of Insurance.  What standardization means to you is that each bail agency must charge the same fee to each client, regardless of the charges.  In Florida, the standardized fee is only 10% of the value of the bail bond, which means that you can get your friend or loved one out of jail at a fraction of the bond amount set by the judge.  In accordance with Florida law, all bonds at a level of $1,000.00 or less require a minimum $100.00 fee.  All bond fees are non-refundable. 


A) If "Bail" is set by a judge, the person in jail, or a family member or friend, may put up the entire amount in cash with the jail where he/she is being held.  However, the person posting the cash bond should be aware that the Clerk of the Court may withhold any fees, fines, and other court costs from that cash bail amount regardless of who posted the funds. House Bill 1441 Effective July, 1, 2008; or

B) You can call a bail bondsman, also referred to as a "Surety Agent", who will be glad to walk you through the entire process, saving you time and anxiety.  As noted above, for a fee of 10%, as legally required by Florida, the bondsman will put up the full amount of the bail at the facility where the person is being held and secure their release.   


There are two parts of a bond:

First, there is the 10% fee noted above, which can be paid by credit card, check or cash if necessary.

And second, the full value of the bail bond needs to be collateralized.  This can be accomplished without using your home or coming up with large amounts of cash.  We base our decisions on collateral on the merits of the bond and the financial strength of the signer. needs to be collateralized.  This can be accomplished without using your home or coming up with large amounts of cash.  We base our decisions on collateral on the merits of the and the financial strength of the signer.

When discussing collateral, or when becoming a co-signer (defined below) for a defendant, remember to talk straight, be realistic about your ability to pay, and understand the need to get that person to court - because you are accepting the full financial responsibility for them should they not go to court.


A "Co-signor",
also referred to as an "Indemnitor", in most cases is family member or friend who is willing to pledge his/her assets in order to secure the release of the person in custody.  A Co-signer, is required to be on the bail bond with the Defendant and the Surety Company who is placing the bond to secure the release.  The Co-signer assumes all liability of the bail bond as long as it is in force.  It is important for the Co-signer to remain in contact with person that they have co-signed for.  If for any reason you feel the person you have co-signed for becomes a flight risk, you should notify the bail bonds agent immediately and ask for the Defendant to be returned to jail and for his/her bail bonds to be revoked, thus relieving you from the liability.


"Collateral" of some kind is always required. It can be as simple as a signature on an indemnity agreement and promissory note pledging your assets in the full amount of the bail bonds; or, it may be a mortgage note on a parcel of real property.  Many factors play into the type of collateral that is needed, which we will discuss with you at the before the bail bond is written.


After an arrest, in most cases, a Judge at First Appearance or at Arraignment will ask if you need attorney representation. If you ask to be represented by a public Defender and you are deemed indigent by the court, an attorney will be provided for you. Often, however, a defendant feels it is in his/her best interest to hire a private attorney.

Certainly, asking friends or family for a recommendation is good, or you may refer to your local phone directory yellow pages under "Attorneys-Criminal Law". Most attorneys will talk to you and discuss your arrest at no charge during your initial meeting.

Other sources of information are the Martindale-Hubbell Internet site and also the Westlaw Legal Directory. For other questions about Florida Attorneys refer to the Florida Bar Associations Site.

To view criminal history prior to posting a bail bond, visit the Clerk of the Court website in the county of incarceration:

Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, Miami-Dade, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Glades, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Holmes, Indian River, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Orange, Orange Comptroller, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton, Washingtoneach, Royal Palm Beach, Tequesta, Wellington, Westgate, West Palm Beach 

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