If a friend or family member is arrested in Starke or Bradford County, many times bail bonds are necessary to secure their release from law enforcement custody. Roundtree Bonding Agency has more than 50 years of experience assisting clients in Lawtey, Starke, and all of Bradford County. Contact us today to learn more about the bonding process.
Bradford County Bail Bonds Resources & Maps
Bradford County Jail
Courthouse: (904) 966-6280
Public Defender: (904) 966-6273
Address: A, 2110, 945 N Temple Ave, Starke, FL 32091
Bradford County Courthouse
State Attorney: Felony: (904)-966-6255 / (904)-966-6340
Address: 945 N Temple Ave, Starke, FL 32091
What Happens After An Arrest In Bradford County?
The majority of arrests happen after a law enforcement officer witnesses a crime or has reason to believe a crime has taken place, called an on-view arrest. The accused is then taken to the Bradford County Jail, located at 945 North Temple Avenue in Starke. Once they’ve been processed or booked into custody, one of two situations arises. One, if they were arrested for a warrant and it had an endorsement, the friend or family member has the option to pay the amount. Or, many times, there isn’t an endorsement and the person has to wait for the first appearance hearing the next morning.
First Appearance Hearing
First appearance hearings are held at the Bradford County courthouse which is part of the Eighth Judicial Circuit. During this hearing, a judge makes several decisions related to the arrest, including advising the person of the charges filed against them and determining if he/she qualifies for a public defender. If this qualification is met, the judge generally appoints a public defender during this hearing.
This hearing is also when the judge determines what bond amount, if any, should be set. Options for the bond determination include:
- Releasing the friend or family member without needing to post bail;
- Setting a bond amount for each charge; or
- Holding them in jail without bail.
If a bond amount is set, it can be paid in cash at the Bradford County Jail or by hiring a bonding agent to pay the amount.
Bail Bonds Process
If you have a friend or family member in Bradford County custody, there are a few things you can do to expedite the process. Before calling a bonding company such as Roundtree Bonding Agency, make sure you have:
- The friend or family member’s full name and date-of-birth;
- The jail where they’re being held and their booking number, if possible; and
- The bond amount.
Once their information, along with yours, has been submitted and all necessary paperwork completed, a bondsman can secure their release.
Bail Bond Fees
If you work with a bonding company such as Roundtree Bonding Agency to put up the full amount, there is a 10 percent, non-refundable fee. This fee is based on the face amount of the bond and is set by the State of Florida.
A bonding hearing can be requested by the friend or family member’s attorney if it was denied or the set amount is considered to be too high. During a bond hearing, the judge has the option to reconsider the previous decision and either lower the amount or release the person on their own recognizance. This requires the friend or family member to promise the court, in writing, they will appear at all scheduled court dates until their case is resolved. Failure to do so subjects them to immediate arrest and likely the option for a reasonable bond amount in the future.
Co-Signing For A Bail Bond
Co-signing for a bail bond is similar to co-signing for a loan as the co-signer is responsible for the full amount if the friend or family member doesn’t appear for required appearances. But endorsing a bond is the co-signer’s guarantee the other person will be at each court date.