When a friend or family member has been arrested for burglary, it can be a confusing and stressful time. Because of the potentially severe consequences, it’s important to secure their release so they can attend to personal affairs. Roundtree Bonding Agency has more than 50 years experience assisting clients throughout Florida. Our agents are available around-the-clock — contact us today.
What Is Burglary In Florida?
Burglary is a crime that occurs when someone enters a conveyance, dwelling, or structure owned by another person and without their permission with the intent to commit a separate crime once inside. However, full entry into the property isn’t required for someone to be charged with burglary — reaching or stepping foot into is considered burglary. It’s charged as a felony in the State of Florida, though the degree depends on various circumstances.
Penalties For Burglary
First-degree burglary occurs when:
- An assault or battery is committed contemporaneously with the burglary;
- The person is or becomes armed with a dangerous weapon or explosive device when they enter the conveyance, dwelling, or structure; or
- A motor vehicle is used to help commit the burglary, other than a getaway vehicle, when they enter an occupied or unoccupied dwelling or structure. The vehicle may also cause more than $1,000 in damage.
The penalty for first-degree burglary is up to life in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
Second-degree burglary occurs when the person enters:
- In a dwelling with or without another person present; or
- In a conveyance or structure when another person is present.
Penalties for second-degree burglary include up to 15 years in prison, up to 15 years of probation, and up to $10,000 in fines.
Third-degree burglary occurs when a person enters or stays in a conveyance or structure without another person present inside. Penalties for third-degree burglary include up to five years in prison, up to five years of probation, and up to $5,000 in fines.
How A Bondsman Can Help
A bonding company, such as Roundtree Bonding Agency, knows the bail bonds process inside and out. This in-depth knowledge is largely beneficial to most clients who are unfamiliar with the paperwork, process, and responsibilities. But the overarching benefit is the ability to secure the release of a friend or family member without needing to pay the full amount at one time. Instead, a non-refundable, 10-percent fee based on the total amount is assessed. If the amount is still too high to be paid in full, a repayment plan may be set up.
How Does The Bonding Process Work?
The crux of a jail bond is to ensure the friend or family member will appear at all required court dates until their case is fully resolved. After the arrest, the friend or family member will be taken to the local jail where they’ll be booked into law enforcement custody. Bond is usually determined during a first appearance hearing held within 24 hours, but, if they were arrested on a warrant, the warrant may have a bond endorsement. This endorsement will state the amount and provide the option to pay the amount before the first hearing.
If there isn’t an endorsement, the help of Roundtree Bonding Agency or a similar bonding agent is likely required. When you call, make sure to have the full name and birthdate of the friend or family member, the name of the jail where they’re being held, and their booking number. Once we have this information, our agents will draw up the necessary paperwork and answer any questions as you complete it. After the bond fee has been paid and paperwork is complete, we’ll submit everything to the jail and secure their release.