What Happens When Someone Is Arrested in Marion County
When someone is arrested in Marion County, they often will have a bond amount that is set by the judge when he signs a warrant or orders a capias issued. Many defendants not arrested on a warrant or a capias may be able to bond out on a bond from the jail’s bond schedule.
Some people arrested on certain charges will need to see a judge the next day at a hearing called “first appearance.”
If someone has a bond set so high that they don’t think they can afford to pay for a Marion County Bondsman to get them out, there are a couple of choices available. One, they or their attorney can try to get a bond hearing scheduled. During a bond hearing, the judge presiding over the case has the opportunity to reconsider the set amount and lower the bail. Or, you could ask an Ocala bondsman for some time to pay part of the fee.
First Appearance Hearing In Marion County
The main three things a judge will do during a first appearance hearing in Marion County is:
- Makes sure the defendant is informed of and understands the charge(s);
- Determines if the defendant qualifies for a public defender; and
- Makes a decision on whether the defendant will be released without bond, with bond, or will be held in jail without bond.
The judge appoints a public defender during the first appearance hearing if the defendant qualifies.
If the defendant is released without bond, it’s usually released on own recognizance (ROR). This is a written promise to the court the defendant will appear at all court dates until their case is completed. If they don’t appear after ROR, the defendant can be immediately arrested in Marion County. Missing a court date also likely means a judge won’t grant a reasonable bond amount in the future.
Bail Bond Fees
If the judge sets a bond, it’s likely to be a cash or surety bond. A cash bond can be paid at the Marion County jail whereas a surety bond is paid by a bonding agent in Ocala, FL such as Roundtree Bonding Agency. If the bond is paid in cash, the amount is returned once the defendant’s case is resolved, though a part may be kept for court costs and fees.
A bond put up by a Marion County Bondsman such as Roundtree Bonding Agency has a 10 percent fee, which is based on the face amount of the bond(s). The fee is nonrefundable and is set at 10 percent per Florida Statute § 903.105.
Cosigning Ocala Bail Bonds
Sometimes a cosigner is needed on Ocala bail bonds. Think of it like cosigning on a bank loan, but know what it entails. Not knowing could cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars if things go wrong.
Your signature is guaranteeing to Roundtree Bonding Agency the defendant will be at each court date. In turn, a bail bond agent in Marion County, FL is guaranteeing the same about the defendant, but to the court. If the defendant doesn’t appear in court as required, Roundtree Bonding Agency has the legal authority to find the defendant and arrest them. A cosigner does not.
Speed Up The Bail Bond Process in Marion County, FL
If a family member or friend has been detained in the Marion County Jail, here is some information to help you speed up the process for an Ocala jail bond.
- Call our office toll free at (352) 376-6645.
- Have the defendant’s full name, bond amount, and the county the charges are in ready for Roundtree Bonding Agency. The defendant’s date of birth (DOB) and/or booking number is also helpful.
- The defendant will be bonded out of the Marion County Jail once we have their information, along with yours, and all bonding-related paperwork is complete and signed.
Once the bail bond has been turned into the Marion County Jail, the defendant is usually released within a few hours. However, depending on the size of the county itself, this may mean as few as two hours or more than eight.
Bonding Agent in Ocala, FL
Roundtree Bonding Agency has been a Marion County bonding company since 1956. We pride ourselves on assisting all clients with professionalism and confidentiality throughout the bonding process. Owner Rick Roundtree has been in the bail bond business since 1978 while agent Sean Thomas joined in 1996. Our agents are available to help clients 24/7 in Ocala, Marion County, and all of Florida. To speak with a bonding agent in Ocala, FL, contact Roundtree Bonding Agency today.