FAQ

Q: Can i get released even though its the weekend?
A: Yes, the jail is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Q: How long will it take to get out?
A: Somewhere between 6 and 10 hours on average, with the understanding that this is a Broward Correctional Facility and unforeseen delays are often inevitable.

Q: How long will it be till I receive my court date?
A: Usually within 2-5 weeks, but you are encouraged to check on-line regularly to ensure that you do not miss it. It is the most commonly used excuse in FTA Warrants “WE NEVER GOT ANYTHING…” or “THEY NEVER SENT US ANYTHING”.
It is your responsibility to find out when your court date is!!!

Q: Should I hire an attorney?
A: yes

Q: I have a warrant, how do I clear it?
A: This is always a great question that requires a little more “digging” before I can really give the answer. You see, there are a few different types of warrants and they require slightly different procedures. All of them revolving around the premise that once you have a warrant, the only way for it to be “cleared” is for it to be “served”. That being said, it can either be served at a traffic stop, at your house or job in the most inconvenient moment or it could be done on your terms! Self surrender in the lobby of the jail. Most warrants can have the bonds paid at the same time to avoid the person from ever actually going in to custody, this is commonly referred to as a “walk-thru” or “lobby surrender”.

Q: How do I know if I have a warrant?
A: Another question that usually requires more digging! Most counties have a website for the clerk of courts where you can check.
However, most county court websites will only indicate NIC warrants or FTA warrants. So if you are involved possibly in an active investigation and you want to know if there has been a warrant issued yet, most likely you will be contacted by a detective and schedule a convenient time for you to surrender yourself.

Q: Are there certain reasons that I would not be able to clear my warrant with a “walk thru” or “lobby surrender”?
A: Yes. Lobby surrenders are not eligible for any crimes involving violence. Even if its misdemeanor, battery or domestic battery. Also, any violations of either Pre-trial Release or Probation would not be honored in a walk through scenario. In addition, if at any time in the past you had been arrested and used an alias you would not be granted a lobby surrender.

Q: What happens if they deny my attempt at the lobby surrender?
A: At this point, there is nothing we can do. You will be taken down to the booking area for a complete processing which usually takes around 5-6 hours. During this time, we will monitor your booking process until we can post your bond. After your bond is posted, it will take an additional 5-8 hours till release.

Q:Do I get my money back?
A: Premium is the 10% that is charged for the bond service, more commonly referred to as “the fee”. The Fee is non refundable. Any monies taken above “the fee” to be held as security or “collateral” for the bond must be returned within 21 days of the discharge of the bond.

Q:What is collateral and what can serve as such?
A: In some cases collateral is required due to the high flight risk potential of a defendant. Collateral is something tangible that is equal to the amount of the bond that is held by the bond company till the bond is discharged. The bondsman will determine whether or not collateral is required during the initial consultation. If collateral is decided necessary, then there are many options that can be used as collateral.

SOME COLLATERAL OPTIONS ARE:

1. Personal check to be held from a person with proof of current employment.
2. Real property – signature of a homeowner, signer assumes full liability for the bond.
3. Jewelry – gold/silver, diamonds, watches or other rare pieces.
4. Electronics – TV’s, game systems, SLR cameras, guitars, etc..
5. Guns
6. Cars / boats / RVs – if storage required, fees are applicable.

If there is something that you own that think might secure the bond that was not listed, you are encouraged to call 954-299-0992 to inquire.

WHEN IS YOUR COLLATERAL RETURNED???

As soon as a case is resolved or as soon as the judge no longer sees fit to have the defendant supervised by the surety company, he will order a discharge of that bond. The bond company will return your collateral after receiving that discharge.