Bail Bonds

What are bail bonds?

A bail bond is an amount a criminal defendant in Oklahoma must pay to secure his or her release from jail before a trial begins. This often benefits the criminal defendant in the case, as it helps give him or her more time to prepare for the trial. Being free throughout the legal case enables the person accused of a crime in Oklahoma to easily meet with his or her attorneys, gather evidence, and more. Those who cannot afford bail bonds or who choose not to opt for them remain confined to jails. Sometimes a defendant’s legal cases can potentially drag on for years without even going to trial.

What types of items can be used to secure a bail bond in Oklahoma?

Most bail bond companies in Oklahoma prefer that bonds be paid in cash or credit cards. Others may also accept a deed to property such as a house, car, boat, etc., as collateral.

What does a bail bondsman in Oklahoma City do?

An Oklahoma bail bondsman acts as a criminal defendant’s jailer of sorts. Provided the accused individual or someone else can put the amount of the bail up on behalf of the defendant, that person often gets to go around free – at least for a while. A criminal defendant in Oklahoma might have certain conditions, which may require checking in at specific times, staying away from particular places, etc., placed upon him or her. A bail bondsman helps keep jails in Oklahoma from getting overcrowded. Bail bonds also allow many persons accused of crimes a venue by which to enjoy their freedom and prepare their defense for their case(s).

Are bail bonds required in civil cases in Oklahoma?

No, bail bonds are not required in civil cases in Oklahoma or elsewhere in the United States. Oklahoma reserves bail bonds for non-capital offense criminal cases.

At what point in the court process are Oklahoma bail bonds allowed?

Depending on the crime and the jurisdiction, an alleged criminal might be able to obtain a bail bond soon after he or she has purportedly committed the crime. In other situations, the possibility of obtaining an Oklahoma bail bond in non-capital criminal cases will have to wait until the defendant has gone through the bail hearing. It is important to note that judges can have the right to deny bail, even in non-capital criminal offenses.

Will an Oklahoma judge always set bail and allow defendants to obtain a bail bond?

No, as stated earlier, a judge can deny bail for a criminal defendant – even if he or she is not accused of a capital offense. If the alleged crime is particularly heinous (i.e., if the accused is an alleged serial rapist), or if the judge considers the defendant to be a high flight risk, the judge may not allow bail. Oklahoma district attorneys and legal counsel for the defendant usually add their own input for the judge to consider.

Can a judge in Oklahoma City or Tulsa require me to temporarily surrender my passport, as a condition of my release on bail?

A judge, regardless of the city or county in Oklahoma, does not usually ask a defendant to temporarily surrender his or her passport. This situation most often occurs in the movies. This is only likely to happen where the accused defendant is such a high flight risk that he or she is likely to leave the country. This may also hold true if the person accused of a crime is a citizen of a foreign country. Thus, as a condition for bail, an Oklahoma judge may require the individual to turn in his or her passport until the case is over.

What is the meaning of “personal recognizance”, and what happens if a defendant does not follow it?

In essence, this means that a defendant is able to go free based upon his or her previous track record. In this case, a judge is essentially saying, “You have to promise to be good, and so far I see that you have been okay.” If a criminal defendant in Oklahoma breaks his or her promise to the judge and skips town or does something bad, things can sometimes go very poorly for that person in the future. Why would a judge believe that person during the trial phase, if he or she already skipped town or otherwise broken his word?

Under what conditions can I be released on my own recognizance in Oklahoma, thereby bypassing the need for a bail bond?

Once again, the judge will take several factors into consideration when determining whether or not to let a person in Oklahoma go free during the court process, without having to obtain a bail bond. A defendant who has a previous criminal history, has been accused of a very bad crime, or who is a flight risk (i.e., is from another state or country) is a lot less likely to get released on his or her own recognizance.

Don’t I have a constitutional right to receive bail in a criminal proceeding in Oklahoma?

Unfortunately, no. The Eighth Amendment states in part “. . .excessive bail shall not be imposed. . .” The federal courts have interpreted the United States Constitution to mean that people accused of non-capital crimes have a legal right to bail, but that individuals accused of capital crimes do not. The Eighth Amendment right pertaining to bail bonds stipulates that their cost not be “excessive”. So, who determines what constitutes an excessive amount for Oklahoma bail bonds?

A judge will often determine what is excessive, in light of all the circumstances surrounding the matter (i.e., whether or not the accused person has a previous criminal record, his or her perceived flight risk level, the nature and number of crimes, etc.). In most instances bail is not a fixed amount for each crime. However, in some cases exceptions do exist.

In some municipal courts and elsewhere, bail can be set at a certain amount. In some cases, bailing yourself out of jail for some crimes in Edmond, Oklahoma (i.e., assault with a deadly weapon) is quite easy and relatively inexpensive. It is also possible for individuals accused of driving while under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI), and those who commit a “simple assault” to bail out of jail fairly easily. In many cases, a person accused of such a crime in Oklahoma can post bail very quickly and without the approval of a judge.

How does a judge in Oklahoma decide what a “reasonable” amount for bail is?

In instances where a judge decides what is “reasonable” for bail, there are numerous factors he or she might first consider. These may include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • The nature and severity of the crime
  • Whether or not the accused individual allegedly committed more than one crime
  • Previous criminal convictions – or the lack thereof
  • The amount of money and other assets a person accused of a crime has
  • The potential flight risk level of the alleged criminal

Are there any other factors which influence whether or not an Oklahoma judge will grant bail and the cost of a bail bond?

Unfortunately, judges in Oklahoma are only human, too. Such factors as a defendant’s age, race, gender, national origin, etc., may come into play during the decision making process. A criminal defendant will almost never hear these factors spoken out loud, but human nature is, by its very definition, imperfect. Indeed, a judge may not even realize that he or she has implemented his or her own bias into each person’s case and thus the defendant’s bail – or lack thereof, and its cost.

Also, some bail bond companies are cheaper than others. Oklahoma Judicial Process Servers is one of the cheapest, most efficient bail bond companies around, and our prices are extremely competitive. Why go with another Oklahoma bail bonds company? Smart Oklahomans looking to save money seek bail bonds from Oklahoma Judicial Process Servers!

What happens if I try to skip town or fail to show up for court while out on bail?

Depending on the severity of the crime, a bounty hunter and/or law enforcement personnel will track you down and bring you back to jail. If you stay on the run, then you will forfeit all of the money/collateral you or someone who loves and cares about you has put up for your bail bond. If you are out on bail and are working with the legal system in Oklahoma, then why run? If you do, the judge will consider you to be a flight risk in future cases. If you ever face a judge in a criminal case in Oklahoma or elsewhere in the future, he or she will likely not want to let you out on bond.

What is an Oklahoma bounty hunter?

A bounty hunter in Oklahoma is an individual group of people hired by bail bond companies to find defendants who are out on bond, who subsequently fail to appear at their court dates. These people are hired by bail bond companies to bring the person back to jail. Bounty hunters make money catching accused criminals and turning them in to law enforcement officials.

If I leave Oklahoma and try to run away while out on bail, is a bounty hunter or a member of law enforcement personnel likely to find me?

Yes, a bounty hunter in Oklahoma or law enforcement agency (i.e., Norman Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, etc.) is likely to find someone who fails to show up for court in Oklahoma. Oklahoma City Bail bondsmen do not appreciate having a criminal defendant fail to show up for court, as it can jeopardize their business and raise their insurance rates. Likewise, law enforcement officials and the community as a whole do not want to have an alleged criminal on the loose. Members of community, nonprofits, and/or law enforcement officials throughout Oklahoma and elsewhere may team up to offer a monetary award for information leading to the arrest of accused criminals.

Is life on the run a fun thing in Oklahoma City or elsewhere in the United States?

Life on the run is no fun at all. Who wants to spend one’s life always looking over his or her shoulder? Trying to creep around and hide all of the time is not the answer, and it is not what most people would want to do for their entire lives. Given today’s technological capabilities, it is sometimes very difficult for an suspected criminal on the run to get a car, a job, join the military, travel overseas, etc., for any length of time without someone eventually getting discovered.

Does Oklahoma Judicial Process Servers reserve the right to refuse to provide a bail bond to anyone?

Yes, Oklahoma Judicial Process Servers reserves the right to refuse bail bonds to anyone at any time for any reason. The most common reason the bail bondsmen at Oklahoma Judicial Process Servers might do so, would be when we think a person in Oklahoma is extremely dangerous or is a too great a flight risk.

Why should I obtain my bail bond through Oklahoma Judicial Process Servers?

Oklahoma Judicial Process Servers’ bail bonds are some of the most affordable people around. We treat everyone as being innocent until proven guilty, and we are very friendly people to work with. We like to treat people as people, and our bail bonds are some of the most affordable you can find in Oklahoma. Of course, just like other bail bondsman, we just require that all people who are out on bond don’t leave Oklahoma, fail to show up for their court appearances, or cause any problems, etc.

Does Oklahoma Judicial Process Servers offer any special discounts for bail bond services?

Oklahoma Judicial Process Servers has a variety of special discounts, if you specifically ask for them when first applying for the bond. Some of our discounts include reduced fee amounts for seniors, kids, veterans, first time offenders, repeat customers, as well discounts for clients of attorneys we work with on a regular basis.

Where does Oklahoma Judicial Process Servers offer bail bonds to defendants who are accused of crimes?

Oklahoma Judicial Process Servers offers bail bonds all throughout the State of Oklahoma. Some of the cities we receive the most business from include, but are not limited to, Oklahoma City, Edmond, Norman, Moore, Yukon, Tulsa, Piedmont, Mustang, El Reno, Guthrie, Del City, Midwest City, Owasso, Stillwater, and others. Some of the counties we serve include, but are by no means limited to, Oklahoma County, Cleveland County, Canadian County, and Tulsa County. If you are in Oklahoma and need a bail bond to help you get out of jail, please give the experts at Oklahoma Judicial Process Servers a call!