DOMESTIC BATTERY

WE ARE SEEING MORE AND MORE ARRESTS WITH THE CHARGE OF DOMESTIC BATTERY.  KEEP IN MIND THAT IF YOU CALL 911, SOMEONE IS DEFINITELY GOING TO JAIL.  IT IS GOING TO BE EITHER THE PERSON YOU ARE CALLING ABOUT, OR YOU.  WHEN YOU GET ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC BATTERY, THERE IS NO BOND SET UNTIL YOU SEE A JUDGE, WHICH IS USUALLY WITHIN 24 HOURS.  WHEN YOU SEE THE JUDGE, THE JUDGE ALSO USUALLY ORDERS A NO CONTACT ORDER.   A NO CONTACT ORDER MEANS NO CONTACT AT ALL.  THIS MEANS NO TEXTING, NO FACEBOOK, NO TELEPHONE CALLS, NO LIVING TOGETHER.  IN ORDER TO GET THE NO CONTACT LIFTED, THE VICTIM MUST GO TO THE STATE ATTORNEY AND ASK FOR A HEARING BEFORE A JUDGE.  EVEN IF YOU OWN THE HOUSE WHERE THE VICTIM IS LIVING, YOU CANNOT GO BACK THERE TO LIVE UNTIL THE HEARING.

                    


COLLATERAL

NOW THAT ALMOST EVERY HOUSE IN FLORIDA HAS NO EQUITY, IT IS GETTING HARDER AND HARDER TO FIND COLLATERAL FOR A BOND.  WHEN A JUDGE SETS A BOND OF $5000, THE FEE IS $500.  MISTAKENLY, EVERYONE THINKS THAT WHEN THEY SIGN ON A BOND, IT IS ONLY FOR THE $500.  WHAT THEY ARE SIGNING FOR IS THE $5000.  IF YOU HAD TO GO TO THE JAIL THEY WOULD ONLY LET THE DEFENDANT OUT FOR THE WHOLE $5000 DOLLARS.  THE BONDSMAN AND THE INDEMNITOR (PERSON WHO IS SIGNING FOR THE DEFENDANT) ARE PROMISING THE COURT THAT IF THE DEFENDANT DOES NOT SHOW UP FOR HIS COURT DATES, THEY WILL EITHER 1. FIND HIM AND PUT HIM BACK IN JAIL, OR 2. PAY THE WHOLE $5000 TO THE COURT. THAT IS WHERE THE COLLATERAL COMES IN, INDEMNITORS CAN PUT UP CARS, BOATS, REAL ESTATE, OR MONEY IN ESCROW UNTIL THE BONDS ARE RELEASED BY THE COURT.  THE ITEMS PUT UP FOR COLLATERAL SHOULD BE CLOSE TO EQUALING THE WHOLE AMOUNT OF THE BONDS WRITTEN.  COLLAGERAL IS