What are 3 ways you can avoid a DUI?

man deciding between driving or not

What is the best way to avoid getting charged with a DUI?

DUI is not something that anybody should want, and you certainly don’t want your insurance company to know about it. DUI = Driving Under Influence of either alcohol or drugs. A DUI means you were drinking, or have behavior affecting drugs, in your system and chose to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and drive. At the point you’re a pulled over law enforcement is an indicator you shouldn’t have made that decision. 

Now, you’re faced with DUI charges which can bring about a lot of other issues. You’re going to have a criminal record. You’re going to be out a lot of money, you could possibly lose your job, (which won’t help with the money you’re going to need.), and a possibility of so much more negative things are on the horizon.

The first thing that may come to mind would be “Don’t drive and drink”, but there are other things that we’ll share with you on how to avoid getting arrested for DUI or DWI. Either of these will be devastating to your life as you know it today. Not only are you going to have a criminal record and could lose your job and your reputation, among other things, you put other’s lives at risk. Here are ten tips on ways to avoid getting charged with a DUI. 

  1. A Designated Driver: If you’re planning on drinking, predetermine a designated driver. This is a person with a valid driver’s license and will not be drinking alcohol.  The designated driver should have the address of every person in the group that will be drinking along with their emergency contact information.
  2. Take Public Transportation: What if you can’t or don’t have a designated driver? Do your drinking where the is public transportation. Take a bus, cap, taxi, or train. During holidays, there are organizations that offer free pick up service when people are going to be out drinking. As the bartender to help you arrange transportation, some will offer this service in order to help people from irresponsible driving and getting a DUI or DWI.  
  3. Stay in a Hotel: Some holidays or special events, like New Year’s Eve, when you know that you’re going to be drinking and partying, book a hotel room ahead of time. Sleep it off and have a free continental breakfast the next morning. 
  4. Take Their Keys: If you’re in the presence of somebody that is heavily drinking, take their car keys. If you’re the one drinking, before you get too intoxicated, hand your key’s over to somebody that won’t let you drive. 
  5. Alternate Drinks: A responsible party host will have non-alcoholic beverages to offer their guest. If you’re the host, in addition to alcoholic beverages, have coffee, fruit juice, sodas, teas, and water to offer. When a party is winding down, start offering the guests other beverages to help combat the alcohol they consumed. This can help them avoid a DUI or DWI.
  6. Food: Another thing that responsible hosts will have available is plenty of food. This doesn’t have to be a sit-down meal, but plenty of finger sandwiches and other snack foods. When we eat while drinking, the food will absorb some of the alcohol consumed and can often be what keeps a person from getting a DUI when they leave. 
  7. Cut the Alcohol Off  Early:  Sometimes being the responsible host isn’t the fun host. This means as the night starts ending, remove the keg and put the alcohol away.  By doing this, you can be sure that your guests have had some time to sober up before they attempt to drive and risk a DUI or DWI.  
  8. Mingle with Guests: Any hosts know they should mingle with all their guests, but this needs to be done not only socially but under a watchful eye. When you notice that somebody is consuming a lot of alcohol, you don’t want to let them leave drunk. Offer them non-alcoholic beverages, food, alternate transportation, or a place they can sleep it off. 
  9. Call Family or Friend: If you have a guest that has to consume a lot of alcohol and is at risk of driving and getting a DUI, offer to call a family member or friend to come to pick them up. 
  10. Early Start: Don’t wait until the party is hours in progress to start watching your guests, especially guests that have arrived early and started drinking, or may have already been drinking when they arrived. 

As a party goer or a host, you should take any necessary precautions that will protect you and others from getting a DUI or DWI.  

What usually happens when you get your first DUI?

More states are taking a serious approach when responding to a DUI or DWI, even a first DUI.  There isn’t a first offender act for a DUI conviction, meaning that the DUI charge will not be expunged from your record, leaving you with a criminal record. There is not any diversion offered or any possibility of withholding judgment. 

Your driver’s license is confiscated and surrendered to the DPS, taking away your legal right to drive for a period of time. The arresting office can petition for the state to suspend your driver’s license when your blood alcohol is at a certain limit or if you refuse to be tested. 

Other factors you could face with a DUI is twenty-four hours or longer behind bars, a probation period, required community service, a fine between $300 up to $1,000 or more depending on what the judge rules, and possibly required to attend an alcohol and drunk driving education program. The judge may place you on a one year probation with the possibility of being jailed if you repeat the offense during that year. 

Are there different types of DUI?

The State of Georgia has six categories of DUI charges, two of which are DUI based with the other four having a focus on DUI from other substances. The six categories of DUI charges are: 

  • Per Se: Under the laws of Georgia, a DUI-Per se statute, operating a motor vehicle with .08 gram blood-alcohol level is illegal and evidence of impairment is not required. 
  • Less Safe:  This DUI is not as well-known as the above, and blood alcohol level is not required for evidence. Meaning that law enforcement can arrest a person they believe is not capable of operating a motor vehicle safely. 
  • Drugs: This DUI charge is for a person that is thought to be under the influence of drugs and the law enforcement agent feels they cannot operate a motor vehicle safely. This can be an illegal drug or a prescription drug. 
  • Inhalants:  This DUI is when a law enforcement agent believes a person has intentionally inhaled any aerosol, glue, or other toxic vapor that has put them at a risk of operating a motor vehicle. 
  • Multiple Substances: This DUI charge is for any person that law enforcement determines them under the influence of several products simultaneously such as alcohol, drugs, and/or inhalants, making it unsafe to allow them to operate a motor vehicle. 
  • Marijuana or Other Controlled Substance: This DUI charges is when law enforcement finds a person to be under the influence of a controlled substance such as marijuana while operating a vehicle. If a person is licensed to legally use the controlled substance, i.e. medical marijuana, could result in being charged with Per Se or a Less Safe as described above.

How can I avoid a DUI when pulled over?

Those flashing blue and red lights are pretty when they aren’t behind you, but when they are, keep  calm and follow these tips. They are not a guarantee you won’t get arrested for DUI, but it could minimize the chance of it happening.

  • DUI checkpoints Many cities have the standard spots they set these up. If you’re planning on drinking and driving, but please don’t, avoid these areas. 
  • Pull Over: Don’t’ keep driving like you don’t see the lights and don’t start driving faster, trying to “lose” the officer. 
  • Have Your Papers: Before the officer approaches your vehicle, have your driver’s license and proof of insurance readily available. Fumbling and searching for these could quickly lead to a DUI.  
  • Keep Passengers Calm: Advise any passenger to remain calm and keep quiet unless the officer speaks directly to them, then only offer a short answer. 
  • Be Polite: Being polite to a law enforcement officer is always smart.  Their job is tough enough without having to handle inappropriate conduct or making statements that can come back to you. Remember, there are body cams and dash cams now, watching everything that is happening. 
  • Speak Carefully and Little: Your speech could be what gives you away as being impaired. Say as little as possible but answer questions without hesitation. 
  • Decline Field Sobriety: Decline any field sobriety test, even if you are sober. If you have the slightest indication of failure, it can be used against you. 
  • A Chemical Test: Any consumption of alcohol, prescription or non-prescription drug can show up on a chemical test of blood, breath, or urine.  If you have consumed any of those, refuse a chemical test. The slightest amount, even prescription drugs can get you a DUI or DWI. 
  • Request a Lawyer: At any point of time when you’ve been pulled over, you have the right to speak with your lawyer. Once you have made that request, do not answer any more questions, do not make any statements, and refuse any further testing. 

Can cops search your car after a DUI?

Yes and now. If you are pulled over for a minor traffic offense, a headlight or taillight is out, you didn’t make a complete stop, etc., the officer probably won’t search your vehicle if they don’t feel there is a reason – BUT – just as an employer can always find a reason to fire a person, an officer can find a reason to search your vehicle without a warrant. This is called a “probable cause” and could be for any of the following or others:

  • They asked and you agreed, meaning you waive your Fourth Amendment rights.
  • You have bloodshot eyes, smell of alcohol or marijuana, or see alcohol containers in your vehicle. 
  • They think you have a weapon. 
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Is a dui is a misdemeanor or felony?

In the State of Georgia, A DUI charge is usually a misdemeanor offense, but depending on surround circumstances, a DUI charge can become a felony offense. Situations that make a DUI a felony charge would be repeat offender, child endangerment, serious injury to self or others, vehicle homicide, or vehicle feticide, or interfering with traffic device. 

Is dui or dwi worse or are they the same?  A DWI is typically the more severe of the two because it indicates there is a higher level of alcohol or drug evident. A DWI will have tougher penalties than a DUI, however, a first-time offender with a good legal representation can get a DWI reduced to a DUI. Still, both are serious charges and have last implications that will follow you for life. Call 706-353-6467 today for your bail needs.

What is the success rate of probation?

arrested individual in police station

Do you automatically go to jail if you violate probation?

After being arrested, when all is said and done in regard to a trail and sentencing, part of the defendant’s release is being under probation. The purpose of probation is for rehabilitation for the defendant, and a level of protection for society from more criminal conduct by the defendant. Probation is also a level of protection for the victim. Probation is typically granted by the judge for a defendant with first-time offense or considered a low-risk.

For most people, completing probation early is easy, especially for a first-time offender. Breaking the law isn’t a normal thing for them, so staying on the right track and taking care of business is standard. There are other however, especially repeat offenders, completing probation period without lapsing backward is challenging. 

In the state of Georgia, or any state, there are several reasons why a defendant is given probation, and they be  giving probation instead of time behind bars.  Some reasons why probation is issued are: 

  • DUI conviction
  • Shoplifting conviction
  • Traffic violation

 The probation period may be for as little as six months or it may be years. In Georgia, probation is a ways to  satisfy jail time while not being in custody. However, there are several strict requirements that must be adhered to during the probation period.  Any violation, the probation could be revoked, additional fines implanted, or an extension of the probation period. 

What does revoking probation mean?

As mentioned above, there are specific conditions and restrictions for probation, and if those conditions or restrictions have been violated, your probation officer, a law enforcement agent, or the judge can revoke your probation. Revoking probation means your probation rights are terminated and you’re returned to jail to face another hearing. 

The revoking probation process starts with a report being filed about the infraction by either a law enforcement, probation officer, or someone else. The probation officer is required to report this violation to the District Attorney’s office. The report is reviewed by the District Attorney and they will either dismiss the revocation request or submit it to the courts for a warrant to be issued. 

What is the best way to increase the effectiveness of probation?

There are two primary benefits for a defendant being placed on probation instead of serving time behind bars: 

  • It keeps the defendant a part of the community
  • It is a cost effective way for the defendant to redeem themselves of the crime committed

Experts in this area believe that a person can be more successful on probation by receiving help with assistance or treatment program related to their crime. Those programs may be an alcohol or drug treatment, anger management,  mental health counseling, and employment assistance.

What percentage of probationers successfully complete their probation?

Studies in 2005 showed that seventy six percent of those placed on probation were able to complete their time without being incarcerated.  Fifty nine percent were released after completing probation 100% successful. 

What if you completed probation but still owe money?

A completed probation does not eliminate any court costs, fines, or restitution ordered. At the end of the probation, if there is still outstanding amounts, the courts will place a civil action judgment against the defendant.  This means, you will be facing a lawsuit in civil court against the city, county, or state for which your probation was issued. 

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What happens if you don’t complete probation?

There are different forms of probation in the state of Georgia and the conditions and restrictions are spelled out ins the sentencing documents or plea agreement. When any of the conditions or restrictions are violated, the defendant will be arrested and returned to jail. Probation is a serious matter and should be followed to the exact word as detailed. 

A misdemeanor crime where probation was handed down can be for as long as twelve months. For a felony conviction probation, the period will be for years. For a defendant, the need to remember that probation is in lieu of spending time behind bars. Probation conditions can include: 

  • Fines
  • Community service
  • Search warrant of person, residence, and/ or vehicle
  • Curfew
  • No contact with others on probation or with a criminal record
  • No consumption or possession of alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Attend and complete a counseling or treatment
  • Attend school
  • Remain employed

Many think of probation as being baby sat by law enforcement, and in essence it is the same.  If the defendant breaks any of the conditions, restrictions, or rules, their probation can be revoked then placed in jail. They will also be faced with another trial for break probation which could increase their time behind bars. 

Crime, Time, Probation

If a person commits a crime, knowingly or unknowingly, they will need to do the time sentenced by the judge or complete a probation period. The easiest way to get through this is to follow the conditions and restrictions for the time allotted. Fighting and taking chances will only make the time feel longer, and possibly end up in jail for a longer time than originally. Call 706-353-6467 today.

How Much Is Bail for a Felony Drug Charge?

A Drug Dealer Under Arrest.

How much is bail for a felony drug charge?

Bail for drug possession will vary because drug charges will vary in severity. In Georgia, penalties for drug charges can be severe. Being in possession of a small amount of drugs other than marijuana could result in felony charges. But, no matter what kind of drug you’ve been caught with if you’ve been arrested for possessing or distributing a large amount of drugs, bail for a felony drug charge could end up being set in the hundreds of thousands of dollars or higher. When you need drug charge bail in Jefferson, GA, you can always get immediate help from Double "O" Bonding. No matter how high your bail amount, we’ll work to get you out. All you need to do is call 706-353-6467.

Is drug possession a felony?

When you are caught in possession of drugs in Georgia, you’ll likely be charged with a felony. Only marijuana is treated differently. Possessing an ounce or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor drug charge while more than 1 ounce will result in felony charges. 

Why would someone’s bail be raised?

When you are arrested for almost any charge, it is up to the judge hearing your case to set a bail amount for your release. In certain cases, a judge might raise the bail amount. Some reasons bail might increase include:

  • If you have a prior record, the bail amount might get raised.
  • After reviewing the facts of a case, misdemeanor charges could be raised to a felony and because the crime is more severe, the judge could raise the bail amount.
  • If you are on probation or parole and get arrested on a new charge such as a drug charge, bail could be raised or possibly put on hold. 

What does it mean when someone makes bail?

After you are arrested and arraigned, you will be jailed for your alleged offense. A judge normally will set a bail amount for your release. If you were arrested on a drug charge, for instance, your bail might be set at $10,000. You make bail if you pay that full amount to the court for your release. To pay this amount, you usually require the services of a bail bond agent like those at Double "O" Bonding. The bond agency charges a percentage of the bail amount as a fee to get you released from jail.

What percentage of bail is a bail bond typically?

The percentage you pay for bail varies from state to state. In Georgia, the fee is 15% of the bail amount. If your drug charge bail is $10,000, for example, you would have to pay the bond agency $1,500 in order to get released from jail. In other states, 10% is a typical fee.

How do you bail someone out of jail without money? 

Only one way exists for a person to get bailed out of jail without having to pay bail—an O.R. release. “O.R.” is short for “own recognizance.” This means the judge has good reason to believe you will return for your appointed court date with no problem. Often you are released on your own recognizance because this is your first offense. The offense is often minor as well, usually a misdemeanor charge. To be released in this case, at the very least you will have no prior criminal record, and you will have good standing in your community. It would be unusual for a judge to release someone on their own recognizance for a drug charge.

Can drug possession be expunged?

In Georgia, it’s very rare for any sort of criminal record to be expunged or completely removed from your criminal record. Instead, criminal records can be restricted under certain circumstances. This means only certain parties—usually judicial officials—can view the records, so you might have limited protection when it comes to background checks. Restrictions come in two forms, automatic or obtained by petition. Automatic restrictions usually occur if it takes a prosecutor a long time to file charges before a conviction, or if all charges are dismissed or you are acquitted. Restrictions will occur after two years for misdemeanors, four years for most felonies, except for violent or sex-related felonies which are restricted after seven years. With restriction by petition, the Superior Court has to be petitioned in the county where a case is pending. Restriction by petition is normally reserved for those whose convictions were later reversed or the case has been dead docketed for more than 12 months.

A Man Arrested on a Drug Charge.

What does aggravated drug possession mean?

If you are charged with aggravated drug possession, this normally means you’re facing felony charges. Most drug possession charges in Georgia are felonies. If you have been arrested on a drug charge in Jefferson, GA and need bail, you can count on Double "O" Bonding for a fast response. You can reach us at 706-353-6467 for immediate help.

How to Find a Loved One in Jail

annoyed loved one looking for arrested person

Finding an arrested loved one

The United States has more than two million citizens behind bars, and many of them, if not all of them, have family members on the outside worrying about them. For the spouse or partner on the outside, there is an emotional and traumatic impact on the family. It is complicated and overwhelming for the children, disruptive of the household routine, and then there is the financial strain incarceration creates, including the process of arranging for bail bonds.

Fortunately, for all of the things mentioned above, finding a bail bonds company is the easiest part. There is at least one on every corner around a jail, on bus benches, and billboards.  By any chance, you don’t see any of those. You can always do a Google search for ‘bail bonds near me,’ and you’ll get more than you can contact, and you can even find answers about bail bonds specifically. 

As the family member on the outside, if you’ve never experienced having a loved one incarcerated, you probably have a lot of questions, and concerned about your loved one. Once you have received that ‘one phone call’ and got over the initial shock, learning about bail bonds is the first thing you need to do. 

Like learning about bail bonds and how they work and will bail bonds be the end of your worries, or is this just the start of a long journey. Any concerns or questions about bail bonds are best left to an attorney to answer. While we can’t answer all your questions and address all of your concerns in this article, we have selected a few of the most common questions to answer. 

What do you do when a loved one is incarcerated?

When a loved one is arrested and sentenced to time behind bars, the challenge is the unknown, and the unknown is what leaves us feeling a loss of control over or lives. After you have handled the bail bonds issue and have secured legal counsel, the first thing, and the best thing you can do is to gain control over the situation. 

To start gaining that control, use the time to prepare yourself, the family, and the loved one that is incarcerated. Talk about what could be ahead for the incarcerated one and how it will affect the family. You need to get prepared emotionally, mentally, and financially, especially if the loved one is the family breadwinner. After researching bail bonds and posting bail, your finances are hit hard, and this will become a huge focus in the future. 

Know that there are psychological stages that you, the family, and the loved one will go through, and this is normal. Instead of the emotions controlling everyone’s actions, learn to realize when those emotions are building, and learn how to work with them. 

For the children, preparing them for the possibility that the loved one may be gone for a time will be the hardest part. Young children don’t understand finances, and they won’t understand the emotional strain that comes from the financial strain of paying bail bonds fees and dealing without that paycheck. 

How do I leave a message for an inmate?

Having a loved one imprisoned is not a good experience for either party, the incarcerated, or those on the outside. As much as you’re going through processing this situation, life inside jail or prison isn’t a fun place either. Inmates have few privileges, no privacy or freedom, most of which you understand after calling around for bail bonds, they won’t have much after they are released. 

During this time, your loved one will likely lean on you for support. You can contact the facility the loved one is incarcerated and find out the specifics for contacting them or sending them gifts and staples. Each facility will have necessary state policies, and each will have their policies. In Alleghany County, the following is a general idea of what you can do and expect: 

  • Phone calls: Ask if it is possible to leave messages and if there is a specific number to call. 
  • Care Package and Mail: Inmates are usually allowed to receive letters. Call the unit they are incarcerated and ask for the address, and how to address it, so it gets to your loved one. 
  • Sending Funds: You may wonder what a prisoner could need while behind bars, but there are some luxuries they can acquire, like snacks through a vending machine. In addition to their three meals each day, they can pay extra for some things, like soft drinks and sweets. 
  • Visitors: Most facilities allow a certain number of visitors that have to be preapproved. The visiting days and times are specific to each facility. Calling the facility and asking their specifics is recommended. 

What do you say to someone in jail?

Frequent contact by phone and in-person visitations. Keep them up-to-date on what’s going on with the family and friends. Talk about what’s going on with the world, and listen to them. Bring recent pictures, a book to read together and share any good news with them.  

While they are in a wrong way being locked up, share your problems with them too. These are things that will help them remember there are issues besides there. Ask advice on how to handle your financial woes, problems at work, or issues with a neighbor. Please give them a semblance of normalcy amid their worries and make them feel they are still a part of your life outside. Don’t forget, anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays. 

How do you make a prisoner feel loved?

Don’t forget them, don’t ignore them. As hard as this time is for you, it is worse for them, especially when they know they are the cause of your worries. If you can’t make the weekly visit, send cards and letters, enclose pictures of the kids and their other loved ones. They may be behind bars, but they are still humans and need to be treated as a person with feelings. 

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What information do you need to write an inmate?

Writing to a loved one that is in prison will be a special gift for them.  A person that is incarcerated doesn’t have any outside contact so that a personal letter can bring them a smile in an otherwise bleak situation. Writing to a person incarcerated will be read by jail or prison officials. Don’t write about anything that could cause your loved one’s problems. Choose the topics and tone with care. You want to make sure it is addressed correctly, include their prisoner number, and make sure your name and the return address is on the envelope. 

If you are going to send something with the letter, make sure you check the guidelines and follow them exactly. Scented stationery, glitter, stickers, and other items will get your letter trashed. The prison may open your correspondence. Don’t say anything that could cause repercussions for your correspondent, such as disparaging remarks about prison officials. Sexual or violent content is likely to prevent your letter from being delivered.

Refrain from badgering the person about why they are incarcerated. They may ask how things are going on the outside, mostly the financial strain they have put the family under. Answer their questions honestly but without an accusing or argumentative tone. Need bail bonds to help your loved one? Call 706-353-6467 today for bail bonds in Jefferson, GA.

What are the 5 types of violence?

Defining violence

Domestic violence is one of those things that was always brushed up under the rug and never discussed.  In some circles of society, it was expected and accepted as usual. Today though, the outlook has changed, and the legal system has taken a stance on domestic violence punishment. 

While domestic violence is at the top of the list, it isn’t the only type of violence. Regardless of what type of violence a person is experiencing, it is an epidemic with no limits of borders or respect. Five of the different types of violence that people experience daily around the globe are: 

  • Bullying: This is the act of repeatedly emotionally or physically victimizing a person. It can be in the form of kicking or punching, intimidating, or threatening, excluding from group participation, and spreading of rumors. 
  • ​Child Abuse:  The legal definition of child abuse and child neglect can differ between states, but the federal definition of child abuse or child neglect is stated as follows:  “Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation; or an act or failure to act, which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.”  Most states enforce laws within this definition. 
  • Community Violence: Directly or indirectly exposing a person to an act of interpersonal violence when unrelated to them. Examples of these acts would be burglary, mugging, sexual assault, teen gangs, and racial division. 
  • Domestic Violence: This is when emotional, physical, and sexual violence takes place between two adults in their home, usually married or partners. Emotional violence in the home between two adults, regularly partners, is considered domestic violence.
  • ​School Violence: Included in this type of violence is bullying, fighting, gang violence, intimidating, kicking, punching, or slapping and can take place on school property, to or from school, and before, during, or after school or a school-sponsored event.

How serious is a domestic violence charge?

The State of Georgia takes a severe view of domestic violence and will punish those crimes with harsh sentencing. Is there domestic violence bail? Yes, but depending on circumstances, the accused’s a criminal background, and other factors, the judge will likely set the bail at the highest amount possible. 

Is domestic violence punishable?

Yes, and punishment handed down is often more strict than other crimes. Domestic violence crimes have set higher fines as well, and longer imprisonment periods in Georgia than other crimes. Fine for an initial domestic violence battery is $1,000.00 with twelve-month jail time. 

Is a domestic violence conviction a felony?

Subsequent domestic violence charges are given a fine of $5,000.00 and a twelve-month maximum jail sentencing with the possibility of charges being treated as a felony and a five-year prison term. 

How many years do you get for domestic violence?

For a first time charge, the accused could be sentenced to twelve months of jail time. A repeat offender, jail time could range between twelve months and five years.  The accused’s criminal background and the circumstances leading up to the domestic violence act. 

an arrest

How do most domestic violence cases end?

Like any criminal charges, your life will be forever affected and changed. If there are children involved, the accused will be removed from the home, and visitation rights will be denied or supervised.  Because the accused is removed from the home, finding a place to live can be challenging as most places do not allow convicted criminals to live on premises like an apartment. 

The accused’s job may be at risk, and future employment will be difficult to obtain. It the accused is not an American citizen; they may be deported or denied American citizenship and will not be allowed to reenter the country. The accused may lose all rights to firearm ownership or possession as well. 

Once a person has experienced domestic violence, and their accused has been arrested, placed behind bars and removed from the premise doesn’t mean it is over for them. How does domestic violence affect the victim? Survivors of domestic violence face challenging and ongoing effects after experiencing emotional, mental, and physical abuse. How quickly they “bounce” back can vary from person to person, and many never recover. The pain and emotional scars can be everlasting and overwhelming. Each person has a journey to find their strength. Reach out to Double "O" Bonding for bail bonds by dialling 706-353-6467.

Theft Charges in GA

Burglar Breaking Into House And Stealing Television

Learn More About Theft

Theft is a crime that encompasses many types which will provide different penalties and charges dependent on the case. Theft charges may also be different per state so it’s important to familiarize yourself with what is considered a theft in Georgia. As such, theft is something to take seriously as it is considered a crime. In the state of Georgia there will be many types of theft and therefore there will be many different legal penalties and procedures that will be enacted once an arrest has been made. In order to get the help that you need relevant to your case it’s best to reach out to a legal representative for help with theft. Your local bail bondman may also be of assistance to you after an arrest has been made. Before you start to take action with a theft charge, here is some information surrounding theft that may prove useful to you.

What is the definition of theft in law?

Theft in law is a generic term for all crimes where a person will intentionally take personal property of another person without their permission or consent with the intent to convert it to the taker’s use (including potential sale.)

Why is stealing a crime?

Theft or stealing are crimes since they are unauthorized and without the consent of the person something is being taken from. Theft can range in severity under three different cartetogies: larceny, embezzlement and false pretenses. 

What is the most common type of theft?

The most common type of theft is larceny with over 7 million reported in the US each year making up almost 60% of reported crimes. The second most prevalent crime is burglary which is also a property crime.

intrusion of a burglar in a house inhabited

Types of Theft in GA

  • shoplifting
  • theft of services
  • theft of lost or mislaid property
  • theft by deception
  • theft by conversion
  • theft by extortion

What happens when someone presses charges against you for stealing?

Someone may be charged with a crime in general before an arrest is made beyond just the crime of theft. In these cases, a judge will issue a warrant for an arrest while a police officer will try to track where the person is. If the person is located by an officer and arrested the police must give a copy of the warrant which states the charge to the person being arrested.

Is theft a felony or misdemeanor?

Theft is considered a felony or misdemeanor depending on the amount of cash or property stolen. Typically theft of property valued more than $500 is a felony and less than $500 is a misdemeanor in Georgia. Yet in some cases theft of $500 or more can be a misdemeanor or felony depending on the judge’s discretion and the severity of the left.

What defines petty theft?

A petty theft and grand larceny can both be defined as the unlawful taking and carrying away of personal property of another without consent given by that person. 

What is considered grand theft in Georgia?

Grand theft in Georgia can be considered property valued by $1500 or less OR $1500 or more. Which ever it is considered to be will have either a misdemeanor charge (former) or a felony charge (the latter.)

What is theft of services in Georgia?

Theft of services in Georgia is considered deception with the intent to avoid payment for knowingly obtaining services, accommodation, or the use of personal property all of which can only be available with compensation. Convictions of theft of services with the value of property being under $1500 is considered a misdemeanor while $1500 or more is considered a felony offense.

What is the penalty for theft by taking in Georgia?

The penalty of theft by taking in Georgia can be either a misdemeanor or felony. A misdemeanor can have a fine of no more than $1000 and a jail sentence no more than 12 months. A felony will have a prison sentence of no less than one year and no more than ten years. 

Get Assistance With Theft By Getting a Bail Bond

Theft can range in severity depending on the type of theft as well as other circumstances. It’s important that you get familiar with the types of penalties and proceedings that follow after you or someone you know has been charged with the crime of theft. If you or someone you know has been charged with theft consider getting theft charge bail with your local bail bonds company. Theft can range in fines and costs and a bail bond can help with this as only a portion of the bail amount is paid to get out of jail. Await trial at home by getting assistance through a bail bond. If you have any questions get in touch with your lawyer and bail bondmen for more information.

If you need help with theft in Jefferson, GA call 706-353-6467 with Double "O" Bonding! 

What is the Average Bail for Aggravated Assault?

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How Much is Bail for Aggravated Assault?

When it comes to accusations and charges of aggravated assault, the courts system handles the specifics in a case by case manner. In the state of Georgia, assault is the striking of someone by hand or with an object. The strike or attack does not necessarily have to land and threats of related violence can be included in an assault charge. Other examples can include:

  • Threatening bodily harm
  • Punching 
  • Shoving

An aggravated assault, which is a felony in the state of Georgia, is carried out with intents to steal from, violate, or end the life of the targeted person. While aggravated assault is on a list of thirteen offenses in which the charged person cannot be bailed, however, the charged person can be released on bond depending on the judge. Furthermore, the sentence tends to lean on a minimum of one year to a maximum of twenty. Furthermore, the charged person(s) may also be responsible for restitution to the victim. So while aggravated assault can very well be considered a step further than assault, as our system works the crime must be proven. When it comes to assault, you can trust Double "O" Bonding for bail services in Jefferson, GA. Call 706-353-6467 today to schedule your appointment with our experts that can advise on what to do when charged with aggravated assault and provide bail services.

Which is Worse Aggravated Assault or Battery?

Aggravated assault and battery are similar in nature, in technicality battery simply means the crime was completed or carried out. However, presently it common for the courts to view both crimes equally due to them both being within the same field. In Georgia, they can both be charged to a person. As it pertains to crimes like simple assault and battery, both can be misdemeanors and worked within such regard that the person does not have to take a hefty amount of punishment. That however is not the case with aggravated assault, which is a felony and carries with it harsher punishments as mentioned before. So, therefore, aggravated assault is worse than battery by itself. 

In the case of aggravated battery, a person receives much of the same penalties as aggravated assault. That is fines of up to 100 thousand, up to 20 years in prison, and restitution to afflicted parties plus additional fines if applicable. To note, aggravated assault and aggravated battery are both crimes that are restricted from bail, whereas simple assault and battery allow a person to be bailed out if the presiding judge deems it as appropriate or justified. 

How can Aggravated Assault Charge be Dropped?

The charge and accusation of aggravated assault tend to stem from particularly violent crimes carried out with the intention of doing serious damage. That is why is highly abnormal for the charge of aggravated assault to be dropped to a misdemeanor, but there have been cases in which a plea can be offered depending on correlating circumstances. For instance, if the weapon that is believed to be used in the crime cannot be traced or that the harm that occurred as a result of the crime did not necessarily happen because of the accused person’s actions. 

In the case of the charge of aggravated assault or aggravated battery being dropped, it is possible, but it is not common. The more normal happening occurs with the serious charge of aggravated assault or aggravated battery being dropped to simple assault or simple battery respectively if not something as lesser. Both of the latter charges as mentioned before are misdemeanors that are significantly lesser in their charges against a person and do not necessarily carry with them any noticeable charges that a person will suffer from long term. If you were to be having trouble with the misdemeanor charges of battery or assault, Double "O" Bonding can help deal with them by providing bail services.

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How Long can you sit in Jail without a set Court Date?

For a misdemeanor charge, you are legally entitled to a trial within the time period of thirty days’ time. This is after you have made or entered a plea. Upon not being held in custody, the court will set a trial within the timespan of forty-five days after you have entered a plea. Generally, for a felony, a court date can take a significant amount of time to get with some accounts detailing it taking up to two years before a resolution occurs. Aggravated assault can more than likely be considered in the latter frame of time with the accused if not already charged having to enter into the process and be within the system which may take between months to years until a resolution is reached. Sometimes, a prosecutor will dismiss charges considered without prejudice, meaning they can be dealt with at a later date that those involved with will be made aware of. When it comes to dealing with a wide array of charges and accusations, Double "O" Bonding in Jefferson, GA can assist with our services. Call 706-353-6467 today to schedule your appointment and get your bond today.

What are the 7 Types of Bail?

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What are the 7 types of bail?

Normally, when you are arrested and jailed, a judge will set a bail amount that you will have to pay to get released. Often, you will need a bail bonds service to help you get out of jail, depending on the type of bail bond that’s set. In general, there are seven types of bail bonds that could be set for your release.

  • Citation release: Normally issued for minor offenses like traffic violations or shoplifting under a certain amount. Instead of being booked and jailed, you are given a citation at the scene that orders you to appear in court on a certain date.
  • Recognizance release: In certain circumstances, if you are jailed, instead of setting bail, the judge may release you on your own recognizance. This usually occurs for first offenders for minor offenses, when the judge feels certain you are not a flight risk.
  • Cash bail: If you have the cash on hand for any bail amount, you can pay in cash and get released. In many cases, only cash is accepted, but some corrections departments will accept cashier’s checks or credit cards.  
  • Surety bond: This is one of the more common ways to get released and requires the services of a bail bond agent. In this case, you contact a friend or family member to go to the bail bond agent. A fee is paid to the bond agent, usually about 10% of the bond amount, and the bonds agent pays the bail.
  • Property bond: In this form of bond, you put personal property up as collateral to be released. This type of bond can take some time to secure because the value of the property has to be assessed before it’s agreed upon.
  • Federal bonds: A bond similar to a property bond. If you are jailed for a federal crime, you deal directly with the court instead of a bond agent for release.
  • Immigration bail: There are actually two types of immigration bonds. A delivery bond works similarly to a regular bail bond. Departure bonds, on the other hand, are an agreement that the detainee agrees to be released only if they elect to return to their country of origin at a set time.

Anytime you need assistance getting out of jail and you require bond services in Jefferson, GA, the trusted professionals to count on are those at Double "O" Bonding. We are available 24/7. All you have to do is call 706-353-6467.

What is the most common type of bail?

Among all the different types of bail, probably the most common is using a bail bonds service to get a surety bond. Bond amounts are often too high for cash bonds, and people normally want to get out of jail quickly. Property bonds can take a week or more, whereas a surety bond can take just a matter of hours.

What is Bond and Bail?

While we often use bail and bond interchangeably, they actually are different. Bail is the amount the judge sets for your release. Sometimes the judge determines the amount, in other circumstances, there may be a bail schedule set for certain offenses. Bond is the amount secured from a bail bonds service so the bond agent can arrange for the release. You pay the bond agent a percentage of the bail amount and they pay the bail. 

Which type of bail is similar to a credit contract

Unsecured bonds are similar to a credit contract. Unsecured bonds are not backed by any collateral. In this case, instead of going through a bail bonds service, the defendant signs a contract to appear before the court. If the defendant fails to show up, they must pay an agreed-upon bail amount.

How does a judge determine bail?

Several things come into play when a judge determines bail. Among the most significant aspects is the severity of the crime. Misdemeanor offenses, for instance, may have lower bail amounts than felonies. In fact, some misdemeanor offenses may have a set amount based on a schedule. Another factor that will influence what the judge sets for bail is the person’s past. A first offender, for instance, might be released on recognizance, while bail for a repeat offender could be set very high. The person’s criminal history, their connection to the community, and their trustworthiness will play into the judge’s decision. If you seem to be a flight risk, for instance, bail will probably be set fairly high. 

Types of bail hearings

Generally, there is one type of bail hearing. You and usually your attorney will go before the judge and make a request for bail. The judge examines the case and your record and determines how much in bail you need to pay to be released. Most of the time the amount is determined by the judge. Occasionally, a bail hearing may be held after a person is convicted of a crime. This might happen if the defendant is appealing the case, but this type of hearing is rare.

Different types of bail conditions

While the primary condition of bail is that you return to court on your appointed date, judges may set other conditions before granting bail. You may, for instance, be required to make pre-trial check-ins with pretrial service officers who monitor you to ensure you’re complying with all the conditions set by the court. Often, you may also be given no-contact orders, preventing you from making contact with alleged crime victims. This often occurs in domestic violence or stalking cases. Other restrictions and conditions may also apply. You might have to remain employed or actively search for work, you might have travel or firearms restrictions placed on, or you may have to refrain from using drugs or alcohol. When you enlist a bail bonds service to get you released our primary concern is to see that you return to court on your appointed date, but we also want to make sure you comply with other conditions as well. 

How long do you stay in jail if you can’t pay bail?

The unfortunate reality is that if you can’t afford to pay the bail, you usually will have to stay in jail until your court date. Unfortunately, you can be waiting in jail for several months. This is why you want to get help from a bail bonds service. Even if it may be difficult to pay the fee, we can get you out in a matter of hours. Most bond agents like those at Double "O" Bonding offer several payment options so you can afford to pay the fee.

What is bail reform

There are several organizations across the nation working to establish better laws surrounding bail and the amount of bail charged in some instances. These groups take several approaches to reduce the amounts of bail, as well as the number of people in jail who can’t afford to pay bail amounts. Some provide voluntary supervisory services to the courts that act as a substitute for detention. Others work with local, state, and federal governments to develop laws and strategies to improve the situation. 

A Judge Oversees a Bail Hearing.

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If criminal charges have been brought against you and you want to be released from jail, you want an established bail bonds service in Jefferson, GA to help you out. You can always count on help from Double "O" Bonding. We are available 24/7 to help. All you need to do is call 706-353-6467.

How Much is Bail for a Felony?

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What to do when you get a felony charge

For most people, getting a parking ticket or speeding ticket, or being arrested for shoplifting is bad news. What about being charged with a felony though? This is something that happens in movies or television, but how many people do you know that have this happen in your life? How would you handle it if somebody’s one phone call from jail was asking you to post bail for felony assault or post bail for felony vandalism, or worse felony bail for theft?

Would you know what to do, who to call?  Do you even know what the difference between “bail” and “bond” is? If you’ve never had to deal with this aspect of the law, you probably know no more about what felony bail or bond is than what you’ve seen on the latest Netflix series you’re watching. While a lot of what you see in movies and on television is true, just as much or more aren’t.  Read on as we provide answers to some of the most basic questions about bail, bond, felony charges, and more.

What does a bail mean?

As defined by Wikipedia, felony bail is when a judge sets pre-trial restrictions on the suspect in order to ensure that they will comply with the court’s process. It is the conditional release where the defendant commits to the court, they will appear at all court dates as required. In the United States, bail typically implies a bail bond.

What is the difference between a bond and bail?

A felony bail is what a person arrested on felony charges, or somebody on behalf of the defendant pays in cash. A bond is paid by or secured by a third party, a bail bondsman, that they will pay the full bail amount if the defendant doesn’t appear at any required court hearing. In most cases, a bail bondsman requires a fee, 10% of the bail is common, from the defendant as collateral. The defendant can pay this in money or other collateral, such as real estate or a vehicle.

Bail and bond are related, both referring to requirements imposed by a judge, typically of financial means, that backs the defendant’s promise to appear at all court proceedings.  There are two forms of bonds: Secured and unsecured. A secured bond is when the defendant pays money or puts up tangible property to secure their release from jail. An unsecured bond requires the defendant to sign a document promising to pay the bail if they break the conditions of the bond. There are four different bond categories under secured and unsecured bonds:

  • Released on Recognizance
  • Cash – This is the bail reference
  • Property – the title to real estate, vehicle, etc. is signed over
  • Surety – a third party takes responsibility for the debt and defendant obligation

Can you get bail for a felony?

There are factors that a judge will consider before setting a felony bail amount. However, if a judge sets a felony bail, it is not always in the best interest of the arrested to post bail, especially if it felony charges.

The first phone call should be to an experienced felony defense attorney. They can review the facts and determine if a request to lower bail is possible, maybe even have bail removed. The attorney may recommend not posting felony bail because the chances of having the charges dropped are possible.

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How much is bail for a felony?

Felony bail usually ranges between $1,500 up to $50,000 but can reach thousands of dollars, depending on the severity of the crime and any other crime committed during the felony. The United States Constitution prohibits felony bail being in an excessive amount. Prior to setting felony bail, the judge will listen to the defense and the prosecution arguments and consider the following facts:  

  1. The nature of the offense
  2. The defendant’s employment, finances
  3. The defendant’s family and community standing
  4. The length of the defendant’s residence
  5. The defendant’s age, mental condition, reputation
  6. The defendant’s criminal history

Can you bail out of jail after sentencing?

Sometimes, yes. After conviction, posting bail will keep some defendants out of jail.  A person who has been accused of a crime has rights to felony bail that will let them out of prison pending their trial, even after they have been convicted and sentenced, as they appeal that conviction.

Can a felon bail someone out of jail?

Yes, but for the felon’s own legal status, they should verify with their probation office first. Some probation terms may not allow this because the law would consider it associating with a known criminal, even an accused criminal, could be in violation.

Any type of legal trouble beyond the basic parking ticket or speeding ticket, the first call should be to an attorney. This is the best way to protect yourself and the outcome of the situation. Immediately posting bail, as we stated earlier, is not always in the best interest of the accused. Call 706-353-6467 today for your felony bail needs in Jefferson, GA.

Can You Go to Jail for a Weapon’s Violation?

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Dealing With Arrests, Charges, and Bail

For many, one of the best parts about living in our state is the fact that we allow for concealed carry. Anyone with a legal license can carry a firearm or other weapon to feel safer and better protected. It’s important to stress the fact that you must legally obtain a license in order to carry in this state. Failure to do so can result in arrests, fines, and even possible jail time. If you have been caught or arrested for a weapons violation in Jefferson, GA, contact Double "O" Bonding at 706-353-6467. We can help you get back on your feet and defend yourself. 

What is a Weapons Charge?

A weapons charge is a universal or blanket term referring to a broad set of charges involving weapons, which are generally separated into two categories: possession and use. Yes, someone can be charged and convicted for possession of such an item without ever harming or threatening to harm another. Weapons charges and violations are serious offenses and need to be treated just as seriously. Here are a few examples of weapons violations in the state of Georgia.

  • Carrying Without a License: Georgia is a concealed carry state, which means you are allowed to carry as long as you are licensed to. However, if you are caught carrying without a license or proper documentation, you can be arrested, charged, and potentially jailed. First offenses are generally misdemeanors while subsequent offenses can be charged as felonies.  
  • Carrying in Specific Places: Even with a license to carry, you are not allowed to bring weapons into courthouses, places of worship, polling places, and more. Anyone caught carrying a weapon such as a firearm or knife will likely face misdemeanor charges. 
  • Possession by a Felon or Minor: Convicted felons are lawfully unable to be in possession of weapons, unless you have an explicit pardon. Punishment will be dependent on your previous crimes. Furnishing a weapon to a minor is a felony charge while minors in possession of a weapon could be charged with a misdemeanor.  
  • Prohibited Weapons: Anyone in possession of a prohibited weapon could face automatic jail time up to five years. But what is a prohibited weapon? In Georgia, it is illegal to possess sawed off shotguns, guns with silencers, machine guns, and other dangerous weapons such as rocket launchers, mortars, and hand grenades. 
  • Illegal Use: There is also the matter of illegal use in Georgia. This is classified as the act of unlawfully committing or threatening to commit an act with a weapon. It is a misdemeanor to point a loaded or unloaded gun at someone, regardless of intent; firing a gun on someone else’s property without their permission; firing a gun within 50 yards of a public road or highway; and firing a gun under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 

Is there a weapons violation bail cost? If you choose to work with Double "O" Bonding, you will be responsible for a percentage of the bail and we will cover the rest. Doing this allows yourself or your loved one to get back on their feet so they can properly prepare an argument.

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Weapons Charge vs Weapons Violation

So, what difference is there between a weapons charge and a weapons violation? Technically speaking, there isn’t much difference, but contextually, they can refer to different things. They are about as different as seamless gutters and leaf guard gutters. If it is your first arrest, it will likely be referred to as a weapons charge. Depending on how serious the crime is, you could be charged with a felony or a misdemeanor charge. That in mind, if this is your second or a repeated offense, you may be considered to be in violation of several things. For starters, you are committing a weapons violation as well as committing probation violation. There is a such thing as a weapons violation probation period that should be regarded seriously. Violating probation of any kind can result in immediate jail time. For help with bail or understanding your situation better, contact Double "O" Bonding.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the penalty for illegal gun possession?
    • The penalty depends on a few things. If it is your first offense, such as possession without a license, you could face jail time and/or a financial fine. However, if you are a convicted felon with a weapon, it could result in automatic jail time. 
  • What does prohibited weapon mean?
    • This is in reference to items that are considered illegal to possess under federal law. They cannot be owned, used, or operated in the state and you will be punished accordingly if caught with one. Prohibited weapons include brass knuckles, throwing stars, and more. 
  • Is having a gun a felony?
    • If your gun has been acquired legally and you are legally allowed to carry one, then no, it is not a felony to have one. It’s important to note that convicted felons are not allowed to possess or be in possession of weapons, so in that case, it would be a felony. 
  • What is a weapon violation?
    • The textbook definition says a weapons offense is a violation of statutes or regulations that control deadly weapons. In a nutshell, it is the use or possession of a deadly weapon in a way that violates the safety of others. 
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Connect With Double "O" Bonding Today for Help

If you need help with bail or assistance with a weapons violation in Jefferson, GA, look no further than Double "O" Bonding. We are here to help you when you or a loved one needs it most. Call us at 706-353-6467 to get started today.