Holmes County is located at the top of the Florida Panhandle in between Walton and Jackson counties. Its county seat, Bonifay, is found in the southeastern part of the county near the city of Chipley.
When someone is arrested in Florida, they are taken to the county jail. Then, mugshots and fingerprints are taken. If he is eligible for bail, a magistrate judge will set a bail amount for his release. In Florida, many counties use what is known as a uniform bond schedule that provides a suggested amount to set bail at based on the type of crime the suspect is being accused of. The bond schedules help to allow for a faster release.
After a bail amount has been set, anyone age 18 or over with a valid state ID or official passport is able to post bond as the suspect’s indemnitor. But keep in mind, whoever acts as an indemnitor is responsible for making sure the defendant appears at all required court hearings until a verdict has been reached.
The options for bail are to pay the court clerk the full set bail amount or to find a bail bondsman who will accept just a small portion of the full bail amount. Typically, a bail bond agent will charge ten percent for a state bond and fifteen percent for a federal bond.
If the indemnitor chooses to pay bail to the court directly and the defendant abides by all court ordered requirements until a verdict has been decided, the bail amount (minus any court fees) will be refundable. However, when using a bondsman, there is no refund. This is the fee for the bondsman’s services.
After a bond is posted, you can expect for a defendant to be released between two and twelve hours. If you are using a bail bondsman to post bail, he or she often will begin the process as soon as the application has been processed and payment has been received. But after the bond has been posted, it is up to the jail facility to finish the paperwork for the release.
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If you or someone you care about has been arrested in Holmes County, Florida, Bail Bonds Now will be ready and waiting to help post a bond 24/7. Our convenient online bail bond application allows you to complete the entire process from anywhere and at any time using a smartphone or computer. Simply text or call a local bail bondsman at (850)-500-9999 to receive an access code to get started.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported that there was a total of 960 arrests in Holmes County in 2018. With a population of 20,133 residents that same year, 47 of the arrests were for violent crimes, 152 were for property crimes and 761 of those arrests were for part II offenses (i.e. drug possession, DUIs, loitering, etc.)
To get more up-to-date crime statistics for Bonifay and other cities within Holmes County, visit sites such as AreaVibes.com.