Okeechobee County is located just west of St. Lucie and Martin counties (aka: The Treasure Coast). The county seat and most well-known city within the county is also called Okeechobee. The area is extremely rural and those residents who choose to live away from the hustle and bustle of city life often move in that direction. Farmers, horse lovers, and anyone who prefers a lot of land opposed to HOAs and condominiums appreciate the open spaces. Fishermen and boaters are drawn to the area to enjoy the infamous Lake Okeechobee.
Lake Okeechobee is the largest freshwater lake within the entire state of Florida, as well as the eighth largest natural freshwater lake within the United States. It is known worldwide for freshwater fishing. Although the lake is said to only reach as deep as 9 feet, there have been countless lives lost on the lake. But the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers have suggested many of the deaths may have been prevented if they were wearing life jackets as required.
When someone is arrested in Florida, they are transported to a local county jail where mugshots, fingerprints and a statement are collected from the suspect. Shortly after, the defendant will be granted a bail amount by the magistrate if they are eligible for pretrial release. Bail amounts vary and can reach high numbers. Fortunately, those who are arrested are given the option to contact a local bail bondsman who is capable of bailing them out for a small fraction of the full bail amount demanded by the court. However, if the inmate is able to pay the full bail amount to the court directly, the bond amount is fully refundable minus any necessary court fees if the defendant appears for all required court dates and abides by all pretrial release mandates.
Bail is demanded by the courts to ensure defendants show up for their court dates. If the magistrate suspects the inmate is a flight risk or is a danger to his community based on criminal history or the type of crime committed, bail will be withheld.
In Florida, a bail bondsman charges 10% of the full bail amount ordered by the court for a state bond and 15% for a federal bond. For example, if the magistrate judge demands bail in the amount of $30,000, the bail bondsman’s premium will be $3000 for a state bond and $4500 for a federal bond. Any money paid to a bondsman is non-refundable.
At Bail Bonds Now, we know how quickly you hope to get your friend or family member out of jail in Okeechobee. All of our bail agents are licensed, experienced and professional. We make the process fast, easy and convenient with our online bail bond application and payment form. The application may be completed using a smartphone or computer from anywhere and at any time. Just call or text a bail bond agent at (772)-500-9999 to receive an access code.