What is a Warrant?

A warrant is a document issued by a judge, legal or government official that authorizes the police or some other body to apprehend, arrest, search premises, or carry out some action pertaining to the administration of justice.

Types of warrants include:

  • Search Warrants – search warrants expire and must be used within a specific time period.  There needs to be “probable cause” and a valid reason to conduct a search for a judge to issue a search warrant.  All searches must be performed within the time frame allotted for this search warrant unless the police believe there someone’s life is threatened or endangered.
  • No Knock Warrant – a “no knock warrant’ is basically true to its name in that it allows police or other authorized agents to enter a premise without knocking or unannounced.  A judge will issue this type of warrant when and if they feel that either; evidence may be destroyed with notification of a warrant or if there is reason to believe announced entry may result in the endangering of a law enforcement official.
  • Criminal Warrants –  a criminal warrant is issued to individuals who are suspected of committing a crime.  Types of criminal warrants include alias and bench warrants.  Alias warrants are issued when you fail to show up for court.  A bench warrant is issued when you have already been in front of a judge and fail to show up for subsequent court dates.  These type of warrants do not expire until your issue or case is resolved and closed by the presiding (issuing) judge.
  • Civil Warrants – the difference between a civil case and a criminal case is that in a criminal case, a person is accused of committing a crime in a formal accusation – In a civil case, a person or entity (corporation or business) issues a claim against another person or entity alleging that they have failed to carry out a legal obligation or duty.  These type of warrants are typically issued in small claims courts and are rarely enforced.  However, if you fail to show up for court, you automatically lose the case.  In addition, you can be held in contempt of court which means your case can be changed from a civil to criminal case and the presiding judge has the right to issue a criminal warrant.
  • Traffic Citation Warrants - This type of warrant is issued for traffic violations and may be issued for anything from serious traffic violations down to unpaid parking tickets.  If you fail to pay your tickets on time, you will, in most cases, receive a second notice with an increase in payment to the original ticket amount.  Should you fail to make this secondary request for payment or fail to show up in court to take care of your traffic violations, a warrant will be issued for your arrest.
  • Child Support Warrants - If you have a court order requiring you to pay child-support and you fail to meet your child-support obligation, the custodial parent or guardian may file a complaint against you.   Once a complaint is filed against you, the court will issue a summons and a court date will be scheduled.  Should you fail to show up for court, a judge may choose to issue a warrant for your arrest.  In addition, you stand the risk of losing your driver’s license and having your wages garnished and may even be sent to prison.

If you believe you have a warrant or warrants for your arrest, we are able to perform a warrant search and assist you with your warrants in the State of Florida - 1-844-755-2245 

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FAQ


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When an individual is arrested for a crime in the State of Florida, typically that person will be taken to jail for booking. Once in custody the process of release can take several hours. Finding information about your loved one can be frustrating and difficult. The agents at Above All Bail Bonds are available 24 hours a day to assist you in every step. Just call 844.755.2245

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A Surety Bond more commonly known as a (Bail Bond) involves a relative or friend contacting a bail agent. A Bail Agent is a licensed agent backed by an insurance company. When a bondsman posts bail, they are pledging the full amount of bail, guaranteed by an insurance company having adequate assets to satisfy the face value of the bond. A Bail Bond is the safest form of bail.

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For this service, the defendant is charged a premium (10% of the bail amount in Florida). For example, if the bail amount is $10,000.00, the premium charged is $1,000.00. All bondmen are required by law to charge 10% unless the full amount of the bond is less than $1,000.00; in that case the fee is $100.00. For example, if the bail amount is $750.00, the premium charged is $100.00. Convenient payment arrangements available!

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The 10% premium is fully earned once the bail bond is posted with a jail or court. This fee is non-refundable once the case is completed.

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Collateral is anything of value used to financially secure a bail bond. Collateral is often not necessary and is factored on a case by case basis. Some examples of collateral include a signature from a qualified indemnitor, credit cards, houses, cars, boats, jewelry.

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Once your case is completed and our agency receives notice from the court, we will return all collateral in a timely fashion. By Florida Law all collateral must be returned within 21 days after the bond has been discharged.
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The Indemnitor is a family member or friend who makes an agreement with the surety to secure any loss. They are responsible for the full amount of the bond if the defendant fails to appear in court.
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After a defendant is booked into a county jail, it usually takes anywhere from 2 to 6 hours to be released on bail. We wish we could speed up the process but county jails operate at their own pace. Above All Bail Bonds does everything possible to expedite the defendant’s release. Let us assure you we will be by your side every step of the way.

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Revoking a bond, although possible in most cases, is generally not recommended unless you are concerned that there is a strong possibility the defendant will fail to show up for scheduled court dates. You will lose your premium and could incur other fees. If you used a Bondsman, the terms for revoking your bond will depend upon the language used in the contract/surety agreement you signed. If it contains language that allows you to notify the bondsman that you no longer wish your collateral to be at risk, then yes, you may revoke. You will need to contact your bail bondsman for details on this process and whether or not you would be eligible to revoke your bond.
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If you are trying to find a loved one or family member and you believe they may have been arrested, we can help. Visit our inmate search page for more information or call one of our inmate search specialist: 844-755-2245
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If you believe you have a warrant, we will perform a warrant search for you and help you with the entire process. Call us now: 844-755-2245