Types of Florida Bail Bonds – Roche Bail Bonds

Signature Bond or Unsecured Bail Bond

When a Tampa judicial officer imposes unsecured bail on a defendant, this person must sign a bond guaranteeing he or she will appear in-person at scheduled Hillsborough County court dates. If the accused does not appear, the local court will most likely require that the he or she must pay the amount of money designated on the Florida signature bond. Failure to appear at the Hillsborough County court appearance will also result in a bench warrant for the arrest of the defendant. It is important to remember that the bond hinges completely on the word of the defendant, documented by his or her signature.

This kind of Tampa bail bond does not require that a defendant deposit any cash or property with the court to secure release. A signature bond is frequently allowed when a person has no prior criminal history is accused of a minor felony type case. People who are eligible for a signature bond are not considered a danger to the community or a flight risk.

Release on Your Own Recognizance Bail

Release on Your Own Recognizance bail is also referred as “ROR” bail. The court may release the accused on his or her own promise to return for future court appearances. The defendant is not required to pay any money to the court but is required to sign a legal document that guarantees that all future court appearances will be attended. In this case, bail refers to the release of the accused for which the Florida court will take the word of the defendant that he or she will appear in-person for all court dates.

It is important to understand that only specific defendants will be eligible for Florida Released on Recognizance Bail. While no set requirements exist for Florida ROR and the decision often rests with the Hillsborough County judge who is hearing the case, there are factors that will influence ROR eligibility. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Instances in which the defendant has strong ties in the local community, this includes family, a spouse, children
  • If the defendant has lived in the same location for several years and poses little threat of attempting to run from charges
  • If the defendant has a job
  • The defendant has no prior criminal record, or any previous criminal acts took place years before
  • If the defendant has been arrested and charged in the past and appeared for court dates as they were scheduled.

Secured Florida Bail or Nominal Bail

The defendant is required to pay the court a designated amount of cash or post security or property in the amount of the Florida bail to be released from jail. This must be posted by the accused or by another person can post bail on behalf of the defendant, such as family or a Tampa bail bondsman.

The things a defendant chooses to leverage as security ensure that he or she will appear at the Florida court hearing. When the defendant appears in court, he or she can retain the valuable aspects of life. When a defendant chooses to avoid appearing in court, the security will be forfeited.

There are many things that a defendant can use to secure release with Bail or Nominal Bail. What is of the most consequence is whether the proposed item reaches the amount of bail. Here are some examples:

  • Vehicle title
  • Jewelry
  • Personal property
  • Cash
  • Work equipment