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Seven Tips for Choosing Bail Bonds Company

Seven Tips for Choosing Bail Bonds Company

What you thought would never happen—did. A loved one was arrested, and you have to come up with a way to keep your loved one out of prison. Most people who are arrested are given a bond amount that must be paid to get the person released before the trial.

The bond might be expensive, and you might not have the required cash available. To get the money you need, you will have to contact a bail bonds company.

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Before you decide to post the bond amounts, you should have enough knowledge about different companies to choose wisely.  These tips will help you understand the different companies and the processes involved.

1- Fees

If you use the services of a company, you will be charged about 10 percent for the workers to post bail. It means that you will have to make a small payment, but you do not have to pay a large sum of money on the spot. Your loved one can leave the jail upon the small payment issued. Look for companies that offer you the best deal. Do your research. For example, Cowboy Bail Bonds in Dallas wants to help families through their trouble, so it structures its fees accordingly.

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2- Attorney-referred bonds

When companies work with defense attorneys, they get a reputation for quality work. Look for the bail bonds that are referred by your defense attorney.  The price will be reduced to 8 percent, and you will be able to save some money. A criminal defense attorney is necessary for your trial, so why not hire one before posting the bail?  You can be assured that you will get a reputable firm and not a fly-by-night company interested in getting your money.

3- Bail amount

In some situations, it is a better decision not to release a person until after his or her arraignment hearing. Your lawyer can make an effort to convince the judge into lowering the fee of the bail amount. If the judge decides to release the person on his recognizance then maybe you will not need to post any bail costs. When the judge does set an amount, often the court will provide a list of bail bonds companies it recommends. Like the attorney-referred companies, these are reputable and work with the court all the time. Often, your loved ones can convince a judge that a lower amount is not going to cause harm.

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4- Duty officers

Get friendly or have your lawyer get friendly with detention officers. They also deal with a number of bail bonds companies and know the good ones. They also can suggest a lower bail amount and help you leave awkward situations. Having detention officers as friends can help you and your loved one down the road in court when you will need it.

5- Cheap Bonds

When you hear about companies with inexpensive fee structures, you will believe the deal is the best option for you. For example, some might offer a 5 percent or even lower bail fee. These companies are likely not to have the experience as other, more reputable companies, such as Cowboy Bail Bonds. They might not have a good reputation either. They could be deceiving clients through false advertising. They might be breaking the law.

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6- Agencies

When choosing the right bail bonds company for you, consider hiring an agency. These companies keep your information confidential and handle your case. It will also help in saving time and effort. The agencies can assist in posting bonds with a minimum amount of time and little trouble. They also are well-known by attorneys and court clerks. They usually are available while smaller companies have one or two people working and could be not able to reach you or your loved one in time.

7- Reviews

Before picking a bail bonds company, look for reviews about the companies online. Cowboy Bail Bonds posts its reviews on its website, but you can find reviews about the companies in your area by doing a search and reading what others say. These are the best recommendations because they come from people who are in your same situation.

If you keep all of the tips mentioned above in mind, you will be able to choose the right company for you and your situation.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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