Frequently Asked Questions
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1. How can I afford a bond and an attorney?
Alliance Bail Bonds
If you’re concerned about paying for the bail, don’t be, we have many options open to you and your family. We do have an affordable plan for you and your family.
- Payment in Full-Receive an automatic 20% discount.
- Payment Arrangement, with a minimum down payment, we can make a monthly plan to fit your family budget.
- We accept Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Cash, Money Orders, Cashier’s Check, Pay Pal, and more.
We will work with you to help get you through this difficult time. We customize every payment plan option to fit the needs and abilities of our clients.
2. What is next? I have never been in trouble before.
Alliance Bail Bonds
Serving the State of Oklahoma since 2008. We service all Oklahoma counties and specialize in Tulsa, Creek, Osage, Rogers, and Wagoner counties. We serve our clients from the jailhouse to the courthouse, with referral service in obtaining competent legal advice, to custom payment plans. We are here for you.
The municipalities we service are Sand Springs, Jenks, Broken Arrow, Bixby, Tulsa.
How the Process Works
(A Brief Description)
The posting of a bail bond is a contractual guarantee to the court that the defendant will appear in court each and every time the judge requires them to do so. Generally, the bail company is contacted by a family member, or a close friend or the defendant themselves to arrange for the posting of bail.
After an agreement is reached, contract signed, collateral exchanged, monies paid (often just a signature is all that is required), the bail agent post a bond for the amount of the bail, to guarantee that the defendant returns to court.
The bond is usually exonerated after all court proceedings have ended.
Different Bond Types
- Surety Bond - Can Only Be Posted by a Bondsman
- Cash Bond - Can Be Posted by an Individual
- Property Bond - Can Be Posted by an Individual
- O.R. Bond - The defendant is released with a written promise to appear.
Felony Vs. Misdemeanor
Which category a crime falls into depends on the potential punishment. If a law provides for imprisonment for longer than a year, it is usually considered a felony. If the potential punishment is for a year or less, then the crime is considered a misdemeanor. Punishment by fine only are not considered crimes, but infractions.
Presumed Innocent Until Proven Guilty
Everyone accused of a crime is legally presumed to be innocent until they are convicted, either in a trial or pleading guilty. This presumption means not only that the prosecutor must convince the jury of the defendant's guilt, but also that the defendant need not say or do anything in his own defense. If the prosecutor can't convince the jury that the defendant is guilty, the defendant goes free.
Proof of Guilt
All criminal statutes define crime as required acts and a required state of mind, described as intent. These requirements are known as "elements" of the offense.
A prosecutor must convince a judge or jury that all of the elements of the crime are there: that the defendant did the acts and had the intent described in the statue.
The prosecutor must convince the judge or jury hearing the case that the defendant is guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt." This is a standard that is hard to meet.
As a practical matter, the high burden of proof in criminal cases means that judges and jurors are supposed to resolve all doubts about the meaning of evidence in favor of the defendant.
A defendant's most common defense is often to argue that there is reasonable doubt.
Plead the 5th
The 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives every criminal defendant the right to not testify, and jurors will be told that they cannot assume anything negative if the defendant decides to keep quiet.
Why Plead the 5th?
- If the defendant has a previous criminal record, the DA may be able to bring this fact out, only if the defendant testifies.
- If the defendant testifies, the DA may be able to provide other evidence that may blemish the defendant's reputation.
Always seek the counsel of a competent attorney.