Alachua County and Gainesville Bail Bonds
Do you need to get someone out of jail in Alachua County? Call Roundtree Bonding Agency at 352-376-6645.
Owner Rick Roundtree has been a licensed Alachua County bail bondsman since 1978, and agent Sean Thomas has been writing bonds since 1996.
Call us today to find out more about us, or about the bail bond process in Alachua County.
Roundtree Bonding Agency was established in Gainesville in 1956, and has been writing bonds in the counties of north and central Florida longer than ANY bail agent in this part of Florida. And in that time, there has never been one complaint filed with the state against the company or any of the agents who have worked for it. That’s over a 59-year period, and that is an amazing legacy.
What happens when someone is arrested in Alachua County?
When someone is arrested in Alachua County, they are taken to, and booked into, the jail at 3333 N.E. 39th Avenue. If a person is arrested on a warrant with a bond endorsed on it, they can choose to bond out right away, but often there is no bond on a warrant, and the person would then have to see a judge at 9:00 the next morning, at a hearing called “First Appearance.”
Most people arrested in Alachua County, however, are incarcerated after what are referred to as “on view” arrests, where a law enforcement officer has witnessed a crime, or has reason to believe a crime has occurred.
The first appearance hearing in Alachua County
At the first appearance hearing, a judge will, among other things, do these three things; make sure the arrested person is aware of his charges, determine if he qualifies for a public defender (and usually will appoint one if he does qualify), and will make a bond determination. The judges options include letting the defendant go without having to post a bond, set a monetary bond for each of his charges, or keep him in jail with no bond, which means obviously he’s not going anywhere. If a monetary bond is set, this can be paid in cash at the jail, or a bail bond agent can be hired to post it.
Bail Bond Fees
The fee for the bondsman putting up the full amount of the bond is 10% of the face amount of the bond or bonds. This is a non-refundable fee. If you have more questions about what happens at a first appearance hearing, call me at 352-376-6645 or go to What is a first appearance hearing to learn more.
In Alachua County, once the bond has been turned in at the jail, someone can expect to be released in two to four hours. If bond is either denied, or you consider the bond set to be too high, the jailed person’s attorney can ask for a bond hearing, where a judge might reconsider and lower the bail amounts, or change the bond to a recognizance release. Also, if you consider a bond to be too high for you to pay a bondsman all at once, the bondsman may be willing to set up a partial credit plan and let you make payments.
Should you co-sign a bail bond?
If you are asked to co-sign on a bond, please understand that you are risking the full amount of the bail bond liability, and are guaranteeing to the bondsman (who is in turn guaranteeing to the courts) that the defendant is going to make each and every court appearance until his case is over.
So don’t co-sign for a person’s bond on a whim.
While a bail bondsman has full arrest powers and can track down your fleeing friend, you the signer have no such powers under the law. For more see what you should consider before co-signing on a bail bond.
If a friend or family member is being detained in the Alachua County Jail, here are some things that you can do to speed up the Bail Bond Process.
Call our office at 352-376-6645
Be ready to give us the defendant’s full name, bond amount and the county the charges are in. If you have DOB or a booking number, this will also help.
Once we have your information, as well as the defendant’s information, and all bonding related paperwork is filled out and signed, we can then bond your person out of jail.
Alachua County Bail Bonds Resources and Maps:
Alachua County Jail
3333 NE 39th Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32641
Alachua County Inmate Lookup: Search Now
Booking number: 352-491-4449
Alachua County Courthouse Location