A-1 Unlimited, Inc. is a professional bail bonds company that focuses on providing the customer with excellent customer service. Our company is composed of local licensed bail agents who care about your needs. We offer our customers honest, trustworthy service and dedication. We are built on a foundation of trust established by our president Timothy Fanguy, who is from Houma, Louisiana, “where your word is everything”, and has been a leader in the bail bond industry since 1991. At A-1 Unlimited, Inc. we strive to extend these principles to all of our clients, their friends and family.
A-1 Unlimited, Inc. can help you with your bail bonds needs, any court any time, anywhere. Call us and ask about any of the following services we can assist you with.
- Criminal bonds
- Juvenile bonds
- Traffic bonds
- State bonds
- Municipal bonds
- Federal bonds
These services can be administered along with our available payment plans. Whether it’s low, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly billing, we want to work with you. Below is some additional information to give a better understanding of common processes in the legal systems.
A-1 Unlimited, Inc. is a member of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States and is a licensed company.
Louisiana Department of Insurance, License # 310635
- In criminal cases the first appearance is the arraignment. The defendant will be asked to acknowledge his identity. The defendant may have private counsel present or the court may appoint a public defender. The defendant may be told his possible punishment.
- If charged with a misdemeanor the defendant is required to reply to the written charges with a plea of either guilty, not guilty or nolo contendere (no contest). The judge will set the defendant’s tentative appearance schedule. Bail is established according to the county’s bail schedule. The defendant has a right to argue for a bail reduction. If the defendant pleads guilty at the arraignment, the judge may sentence him or her at that time.
- If the defendant does not plead guilty at the arraignment, a pre-trial conference will probably be scheduled at which time plea negotiations are discussed along with witnesses and strengths/weaknesses of the case.
- The next step is the trial (by judge or jury) at which pre-trial motions and issues of fact are decided.
- If the defendant is found guilty the court will then impose a sentence on the defendant that could range from a fine, community service, counseling, jail time, a diversion program, substance abuse treatment, or a combination of these.
- If charged with a felony, the defendant may or may not be required to reply with a plea at the initial arraignment. (The policy of presenting a plea at felony arraignment is different state by state).
- As a next step, the judge may set the defendant’s preliminary hearing. (Not all states have preliminary hearings; some convene a grand jury to find probable cause.)
- As with misdemeanors, bail is established according to the county bail schedule. The defendant has a right to argue to bail reduction.
- At the preliminary hearing the D.A. will show the court that there was probable cause to believe that a crime was committed and that the defendant was the person who committed the crime. If the judge feels that there is enough preliminary evidence to proceed, then the defendant will be arraigned again and there will be a pre-trial conference at which time there may be plea negotiations and discussions of the issues, witnesses and strengths and weaknesses.
- As with misdemeanors, the next step is trial by judge or jury where all of the pretrial motions and issues of fact are decided. If the defendant is found guilty at the end of the trial, then the judge would impose a sentence, usually much more severe than with a misdemeanor offense.