Top 3 Questions About Bail Bonds

Written by Bail Expert on March 20, 2015 – 5:37 am -

Most people have never found themselves in a position where they’ve been asked to help arrange bail bonds for a friend or family member.  Below are the top three questions that bail bonds professionals are asked by those who have never gone through the process.

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    • Do we need to worry about the defendant being denied bail?  In most circumstances the answer to this question is “no.”   As long as the person in custody hasn’t been charged with a capital offense they will be provided the opportunity to post bail bonds.   On the other hand, if the defendant is Read more »

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Choosing Not to Post Bail

Written by Tonya Rynerson on February 25, 2015 – 5:53 am -

When someone is arrested and booked into jail, one of the most pressing decisions lies in whether to hire a bondsman.  Some families ask whether bail bonds are needed, especially if they feel their loved one is innocent.

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They question whether there is any value in arranging for a bond if they think the defendant will be released after their first court date.  Below is a list of reasons why you should rethink that decision.

  • There are only two guarantees in life: death and paying taxes Judges have full discretion when it comes to Read more »

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‘Hot Felon’ Sentenced To 27-Months Behind Bars

Written by Bail Expert on February 11, 2015 – 5:38 am -

The resident celebrity of the San Joaquin County Jail is no longer eligible to post bail bonds; sources confirm that Jeremy Meeks, who is perhaps better known through social media as the ‘hot felon’, has been sentenced to serve more than two years behind bars.

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The 30 year-old defendant was taken into custody last summer after members of the Stockton Police Department executed a warrant at his home; law enforcement officials found an illegal weapon and two outlawed magazines in the residence.

Meeks is Read more »

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Bail Hearing For ‘Suge’ Knight Delayed Until March

Written by Bail Expert on February 10, 2015 – 5:16 am -

The former head of Death Row Records, Marion “Suge” Knight has had his bail hearing delayed until late March.

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Knight has been in custody has been in custody at the Men’s Central Jail where he’s been held on murder charges after a hit-and-run accident killed one man and severely injured another.  Knight’s defense attorneys have said their client was trying to flee the scene because he feared for his life.

The now-defendant’s bail bonds had initially been set at 2.2 million, but he has since been Read more »

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Why Does Suge Knight Need A Bail Hearing?

Written by Tonya Rynerson on February 5, 2015 – 5:38 am -

Death Row Records co-founder Marion “Suge” Knight may be recovering in a local hospital after experiencing chest pains during a court proceeding this week,  but he’ll continue his status as a ward of the LA County Jail at least until his bail situation is sorted out.

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Knight surrendered himself to the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station last week within hours of being accused of using his vehicle to intentionally run down two men in the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers in Compton.

One man was killed during he incident, according to sources, while another was seriously injured.

The defendant has since Read more »

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Prop. 47 Curbs Early Release From LA County Jail

Written by Bail Expert on February 2, 2015 – 5:10 am -

Sources close to the Men’s Central Jail have confirmed that Proposition 47, a controversial ballot measure passed last November that reduced certain crimes from felony to misdemeanor offenses has had an interesting side-effect.

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LA County lock-ups are no longer busting at the seams due to overcrowded conditions; in the past, things were so bad that inmates were only serving a fraction of their sentences.

Since Prop. 47 was implemented, however, there is a lot more space and detainees have found themselves serving a lot more of their court-ordered time behind bars.

From 5% to 90%

Jailers point out that since the measure was approved, people who were arrested for simple drug possession and some forms of theft were being arrested, booked and tossed behind bars.

Today these people are Read more »

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Top 10 Unexpected Items For Sale At The Jail Commissary

Written by Bail Expert on January 30, 2015 – 5:27 am -

If you’ve ever watched the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, you’ve probably seen episodes where inmates are stocking up on things like toilet paper, candy, paper and other types of staples.

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Yet California inmates who are being held in county lock ups (such as the Twin Towers Jail) and state prisons have access to other things you might not suspect.

Can openers

Inmates are allowed to purchase one can opener each, which seems a bit surprising since a heavy metal object could possibly be used as a weapon.  On the other hand, without this standard kitchen tool, they wouldn’t be able to open other non-perishable food items that are also for sale at the jail’s market.

Greeting cards

Lock ups throughout the state also sell greeting cards.  Sources say that birthday greetings are a hot commodity, especially for those who have small children waiting for them on the outside.

Sardines

This one has a lot of people scratching their heads, especially since Read more »

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How To Make The Bail Bonds Process As Painless As Possible

Written by Bail Expert on January 21, 2015 – 5:44 am -

Finding out that someone you care about has been arrested and taken to jail can be one of the most earth shattering experiences you’ll ever endure.

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Many people have never been in a position where they’ve needed to hire a bondsman before.  One recent client described it as feeling like he was a sudden, unwilling participant in a reality television show.

Yet if you take a few moments to breathe and gather your thoughts before you begin calling around to hire a bondsman, there are ways to make sure the process can be Read more »

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Back to School: Bail Beginnings and Change

Written by Bail Expert on August 29, 2014 – 5:33 am -

A History Lesson

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Lately bail reform has been in the news, but really this isn’t new news.

Bail has been a part of the US practically from the beginning. In the late 1790s the US Congress decided that anyone who had not been accused of a crime punishable by death should be granted the option of posting bail.

Changes came a little more than 100 years later, when lawmakers felt bail amounts were too closely tied to the defendant’s ability to pay and the crime they were accused of committing.

In the middle part of the twentieth century another round of changes were handed down.  That’s when the US Supreme Court deemed that bail may not be excessive, although it could be set in line with the type of crime that was committed.

A decade later, Congress started to put together guidelines for the bail system to make sure financially strapped defendants weren’t unjustly held for no other reason than lacking the ability to pay.

And then, in the 1980s,  courts were given the authorization to set and /or deny bail based on whether the person in custody was considered to be a risk to society.

Bail reform in New Jersey

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Is Bail Reform Needed?

Written by Tonya Rynerson on August 4, 2014 – 11:45 am -

Late last week, the NJ state senate passed two proposals set forth by Gov. Chris Christie.

The bail system is broken according to Governor Christie.  If someone is accused of a crime and can’t afford to post bail bonds, they’ll be stuck behind bars until their case is over amounting to “debtors prison”.

Christie is also worried it’s causing innocent people to plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit so they can get released for time served.

Scales of Justice

 

Many in the legislature seem to agree, but they also feel there are significant details to be worked out.

It seems like Governor Christie needs additional education in bail.

The state assembly is set to look at the proposal on Tuesday.  It’s still unclear whether they’ll pass or veto what’s being put on the table.

Two Proposals

One of the two proposals up for vote Read more »

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