How Bail Bonds Work at Flock of Legals Website

Check out our recent post at the Flock of Legals website. Its a great website dedicated to criminal law topics and informational articles about criminal law and bail bonds.

Its been a while!

Where have we been? Well…..We’ve been busy bailing people out. Our main focus is to give the best customer satisfaction possible. We have been focused on growth and our foundation lately. In these tough times clients need more help than ever before. We have had to adjust our thinking about payment plans and what we as a company can offer. Its tough when we are competing with large companies that are offering $250 down and $100/month.

As a small -medium size bail bond company we are changing and adapting to our market. Competition is smarter. We have had to re-think our old thinking. To keep up with the times we are forced to review our policies and procedures to see how might better compete in the marketplace. We have made some big changes to our payment plan requirements, collateral requirements and marketing techniques that we were once opposed.

We are excited about the future of Premiere Bail Bonds and we really love what we do.

Sean Cook


The Role of Bail Bonds

In this recent blog post on Flock of Legals, I describe the Role of Bail Bonds in the criminal justice system. Check out my post and all the other good stuff on the site. There’s a lot of good informative articles on the site.

Imagine finding out your daughter is a prostitute

2008 647(b) – Engage and agree to engage in prostitution – guilty
2008 653.22(a) – Loiter to commit prostitution – guilty
2011 12500(a) –  Driving without valid driver license – guilty
2011 4000(a)(1) –  No evidence of current registration – guilty
2011 653.22(a) – Loiter to commit prostitution – guilty
2012 11550(a) – Under the influence of controlled substance – guilty
2012 484(a) – Petty theft –  guilty
2013 273.6 – Knowingly Violating a Restraining Order  – pending
2013 11550 – Under the influence of controlled substance – pending

This is what a mom just found out about her daughter. She has been released on her own recognizance on every case never having to involve her family or someone that cares about her. Had she been forced to engage her family or a cosigner to post bail back in 2008 it might have made a difference in her life. But since the revolving door syndrome that infects our justice system is so prevalent she probably will continue down the same path. We (Bail Agents) involve the family to help hold the accused accountable to their charges whether innocent or guilty. Yes, I realize that if the jail holds this “non-non-non” in custody there will be no room for the really bad guys but I am simply speaking from a “heart felt position”. This potential client really opened my eyes when talking about her daughter. The mom actually said she would have preferred to have bailed her daughter out so she knew about her drug and prostitution problems and could have gotten her the help she needed early on.  Perhaps the bail profession offers some solutions to recidivism.

Electronic Monitoring vs. Private Surety Bail Bonds

Mr. Samuel R. Wiseman

(Florida State University – College of Law)

Re: Your article on EM vs. Bail

I would have to assume that you have not done your homework and due diligence on the effectiveness of Electronic Monitoring. Private Surety Bail has a 99% success rate at getting people to court and ensuring justice is served. If our clients do not go to court we then pay the court the entire amount of the bond and that money usually comes from the defendants family. Its the ultimate proven solution that when a defendant absconds his family is then responsible for his actions. All the while at NO cost to tax payers.

Electronic Monitoring is a false sense of security for people that don’t know any different. The general public hears the words GPS bracelets and monitoring of defendants. Well, what they see in movies and what is reality is not the same. Bracelets are cutoff daily by defendants wearing them. EM simply keeps the scared and honest people that made a mistake more honest. EM is not a behavior modifier for the bad guys. Also, when you take into consideration government monitoring of people I would ask you who pays for that? It comes from tax payers. And when those bracelets are cutoff by defendants who then pays the $1,500 invoice for that defective monitor? Also, once the monitor is cut and the defendant absconds who then chases down that defendant? Law enforcement? On whose dime? Tax payers? Private Surety Bail chases people down for times as long as 2 years on our own dime and our own time at no cost to tax payers.

Bail has been a proven method of guaranteeing appearance at no cost to tax payers and it is a self sustaining system that is paid for by the offender and his family. Not to mention that it is the only system in America that when it fails to perform it pays into the criminal justice system the forfeited amount of bail. Private Surety Bail promises accountability from its clients to the criminal justice system.

I invite you to do some research on the effectiveness of GPS units. There are many  articles about offenders cutting monitors off and published articles about the ineffectiveness of GPS. Here’s a few:

It is such a problem that law makers want to pass legislation that it is against the law to cutoff ankle monitors:

Quite possibly one of the more heinous of offenders:

I can go on and on about the failures of GPS. And again, I would invite you to show me the failure rates of Private Surety Bail failing to get people to court to answer to their crimes.

Respectfully submitted,

Sean Cook

PBUS Conference

Renewed my PBUS membership this week. The Professional Bail Bondsman of the US conference in Las Vegas lask week was great. We had some great speakers like Dennis Bartlett from the American Bail Coalition and Jerry Watson from AIA. This may have been one of the best conventions in years in my opinion. The speakers were great, the vendors had some great new products and it felt like a really well done convention. The new president of PBUS is dynamic and very personable and really cares about this industry. Thank you Scott Hall!

Sean Cook

Private Surety Bail Bonds vs. Electronic Monitoring

What works best to guarantee a person accused of a crime appears in court when they are supposed to? One might say the newest technology (Electronic Monitoring and GPS devices). This couldnt be farther from the truth but lets explore the issue. Electronic Monitoring (EM) consists of Home Confinement bracelets, GPS units and alcohol testing devices. These are all fine products but they do not guarantee that a defendant will appear in court. Defendants have no “skin in the game”. Meaning they have no accountability and no one to answer to other than law enforcement, and theyve already proven they have no regard for the law (assuming theyre guilty). Not to mention that all EM devices are monitored by private companies that get millions of alerts per day and most of them are false and are simply flaws in the technology. These monitoring companies have a lag time before they report to law the proper authority. Often the proper authority is a probation officer or a judge or a district prosecuting attorney. And these guys are not sitting by their phones 24 hours a day waiting for their defendants to skip town so when a monitoring company calls them it is usually when they are not in the office. So, there is a major lag time before law enforcement is notified when a defendant absconds as compared a bail bond client absconds. Bail Agents are always open and always have someone on call waiting for a call about a client that is skipping town. Not to forget bail companies have a 98-99% success rate at getting people to court to answer to their charges.

When a person is released on bail it is usually because a family member has “put up” the bail for them. Meaning they have signed and pledged some form of collateral and guarantee that their family member will appear in court. This usually gives the accused some sort of feeling that if they dont appear their family will lose the entire amount of the bail. So , while people mioght not care about law enforcement or might not care about bail bond companies and skipping town, they usually wont skip town adn leave their family holding the bag.

Bail has been in existence since the 1600’s in England and was originally used to guarantee that both the defendant and the plaintiff appeared in court. It has been a proven method of guaranteeing appreance of the accused for hundreds of years.

Recent EM cases showing it needs more time to develop its technology:


Sean Cook Premiere Bail Bonds

Pretrial v. Private Surety Bail Bonds

A recent article in Huntington, West Virginia shows that pretrial release program is not helping the local jails save money. While officials close to the [pretrial] pilots have lauded them as a success, little data exists to suggest that there has been a measurable impact on regional jail spending. In fact, since 2011, regional jail bills have risen in every pilot county except for one.

Pretrial officers have also shunned other statistics — like instances when released inmates fail to show up for court — that experts say generally serve as a standard in measuring the success of pretrial release programs. Wayne County’s yearly bill gained more than $200,000 in 2012. Mercer County gained over $200,000 from 2011-2012. Greenbrier County’s yearly bill finished at $579,354 last year, up nearly $20,000 from the previous year’s mark.
Wood County’s bill went from $1.6 million in 2010 to nearly $2.1 million in 2012

What To Expect During a Field Sobriety Test

The holidays are just behind us, and with the holidays often come a busier social calendar. Often, sobriety check points are stepped up in frequency during the holiday season — but law enforcement efforts to stop and prosecute drunk drivers isn’t just a winter time occurrence, it’s a year-round priority.  Here’s what you can expect in a typical field sobriety test:

• Walk a Straight Line and Turn. The motorist is asked to take a certain number of steps (heel-to-toe) and then turn and take the same number of steps back. The police officer will monitor to check if the driver can follow directions, keep his or her balance, and complete the test without stopping.

• Stand on One Leg. Driver is asked to stand on one leg with their arms lowered to their sides. Then they are usually asked to raise the other leg slightly off of the ground and to count out loud so that the officer can hear it. The officer is being attentive to the driver’s ability to follow directions, loss of balance, body tremors, and an inability to stand still.

• Touching a Finger to a Nose. Driver is asked to stand with legs together and eyes closed, and then touch their nose with an index finger. A swaying body, tremors, and muscle twitching may indicate intoxication.

• Nystagmus. The driver will be asked to follow an object, such as a pencil, that is placed about a foot away from his or her face. The officer will move the object from side to side. If the eyeballs jerk or tremble, this is a sign that the driver is intoxicated.

• Balance Test. The driver will be asked to close their eyes, tilt the head slightly back, and estimate 30 seconds while remaining in that position. Swaying, not being able to keep feet on the ground, eyelid tremors, or opening the eyes may indicate the subject is intoxicated.

•  Breathalyzer Test. The driver will be asked to blow into an apparatus that measures blood alcohol content. If the BAC registers as more than .08%, the driver is considered to be intoxicated.

Many people want to know if there is a way to pass a typical field sobriety test. Fortunately, the answer is “yes.” As a matter of fact, it’s really easy to pass your field sobriety test with flying colors. Instead of facing serious consequences, the officer will send you on your way without an arrest, without a hefty fine, without increased insurance premiums, without jail time, and without loss of license.

So what’s the trick?

Don’t drink and drive!!!!

That’s right. The way to pass your field sobriety test – in fact, the only sure way – is to be sober when you take it.  When attending social functions where alcohol is served, name a designated driver. If you don’t have a designated driver or are driving yourself, either stick to seltzer or call a cab. Be responsible, and be safe.

About the Author

Joseph Lombardo is a Hammonton, NJ attorney who has been representing clients in matters related to personal injury, family law, and criminal defense since 1993.  If you have been arrested in New Jersey, contact him today for a free initial consultation.

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