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Deputies: Palm Coast Couple arrested for trying to take friend back to jail…

It seems that even when people are trying to help a friend, they can make mistakes and end up in jail for taking the law into their own hands.

In the case of a Florida couple from Palm Coast, they were trying to take a friend back to jail after attempting to her get clean.

A young man, Jose Vega and his wife, Zaran, took a friend, Crystal Richelle, into their home after she was released from a 10 day stay in jail, but since she started to abuse drugs while she was there, they decided to take her back to jail.

Only Jose, ended up assaulting her fiance and taking the law into his own hands, which just got himself and his wife arrested! Now they have to get bailed out of jail!

When trying to help someone, you really must think about what you are doing before you act, or the end result might not turn out to be the good deed originally intended.

Don’t you think Jose should have just called the police and had them come to his home to remove her from the premises? Hopefully this is a lesson learned for the Vega’s.

Read more of the details of this case…

http://www.news-journalonline.com/breakingnews/2011/08/palm-coast-couple-arrested-for-trying-to-take-woman-back-to-jail.html

San Jose council limits bail bonds agencies…

The Mercury News said that, “A divided San Jose City Council voted Tuesday night to approve limits on bail bonds agencies after residents who live near the main county jail complained about too many setting up shop.”

This is a follow up to the article I blogged about yesterday. They voted 7-4 to limit the development of future bail bonds agencies establishing businesses near the county jail.

Based on my research, San Jose’s Annual Crime Rate is 28% out of 100% being the safest. And out of that number, the majority of crimes are property related. So, do you think they need an abundance of bail bonds agencies everywhere you turn? I guess it would be overkill if there were one on every corner.

You can read more about their decision below…

http://www.mercurynews.com/politics-government/ci_18744966

 

Bail Bonds Akin To Porn?

It appears that San Jose, California residents have a problem with bail bonds companies locating in retail spaces near the local jail, so a city ordinance is being proposed to restrict their locations to conduct business. Residents in the area are complaining about this type of business not being acceptable in their neighborhood.

I think the stigma surrounding Bail Bonds companies is a bit over the top, especially since the actual defendants never come to our offices. We primarily deal with a friend or family member, not the actual inmate, so why do people have such a distorted view of the bail bond business?

Perhaps they have been pre-conditioned to thinking we are all “bounty hunters” looking for the worst criminals we can find. Or maybe they are just misinformed. Personally, I think they have been watching too much TV!

While it’s true that we prefer to open our business as close to the local jail as possible, which makes perfect sense to me, we don’t typically create heavy foot traffic. More often than not, we go to meet with the person posting the bond and to the jail to work on the release of the inmate. If the court allows bail, then the need for a bail bondsman is necessary. It’s a simple concept, don’t you think?

I agree with the article attached, that if residents have a problem with Bail Bonds companies surrounding the jail in their neighborhood, then why do they live there? It seems to be a little contradictory to me. What is your opinion on this subject?

Read more details on the proposed city ordinance in San Jose below…

http://hr.technorati.com/business/small-business/article/bail-bonds-akin-to-porn/

Suspects bonding out of jail for less…

Chattanooga, TN has sited a real problem with lower bail bond rates being offered to make it more affordable for inmates to post bail. It seems that the local bail bondsmen are competing more and more for the business, and going against the state law of 10%, to rates as low as 3%. California requires the 10% bail bond rate, however, we can go as low as 8%, if necessary.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press stated that, “In one case, bond for a man charged with vehicular homicide and DUI, his second DUI in four months, was set at $100,000, but he got out on jail by paying only $3,750, or 3.4 percent. Nearly a year later, he was charged with his third DUI. The move is infuriating some local judges, who say that competitive pricing among the bonding companies can, in some cases, jeopardize public safety.”

However, “Chattanooga bondsmen say their economic viability depends on letting defendants pay as little as 3 percent of a bond’s amount.”

So who really wins in this situation?  With the economic struggles in the US today, everyone is looking for a deal, but when it comes to the public’s safety, I think we’re playing with fire. Do you agree? I feel that this encourages repeat offenders to keep doing what they were arrested for in the first place, since there are no copnsequences for their actions. Is this really justice?

Read more details about this story below…

http://timesfreepress.com/news/2011/aug/21/a1-suspects-bonding-out-of-jail-for-less/

Bluffton, SC man targeted Hispanics; posed as bail agent

Times must be really tough for someone to take such deceiving advantage of other people. A South Carolina man, Henry Roldan, 59, posed as a bail bonds associate, attorney and a police officer, but rarely gave the money he collected to the actual bail bondsman he was supposed to be representing. Roldan is not certified as a bail bondsman anywhere in the US, nor is he an attorney or police officer.

I think the friends or family members he ripped off should be after him for reimbursement, since often the inmate wasn’t even released because the money never made to the court.

Here is a case of misrepresented identity of a man who was only in it for himself. Now he’s in jail and I wonder who will, if anyone, bail him out! What do you think of this situation?  Have you seen or experienced this type of situation?

Read more about this story below…

http://www.blufftontoday.com/bluffton-news/2011-08-20/con-artist-ripping-hispanics-beaufort-jasper

Bail is cut by $384K in West Virginia

The Charleston DailyMail.com reported that, ” Brandi Marie Maxwell, 23, of Morgantown, was placed on $400,000 bond during her arraignment in Magistrate Court after her July 31 arrest on four counts of forgery and four counts of access device fraud (stolen credit cards).”

“Her attorney, Jennifer McGinley, requested the drastic reduction because $400,000 was an unfair bond that Maxwell couldn’t afford to post, she said. She requested a $5,000 bond instead, and said Maxwell’s mother had $500 with her to pay a bail bondsman.”

The bottom line is that the judge and all concerned agreed to a 5% fee of $400, based on an $8,000 bond to bail Ms. Maxwell out, with the stipulation that she remain in her mother’s home, report in weekly and submit to a random drug test, while staying away from her accomplice.

The lowered fee to 5% is very unusual. Here in California, 8% is just about as low as we can go. Lucky for this gal the court was willing to work with her.

This goes to show you that when the court and attorneys are willing to work together, anything is possible.

Read the complete story below…

http://www.dailymail.com/ap/ApTopStories/201108180351

 

Bail lowered to $500K for reputed Minneapolis gang leader

The Minneapolis StarTribune stated, “The ex-Hell’s Angel and accused leader of a brutal north Minneapolis gang pleaded not guilty to racketeering, attempted murder and five other felonies Tuesday while his attorney unsuccessfully argued for permission for him to use marijuana in jail for medical purposes.” This request was made because the defendant is said to have a Marijuana Medical Identification Card from a California doctor. I have no comment on the latter issue.

“District Judge Kerry Meyer agreed to reduce bail for Joseph Robert “Big Joe” Gustafson Sr., from $1 million to $500,000 with numerous conditions, namely that he remain on house arrest pending his Oct. 17 trial. The judge ordered that the bail may not be posted by either Gustafson’s now-defunct company, Gustafson’s Bail Bonds, or Nicholas Miller Bail Bonds, a company once run by a close friend of the Gustafsons and an alleged straw buyer in their mortgage fraud scheme.”

Wow, what’s wrong with this picture? With all the ‘crimes’ “Big Joe” is accused of, it seems a bit strange that he was once a bail bondsman as well. I’d say there is something VERY out of balance here. Plus, his son, “Little Joe”, was arrested in February for similar charges and remains in jail in lieu of $750,000 bail.

While I realize that a defendant is innocent until proven guilty, I’d really like to hear how “Big Joe’s” attorney attempts to fight his case of innocence. I see a real challenge in the making.  Maybe even a movie!

To learn more about this bizarre case, click on the link below.

http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/127904043.html

Covina father and sons suspected of drug sales

What a surprise, another father helping his kids to get into trouble with the law. Are these hard economic times causing more and more parents, or people in general, to do things they might not have done before?  I can understand the monetary value of making a ‘quick buck’, but at the risk of sending yourself and your kids to jail?  That’s a risk I can’t comprehend. There has got to be a better, more lawful way to make a living.

This incident is drugs and firearm related. “The father, Santiago Saldana, 49, is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail, and his sons, Edgar Saldana, 24, and Erick Saldana, 26, are being held in lieu of $30,000 bail. They are due to be arraigned Tuesday, August 16th in West Covina Superior Court”, officials stated.

Read more details about these arrests…

http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvcrime/2011/08/covina-father-and-sons-suspect.html

New TV series revolves around female bail bonds collector…

Well here’s a new twist for a TV series, bail bonds and fairy-tales. “Once Upon a Time is an upcoming new drama series that stars Jennifer Morrison as Emily, a bail bonds collector. The series will merge classic fairy-tales with the modern world, including Snow White and Cinderella”, as stated on Television Blend.

This could be interesting, but I am hoping it’s not too unrealistic, as some TV and movie scripts can be. Crimes are serious and bailing someone out is not a joke, but an interim step while preparing to build a case.

Fairy-tales are good for children, but bailing someone out of jail leaves a whole different impression. I would hope that kids watching this series will see the reality of “doing the crime and paying the time.” Maybe this will open their eyes and save many from getting into trouble altogether. One can only hope.

Read more details about this new TV series…

http://www.cinemablend.com/television/Once-Time-Finds-Its-Cinderella-34295.html

Lancaster, PA – New rules could make it harder to get out of jail!

It appears that Lancaster, Pennsylvania had a very relaxed way of dealing with bail and the bail bondsmen in that county. According to the Lancaster News Online, they have adopted a new policy for collecting bail when the defendant doesn’t show up for their hearing, which is not unusual anywhere.

Prior to this policy, which will be in full effect on Monday, August 22, 2011, bail would be posted and the prisoner released almost immediately. However, if the defendant didn’t show up for their hearing, the bail bondsman would not be required to pay the balance due and the county would be out that revenue. So, a bail bondsman could write bonds, whether it was a good or bad risk, with no ramifications.

The new policy will require bail bondsmen to have a $25,000 account with the county, so that when a client doesn’t show up for their hearing, the court will take its money from that account.

It is interesting to see how the system works, or doesn’t, in other parts of the country. California is a state that regulates the bail bond system so that this never happens.

To learn more about this situation in Lancaster, PA, click on the link below:

http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/439239_New-rules-could-make-it-harder-to-get-out-of-jail.html